OKLAHOMA CITY – There are new details tonight involving a reality show flop that played out right here in Oklahoma.
For months now, our In Your Corner team’s been investigating Hollywood production company.
Late last year B Re’ and his crew spent a good part of a week on location in our state shooting a reality show for Downtime Productions.
There were four shoots in all, including a club, Irish pub, hotel and restaurant.
Countless business owners, including Dino and Maria Vitale of the Steak and Catfish Barn, say they were duped by the reality show and its host, Billy Ray, or B ‘Re.
“They couldn’t tell you much about the show if you asked them a question,” Dino said. “’When is this going to air?’ ‘Well, sometime in February.’ ‘Well, what network is this going to be on? ‘Well, we haven’t decided yet.’”
Just who is B ‘Re?
He brags about being a Hollywood big shot, except we’re not buying his act and neither are freelance photographers, Ryan Nickell, and Peter Adams.
Nickell said, “I think B Re’ is someone who wants to be famous.”
Adams said, “The show is really fake it ‘til you make it starring Billy Ray.”
Initially we also heard from four freelance photographers, all alleging Downtime Productions lured them into a bogus business deal with the promise of big money.
“We sign on for this. We’re promised pay,” Nickell said. “We use our own equipment. They didn’t bring any equipment for themselves, so they’re not having to spend any money on us at all.”
In fact the In Your Corner team has learned Downtime Productions hardly spent a dime during their stay in Oklahoma.
Everywhere they went they reportedly enticed business owners with a shot at reality TV fame in exchange for free stuff, like room and board, meals, booze and girls.
Now there’s word of B ‘Re and his posse of misfits pulling the same stunt across the country.
We’ve got new complaints in California, Oregon, Minnesota and Colorado.
“Billy Ray was supposedly from Quad City DJs, 69 boyz and he did the Tootsie Roll and Come on Ride that Train.”
Devonne Lee responded to a help wanted craigslist ad and signed on as a production assistant.
Just like in Oklahoma she says the Fort Collins shoots were a complete train wreck.
“The things we shot were unusable,” Lee said. “No one would use this footage anywhere.”
B Re’s reportedly been linked to several defunct projects including a dance reality show.
He and his crew left our state months ago.
None of our repeated phone calls to Downtime Productions have been returned.
We’ll keep you posted on this one.