Many people visit this site to learn how to pitch their own TV shows. Today, we give you an inside look at what happens when our production company teams up with an aspiring producer. We met Abra Chouinard through this very podcast and our newsletter. We did not know her before she submitted her concept and package to us. Now, she’s joining us for pitch meetings at major TV networks (and getting great response!) Abra shares the whole process, from pitching to us, to teaming up, making a tape, and meeting network execs. Plus, she shares actionable tips to help you stand out when pitching your first concepts…whether to us or anyone else. [Read more…]
Pitch Reality TV Shows?
Well, we’ve been doing it for well over a decade, pitch reality tv shows weekly, and have made over 100 hours of reality television. And, we’ve shared the ultimate guide on how to pitch a reality show. It’s our great privilege to work in the reality TV industry, and these podcasts episodes are one way we can give back. So in these eps, you’ll learn various aspects of how to pitch a reality show.
What You Need to Know First
When you pitch reality tv shows, there isn’t one “path” or “style” that’s correct. If you’re pitching a competition elimination show your pitch will be completely different than if you’re pitching a follow-doc about an interesting personality. And if you don’t know what any of that means, you’re in the right place! All that and more will be covered in these posts and episodes.
What You’ll Find Here…
The blog posts and podcast episodes in this category all address different aspects of how to pitch reality tv shows, from writing paper pitches to understanding what kind of shows NOT to pitch, and pitfalls you should avoid when you pitch reality tv shows.
TV Network Executives: the elite group that filmmakers and producers wish to meet, hope to pitch, and pray will fund their projects. For some, they seem to be mysterious, god-like figures who can make dreams come true. To others, they seem a closed-door group impossible to access. Today, Paul Croce is here to shed light on this seemingly all-powerful profession, and give you real tips and truths about TV network executives. We wish someone had told us these secrets fifteen years ago. It’s awesome to have Paul share them with you today. [Read more…]
A production company (maybe ours) wants to team up with you on your reality TV concept. The idea of “shopping agreements” comes up. But what does that mean? How long should you agree to let someone pitch your idea? What will that process be like? Let us answer all these questions…and more. If you have EVER thought you might want to pitch your unscripted TV idea to a production company, this episode is a MUST LISTEN. [Read more…]
It’s episode 70, and we’re sharing 7 Must-Know Tips for Pitching Reality TV. These are hand-picked to help you avoid the mistakes we see new producers make over and over again. Whether you’re pitching to us or anyone else, by using these 7 tips you’ll look like a pro and drastically increase your chances of moving your project forward. [Read more…]
As you already know from reading our in-depth guide on creating and pitching reality shows, there is no better way to quickly break into the business than building your show around a great, real life character. But when you’re putting together very basic casting tapes to test whether or not someone might be great TV, there’s a HUGE mistake you need to avoid. [Read more…]
Casting Agreements for reality TV and unscripted television — what are they, and do you need one? Do you need casting agreements for all reality TV projects, or just some? Will they cost you money? Should you get a lawyer? Could not getting those casting agreements come back to bite you? The answers are not easy to figure out, but we’re here to talk you through them. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
Here’s a HUGE mistake aspiring producers make when pitching what they think are viable TV series: they pitch profile pieces instead. It’s something we’ve seen a rash of in the past few months, and we want to help you avoid this mistake immediately. Not kidding — we just passed on at least 40 or 50 projects that made the mistake we’ll help you remedy today. After today’s post, you will pitch TV series, and never, ever again accidentally pitch a profile piece disguised as unscripted television show. [Read more…]
You’ve seen The Jinx on HBO. Enjoyed great crime recreation shows on Discovery ID. Laughed out loud at Drunk History on Comedy Central. Maybe even gasped at TLC’s Sex Sent Me to the ER. These are great, cinematic recreation shows. Today, we’re going to tell you how to create and pitch re-creation shows of your own. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even make one together. [Read more…]
In past we’ve encouraged you to “soft pitch” ideas. Unfortunately, we’ve never actually told you how to do that. The result is that many of you are sending in submissions that are not soft pitches at all. Instead, they are broad ideas that hurt your chances of success. That ends today. You’re about to learn how to soft pitch the right way. This will help you focus your resources, decide which projects to spend time on, and impress the heck out of us. [Read more…]