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Members of UF’s No Southern Accent might soon take their talents to television.

The 16-person coed a cappella group is in talks with the associate producer of Animal Planet’s “Ghostland Tennessee” and the founder of Smith Multimedia Entertainment LLC, Ben Smith, about starring in a reality show based on the 2012 hit comedy “Pitch Perfect.”

C.J. Wittus, the president of No Southern Accent, said the similarities between the movie and the reality of a cappella life might surprise viewers.

“They want to present what is becoming a college norm to the public so they can see what it’s actually like to be part of an a cappella group,” said the 22-year-old UF criminology senior.

Smith declined to comment, but Wittus said he believes the show would begin filming early next year, subject to UF approval. It would take place in Gainesville and follow group members through the auditioning process, tri-weekly practices, competitions and gigs, he said.

After one of the busiest and most exciting years the group has had, Wittus said being discovered by Smith Multimedia seemed like a reward. The group participated in producer auditions with “America’s Got Talent,” sang on a Royal Caribbean cruise and won ICCA, the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

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