How To Pitch Your TV Series
This workshop is designed to help writers of all levels learn what separates a good television series pitch from a great one.
I’ve sold projects to both broadcast networks and cable outlets, and have heard the gambit of pitches from writers that vary from the great to ‘you’ve got to be kidding me.’ Over the past few years, it’s become my obsession to identify just what makes a great pitch and share the information with writers. Why? It’s completely self-serving – I want every pitch that comes through my door to be a sell-able home run and become a huge hit so I can relax and take the rest of the year off!
In the workshop, I’ll walk through the research you need to do before you even get in the door, how to connect with the person your pitching to, the structure of an effective pitch, how to deal with the ‘why me, why now’ aspect, as well as the level of details to put in and what to take out. We’ll talk characters, how to show their conflicts and not just tell about them, and the best follow up practices once you leave the meeting. I’ll also talk about the sample you need to score a meeting in the first place, as well as strategies to adapt your pitch for each market. Possibly most importantly, I’ll give you examples of what to do and what NOT to do in a pitch.
Online sign up has closed. Paper copies of workshop, speed pitch, and Saturday lunch table sign-ups will be at registration on Saturday. If there was a workshop or a panel you were hoping to attend, you are welcome to show up in person and a volunteer will check if there is space available.