June 9, 2004 -- PUBLICITY princess Lizzie Grubman is close to turning her Manhattan-based PR powerhouse into the next big reality show.
"Power Girls" a new series described as "The Apprentice" meets "Sex & the City" is currently in production at MTV.
For the pilot, Grubman allowed camera crews to follow her and the staff of her public relations firm for weeks.
Filming locations so far have included, a source close to the project said, hot spots in Manhattan and the Hamptons where Grubman and her posse of twenty-something staffers control a good portion of the trendier nightlife hangouts.
MTV officials have yet to decide if they'll pick up the series it's still under consideration as a pilot.
"The focus is on the ins and outs of public relations and how their company works," a source said yesterday, adding that a portion of the show may spotlight some of Grubman's interns and their coming of age in the business.
Grubman declined to comment yesterday.
Lizzie represents a slew of restaurants and clubs in New York and Miami, major music companies, and a who's who of A-list clients familiar to MTV fans like Jay-Z, Ja Rule and Damon Dash.
It is not known if some of Grubman's more-famous clients will appear on the show. But regular folks caught on camera have been eager to get some airtime, sources said.
"People were signing releases," to appear on the show, sources said, when "Power Girls" was filming in the Hamptons over Memorial Day weekend in the Lizzie-repped hot spot Star Room, a Wainscott club that opened last year.
Grubman, the daughter of Allen Grubman, a prominent lawyer who reps celebs, is no stranger to cameras although her last widely seen experience with them was less pleasant.
The PR princess was dogged by reporters after an infamous July 2001 incident in which she plowed her father's SUV into a throng waiting on line to get into a Hamptons nightspot, injuring 16 people.
In a 2002 plea bargain, she served nearly 40 days of a 60-day jail sentence.
Lizzie Grubman (center) and posse were snapped two weeks ago during taping for her new reality show.