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02-04-2011, 10:30 AM
This from the L.A. Times (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-lausd-20110204,0,1843978.story) by Richard Verrier:
British chef Jamie Oliver's food revolution is giving LAUSD officials a case of indigestion.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended all filming of reality TV shows in district schools after a standoff with the celebrity chef, who had been filming his ABC show "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" at West Adams Preparatory High School in central Los Angeles for the last two weeks.

This week the district denied Oliver's license to film at Manual Arts Senior High School in South L.A., which, like West Adams, is operated by MLA Partner Schools under a contract with LAUSD.

Officials with both the school district and the production said the dispute stemmed in part from concerns over how the district would be portrayed.

LAUSD spokesman Robert Alaniz said the district did not have a good experience working with reality shows and was in the dark about the content of Oliver's current program, which is filming its second season. But district officials were aware of last season's episodes that were filmed at a West Virginia elementary school.

"If you look at the last series [Oliver] did in Huntington, W.Va., it was full of conflict and drama, and we're not interested in that," Alaniz said.

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