A&E has announced that they’ve ordered 13 installments of a new unscripted series, Barter Kings. The show will follow people who trade with others to get the goods they want, without exchanging cash. Production on Barter Kings is currently underway and is expected to debut this summer.
Here’s the A&E press release with additional details:
A&E NETWORK WILL TRADE UP WITH NEW REAL LIFE SERIES “BARTER KINGS”
SERIES IS SLATED FOR SUMMER 2012 PREMIERE
New York, NY — March 16, 2012 – A&E has commenced production on the new original real life series “Barter Kings,” featuring teams of entrepreneurs pursuing items they want by trading other items that they currently own. Cash is never exchanged and value is subjective, but these barterers know the current market well and they will trade multiple times over to get to the object of their desire. The network has ordered 13 half-hour episodes scheduled to premiere this summer on A&E.
“Barter Kings” follows the thriving subculture of cashless trading and the dramatic chain of events as entrepreneurs aim to get what they want by trading what they don’t need. These traders have started out with an Elvis album and ended up with a speedboat, started with a boa constrictor and ended up with gold bullion, all by carrying out strings of trades for items of greater inherent value.
The series will feature the best bartering teams in the business as they encounter amazing characters and fascinating items. At the heart of every trade is the art of the deal and it takes a ton of strategy, charisma, and all out manipulation to close. When it comes to bartering, anything can happen, and these guys can’t get enough!
“Barter Kings” is produced for A&E Network by Brownstone Entertainment. Executive Producers for Brownstone Entertainment are Drew Brown and Bob Gillan along with James Flint. Nicco Ardin is Co-Executive Producer. Executive Producers for A&E are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Neil A. Cohen and Nicole Reed.
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