March 16, 2012 10:49am PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS Gives Pilot Order to Mark Burnett/Michael Davies Dream 'Job' Reality Show, A&E Sets 'Barter Kings' Series
CBS and A&E are expanding their unscripted offerings with a pair of projects involving dream jobs and bartering.
Survivor's Mark Burnett, The Glee Project's Michael Davies and America's Got Talent's James Sunderland are executive producing a pilot for the No. 1 broadcast network in which contestants compete for a their dream job, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Our America's Lisa Ling will host The Job, which hails from Embassy Row and Sony Pictures Television. In the potential series, five contestants -- selected from thousands of applicants -- will go head-to-head for the chance to score their dream job at one of America's most prestigious companies.
The pilot marks the first time the reality powerhouses Davies and Burnett will team for a project and marks CBS' latest unscripted effort and comes a month after the network ordered to series 3, a dating show based on the Israeli format.
For its part, A&E announced Friday that it has given ordered 13 episodes of Barter Kings, which will explore the cashless trading subculture.
Produced by Brownstone Entertainment for the cable net, Barter will explore entrepreneurs who aim to get what they want by trading trading away what they don't need: starting out with an Elvis Presley album and ending up with a speedboat; starting with a boa constrictor and ending up with a gold bullion, etc.
Brownstone's Drew Brown, Bob Gillan and James Flint will exec produce alongside A&E's David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Neil A. Cohen and Nicole Reed. Nicco Ardin will co-exec produce.
Barter will bow in the summer and join a roster of unscripted series exploring various other subcultures including Storage Wars, Shipping Wars and real estate offerings Flip This House, among others.