We’re guessing you want to pitch reality tv shows and documentary series. After all, you’re here, reading and listening, which already puts you miles ahead of most of the people who pitch reality tv shows to us. Now, we’re going to give you five magic words that will make all the difference.Yes, in the past I’ve teased things wrapped in spoiler tags to encourage you to get the revealing answer from the podcast itself.
The 5 Magic Words to Pitch Reality TV Shows and Documentary Series Are…
There you go!
Oh, wait a minute, would you like to know what those words mean and how to use them when you pitch reality tv shows and documentary series?
Of course you would.
That’s why today, on episode 005 of Producing Unscripted, we break down:
- The 5 magic words and how to use them when you pitch reality tv shows, doc series, or unscripted television specials
- The very first question Joke will ask you when you pitch reality tv shows to her (better know how to answer it!)
- The difference between Self-Contained and Arced shows, with specific examples, and how you can figure it out yourself.
- Format, Docu, Hybrid — how these words mix with Self-Contained and Arced to properly present a show concept, and why you need to know.
- Why success pitching reality tv shows and doc series is giving Biagio separation anxiety.
The Words Pros Use to Pitch Reality TV Shows and Doc Series
Are these words really magic? Top secret? The amazing tool we’re making them out to be?
Like every profession, there’s certain ways insiders talk to each other in the unscripted entertainment business.
The right words are like a secret hand-shake: they let the person sitting across from you know that you belong.
When we pitch reality TV shows, doc series, specials, whatever–we start off our pitches using some combination of the words above.
Sound Like a Pro
If someone walks in to our offices and says, “This is a self-contained format” or “I see this as an arced hybrid” (or something close to that) we know they’ve been around the business long enough to know what they’re talking about.
If, on the other hand, they being with, “I’ve got a great idea…” well, forget about it.
When you use these words correctly it gives us a level of comfort. You’ve shown us you’ve either worked in the business or taken the time to educate yourself.
After listening to today’s podcast, when you set out to pitch reality TV shows or doc series, you’re going to sound like a pro.
Helpful and Related Links
How to Pitch a Reality Show — our epic guide that will set you on the right path to pitching shows.
Our show Caged – a docu-leaning hybrid
Our show Scream Queens – an arced format
Our show Commercial Kings – a self-contained format
Our show Ghost Inside My Child – a self-contained format
Our show Secrets, Lies, and Sex – a docu
Transcript coming soon!
UPDATE: Transcript Now Available
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