truTV Welcomes Designers to New Series MOTOR CITY MASTERS, Hosted by Brooke Burns, Tonight
truTV previously unveiled the designers ready to put their skills and creativity to the test as they compete on the brand new series Motor City Masters. Hosted by Brooke Burns (The Chase, You Deserve It) and premiering tonight, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Motor City Masters will bring together 10 experienced designers, with various specialties and backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for car design.
The competitors range in age from 20 to 54, with a wide variety of experience in car design and other fields. They hail from states around the country, including California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and, of course, Michigan.
The following is a rundown of the competing designers:
Current Town: Los Angeles, Calif.
This colorful high energy designer is known for his unique concepts that are as catchy as his boisterous personality.
Fun Fact: Bryan has designed and built music video set designs for Katy Perry. When he's not sketching, he can be found lifting weights in the gym.
Street Cred: Bryan has had multiple designs manufactured by Nissan and has attended The Art Center of College Design in Geneva, Switzerland as well as the renowned College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Bryan has designed in studios around the WORLD from France to Japan and from Austria to Brazil.
Specialty: Planes, Trailers, and Automobiles. From tough trucks to charming Airstream campers and from high-flying executive jet interiors to far out Hollywood set designs, Bryan loves being a contributor to pop culture.
Current Town: Detroit, Mich.
Home Town: New York, N.Y.
This artist and designer is most recognized as the Chief Designer of the Ford GT and for his advanced concepts in fashion design as well as his large paintings of race cars and women. His studio in Detroit hosts parties that regularly attract models, celebrities and automotive legends.
Fun Facts: For 8 years Camilo worked as a professor at College for Creative Studies in Detroit in addition to working at Disney with Pixar on advanced designs for future movies.
Street Cred: Camilo is the former chief designer at Ford (2004-2006) where he was responsible for designs of the SVT Mustang, the Ford Focus and the Ford GT. He won the IDSA (Industrial Design Society Merit Award) and was the first student at CCS to hold an international internship (France).
Specialty: Advanced concept-car design.
Current Town: Los Angeles, Calif.
Home Town: Brooklyn, N.Y.
This tough Brooklyn born chiropractor can be routinely found adjusting both backs and car suspensions at his L.A. home.
Fun Facts: Doc's amazing work has attracted celebrity clients and one of his personal cars was even displayed at the Peterson Automotive Museum.
Street Cred: Doc received the Designer Award at the All GM Show
Specialty: Custom Cadillacs.
Current town: Detroit, Mich.
Home Town: Rochester, Mich.
From hitting the bulls eye at the archery range to mudding on the farm in her souped-up truck, this design student dreams of being the next big thing.
Fun Fact: Darby not only excels in design school but has also won numerous trophies and ribbons for horseback riding and competitive archery.
Street Cred: The only female in her junior class at the College for Creative Studies, she has snagged various scholarships as well as the High School GM Gold Key Award.
Specialty: Sketching and rendering concept cars and trucks.
Current Town: Atlanta, Ga.
This handsome, smooth operator runs his own luxury auto customizing boutique and fits right in with the flash and prestige of Hotlanta's fanatical car culture.
Fun Facts: Dawan attended Tuskegee University, where he majored in mechanical engineering. He also held the huge honor of being the drum major of the university's marching band.
Street Cred: Dawan is head designer of C2G Motorsports, which he has owned for eight years.
Specialty: American Muscle cars and high-end car modifications.
Current town: Lake Hopatcong, N.J.
Obsessed with sketching from the tender age of three and drawing in 3D by age 5, this quirky Jersey native believes being a car designer is in your blood.
Fun Fact: Jameson has built more than 900 model cars, which he houses in a museum-like room.
Street Cred: Jameson interned for Volkswagen, where he worked on the concept for the future Beetle design.
Specialty: Concept cars of the future.
Current Town: Waxhoa, N.C.
A true pioneer for women in the industry, this wild, free-spirited artist continues to set the bar with endless Best in Shows.
Fun Facts: Having attended Parsons The New School of Design in NYC, Joann is an award-winning photojournalist, an avid rower and long-distance swimmer. She also co-founded Chopper Chic's Crew, a female motorcycle club.
Street Cred: Joann is the first woman custom painter to own her own shop in the country. She is also a bestselling author of six books about custom painting techniques.
Specialty: Custom body work and paint for cars and motorcycles.
Kevin aka "Chunner"
Current Town: Encinitas, Calif.
Home Town: Mound, Minn.
This jokester is a second-generation car designer and table-tennis enthusiast.
Fun Fact: Kevin's father worked and designed cars for legendary automotive designer Carol Shelby, passing along his love of design to Kevin who majored in transportation design at the Art Center in California.
Street Cred: Kevin won the Calty Design Research Scion Sponsor Project, which led him to an internship at LEXUS.
Specialty: SUVs and concept designs
Current Town: West Hollywood, Calif.
A graduate from Art Center College of Design, this suave competitor has a passion for all aspects of design, from futuristic concept cars to women's couture heels.
Fun Fact: Shane is fascinated with extraterrestrial life and the cyberpunk Renaissance.
Street Cred: Shane's conceptual design visions have recently steered him to work in the film industry.
Specialty: Concept cars and women's couture.
Current Town: York, Penn.
This Pennsylvania country boy has immersed himself in horses and horsepower since he was 17 and now owns his own custom shop.
Fun Fact: A former wrestler, Troy says there's nothing he won't tackle - including refurbishing a trailer that was featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Street Cred: Troy won the SEMA for Best GM vehicle in 2010.
Specialty: Over-the-top custom cars.
Challenges on Motor City Masters will explore various aspects of design, inside and out. In each episode, the contestants will have the ambitious task of creating new, fully functional (though not street legal) concept cars based on a theme that will showcase each competitor's unique personality. The designs will be judged by Jean Jennings, president and editor in chief of Automobile Magazine and internationally renowned car designer Harald Belker.
Competitors will be judged on their creativity, execution and forward-thinking design, among other criteria. The field will narrow with each elimination challenge until only the top two designers remain. These two competitors will then Face Off in front of Chevrolet's world-class car design experts, after which only one designer will be crowned "The Next Great Car Designer." The winner of Motor City Masters will receive a brand new 2014 Camaro Z28 and $100,000 cash. The winner will also be named a Brand Ambassador, with the opportunity to showcase his/her designs at major auto show exhibitions.
truTV has ordered 10 episodes of the Motor City Masters, which is being produced for the network by Bunim/Murray Productions (Project Runway, Total Divas) and The Story Lab, a division of Aegis Media. Executive producers for Motor City Masters include Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Rick de Oliveira and Scott Freeman from Bunim/Murray Productions, as well as Lisa Eisenpresser from The Story Lab. Kirk Durham from Bunim/Murray Productions serves as co-executive producer.
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