Maryland Man Sells Life Story as
The TV Writers Vault congratulates Writer/Member
David Howe of Frederick, Maryland
on the sale of his docu-style reality series to Buck
Productions, Inc. Mr. Howe shares with us some of
his experiences at the TV Writers Vault, and the
process of selling his tv show concept to Producers.
As the Producing company moves to market with the
series, details of the project will be shared once
it is cleared of current confidentiality
From the Interview...
"Live in gratitude for everything you have and will
have. Believe that the resources, people, places,
events, and money are already in place right now."
Scott Manville: Thanks for taking the time out to
chat with us, Dave. First, congratulations on
landing a deal with Buck Productions, Inc. It must
be exciting to finally have a production company
behind your project.
David Howe: Thanks Scott. It's a blast so far. The
guys at Buck have some really great ideas and I'm
sure it will be good working with them.
SM: I just have a few questions related to your
experiences with our service, and the process you’ve
been involved in getting your project sold. How
instrumental has the TV Writers Vault been in
getting connected to Producers?
DH: I don't know that I could have done it without
the TV Writers Vault. Your service was instrumental
in making the connection.
SM: Would you recommend the TV Writers Vault to
others who may have a concept or story to sell to
the television industry.
DH: Without question. You just can't get this kind
of exposure anywhere else.
SM: Some people just don’t believe its possible.
What would you say to the “naysayers”?
DH: Well I would say that I'm proof. If you have an
original idea, that is helpful... but it is
SM: So what do you do for your day job?
DH: I'm a manager at a tire and auto service center.
SM: Between that and family, how do you find time to
work on your projects?
DH: I get a couple days off a week... one day all to
myself. This is when I work on that stuff.
SM: Your project and story is so cool, I was
thrilled to see it get picked up. I see Buck
Productions has done quite a bit of reality
programming in Canada. What’s the next step for your
project? Is it out to American distributors?
DH: Yes, Buck has some great experience with
Reality. Right now we have some early interest from
a few places, and an American distributor. We
really haven't even completed the outline yet, so it
seems like it is moving fast. It was only 4 weeks
ago I published my synopsis on TV Writers Vault.
SM: Your life story pitched was extremely unique and
humorous in itself. But, you’re also extremely
creative. I personally felt the writing you did on
the treatment was terrific. Probably one of the best
I’ve seen in a while, and very smart in the way that
you infused humor into the pitch. Will you continue
to formulate concepts, or was this just a one-time
stunt since it happened to be based on your life
DH: Thanks for the compliment. I'd like to develop
other things, sure. I think my creativity will
increase with a beach house and a Bentley. So, I
need to check those off the list first.
SM: (laughs) I like that. How has it been dealing
with the Production company? Good guys?
DH: Real easy. They are excited about the concept
and immediately started working on it. Everything
seems to be going well.
SM: Your project is a docu-style reality series that
would follow you through some pretty unique
experiences. I know this is to be developed more as
you would move to production, but once in motion,
are you really ready to have your life become a
public spectacle? What do you think that experience
will be like?
DH: I've thought about this a lot. It just wouldn't
be fair of me to deprive the world of my
entertainment value [laughs]...plus, this will lead
to other work like Dancing with the Stars or
Celebrity Rehab. I've always been a bit of a clown,
and life is a public spectacle. But, I guess I
can't answer this truthfully until it happens.
SM: [laughing] I can tell you're ready for the
tornado. What does your family think about all this?
DH: My family thinks this is all pretty natural for
me. It's like, "well, of course."
SM: Now for a few dry questions; How long were you a
member of the TV Writers Vault before getting the
proposal from the Production company?
DH: About 5 days. The first 2 really didn't count
because I posted my treatment on a Saturday.
SM: Did you have multiple projects submitted?
DH: I originally thought up a game show type format
that really didn't focus on me that much though my
other persona would have a role. I decided to scrap
the idea because that's really like a second show
idea once viewers know more about me.
SM: In total, how many reviews did you receive from
Production Companies at the TV Writers Vault.
DH: I got two reviews from production companies and
both put it under consideration a day after reading
SM: Once the request for contact with you was made
by the Producer, how long was it before you heard
from him? For those who haven’t experienced it, what
were those first conversations like?
DH: Yeah, I got an email requesting to do a phone
interview with an executive about 2 days after the
request for contact. The conversation was real easy
going and laid back. The first lasted over an hour
and we just talked about my story. That's when they
said they wanted to work with me to produce the
SM: What advice or encouragement can you give to
others who have yet to break into the industry, and
feel they have original concepts and stories that
should be produced?
DH: Put it on paper and put it on the TV Writers
Vault. I'd just like to add that other writers be
positive and think about your project as if you've
already made the deal. Make that feeling as real as
possible in your head. Live in gratitude for
everything you have and will have. Believe that the
resources, people, places, events and money are all
in place right now, and you are living your dream.
SM: Anything else you’d care to share with others
about your experiences with us?
DH: Well, you all are great. You made this process
SM: Thanks again for using our service, and
congratulations on the great things you’re
accomplishing. Keep us up to speed!
DH: Will do Scott. Thanks!