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Topic: Sitcom Idea

Author: Kim Bougas Posted: 01/21/04 10:00 PM

I came up with a sitcom idea a year ago and wrote a pilot for it and came up with a list of six possible episodes. I've entered it in a few contests because I figured that was my only way of getting anyone to look at it as I've read the sitcom industry is very difficult to break into. I've read it's very much who you know.

Are there any other avenues for me to explore? I've only heard from one contest thus far (semifinalist, still waiting for final results) and the others haven't come out with their results yet. Should I wait and see how I do in all the contests I've entered?

Kim

Author: STEVEN CALDERWOOD Posted: 01/24/04 09:56 AM

Welcome to the Black Hole!

This is the toughest area of all the business. You are going to need an Agent/Manager to submit to 95% of all the Prodcos that might shoot a Pilot.

You are going to have to meet and network with as many TV "IN" people as possible. Hopefully they might get you a meeting.

Seriously I would think about trying to get a job with one of the Networks, Studios or Prodcos. This seems to be the only way anything ever gets pitched.

Inktip.com does have a section for posting TV scripts but I don't think there has been any success in that area.

The contests do help but I haven't really seen any huge successes in that avenue either other than the winners getting some writing work.

Scriptapalooza and TVPilot are the ones and Larry Brody does have the clout to get work noticed.

Don't give up but be realistic and realize that it is a long haul.

Sorry I wasn't more possitive but the Screenwriting side of our business does have better odds.

Steve

Author: Kim Bougas Posted: 01/24/04 12:53 PM

Thanks for the info Steve. That's what I pretty much figured. I have it posted on Inktip.com and haven't had much success with it. Company's may or may have looked at my logline, but I really don't know. It was really just looking to pitch a few ideas for the show and if they liked it, let them run with it (I don't consider myself all the funny to continue coming up with show ideas). Figured any amount of money they'd give me I'd be happy LOL.

Thanks for the info.

Kim

Author: Marcel Fayant Posted: 01/24/04 02:55 PM

If your a finalist or even make it into the semi's or quarter it's something to take with you. But one probably still needs that agent to get it front of the people who make decisions. But keep on pitching it. And on inktip state that it made it somewhere.

I am in a producers emersion course I think my drama series proposal will probably be on hold because the money isn't out there to produce such a series. A cheap one hour drama in Canada is about a million bucks (so they say)

mf

Author: Kim Bougas Posted: 01/26/04 01:01 PM

Thanks for the info Marcel. I've basically done that on Inktip already and I wish it were so easy to find an agent LOL. Although, I really haven't pitched it to any agents because I wasn't sure how to go about it and if it was any different than pitching a regular screenplay?

Author: Marcel Fayant Posted: 01/26/04 03:56 PM

if you caught the news, ABC is looking for sitcom comedy and female drama. If I only new how to get that my idea for a drama to them that would be nice.

I emailed ABC to find an address but for the entertainmen president but with no luck.

mf

Author: Kim Bougas Posted: 01/27/04 02:02 PM

Hmmmmm, mine is a female driven sitcom. Yeah, I wonder how to get in touch with them?

Kim

Author: Kim Bougas Posted: 01/27/04 02:02 PM

Hmmmmm, mine is a female driven sitcom. Yeah, I wonder how to get in touch with them?

Kim

Author: STEVEN CALDERWOOD Posted: 01/27/04 10:09 PM

Trying to Pitch to Networks can be done. CBS recently opened up to accept pitches, an effort to try and attract some new ideas.

There is the Diversity Programs for the networks, Fox has a really good one.

I am doing some pitches to Prodcos and some of the Biggies at the moment. I was suprised to find a request already and I am not going thru management to send it.

The biggest problem is that there is so many pitches for the same thing, legally they have to cover themselves from Suits for similarity. I've heard the release forms for TV are really indepth and anal but hey that's lawyers for ya.

Steve

Author: Sean Riordan Posted: 01/30/04 07:47 PM

Steven,

You mentioned CBS recently accepted pitches for sitcoms. Do you need to be represented, or are they accepting unsolicited queries from nobodies like me? I have a pilot that was a finalist in two contests, but don't know what to do with it. Thanks for any info.

Sean Riordan

Author: STEVEN CALDERWOOD Posted: 01/30/04 10:20 PM

Hey Sean

I think if you go to CBS.com and do a bit of surfing, there is a section for submissions in the diversity submission section.

I know there was a deadline- it may have passed but what the hey- go for it.

My partner and I got our package off to the big guys and now we wait to see what response there is.

Steve

Author: Sean Riordan Posted: 01/30/04 11:32 PM

I'll check it out, thanks for the help, Steven.

Sean