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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 21, 2012 

Contact:  Barbara Hamm Lee, 757.889.9437

 

PBS AND WHRO JOIN FORCES TO LAUNCH A MAJOR, NEW PRIME-TIME SERIES MARKET WARRIORS to debut Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9pm on WHRO 15.1HD

NORFOLK:  Hampton Roads’ public television station WHRO announced today that it will debut a major prime time series based on the action and excitement of a flea market.  From the producers of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, the hit PBS series and the forerunner of television’s popular antiques and collectibles genre, comes a new adventure for treasure seekers: MARKET WARRIORS. Premiering Monday, July 16, at 9pm following ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, MARKET WARRIORS follows antiques pickers—Bob, John, Kevin, and Miller—on a nationwide treasure hunt, scouring flea markets for antiques and vintage valuables with an eye toward selling their finds for profit at auction. Over the course of 20 one-hour episodes, viewers will get to know the pickers, enjoy an up-close look at the fierce competition in each episode and obstacles they face in the marketplace each week, and make their best guesses about who will come out ahead at the end of each episode.
Fred Willard (Best in Show, Modern Family) is MARKET WARRIORS’ off-screen host, offering wry commentary throughout the show. As host, the show is filtered through his eyes.

“With MARKET WARRIORS, we wanted to turn the lens on the antiques pickers themselves,” says series executive producer Marsha Bemko. “Our pickers aren’t your amateur weekend-flea-market hobbyists. They are pros looking to turn a profit in a highly competitive setting where the element of chance and a little luck sometimes trump expertise. And who better to guide viewers through the challenges our pickers face than Fred Willard, who brings to the series both his signature improvisational skills and the eye and know-how of a collector.”

“MARKET WARRIORS is a perfect complement to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, building on our audience’s passion for history and antiques. Together they offer an addictive two hours of flea markets, antiques and unique finds,” said Bert Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer of WHRO.

Meet the Pickers:
Kevin Bruneau has owned and operated an antiques business for more than two decades and is fluent in the world of buying and selling antiques and collectibles in the online marketplace. When he’s not travelling with his fellow MARKET WARRIORS, Kevin is on the road hundreds of miles per week in search of antiques and the next, great find. Kevin lives and works in Rhode Island.John Bruno is an industry veteran: an antiques and collectibles dealer and collector for 40 years, and an appraiser for more than 25 years. Along with his wife Tina, he runs one of the largest antiques show promotion/management organizations in the Northeast. John is a native New Yorker and currently lives in New Hampshire.

Miller Gaffney’s eye for antiques and collecting was honed over the years at places such as Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is a licensed appraiser and the proprietor of an art advisory service that she founded in 2006. She is a native of South Carolina.
Bob Richter comes to MARKET WARRIORS as a lifelong collector and with the sensibility of an interior designer. Bob lives in New York City where he is a regular at local flea markets and furniture shops. Bob is originally from Pennsylvania.

About MARKET WARRIORS on PBS
In each episode, four pickers travel to different market locations across the country to purchase certain items with a set amount of money. Viewers will learn not only about different objects and their history; they’ll also see the competitors apply their knowledge and skills to real financial transactions. Along the way, we will get to know our pickers, learn about what they bought and why through individual interviews, and discover the current value of the objects as only the marketplace can determine.
The sale of our pickers’ items takes place at an auction on a different day, in a different location. All four competitors will watch the auctioneer take charge of the bidding and the picker whose objects earn the highest total profit at auction is the winner of that episode.

The MARKET WARRIORS website – pbs.org/marketwarriors
The MARKET WARRIORS web site on PBS.org is the online platform for engaging and informing MARKET WARRIORS fans. The site will highlight the broadcast, with tune-in information, streaming full episodes, and episode guides. The site, found at pbs.org/marketwarriors, will extend and enhance the broadcast experience through web-exclusive videos and profiles with the series’ expert pickers—Bob, John, Kevin and Miller. The MARKET WARRIORS blog will provide the latest behind-the-scenes news from the series, articles about featured objects from the episodes, plus insights and tips from the world of antiques and flea markets. Polls, quizzes, and questions will prompt site visitors to share their thoughts, and a “winners and losers” feature will further encourage audience participation by tracking each picker’s season-long successes and failures. MARKET WARRIORS web content will be shared via social media channels, and fans can contribute to conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and share their own favorite flea market finds on the series website.

About PBS
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About WHRO
WHRO is a regional media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through a variety of services.  Every day, thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO’s four public television and eight public radio stations.  Since its founding in 1961 to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to serve its mission to enrich audiences through content that educates, entertains and promotes understanding. Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational and new media services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month as well.