By Nicola Lees
Lately there was an explosion of broadcast and cable channels with a determined want for unique factual/reality programming to fill their schedules: -documentaries, observational sequence, makeover codecs, truth competitions. but tv executives obtain an everyday avalanche of irrelevant pitches from pushy, badly ready manufacturers. only one in a hundred proposals are thought of worthy a re-evaluation, and such a lot commissioners by no means learn previous the 1st paragraph.
Greenlit explains how one can increase, learn, pitch and promote your notion for any kind of genuine or truth tv exhibit. It provides the scoop on:
* What channel executives are quite searching for in a pitch,
* The lifestyles tales of hit real exhibits equivalent to The Apprentice, Deadliest capture and Strictly Come Dancing
* recommendation from channel commissioners, improvement manufacturers and on-screen expertise on either side of the Atlantic.
* 11 steps that may raise your likelihood of profitable a commission
In a quickly increasing television industry, Greenlit is filled with source lists, pattern proposals, case reviews and workouts designed to spice up your abilities and advance commission-winning proposals.
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Extra resources for Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch
New ideas are usually unpopular ones,” Peter Bazalgette, former Chief Creative Officer at Endemol, once said. In order to get an innovative idea commissioned there must be a series of risk-takers in the commissioning chain. From the person who originates the idea, through to the executive producer who agrees to champion the idea and the commissioning executive, they are all putting their reputation and job on the line by being part of a risky commission. A good development producer will take risks, is not afraid of failure, and embraces rejection: the experienced development producer has at least nine rejections for every program commissioned.
And so that was when I realized documentary was my form and was what I wanted to do. “It got a little more ambitious and a little more ambitious; all of this time I was practicing editing too. I approached the British Association for the Advancement of Science and I effectively begged them to let me make a film for them about stem cell research. That was my first foray into making something for an audience, although I only got a nominal fee. “There wasn’t a brief, and in those days my idea of a documentary was— I’m ashamed to admit it now—a series of talking heads.
Knowing that a channel has recently greenlit a program about a high-end spa will prevent you wasting time pitching them a similar idea. Read the trade magazines and websites listed in the resources at the end of this chapter to keep up to date. Who’s Watching What? Measuring Eyeballs and Bums on Seats “ It’s best not to have an opinion about a show until you see how big the ratings are. —Mike Darnell, Head of Alternative Series, Fox Track which programs are doing well and which are sliding out of favor by keeping abreast of the viewing figures in the trade press.