Newsletter 20 – April 2014
The 2015 Hit Maker Summit has come and gone and if you missed it, well, mark your calendar for next year because a most excellent and productive time was had by all. Let’s take a brief journey.
What a fantastic group this year! We had enthusiastic show creators come all the way to Orlando from Dubai, London, West Indies, and from all over the U.S.
Everyone came with a project they were passionate about; an eagerness to grab as much information, advice and momentum to propel it forward; a generosity of spirit and enthusiasm toward each others’ ideas; in the mood to have fun; and a serious dedication to crafting the perfect pitch. And they all seemed pretty thrilled.
Tracy and her partner and husband, Steven, share a laugh… or maybe they’re giddy from jet lag since they are the ones who came in from Dubai.
Everyone was engaged and diligent about getting their shows ready to pitch.
Courtney Michael (left) jumped at the chance to practice his pitch and he did an amazing job!
Inspirational Speakers and Mentors
Former Nickelodeon V.P., Andy Bamberger, (left) gave a talk about what not to do in a pitch and sat in as a mentor at a breakout session.
Surprise guest speaker, Ben Mandell (center), President of the Home Channel, gave us the inside scoop on how he landed the top job at the fledgling network.
Tracy Frenkel (right), producer and casting director led breakout sessions and kept us all laughing as the Hit Maker Summit MC.
Final comments from Mark and Jeanne:
“This is absolutely my favorite event of the year because of you guys.The friendships and support that develops as we all work together. The stories we tell each other. How many times did I cry?
Thanks for putting up with my tears. You all see and feel the power of emotional involvement with your projects. I certainly did. And the three days just flew by. What’s great though is how excited we are to continue working with you, and especially to see you at the conferences, where what you practiced here truly comes to life.
I also want to again thank our entire team; Denyse, Heather, Dan and Tracy who made it easy for us so we weren’t exhausted at the end of the day. Can’t wait for next year!”
“The most exciting part of the Summit for me is to see how each show blooms during this process. The amount of growth for each show was amazing. If we could have a before and after picture of where some of these pitches and projects were, everyone would be shocked. It’s such a huge leap.”
“The Hilton Orlando was an ideal venue for our Summit and the Hilton team bent over backwards to accommodate our every need. Every meal was exceptional and we all felt pampered.”
“Our team, Heather, Denyse and Dan were, as always, amazing.”
Denyse (left) and Heather making sure everyone at the Summit had the right materials for their binders.
“I’m sure we’ll have success stories to report as all of our Summit attendees continue the process getting their shows ready for pitch meetings and conferences, but for now, we can all bask in the glow of a magical three days.”
The Hit Maker Tour is back and it’s got a new name… Pitch TV Buyers Tour.
We’ll be training clients to pitch at NATPE, Realscreen and Kidscreen Summits in January and February of 2016.
The Pitch TV Buyers Tour is for you, if you’ve got a TV show and you’re ready to pitch it to top media execs!
And if you register by October 29th, 2015 you could SAVE $1,000 with our Early Bird discount.
Pitch TV Buyers Tour is a powerful combination of virtual training sessions before and after a TV pitch conference, plus on-site mentorship at the conference including at the pitch meetings with broadcast, cable, and streaming media execs we set up for you.
Click on the image below for more info.