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Hey if I have an idea for a reality tv show how do I go about pitching it?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by joejim, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. joejim

    joejim Registered Member

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    Hey if I have an idea for a reality tv show how do I go about pitching it? Anyone have any ideas where to start?
     
  2. seabro

    seabro Newbie

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    Hey joejim,

    Google 'freemantle media'

    They are huge and are behind lots of big reality TV shows.

    Remeber to protect your idea before sharing it with them!
     
  3. joejim

    joejim Registered Member

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    how do I protect it get a lawyer? thx for the link.
     
  4. Mondlicht

    Mondlicht Junior Member

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    patent? i am not sure since i am not familiar with this
     
  5. seabro

    seabro Newbie

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    also google endemol entertainment. they are behind big brother.. not that I have been watching it :)

    regarding protecting your IP (Intellectual Property not Internet Protocol), I heard you can right your idea down, seal it in an envelope, sign over the seal, and post it by recorded delivery to your solicitor (and tell them not to open it). Failing that, ask your solicitor and if you don't have one, just send it to me :)
     
  6. erskinem

    erskinem Newbie

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    Hey,

    I work in TV, so here's what you do.

    To protect your idea - sure, the paper in the sealed envelope always sounds like a good idea, but in reality, ideas don't fall under the realm of copyright. You can only protect tangible assets and execution. You can register your pitch with the WGA (Writer's Guild of America) but even that won't fall as protection, only that there is a record that your concepts exist should a network decide to pickup the concept.

    However, I wouldn't be too concerned with someone stealing your idea, for two reasons.

    1.) If it really is something a Network wants to pursue, they're not in the business of screwing people over (not in that way at least) really not worth the time.

    2.) It's really too easy to steal and there isn't much you can do about it. Think about all the reality shows that are so similar anyways. All they would have to do is change a few things and it becomes their own.

    IF you really want to pitch the concept, unless you are an established guy, its tough to walk in and start talking concepts.

    I would recommend producing a pilot, or at the very least, a trailer of what the show is about. You don't have to spend a lot of money on it, and it doesn't have to be really pro, you just have to prove that the concept can work, it will be entertaining, and a lot of people would want to watch it.

    Now take your treatment (a write up of what the show is about) and a copy of your trailer/pilot, put it in a cooler of beer (or something similarly clever) and send it to all the reality tv production companies that do similar types of productions.

    It's your best shot at getting a meeting.

    Good Luck!
     
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    thedorf Supreme Member

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    This is really good thinking. You have to do something to make yourself stand out. These people probably get pitches all the time. This is one of the best "30 second elevator speeches" I seen lately.