Bennett Graebner’s Influence on Reality TV

Dating shows are not new when it comes to American programming. Some variation of it has appeared on television since the 1960s. However, when The Bachelor premiered in 2002, it changed the way networks brought love to the smaller screen. Bennett Graebner, a producer for The Bachelor, was one of the people responsible for this revolutionary new wave of reality television. 


Since then, there have been plenty of dating shows that follow a similar format though their success has been debatable. The selected and highly sought after bachelor is presented with over a dozen female love interests. Throughout the show, however, contestants must participate in an elimination process that should ultimately conclude with a marriage proposal (Imdb). 


Though not every season sticks to the original format, the franchise is still popular and is gearing up for its 24th season.However, Graebner’s success didn’t come overnight. He graduated with an MFA from the University of Southern California (USC) where Bennett Graebner collaborated frequently with other film students. He worked a variety of positions, too, such as best boy grip and production assistant. His diverse experience in film production has certainly been an asset to his career. 


Graebner, who still engages with his USC alumni network, understands the importance of collaboration. His most recent venture came about in such a way. Along with the franchise creator, Mark Fleiss, Bennett Graebner put together an international conference open to showrunners from different parts of the globe. 


The two-day symposium led to an exchange of ideas, and the result was a reality TV sports competition show where contestants could also find love. Fan favorites from both American and international casts would be brought back as contestants to face-off in a series of challenges. And in between competitions, special dates were orchestrated. The Bachelor Winter Games premiered in February of 2018. Graebner stated in a recent interview, “I’ve worked on the show for 10 years, I didn’t quite realize the global reach of The Bachelor world.”


Still, Bennett Graebner is a man who knows about love. He’s been married to his partner, Vanessa Aberman, for over a decade, and the couple of have two children together. 


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