When Brian Scudamore bought a $700 pickup truck in order to haul junk and pay for college, I bet he had no idea he’d tell the story for the rest of his life.
And when Tania Venn, Senior PR Manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? got a call from a Seattle-based production company called Screaming Flea Productions, I bet she had no idea how great the opportunity on her hands was going to be.
Screaming Flea Productions, A&E TV and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? have since experienced 3 seasons of the break-out documentary, Hoarders. We, here in the PR department, get a lot of questions about our involvement and I thought it was time to enlighten you.
It begins with Screaming Flea Productions, a fantastic production company out of Seattle, Washington who contacts the PR department with information on an upcoming episode shoot. At the time where we are contacted, everything else has been set. The homeowner, clinical physiologist and professional organizer have all been organized before we come into it. The announcement usually arrives a week or two before the start date of the shoot. It’s a fast turn-around so we get to work right away! These shoots take place all over the United States and sometimes in Canada so our first order or business is to figure out which one of our franchises is closest to the home. Once we’ve done that, we start coordinating the resources with the local Franchise Owner. What we usually orchestrate for each episode:
Each episode is shot over a 4 day period, with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? showing up on the 3rd and 4th day, which means the homeowners have had a chance to work with the professional organizer, the clinical psychologist and are ready to let our crew to get in and give them their space back!
The cleanup is done at the pace of the homeowner. The homeowner really does dictate how much junk is hauled away in the end but our guys are geared up and prepared to get it all out, if necessary. From the initial ‘Morning Huddle’ at 8am until the professional organizer calls it a day at around 5pm, our franchise is dedicated to helping the homeowner.
If you watch the show you know that many homeowners choose to continue after care with the psychologist or professional organizer.
To date, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has helped approximately 75 homeowners rid themselves of their debilitating hoard on set of Hoarders. We look forward to many more successful clean outs in the future. Stay tuned!