Naples, Florida (News-Press) -- At least two media production companies are casting for the upcoming Python Challenge 2013, a state-sponsored Burmese hunt that is expectedto draw participants from as far away as Colorado and New York.

MatadorNetwork and Naples-based ITZ Media Group have sent email pitches tohunters who've already signed up for the competition. Emails from bothcompanies say they are pitching a reality show to major cable networks.

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TheFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation will pay out $1,500 and $1,000prizes for the most Burmese pythons caught and longest Burmese in twocategories: trained, permit-holders and the general public.

Thehunt starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 and ends at midnight onSunday, Feb. 10. Entry fee is $25 and includes a liability waiver.Non-permit holders can get certified for the hunt after taking a 30minute online tutorial. No one under age 18 can compete in thenon-permit class.

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