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Getting Your Idea on TV

Pitch Your Idea
Pitching Your Idea Video Link

The video addresses these issues:
* What is a reality show 'pitch'?
* How does a reality show idea become a pitch?
* What is reality show 'formatting'?
* What makes a great reality show pitch?
* How can I pitch a reality show about my job, family or life?
* Do I have to be an established producer to pitch a reality show?
* Do I need an agent to pitch a reality show?
* If I have a reality show idea, should I partner with a production company?
* What do networks look for in a reality show?
* What are the chances of selling a reality show on a pitch?

The Pitch Meeting
The Meeting Video Link

The video addresses these issues:
* How can I get a pitch meeting with a network?
* What are the various levels of network executives?
* Is it worthwhile to pitch a reality show to a lower-level executive?
* How should I pitch if the person I'm meeting is a lower-level executive?
* Can I insist on meeting with a high-level executive when pitching a reality show?
* How can I tell who the power player is in a pitch meeting?
* Do I need to have tape to show when pitching a reality show?
* What's the secret to selling a show?

From Pitch To Pilot
Pitch to Pilot Video Link

The video addresses these issues:
* If a network likes a reality show pitch, what is the next step?
* What is a reality show 'pilot'?
* Does a network ever buy a show without making a pilot?
* Do reality show pilots make it onto TV?
* What is a reality show 'sizzle reel'?
* What makes a successful reality show pilot?
* Should I put my own money into producing a reality show pilot or series?
* Is the amount of funding given for a reality show pilot negotiable?
* If a network produces a pilot for my show, does that mean I've sold my show?

Reality Show Storytelling
Storytelling Video Link

The video addresses these issues:
* What are the essential elements of a great reality show?
* Does reality TV use scripts?
* What is a 'soft-scripted' show versus an unscripted show?
* What is a reality show 'set piece'?
* How do reality show producers decide which stories to focus on?
* What happens if the stories that emerge during a reality show shoot aren't interesting

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