2 former 'Apprentice' producers are reportedly helping plan the GOP's convention

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  • Two former “Apprentice” producers were tapped to help plan the
    2020 Republican National Convention, Politico and The New York
    Times reported Saturday.
  • Sadoux Kim and Chuck Labella have each been paid tens of
    thousands of dollars by the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020
    Republican National Convention, according to The Times.
  • Politico reported that this year’s convention will rely on
    slick video production, both pre-taped and live speeches, and will
    focus on non-politicians “to make it a gripping TV show.”
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The 2020 Republican National Convention is being planned with
the help of two former producers of NBC’s “Apprentice,”
Politico
and
The New York Times
reported Saturday evening.

Sadoux Kim, a former employee of “Apprentice” producer Mark
Burnett, has been tapped as a lead consultant, according to The
Times. Chuck Labella, another former “Apprentice” producer was
reported last month to be on the RNC’s payroll.

Politico reported that this year’s convention planners
essentially had to start from scratch, planning out the entire
convention in just four weeks, when it normally takes at least a
year to plan.

This year’s convention was initially slated to occur in
Jacksonville, Florida, but had to be reimagined in the wake of the
coronavirus pandemic. The planners were left with no set budget, no
lineup of speakers, and no venue, and had to plan an entirely new
four-day event from scratch, according to Politico.

The convention will now be held as a scaled-back live event in
Charlotte, North Carolina. It will run from Monday, August 24 to
Thursday, August 28.

Among the contributions from the former “Apprentice” producers
were the decisions that the convention should rely on sophisticated
video production, both pre-taped and live speeches, and focus on
non-politicians, Politico reported, adding that “the goal was to
make it a gripping TV show.”

The Times reported that Labella, through a company he owns, has
been paid more than $81,000 in consulting fees by the Committee on
Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Convention. Kim’s
production firm has reportedly been paid more than $54,000 from the
same committee.

The newspaper reported that Kim was not well-known in the TV
industry, and that several former “Apprentice” producers said they
had never heard of him before.


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2 former 'Apprentice' producers are reportedly helping plan
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