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Make It Happen Productions: On The Ground Production with Dick Clark's Inside Rising Star

Make It Happen Productions owner Billy Frank has a soft spot for on-the-ground producing which through his role of owner and executive producer with the company doesn’t get scratched much. Although grateful that he’s worked his way to the top of his game, and is in the position to call the shots, he’s still very much a man who likes to get his hands dirty in the details that made him fall in love with the business in the first place. This is why he jumps at the chance to on-the-ground produce for clients when the need is prevalent like he did recently for client Music Choice and their show Inside Rising Star.

Rising Star is the popular television show that debuted this past year on ABC on Sunday nights, completely reinventing the traditional televised singing competition by giving the audience power to sway the vote in real time. The show hosted byJosh Groban with a panel of “experts” that included stars Brad Paisley, Kesha andLudacris, asked viewers to vote via online App during the performances to determine if a performer would move up and on.

Inside Rising Star became a companion show to Rising Star, which aired weekly on Thursday nights on Music Choice Play, the music video, lifestyle and entertainment network for millennials. It showcased an insider’s glimpse at Rising Star including behind the scenes tidbits and extras not seen on the show and was hosted byRalphie Aversa.

Being on-the-ground producer for Inside Rising Star meant that for ten weeks Billy and his crew were on the set of Rising Star every Sunday night shooting audience, contestants and the show’s experts plus filming red carpet interviews and strategizing the best footage to take back to MIHP’s studio for the next few days to produce Inside Rising Star for Thursday night’s show. Because of the slim timelines, it was important that Billy be on the scene while the filming was happening and also to be in tight communication with his client while in the editing bay.

“My grandfather taught me if you want to get something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself,” says Frank. “I don’t often get a chance to be on the ground in the thick of things anymore so when a client requests it, I am there with gusto. What’s even better today with all of our great technology is that we can be on the ground one-minute gathering content and then send it instantly anywhere for direct viewing by our clients. The creative process is enhanced and constantly moving. It’s really exciting and Music Choice was such a great partner to do this with.”

Although the entire job seemed to go by with whirlwind speed, Billy and his team have now properly recuperated and are looking forward to the next adrenaline rush.

We’ve put together a fun video that sums up the entire experience as on-the-ground producer for Inside Rising Star here. Enjoy!