Executive Producer Dave Rupels latest reality series, The Real Housewives of Orange County, premieres March 21, 2006 on Bravo Network. A 20-year Hollywood veteran and reality TV producer for 10 years, Rupel is known for his work on The Real World, Big Brother and Temptation Island.
With more than 250 episodes of television production and writing to his credit, Rupel has been nominated for two Emmy awards, a Writers Guild Award and a Peoples Choice Award. His work has aired on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, MTV, VH1, BRAVO, DISNEY CHANNEL, WE, SOAPNET and PLAYBOY.
In addition to reality shows, Rupel also has written for intense police dramas, such as Homicide: Life on the Street, In the Heat of the Night and Moloney, as well as the romantic daytime dramas, General Hospital and Guiding Light.
His reality credits are wide-ranging, from youth-oriented Bug Juice on the Disney Channel to the adult happenings on Foxs Temptation Island. Rupel developed the format for Temptation Island, which was sold to countries around the world.
Some of the unique challenges of Rupels reality career include: producing a snowstorm in Los Angeles in August for Big Brother; creating a traditional royal ball in a castle in Scotland for American Princess; and staging major rock concerts with a weeks notice for VH1s Bands Reunited.
Rupels work has taken him to 40 states, as well as many foreign countries, including a life-changing trip to Bosnia right after the war ended, where he was doing research on a project about life during wartime.
A member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) since 1989, Rupel has been one of the leaders of their campaign to establish union standards for reality television in Hollywood. During this two-year campaign, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter have interviewed him.
Prior to his work as Executive Producer on The Real Housewives of Orange County, he most recently worked as Co-Executive Producer on VH1s Bands Reunited and You Are What You Eat, a special for ABC.
Rupel is a graduate of Indiana University, with a BA in Communications, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. A member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) since 1998, he served many times on the Blue Ribbon panels that award Emmys.
When asked why he moved to Sacramento, Rupel said, Ive been in the business of entertaining America for 20 years. Ive done shows about every possible subject everything from murder, to cheating spouses, to kids experiencing their first crush at summer camp. In the end, it all comes down to good storytelling. Id like to start using my media experience in the political world for issues I really care about. Sacramento seems to be the right place to do that.
Dave Rupel can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.