By Phil Stacey
---- — Living in Los Angeles for the past 17 years and working in television and film for the better part of a dozen years, Greg Boghosian knows that Hollywood is entirely its own world.
Now he’s eager to get back to his roots and a world he’s just as familiar with on the North Shore — and tell a plethora of great stories in the process.
A 1988 Beverly High graduate, Boghosian has created a show, ‘The New England Traveler’, which is scheduled to begin airing on the New England Sports Network (NESN) Saturdays at noon in January. It will focus on the people, the places and the areas that make the North Shore, and all of New England, the civic jewel that it is.
“I’m really excited to get back to Boston and do this,” said Boghosian of his travel and lifestyle outdoor series. “It’s not my stories; it’s the people’s stories told from their perspectives. It’s going to be fun, entertaining, inspiring and educational.”
Boghosian, who has worked at CBS for the last eight years, plans on writing, filming and producing his shows locally. He’ll be shooting the pilot episode shortly and is hoping to film 8-10 episodes the first season, with more after that.
“I want to do a lot of North Shore stories, places I grew up,” said Boghosian, whose current job title at CBS is post production supervisor and on-air promotion and marketing. “I’ll be leaving (Los Angeles) to produce the show on a full-time basis.”
The idea for doing an outdoors show first came to Boghosian in LA when he was watching a show called ‘California’s Gold’ with local legend Huell Howser. “It was a show on PBS, one that was like comfort food to a lot of people in California,” Boghosian said. “He’s a guy who had this childlike wonderment and he’d go all over the state showing what made California so great.
“My (ex) wife said, ‘You should do a show about this in Boston.’ After a while, I decided she was right. No one was going to hand me this opportunity; I had to do it and pay for it myself.”
So in August 2009, Boghosian, armed with the necessary film equipment, came back East and began filming episodes that he called ‘I Get New England’ at places like the Topsfield Fair, the Salem Witch Museum and House of Seven Gables in Salem, among others. Views on the website he set up (igetnewengland.com) were popular, but trying to get financing for it was a bit tougher, however; he didn’t know how to sell it. But the more he went through the process, the more he learned about selling a show locally, how it gets paid for and how to get sponsors.
This past spring, Boghosian reconnected with a friend of his from his Beverly High days: Charlie Moore, ‘The Mad Fisherman’ of “Charlie Moore Outdoors” fame on NESN. He began mentoring Boghosian through the process and hooked him up with folks at NESN.
“Charlie’s been there for me many times with advice and mentorship,” said Boghosian, who has a Masters in Fine Arts from the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. “I’m very fortunate.”
With help from Moore, CBS and friends in LA, Boghosian started pitching his show again and was told if you can find a way to get it paid for with corporate sponsors, they’d give him a shot. So he’s been trying to raise money to get his show started, making over 600 cold calls to over 100 places in New England. He’s also started a Kickstarter campaign (www.kickstarter.com); with four days remaining he’s raised almost $5,000, close to his goal of $6,000.
“I think this is going to be a really cool thing,” said Boghosian, who has two daughters: Jamie (13) and Jenna (10) and whose parents and brother still live in Beverly. “I’m very excited by all of it.”