Comedian pitching series set in Rogers
ROGERS — Steve Swanson and Steve Kreider met each other in college and took different career paths after graduating, but they are coming back together on a project to get the Rogers Community Auction on television.
A Pittsburgh native and stand up comedian, Swanson has lived in Youngstown the last five years and has been working on developing a TV show to pitch to the networks.
On his first visit to the Rogers Community Auction, he knew immediately that it would make a for a great TV show.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the vendors, the people that try to make a living doing that. It’s not an easy living by far. Those are some of the stories I want to tell, but in kind of a fun way,” Swanson said.
With a background in comedy, Swanson plans to bring some of that comedy to the show, which is being written and directed by Swanson, who also serves as executive producer.
Kreider, who is currently CEO of Hollywood Top Productions, has worked as a producer on the popular “Duck Dynasty” series and with Ricky Schroder Productions on the Army reality show “Starting Strong.”
He also consulted on the feature film “Pitch Perfect 3.”
Kreider is a Waterford, Pa., native and retired from the military in 2013 after 25 years.
Hollywood Top Productions is co-producing the show, “Flea Market Fanatics,” with Rogers Community Auction Inc.
The first casting call is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 16 at the auction grounds at 45625 state Route 154, Rogers. Auditions will be held in the East Auction Barn.
Swanson said it will be an “Idol type casting call for all things flea market.”
The show is looking for pickers and flippers, antiquers, shoppers, vendors and everything in between, he said.
“We think there are so many interesting stories that can be told at Rogers flea market. Most people want to watch shows that they can relate to and see what ‘real America’ is like. I think you’ll get that and more out of Rogers when you watch ‘Flea Market Fanatics,'” Kreider said in a press release announcing the casting call.
Swanson said the response has already been great so far, with more than 200 people showing an interest in auditions.
“It’s pretty amazing the amount of people that have gone to Rogers and have really been responding very positively about this,” he said.
The show itself will be filmed by Cinemanix, a local Youngstown creative studio, and Cleveland Comedian Jess Faulstich will serve as co-host.
Swanson said the actual show won’t be filmed until about May or June. It will be filmed in high definition, to be able to be broadcast on Amazon or Netflix, should those companies be interested, he added.
Swanson and Kreider are looking for an interested network.
Anyone interested in attending the casting call should contact HTCastingCall@gmail.com, and include full name, phone number and age. Those under 18 will need permission from a parent or legal guardian.
The Rogers Community Auction is the largest flea market in the tri-state area with hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and is a multi-year Reader’s Choice Winner of the Best Flea Market in Ohio designation by readers of Ohio magazine, the release stated.