Web Spawns Reunion Show

Apr 5, 2004  •  Post A Comment

A Web site specializing in reuniting long-lost relatives has partnered with a production company to bring heartfelt reunions to the small screen.
The Myfamily.com Web site is an ancestry-tracking venture where users can enter their family tree information in hopes of finding missing family members. The production company is LMNO Productions, the company behind such reality fare as “Guinness World Records,” “The Littlest Groom” and “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”
Their plan is to launch an original series, “Extreme Reunions,” which puts a modern spin on the concept of televised reunions.
“What it always comes down to with reunions is how good a story you can find,” said Eric Schotz, president and CEO of LMNO Productions. “And they have an engine which finds the material for us.”
Users at Myfamily.com can fill out an extensive questionnaire about the relationship they’re hoping to rekindle. The site has previously been tapped by shows “Good Morning America” and “48 Hours” for reunion content.
“Reunions are the one reality genre that has not broken out-there’s been makeovers, lifestyle, dating shows-so reunions are the next logical step,” Mr. Schotz said. “We’re showing reunions from a reality point of view, which has not been done before.”
LMNO Productions is pitching broadcast networks. If the show gets picked up, it would not be the first time a Web site has spun into the reality genre. Court-document site TheSmokingGun.com spawned a series on Court TV last year. In addition, Twentieth Television syndicates “Classmates,” based on the Web site Classmates.com.