Motivational Strip in Works

Nov 3, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Producer Barry Josephson will join Arthur Smith, executive producer of Fox hit “Paradise Hotel,” and Sony Pictures Television in an effort to motivate daytime viewers next fall. The producers have inked a deal with best-selling author and motivational speaker/life coach Pat Croce to develop a new television series for the first-run syndication marketplace.
The half-hour daily strip, “Pat Croce: Moving In,” will find Mr. Croce, the former president and owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, trying to help families deal with life issues and problems in a dynamic and inspiring manner. As part of the strip, families desiring interventions from Mr. Croce agree to have television cameras installed in their homes, with round-the-clock video surveillance intended to document the behaviors that require attention.
Mr. Croce will then move in with the family and help family members work through obstacles and challenges, using his personal motivational strategies. The series will be shot entirely on location without an audience, using a retrofitted luxury motor coach as a mobile studio.
“Pat is a man of boundless positive energy, warmth and passion for helping people realize their potential,” said Melanie Chilek, senior VP, development and syndicated programming, SPT. “He’s a self-made success story, and his credibility, which comes from his own do-it-yourself life experience, will prove invaluable for this show.”
Mr. Josephson is producer for the upcoming Coen brothers motion picture “The Ladykillers,” starring Tom Hanks, and is currently producing “Hide and Seek,” starring Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning and Famke Janssen. He joins Mr. Smith, most recently executive producer of “Paradise Hotel,” as executive producers of the “Croce” project.
Mr. Croce is one of the country’s most sought-after motivational speakers and is the author of The New York Times best seller “I Feel Great and You Will Too!” He has also written “110%” and “Pat Croce’s Victory Journal.” His next book, “Lead or Get Off the Pot!” will be published by Fireside in May.
After selling his Sports Physical Therapists chain in 1993, Mr. Croce forged a partnership with Comcast Corp. to buy the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team. He became minority owner and served as team president from 1996 through 2001. Mr. Croce continues to serve as a member of the 76ers board of directors.