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What New Producers Need To Know
1A television series does not come into existence without it first being an “idea” that is compelling enough to drive the entire development, production and marketing process.
Ideas open doors, fuel the development process, and ultimately connect with viewers. It is that core concept or “idea” a new writer or producer communicates that inspires a production company to dedicate resources for developing it.
What New Producers Need To Know2
When Producers and Studio Executives look for stories and concepts, they’re hoping to find one of two things; A subject we haven’t explored before that is compelling to witness, or a story that delivers a new shocking or clever angle on a subject we’re familiar with.
Look at your world. Look at those around you living extraordinary lives. Read. Research. Question. Create. In that process you may just find the premise of a beautiful film, or captivating television program. And when you do, Write, as Mr. Brazil implored. And get it out there! Its not “who you know”, but more specifically, “who gets to know your work”.
What New Producers Need To Know3
When you’ve crafted your pitch, be it a concept for a documentary-series, or a narrative for a feature film, its time to put on your armor and move it to market.
This business is a subjective and speculative process. That doesn’t mean its unfair and impossible. It means that you have to do the work to find the recognition of the right company that will connect with your project that happens to be right for them.
What New Producers Need To Know4
Let me at last give you a bit of fodder for the fire, and share what I feel are the most viable project-types, or the most viable “approach” to any concept or story you’re pitching.
In any genre of entertainment, its always about “story”. I don’t care if its a reality-based gameshow, or a documentary on efficient methods of accounting.