Newsletter 27 – October 2013
CLIENT EVENT SPOTLIGHT
Doug on boom arm for Deadliest Catch
Here’s one question we didn’t have a chance to get to in the workshop, but will be of value to anyone creating a reality show:
“In the interest of being original, does a directory/list of past and present reality shows exist.”
– Lee from Phoenix, AZ.
Mark can take this one…
A list of the major new shows of 2013 can be found at the Hollywood Reporter:http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-pilots-2013-complete-guide-413377
We also often refer to TV.com to research past and present shows. You can search by category, decade or network.
Network websites are also awesome sources of info.
Of course, the best and most fun resource is to simply watch TV. Lots of TV. Tons of TV. We hear from some creators who say they don’t watch TV. If that’s the case, then don’t create a TV show. You need to watch TV if you want to work in TV. Period.“
The Winter television conferences are coming. We shouldn’t have to remind you what that means. It’s prime season for pitching your shows, and the networks and cable stations are at these conferences LISTENING.
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.
Our exclusive Discount Code: SYTCN14 knocks $575 off the registration rate for Realscreen ($1,199 instead of $1, 775) and is good until December 13, 2013.
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 meetings in L.A. for her show by working the events and making more than 400 personal contacts.
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.
Our exclusive Discount Code:FIRSTKSS14 is good for $200 off the registration rate for Kidscreen ($1,350 instead of $1, 550) and is good until January 10, 2014.
Both Mark and Jeanne will be attending Kidscreen this year, so this is an optimum chance to take advantage of that Hit Maker Tour and get TWO mentors for the price of one at the conference to help you market your show.
“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
Our client on left pitching CAA exec.
Early bird rate available
and the first material review is October 30.
Call 407-351-0893 for more info or
Jeanne SimonJeanne’s just back from Phoenix after a three-day intensive training with marketing mentor David Neagle. Again, these are strategies, motivations and inspirations that ultimately all our clients will be able to utilize to better position and promote their own projects for maximum appeal. She’ll be excited to share the latest trends and techniques.
The prime benefactors of these new strategies will no doubt be the members of our Accelerate Program, who have the most access to hands-on training in the full development and marketing process for their shows.
We are approaching a crucial marketing opportunity with the big winter television conferences approaching, so there is no better time to fully and finally develop your show to make the best impression possible, and to finally sell that idea.
Find out more about the Accelerate Program here:
Wayne is busy scripting a contemporary noir thriller feature screenplay with novelist Kristin Alexandre called “Altar Rock.” As part of the process, Kristin is getting a master class in screenwriting to co-write this project through use of live Skype sessions with Wayne, where they spent more than 15 hours breaking the story into a scene-by-scene outline. She also is getting hands on instruction on how to use the screenwriting software Final Draft to exchange drafts back and forth, as well as invaluable tips on how to customize dialogue for the voice of each character.
Also, here’s a link to his “Sell Your Script” webinar replay:
This information is just one of the insider tidbits in Nicola Lees’ book Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch.
Or maybe you can just name your show, The World’s Freakiest Funniest Outrageous Uncut Untamed Deadliest Extreme Paranormal and Extraordinary Grizzly Monsters that Prey on Raw Buck Naked Busters.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
The show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, wrote and directed the final episode and (SPOILER ALERT) pretty much left no meth pipe unsmoked. Everyone got their just desserts, and we’ll never casually load a packet of Stevia into our Chamomile tea again. This is basically how you do a finale to satisfy long-term fans. Powerful. Poignant. Poetic. Plus, a lot of nasty Nazi’s got mowed down from an M-60 in the trunk of a car. Jesse strangling Todd had us cheering. And Walt bleeding out to and beneath his “Baby Blue” had us crying – not for wicked Walt – but for a sad farewell to one of the best and most cinematic narratives television has ever produced.
Meanwhile, on Showtime, Dexter ended after eight seasons with a whimper instead of a bang. We get that (SPOILER ALERT) they probably couldn’t kill off the serial-killer title character since he continues to live and slice away in the book series the show was originally based on. But to leave him as a loner, brooding, self-exiled lumberjack (and he’s alright!) in Washington state? When did this show suddenly turn into a Monty Python sketch? Still, this show jumped the blood splatter slide long ago, after John Lithgow’s villainous triumph as the Trinity killer in season four.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is the fast paced, clever, quirky and fun experience you’d expect a Joss Whedon project (Firefly,Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avengers movie) to present. Wayne’s only quibble is that the characters this time look a bit too cookie cutter along the typical TV trend of generic looking, model-type men and women.
With the exception of Clark Gregg as agent Coulson and Ron Glass, they all look like they came out of a fashion catalog, and, so far, their characters have very little distinction or depth beyond that. We trust Whedon to flesh them out more, but there is just very little diversity in their overall look, age, size, manner or appearance to the point where they are almost interchangeable, pretty action figures. Maybe that’s the point. Visit your local Toys ‘R Us for Christmas gift ideas for your little agent!
Wonder no more, here’s the scoop:
WHERE ARE MARK AND JEANNE (and LUKE & REECE)?
Mark, Luke, Jeanne and Reece soak it all in at Discovery Cove