Producing a Reality Show – Here are some thoughts.


Producing a Reality Show – Here are some thoughts.

Here are some of my thoughts on Reality TV producing:

1. own the access… own the show. (at least until they find another talent with similar aspects)
2. Trusted Show Runners / Producers only
3. Characters, Consequences, Comedy, and Conflict…
4. as stated above: work on 10 ideas and maybe, maybe 1 will fly. (if your lucky…)
5. timing and patience is everything… just ’cause its a great idea doesn’t mean its right for the network today…. but wait!… it might be perfect in 6 months or a year from now…
6. Don’t expect to produce your show. EXPECT to get a small fee or a buy-out at best, at least the first time. at worst… expect it to get copied…
7. Don’t pitch to too many people ( shot-gunning ) it’ll just make you and the show look desperate…
8. work the idea… then work it again… and again.. and again… until it’s really really ready. you only get one chance at that first look.
9. Don’t over design the show… Networks want Characters and their world… they don’t really want a “finished” show… too limiting.
10. Network exec’s are like Elephants when it comes to remembering what you don’t want them to remember… Again. Don’t over design the show… They may want exactly what your talent and their world are all about, but your show’s IDEA is all wrong. Now you’ll never get past the OLD idea to pitch the world and the characters…

cheers
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