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Reality show on St. Charles business to premiere Sept. 9

ST. CHARLES – A new reality TV show featuring a St. Charles business will premiere Sept. 9 on cable, the business’ CEO said on Tuesday to St. Charles aldermen.

“Pond Stars” will show the world of pond building through the work of Aquascape founder and CEO Greg Wittstock along with his staff. The show premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 9 on the cable channel Nat Geo Wild.

“We’re totally stoked for it,” Wittstock said on Tuesday during a presentation to the St. Charles City Council. “It will hopefully bring a lot of business to St. Charles.”

Television producers first discovered Aquascape through some YouTube videos in 2011, and in October 2013 camera crews began filming Wittstock and some of his employees. Each minute of the show is edited and condensed from about one hour of filming – the crew shot six days a week for 12 to 14 hours at a time, Wittstock said.

Wittstock played a roughly three-minute clip from the pilot episode that depicts his crew putting together a pond for a turtle rescue facility in Georgia.

Filming for future seasons of the show could begin in November, Wittstock said.

St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina thanked Wittstock for presenting information on the show to the City Council.

“I think this will promote conversations between you and I and the staff … to get St. Charles featured on the show,” he said.

For information about “Pond Stars,” visit www.channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/pond-stars/.

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