Beyond the selling and scouting of television
formats for writers, creators and producers, The
Television Writers Vault works to provide our
members with firsthand, personal insights and
perspectives from many of our top Industry
Executives. In this continuing series, Scott
Manville (Founder and President of the TV Writers
Vault), shares these focused discussions to bring
you more understanding and knowledge of the
inner-workings of the television industry, and the
many executives who use our service to scout and
produce new shows. Click Exec's Name to
view complete interview.
Executive Producer | Angel City Factory
"Finding an extraordinary adventure in real life
circumstance is something we've always been drawn
to."Rita MullinExecutive VP, Programming &
Development - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network"I think
we're in a golden age for scripted right now, and
they often inspire my thoughts about making our own
non-scripted shows stronger"
Executive VP Programming & Development | Oprah
"I think there's a golden age for scripted TV right
now, and they often inspire my thoughts about making
our own non-scripted shows stronger."
Executive Producer, Head of TV | Buck Productions
"You offer one of the only services out there, where
a Creator can put their concept out to Producers in
a user-friendly manner. Its my go-to source."
Executive Producer | The Gurin Company
"If you believe in your ideas, stick with them.
Passion and skill will rule at the end of the day."
Vice President of Alternative Series & Specials |
"We’re looking for something that will be the next
step in reality. Not to reinvent the wheel, because
there is comfort in the familiar, but to think big
and take a unique approach."
Executive Producer | Media Brand Consultant
"...Interesting people or places in the world. Tiny
slices of life that we never realized existed. Those
make for the best stories"
Vice President, Development | Zodiak USA
"Television and film takes storytelling to the next
level by enriching it with the texture of sight and
Vice President of Programming | Fox Television
"...stay true to your own voice and style... those
fresh, original voices are what studios and
producers look for."
Senior Vice President of International Formats | CBS
"Be a leader, not a follower. As Michael King used
to say to me all the time, "We have to zig, when
everyone else is zagging."
VP Original Movies | Lifetime Television
"At the end of the day it’s still all about the
storytelling--starting with a good idea, finding the
right writer, and then rolling up your sleeves and
doing the hard work..."
Vin Di Bona
President & CEO | Vin Di Bona Productions
"...When I sold my first network series (Animal
Crack-ups), that sale was the result of 138 pitches.
My second show (AFV) was sold in four minutes on the
CEO, Executive Producer | World Of Wonder
"What reality TV does more than any other genre is
explode the myth of the ordinary"
Executive Producer | E! / Port Magee Pictures
"Hollywood is chewing its proverbial fingernails,
and on its knees praying every day that something
original and exciting will fall into its lap."
Vice President of New Media | Automatic Pictures
"...every project has its natural format, for which
it is best suited"
President | Sports Branded Media
"...Do your homework, ask questions, network, do
more homework, and be tenacious as hell"
VP of Development | Slate of Eight Productions
"...Networks are looking for projects that can air
long enough to go into syndication"
"...the beauty of this town is that any idiot can
make it... It's also one of the problems"
"...if you have a personal experience that is highly
marketable, definitely write it"