Katalyst films, in association with CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, is filming its new drama, “The Beautiful Life: TBL,” in Kaufman Astoria Studios’ Stages E and B. Produced by the bold duo behind “Punk’d” (Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg), the drama premiers Wednesday, September 16, 2009 on the CW. Inspired by the real life experiences of model-turned-writer Adam Giaudrone, the series follows the dramatic lives of seven models who share an apartment in New York City. On site at Kaufman Astoria Studio is producer Matt Nodella (“Northern Exposure”) and Unit Production Manager Jaime Crowell (“Law & Order”).
The show exposes the seedy cut-throat competition and unexpected insecurities that lie beneath the glamorous modeling society. Real life model Elle MacPherson stars as Claudia Foster, owner of the Covet Modeling Agency. Sara Paxton (The Last House on the Left) and Ben Hollingsworth (“The Line”) play Raina Collins and Chris Andrews—two stunning teenage models who are introduced to the frustrations and benefits of the profession. Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”) and Corbin Blue (High School Musical series), who star as the more seasoned models Sonja Stone and Isaac, complete the cast of beautiful, young, and charismatic actors.