Getting Debtors on TV

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 Larry Pittman, owner of JAM Recovery Team.

by Matt Demblowski, Repossessed! Associate Producer
November 11, 2009

One of the trickiest parts of working production on Repossesssed! is getting the debtors who appear on our show to sign releases. Generally speaking, a release allows us to use the participant’s image on TV or film or in promos, and so on. Without it, we have to blur the debtors’ faces and/or edit them out of scenes, etc.

After the JAM crew repossesses the clients’ collateral, we go in and ask a debtor to give us permission to feature them in our show. This is no small task since we don’t normally film our debtors in the most flattering light (i.e. we’re at your door because you didn’t pay your bills!). But, we’ve been fortunate in the past to come across some debtors who are willing to share their stories on camera (and permit us to feature them on our show), and we have been surprised this season that there is quite a loyal fan-base for our series – some debtors are actually excited to appear on the show! I would like to think this is because Larry, his team and the production crew handle the material in a sensitive way. But it might just be because people want to be on TV!

That said, there also seem to be more irate debtors on Larry’s list this year: maybe it’s a result of the frustration over the economy, or people’s impatience over the slowly recovering job market – whatever the cause, the effect has been that fewer debtors want to be portrayed on our program. Fortunately for the viewer, this is going to mean a lot more drama!

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  1. Joe Joe
    March 27, 2012, 5:28 pm

    Where is season 3?

  2. John Stewart
    August 29, 2012, 2:06 pm

    When is the show coming back on

  3. Paj
    February 20, 2016, 1:24 pm

    Love this show and sh we had new shows to watch
    Hope that more will be shown soon.

  4. Brian
    February 20, 2016, 2:11 pm

    I can’t believe that Nat Geo is stooping to the level of making stars out of people who repossessed vehicles used to be a channel about people learning things and showing shows that has some type of great learning curve to it. And now it’s just become a network making repossessors people who make a living and laugh about making a living off of other people’s misery

  5. jr
    March 23, 5:47 pm

    Most be watching reruns but good azz show