Newsletter 28 – January 2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!
Who needs Santa Clause when you have a SpongeBob Squarepants tree to set the mood for your holiday celebration? We got in the appropriate spirit to ring in the new year, which, in deference to the Chinese, we are proudly proclaiming the “Year of the Horsing Around.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We hope 2014 finds you healthy and happy and taking life a bit less seriously.
We also hope your 2014 includes a resolution to go for those pursuits you enjoy, and that also can bring you the prosperity to enjoy them full time.
And we also happen to think creating your own TV series and selling it would be an awesome way to achieve that resolution!
It’s not too late…
…To start 2014 off right and join our Hit Maker Tour to one of the three most important television conferences this year.
628 channels are waiting for content. Give yours a chance NOW!
The first official training session is Thursday, January 16. It’s not too late to get in on the action.
This is the year to really MAKE IT HAPPEN!
ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
CALL 407-351-0893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for rates to each conference and more information.
BEST OPPORTUNITIES TO SELL YOUR SHOW IN 2014
There are THREE major conferences coming up LATER THIS MONTH. Choose the conference best for your type of show.
Your best bet is the Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C. running January 26-29.
Your best bet is NATPE Market and Conference, National Association of Television Programming Executives, in Miami Beach, Florida, running January 27-29.
Your best best is Kidscreen Summit at the Hilton in New York City running February 9-14.
DON’T GO IT ALONE, GO WITH A PRO
The absolute best way to get the most bang for your buck out of a television conference – to have the most effective pitch; to make the most contacts; to know what to do or follow up with those contacts – is to join our Hit Maker Tour and have a mentor or coach on site who knows how to work the conferences inside and out. To have a pro on your side.
JOIN OUR HIT MAKER TOUR
Hurry! Just a FEW SPOTS LEFT!
- Pre-conference training! You haven’t missed any training! First training session is January 18th!
- On-site mentor to go to pitch meetings with you, help you perfect your pitch, strategize and network.
- Score more meetings than you ever thought possible with major buyers. (Our record is 33 in one day!)
- Pitch with absolute confidence!
- Find out all of the insider places and opportunities to meet industry execs and agents where big deals get hatched.
- Access to the members’ only website: treatment and one sheet samples, list of pitch terminology, money-saving
travel tips and much more.
- Exponentially increase your chances of selling your show!
- Tour members have EXCLUSIVE access to NATPE’s Silver Package NAVIGATOR program with additional acess,
special sessions and private introductions. (See info below)
CALL NOW at 407-851-0893 or email:
and leave your name, phone and best time to reach you.
CLOSED DOOR SESSIONS FOR HMT MEMBERS
FAST-ACTING BONUS – Don’t forget to also ask about our exclusive Hit Maker Tour CLOSED DOOR SESSIONS. They take place the night before every conference and it’s your chance to pitch producers and executives. You’ll definitely get great feedback…heck, you might even get a bite before the conference begins!
TOON BOOM NEWS
Here’s an excerpt from Mark’s latest article for the Toon Boom News.
A TOON BOOM COMPANION
Storyboards often have to be drawn on location. Sure, we all like working in our dark studios, but even we artists have to see the sunshine at some time.
I stopped using paper years ago with the advent of Storyboard Pro. It’s easy enough to still work digitally on location with my laptop and portable Cintiq, but the equipment can get heavy and I have to have access to an electrical outlet to plug in my 13-inch Cintiq. However, Wacom has finally developed the dream machine tablet, the Cintiq Companion. And I got my hands on one before it was released to the public.
Unlike most tablets, this one features a powerful i7 processor and runs a full version of Windows 8. That’s right, it will run your favorite Windows programs. And guess what I installed first…
Since Storyboard Pro and many other graphics programs are processor intensive, I set the performance and power levels to High Performance even when it’s running on battery.
I ran every test I could think of with Storyboard Pro on
the Cintiq Companion and it freaking rocks! It’s just as fast
as my desktop computer.
For the full review and article, go to:
The entire SYTCN team had a hand in helping prepare creators Laura and Rob Small’s original animation project “Thunderbolt Boomerang” for a major push during the upcoming Kidscreen Summit television conference in New York.
Mark is producing the Animatic and designed the characters; Wayne did the final revised draft of the script; and Jeanne is coaching the Smalls on their pitch and presentation. We look forward to big bites for this captivating kids’ show about a girl and her pets who lead a secret double life magically transformed into interplanetary Pop Glam Rock stars.
Jeanne is also in deep development doing the treatment, edit and layout for a pre-school animation project. Stay tuned for more details.
WORKSHOP REPLAY DISCOUNTS NEXT WEEK!
Our first New Year’s special is coming this week with great discounts on replays of our most popular virtual workshops.
- How to land face-to-face pitch meetings with Nickelodeon, Discovery Channel, TruTV, USA, AMC, Bravo, Fox, and more!
- What actually happens in a pitch
- How to avoid the top 3 sure-fire, deal-killer mistakes
- Top 7 questions your pitch must answer to succeed
- Best places to pitch animation, reality, sitcom or drama
- How to make the most of your investment, time and $$
- Pitch myths that keep you from moving forward
This week and next week look for special 50% off discounts (a steal!) on these virtual workshops, which are perfect preparation training for protecting your project, attending a television conference, and marketing or selling your script or project.
On sale next week (Starting January 14):
The following week (Starting January 21):
“Pitching Animation with Max Howard & Mark Simon”
Look for emails next week announcing the 50% off discounts are active!
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
Apparently a lot more of us were watching Downton Abbey. Last year the show premiered on PBS Masterpiece Theater in the United States with 7.9 million viewers and peaked at 8.2 million for the finale. Season Four, which just started January 5, pulled in a record PBS audience of more than 10 million – the highest ratings for PBS since “The Civil War” (The Ken Burns’ documentary, not the actual… you know). Looks like the Granthams will be around for awhile. Wonder if the actor who played Matthew and chose to leave the show so unceremoniously last year (or as creator Julian Fellowes chose to dispatch him) will be able to say the same for his career.
Wayne binge-watched the first season of BBC’s Orphan Black during the holidays. Actress Tatiana Maslany, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for the series, plays a hustler (think Dragon Tattoo girl) in Ontario who discovers she’s one of eight clones who were created and are being mysteriously eliminated one by one. Maslany has a field day playing eight different personalities from Ukraine punk to suburban soccer mom to lesbian scientist nerd. Some scenes feature 3-4 of her characters interacting in an amazing display of technicality plus acting marvelry. Season Two starts in April on BBC.
Luke and Reece watched a marathon of Ridiculousness on MTV, a show which simply categorizes and shows clips of outrageous ‘Jackass-style’ clips from YouTube and has a host and celebrity panel react. It takes America’s Funniest Video groin kicks to an entirely… low but funny level. Considering most of the young generation gets their entertainment from YouTube, this is a smart and cheap way to hit that demographic.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Actress Melissa Joan Hart has a memoir out called “Melissa Explains It All,” which includes memories of her time at Nickelodeon starring in Clarissa Explains It All. Jeanne was a producer on that show, which launched Melissa to stardom, as well as producing other shows at Nickelodeon including Roundhouse, Gullah Gullah Island, and Allegra’s Window.
Reading the book is bringing back many fond memories to Jeanne about that experience working with Melissa.”I remember Melissa at the tender age of 14 as an absolute professional,” Jeanne recalls. “What a great time we had on that show!”