Whether you’re pitching unscripted television to us, or anyone else in Hollywood, there are certain mistakes you should never make. Many of you (hundreds) have recently submitted pitches that make the same three mistakes over and over again. Today, we tell you what they are and how to avoid them. Make sure you get these three things right and you’ll dramatically improve your odds of unscripted television success.
Avoid Amateur Mistakes
As a result, we get many, many pitches from a wide variety of people. That allows us to key in on what aspiring producers are getting right — and wrong.
When the same rules get broken over and over, it’s important for us to share that.
Remember, these are not arbitrary rules we’ve made at our company Joke Productions. These are the hollywood rules of the road we’ve learned making over one hundred hours of television and pitching a huge number of shows over the years.
Whether you’re pitching a reality TV show or documentary series to us — or someone else — it’s important to get these basics right.
Most Pitches We See Make One Of These Mistakes (Or All Of Them)
This is good news for those of you who truly want to break into the business of unscripted television. The bulk of your competition consists of people who haven’t taken the time to learn how to pitch. They are making three mistakes you won’t.
You will get these three things right.
You will stand out from that crowd.
You will succeed where they don’t.
Mistakes Be Gone!
So what are those mistakes? In a nutshell:
- Not pitching real people, places, and things
- Pitching real assets at the wrong time
- Failing to think about your buyers in the RIGHT way
In today’s episode we break these mistakes down for you and explain what they mean. If you really think about what we say here, your odds of pitch success will improve exponentially.
We also mention some of the free resources we’ve created to help you pitch unscripted TV like a pro (to us or anyone else.)
Here are some of those resources you should check out after listening to today’s podcast:
- How to Pitch a Reality Show
- What Makes Great Reality TV Characters?
- Traits of Amazing Unscripted TV Worlds
- What’s a Story Engine? Why Do You Need One?
- What Do TV Networks Buy?
- The Soft Pitch Blue Print
- Pitch TV Shows Not Profile Pieces
- Ideas Are Not Enough
- Can You Pitch What You Don’t Have?
Just spending time with those resources will give you an education in unscripted television almost ALL of your competition is lacking.
NOW… press that giant red “PLAY” button above to avoid making these top three mistakes in the first place.
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