Greenlit: Developing Factual/reality TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch

Greenlit: Developing Factual/reality TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch

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"Blows the lid on so many TV secrets" Tom Archer, Controller Factual, BBC "If every first-time producer read this before pitching a program, I guarantee a greater success rate" Gary Lico, President/CEO, CABLEready, USA In recent years there has been an explosion of broadcast and cable channels with a desperate need for original factual/reality programming to fill their schedules: documentaries, observational series, makeover formats, reality competitions. Yet television executives receive a daily avalanche of inappropriate pitches from pushy, badly prepared producers. Only 1 in 100 proposals are considered worth a second look, and most commissioners never read past the first paragraph. Greenlit explains how to develop, research, pitch and sell your idea for any type of factual or reality television show.
It gives the inside track on: * What channel executives are really looking for in a pitch * The life stories of hit factual shows such as The Apprentice, Deadliest Catch and Strictly Come Dancing * Advice from channel commissioners, development producers and on-screen talent on both sides of the Atlantic * Eleven steps that will increase your chance of winning a commission In a rapidly expanding TV market, Greenlit is packed with resource lists, sample proposals, case studies and exercises designed to boost your skills and develop commission-winning proposals.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 24mm | 612.35g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408122677
  • 9781408122679
  • 144,513

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter One: Welcome to Development Hell (A.K.A. What the Hell is Development?) Chapter Two: Do You Have What it Takes? Chapter Three: Understanding the TV Landscape Chapter Four: Generating Ideas Chapter Five: Developing an Idea Chapter Six: Considering Multiplatform Content Chapter Seven: Writing a Killer Proposal Chapter Eight: Finding and Keeping Talent Chapter Nine: The Pitch Tape Chapter Ten: The Pitch Chapter Eleven: Alternative Sources of Funding Chapter Twelve: Getting the Greenlight
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'excellent...a really handy primer on getting commissioned for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned pro.' Stage Screen & Radio (November 2010)
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About Nicola Lees

Nicola Lees has developed documentaries, docudramas, multiplatform and reality programmes for network and cable channels, including the BBC and Discovery, Travel Channel, National Geographic and TLC in the USA. Nicola consults for international clients and is editor of dedicated to factual development.
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Greenlit is an amazing book that's a "must-have" for everyone in the TV/Film industry. It's packed full with everything that you need to get your ideas commissioned. It certainly gets those creative juices flowing, and it really makes you think about your ideas in ways that you have never thought of before. "It isn't what the book costs. It's what it will cost you if you don't read it." - Jim Rohnshow more
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