Masters of set design compete in new series Hot Set on Space

Space viewers will be transported into the immersive world of movie set mysticism in the new reality competition series Hot Set, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. ET.

From the producers of the hit Space series Face off (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET), Hot Set pits Hollywood production designers against each other in a head-to-head battle of extreme design challenges as they work to build the best movie set inspired by the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.

Each episode is one complete competition, with new production designers introduced weekly, and the weekly winner takes home $10,000. The weekly champion will be determined based on creativity, technique, and overall presentation.

Each week, two production designers are given the challenge of impressing an intimidating panel of judges with their completed sets and are given 30 minutes to shoot a scene on their original set. Radio and television personality Ben Mankiewicz hosts Hot Set, with the judges including three-time Art Director’s Guild Award nominee Curt Beech (Star Trek, The Coup), two-time Academy Award nominee Lilly Kilvert (The Last Samurai, Legends of the Fall), and Art Director’s Guild Award nominee Barry Robison (X- Men Origins: Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia).

The competitors on Hot Set this season are:

· Greg Arnowitz, 42, from Bayonne, New Jersey
· Carlos Osorio, 40, from Garzon, Columbia
· Abra Brayman, 38, from San Francisco, California
· Craig Pavilionis, 48, from Ashland, Oregon
· Charlotte Newman, 36, from Auckland, New Zealand
· Roger Ambrose, 56, from San Gabriel and San Diego, California
· Thomas Brown, 58, from Atlanta, Georgia
· Brandy Alexander, 56, from New York, New York
· Carol Clements, 61, from Los Angeles, California
· Tudor Boloni, 36, from Queens, New York

In the premiere episode, production designers Abra and Craig have just three days and a budget of $15,000 to conceive and build a devastated alien landscape to be explored by an astronaut who has crash-landed. The designers will each have two team members to help them execute the challenge, and can also draw support from a skilled team of carpenters and scenic painters, the expansive Hot Set supply room, and many prop and set dressing houses in Hollywood.

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