LOVE TRUMPS ALL IN OXYGEN’S NEW REALITY SPECIAL
IVANA YOUNG MAN
Ivana Trump Selects Younger Boyfriend for 40-year old Millionaire Bachelorette Saturday, April 29 at 8PM*
NEW YORK, March X, 2006 – When it comes to men, Ivana Trump’s motto is “I’d rather be a babysitter than a nurse.” In Oxygen’s new two-hour reality special, Ivana Young Man, produced by Stone & Company, the famous socialite and businesswoman uses her mantra and life experience to help a 40-year-old millionairess bachelorette select a younger boyfriend of her very own. In Ivana Young Man, premiering Saturday, April 29 at 8 pm*, Ivana makes it her mission to expose the gold-diggers and find the guy with the heart of gold.
The special follows Kathy, a millionaire and divorced mother of two, who wants to date a young man but doesn’t know where to start. Enter Ivana Trump. The former model, world-class skier, novelist and famous ex-wife handpicks six 20-something suitors for Kathy and gives them several challenges to prove if they have the sophistication and the sincerity to win the millionairess’ heart. The challenges include testing the handsome but socially inexperienced men at New York’s most elegant restaurant and providing $2500 to the finalists to buy Kathy an appropriate gift.
Matchmaker Ivana even goes as far as planting her own young boyfriend (AKA Paolo) among the group to get the scoop on every word said in Kathy’s absence. The bachelorette’s future is in Ivana’s bejeweled hands as she eliminates Kathy’s favorite suitor and outs one of the cocky gents when she learns he still lives with his parents. Ultimately, the unlucky contenders not up to Ivana’s standards are dismissed in The Bedroom with her very own catchphrase that rivals the Donald’s.
“We love Ivana because she loves men, she knows exactly what she wants and is not bashful about getting it,” says Debby Beece, President, Oxygen Programming & Marketing. “Ivana Young Man puts the women in control of their relationships … and they have a lot of fun doing it.”
Ivana Young Man encores on April 30 and May 1 at 8 pm. The special is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment and executive produced by Scott Stone, Sharon Levy, Jonas Larsen and Anthony Ross. Stone is one of television’s leading independent producers (The Mole, Popstars, Fame, the Man Show, The Joe Schmo Show, Shop ‘til You Drop). Among the company’s current projects are Hi-Jinks for Nick @ Nite, TLC’s America’s Ugliest …, The Ride: 7 Days to End AIDS for LOGO, and American Dream Derby for GSN.
|‘Ivana’ may not fit with Fox’s realityBy MARISA GUTHRIE DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERhttp://twitter.com/MarisaGuthrie Donald Trump may have the Midas touch when it comes to television. The same cannot be said for his ex-wife Ivana – not yet, anyhow. Last summer, the former and first Mrs. Trump starred in a reality TV project of her own for Fox. But “Ivana Young Man,” in which the Czech-born former model helped a fortysomething divorcée choose from among a gaggle of young male suitors, has yet to see the light of prime time. And it’s unclear if it ever will. Fox commissioned the project as a two-hour special. It was shot early last fall in Manhattan. But the network has no plans to air it, according to a Fox spokeswoman. Producer Scott Stone (“The Mole,” “The Joe Schmo Show”) said he has not received an official no from Fox, but he conceded that it doesn’t look promising. However, he said, he is happy with the way the show turned out. “It’s really, really funny,” said Stone. “If it doesn’t air on Fox,” he said, “I will do everything in my power to see that it airs somewhere else. “I am a champion of the fortysomething women in this world who deserve to date younger men,” he added. The show has six men vying for the attention of Kathy Dahl, a fortysomething divorced mom from Minnesota. Trump acts as her fairy godmother, guiding Dahl through the romantic minefield. The men perform a series of challenges, physical and intellectual. At the conclusion of each challenge, Dahl chooses one of the suitors to spend quality time with alone. “Thousands and thousands of guys applied to be on the show,” Trump told the Daily News last fall. “Some of them were crazy. Some of them were so much into themselves.” Trump’s thirtysomething boyfriend, Rossano Rubicondi, an Italian dancer and model, was also involved in the show. He was one of the six suitors whom Dahl was to choose among. He was given the stage name Paulo and, according to Stone, his true identity would be revealed to Dahl, but not to the other contestants, enabling him to act as Dahl’s informant. “Ivana loves the show and she stands behind it,” said Stone, adding that he is talking with Trump about other projects. “I think of my relationship with Ivana as one that is going to last a long time. I’ve attached myself to the more lovable Trump.” Trump, meanwhile, is following in her ex-husband’s footsteps, having recently ventured into real estate with a multimillion-dollar Las Vegas high-rise, complete with a $35 million, 20,000-square-foot penthouse. Work on the 82-story tower begins next year and is scheduled to be completed by 2008. “There is tremendous interest from Ivana’s public [about the show],” Trump’s spokeswoman, Catherine Saxton, said yesterday. “And we want to make sure they get to see it.”|
Stone & Company Entertainment is a rock-solid producer of television for broadcast and cable networks from ABC to Bravo and from Style to Nickelodeon. We develop and produce in every unscripted genre including docusoap, elimination competition, game shows, hidden camera, comedy and lifestyle programming. And when it comes to delivering, our experienced, well-oiled operation can turn around hit shows on time and on budget. We have always been great collaborators which is why we’re a go-to company for so many networks.At Stone & Company, we have one simple goal: to create television that’s as exciting to produce as it is to watch. Ivana Young Man (Fox/Oxygen)Kathy is a millionaire businesswoman and a divorced mother of two. At 40, she is super fit and ready for some fun. She wants to date a young man but doesn’t know where to start. Enter Ivana Trump. Ivana handpicks six young suitors for Kathy and gives them several challenges to prove their worth — and their sincerity.