Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Donald Trump hires former Apprentice TV Show contestant to run new production company

Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is adding a Hollywood production company to his business empire and named a "fired" contestant from "The Apprentice" to run it, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
The entertainment trade paper Daily Variety reported that one of the company's first projects is likely to be a TV version of the classic board game "Monopoly," although the Trump representative could not confirm this.
Andy Litinsky, who was "fired" from the second season of Trump's NBC reality show "The Apprentice," will oversee the new company, which does not yet have a name.
Trump, 60, already has had a hand in producing "The Apprentice," as well as the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, but he wanted an outlet for developing new programs.
"There so many things being thrown at me, a lot of them based in L.A., I just thought it would be appropriate," he told Variety. "It's a business I like."
Litinsky, a champion debater and Harvard graduate from Florida, was 23 when he appeared on "The Apprentice 2" as one of 18 corporate wannabes competing for a top job in the Trump organization.
Trump gave him his trademark dismissal "You're fired!" after Litinsky made it to the final six but Trump later hired him as project manager on his business development team.
"He's a very capable guy," Trump said of Litinsky.


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