Newsletter 28 – November 2013
Jesse, Kristin and Mark take a break at MIPCOM to take a pic and enjoy beautiful Cannes.
Kristin will not be satisfied until her story ideas become reality on the screens, small or large, and that’s exactly the kind of tenacity and persistence that ultimately pays off. She has more than 10 meetings with film financiers and execs booked at AFM, and that’s before it even officially starts. And she will doubtless make many more connections in L.A. with Mark also on hand, helping her.
A happy Kristin after set up pitch meetings.
Jeanne, Wayne, Kristin and Mark at the Sell Your TV Concept Now studios.
For any kind of non-fiction show including game shows, documentaries, and competition shows…
Your best bet is the For any kind of non-fiction show including game shows, documentaries, and competition shows… Your best bet is the Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C. running January 26-29.Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C. running January 26-29.
Our exclusive Discount Code knocks $575 off the registration rate for Realscreen ($1,300 instead of $1, 875).
Call 407-351-0893 or
email: firstname.lastname@example.org with CODES in subject line and leave your name, number and a best time to contact.
Besides being a great time to take advantage of our exclusive discount on registration, it’s also smart to get a head start on making your travel plans. And once you know you’re going, you’ll want to think about joining our Hit Maker Tour group, where we mentor you directly on site to get the most out of the experience. Sharpen your pitch, and help you make more network contacts than you ever thought possible. Strategize who and where to pitch and how to follow up. We’re there to help you do it all.
For scripted dramas, sitcoms, and sci-fi…
Your best bet is NATPE Market and Conference, National Association of Television Programming Executives, in Miami Beach, Florida, running January 27-29. Besides a spectacular setting at the iconic Fountainbleau Miami Beach Resort, this event attracts plenty of movers and shakers, and not just the ones speaking at events, or officially on hand on the convention room floor. One of or Hit Maker Tour members scored an agent and top level meetings in L.A. for her show and got an offer by working the events and making more than 400 personal contacts.
Use our exclusive promo discount code and save $200 on NATPE registration.
Call us at 407-351-0893 or email email@example.com and give us your name and phone number and best time to contact you. Put CODES in the subject line.
For shows for kids aged 0 – 15, live-action or animated…
Your best best is Kidscreen Summit at the Hilton in New York City running February 9-14.
Again, we have a Discount Code:Discount price image good for $200 off the registration rate for Kidscreen ($1,350 instead of $1, 550). Call 407-351-0893 and leave your name, number and best time to get back to you and that you want the code. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with “codes” in subject line.
“It’s the heart and soul of our business. It’s getting you in front of network executives and pitching with absolute confidence.”
– Jeanne Simon
TEAM MEMBER PROFILE
Heather…never seen without a sunny smile.
Heather WorleyHeather’s been working with Mark and Jeanne since August, 2007 doing everything from fulfillment services to helping coordinate Hit Maker Summits.
She was born in Decatur, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in studio arts and art history. Her passion has always been animation since she first saw the Disney film classic, “Robin Hood” around age six, so it’s no coincidence she ended up in Orlando pursuing work with Disney.
Her gig, when not working with Sell Your TV Concept Now, is working as an Academy Artist at Disney Hollywood Studios at the Magic of Animation attraction teaching animation techniques and character drawing to guests of Disney World. It’s a dream assignment, and she loves hearing the guests’ stories.
It was a Disney college program that first led her to the Simons, talking about their mutual interest in animation and storyboards. Mark’s name came up as a local storyboard artist and author, and Heather ran straight to the book store to buy his storyboard book. She found his website, called him up and learned he was giving a lecture at Mega-Con, a comic convention in Orlando. She went to the lecture, signed up for more information, and later volunteered to help out at their Hit Makers Summit. She became so indispensable, she’s worked with them on a part-time basis ever since.
“I’m still a work in progress,” Heather admits, “But I’ve already seen a lot of my dreams come true. The day that I received the Walt Disney Legacy Award in 2011, Mark and Jeanne were among ones I told the day I found out. Obviously, my mom and dad were the first; but they were the next ones I told.”
As Jeanne describes her, “Heather always does a great job, but what makes her exceptional is her ability to brighten anyone’s day with her buoyant and sunny disposition. She’s an invaluable member of our team.”
We know that Heather’s heart is not only big enough to create smiles for countless Disney guests and hospitalized children everywhere, but to get everyone chortling with the same infectious giggle she fills our offices with every week. Thanks, Heather!
Wayne just did a script revision for a client on an animation project called “Thunderbolt Boomerang,” which is geared toward kids ages 6-9 and features rock musical numbers, space travel, and shape-shifting characters. Plenty to grab the attention of any kid with a short attention span.
This information is one of the revelations in Nicola Lees’ book Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch.
The list includes 30 words. We shared the first 15 words in last month’s newsletter, so here are the final 15:
Does your show contain any of these words in combination with other words of your own choosing?
Or maybe you can just name your show, The Big Quest to Attack the Dirty Wild Weird Dangerous and Bizarre Ghost Before We Are Haunted Jacked Up and Destroyed So We Can Warp Our Way Back to Eden.
NETFLIX CONTINUES TO ROLL
Netflix has surpassed HBO for number of subscribers, which now exceed 40 million. And with the move into original content with shows such as “House of Cards,” and “Orange is the New Black,” CEO Reed Hastings’ stated goal that Netflix, “wants to become HBO faster than HBO can become Netflix,” is more true than ever.
Hastings also says Netflix expects to double its spending on original content in 2014. His optimism is no doubt fueled by the success of more than 14 Emmy nominations for shows such as “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development,” which have also had an impact on subscriber increases.
Netflix’ success will only drive more providers such as Hulu or Amazon to pursue original content as a way to boost traffic and subscriber revenue. So continue to add these avenues to pitch your content at NATPE, Realscreen and Kidscreen this winter.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
And, if you’re like us, one of the main attractions of buying your favorite films or shows on DVD or Blu-ray are the extras that go into details on the making of the film or series.
But what’s going to happen to all those wonderful ‘Making of”extras as the studios continue to wean away from hard media on discs and the main features are streamed by themselves?
One answer was just provided by, of all people, the actress Natalie Portman, who is behind a YouTube channel that now specializes in featuring those ‘Making of’ videos we love so much. There’s already more than 1,300 videos with categories such as, “Reel Life, Real Stories, Actors,” “Reel Life, Real Stories, Filmmakers,” “In Theaters,” and “Coming Soon.”
Here’s the site, check it out:
CLICK ON THE PICTURE to see the video.