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How to pitch idea to travel network

4 very different travel pitches, all successful

During a recent foray back into the freelance world, I won an assignment with Hong Kong’s biggest broadsheet newspaper that I didn’t expect to win. It got me thinking about the various ways to pitch and how they can all strike a chord with the right person, at the right time.

I spoke to three other freelancers about stories they won at high-profile publications and the pitch process they went through and describe them all below.

1. The complete, ready-written feature

The publication: South China Morning Post
The story: How To Survive A Hong Kong Massage
The deliverables: 1,000 words + 3 images
The fee: US$515
The author: Me

I went for a foot massage in Hong Kong, as I do occasionally, and it was hilarious and terrible and perfect fodder for a funny Facebook post, I thought. That Facebook post went on longer than I expected, so it became a blog post. If it’s going to be a 1,000-word blog post, I thought, why don’t I try and sell it somewhere first?

The next day the lifestyle features editor at the South China Morning Post popped up in my LinkedIn feed – I’d connected with her, despite never having met her, months prior. So I wrote her:

I’m a writer and editor in HK, and have a story I’d like to pitch. I was CNN Travel’s homepage editor for 5 years and now run the online editorial for LE PAN, a wine and luxury lifestyle magazine.

Story idea below, and full story attached.

Do let me know if you’re interested. If I’ve got the wrong person, could you pass this onto to someone at the Post who might run it?

Possibly Hong Kong’s most stressful, hilarious massage

A humour piece about a recent trip to a massage shop in SYP, which turned out to be someone’s living room. I recount my massage, during which a washing machine thudded and hummed throughout, lunch was cooked, screams of pain were heard from distant rooms, schoolkids ran riot and noisy card games were played.

I also have a few pictures of the ‘experience’ should you want.

I attached the full article and a few emails later (to clarify if I had pictures (I did) and some extra details), got the commission. The piece ran on the SCMP website about six weeks later. I chose to break one of my own rules and attached the full piece before the assign because I felt I had nothing to lose as it was already written, but more importantly because the selling point of the piece was its humour and I feared describing the humour in a short par or two rather than showing it for her own evaluation might sell it a little short.

You’ll note however that the synopsis and pitch within my email were as I advise freelancers to pitch, and I hope this helped at least convince her to open the attachment.

2. The idea that’s already sold

The publication: BBC Travel
The story: A Sunday ritual for 300,000 women
The deliverables: 1,000 words + 3 images
The fee: “The BBC’s standard fee” (JD: Which is US$350-450)
The author: Chris Dwyer

Pitching the Beeb was “pretty simple” says Chris, who runs a food blog out of Hong Kong. “They put an alert out on Travmedia for HK based stories – I sent them the idea about the helpers story” – proof that it pays to sign up to and monitor freelance and writing message boards and communities.

Chris had already had successful commissions with this story idea for a couple of Hong Kong-based publications, so it was a great idea to pitch. Not only was he getting extra mileage out of the research he’d done already, he had proof it was the kind of idea that editors liked. “It’s a story I’d looked at first for Roads and Kingdoms, but wanted to take more mainstream,” he says. “It always amazed me how these domestic helpers (although ‘workers’ is more apt) sat outside come rain or shine and were so often overlooked when doing so. They had some amazing stories to tell, while the food was a revelation.”

3. The local story that hasn’t spread … yet

The publication: The New York Times
The story: Plastic roads offer greener way to travel in India
The deliverables: 1,400 words
The fee: US$500
The author: Mridu Khullar Relph

Mridu, based in London and who has a great blog of her own on the freelance life , spotted a story in a local newspaper when she lived in India that was quirky and interesting and, more importantly, had not been picked up by any of the big Western media titles. Having met a NYT writer at dinner not long before she asked for the name of the right editor to send her idea to, received it from her dinner contact and a few weeks later got her first byline in the NYT. She wrote for the NYT several times after that too.

Here’s her pitch:

[My contact] at the New York Times suggested I contact you.

I have a story idea [contact] thought you may be interested in and so I’m including it below for your consideration.

A bit about me: I’m a freelance journalist based in New Delhi, India, and write for TIME, Parade, GlobalPost, Ms., Marie Claire, and Women’s eNews, among others. Please feel free to check out my work on my website www.mridukhullar.com.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Mridu Khullar

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Pitch: The Plastic Road Less Traveled

Mridu spent 300 words describing the story in some detail – a tiny bit longer than I recommend, but every line was worthwhile – there was no fluff, and that’s one way to make 300 words feel like 150.

So look local, sell national (or international!). “Pick up the local and regional newspapers,” Mridu says. “You’re not going to find stories that sell to The New York Times in The Washington Post.”

4. The idea that needs to change

The publication: CNN Travel
The story: Coffee comes home: How the cappuccino conquered South Africa
The deliverables: 1,000 words + photos
The fee: US$300
The author: Rebecca Weber

Rebecca, with another good blog on freelancing , says: “The first pitch I sent to CNN Travel, about an artist, was not successful. The rejection email encouraged me to pitch again. I sent another query, about coffee tasting in Cape Town, on the same day that I received the rejection. One of the local roasters that I liked offered coffee tastings (to educate your palette, like a wine tasting), and I was actively looking for local stories that could be shared with an international audience. I had previously sent a variation of this same coffee pitch to two other publications without success.

“The original pitch was far more narrow than the final story, and didn’t have broad enough appeal for an international audience. But the potential was there: people love coffee, Cape Town is a hot destination, and the coffee scene had changed dramatically.

“Here’s the (successful) pitch:

Thanks so much for the detailed feedback. Let me try again:

Finally, good coffee in South Africa

Not so long ago, if you ordered a cup of coffee in South Africa you needed to specify “filter” to avoid getting instant. Those days are long gone.

Specialist coffee shops did nearly four times the business in 2012 as in 2007. Domestic chains like Vida e Caffe are ubiquitous in the cities, and independent roasters are must-be-seen-at destinations. It’s not just for hipsters; fast food chains like Wimpy’s and McCafe have made cappuccino accessible to the masses.

I’ll report from cafes to provide sensual detail and establish a scene or two. One of these will be the Department of Coffee, the first place to buy cappuccino in Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest township.

I’ll ask cafe customers, baristas, and industry experts about the seismic shift from instant coffee cut with chicory to flat whites, and the rise of coffee culture in general. I’ll get comment about why overseas cafe companies like Starbucks (which only has a handful of outlets within hotels) seem reluctant to open on a wide scale, and any future plans to expand.

I’ll recommend 5 places to get a great cup of coffee.

Please let me know if this is more what you had in mind. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

“Instead of focusing on a coffee tasting at one cafe, the final story was about the new coffee culture in Cape Town, and included reporting from numerous cafes.”

Rebecca also offered pictures with the piece which convinced me to give this unknown writer (to me) a shot.

Rebecca adds: “It can sometimes be a good tradeoff to do work that is high profile and interesting, even if it doesn’t pay as much as other assignments. As a freelancer, finding editors who take the time to help you learn to frame your stories better is valuable in and of itself. If the pitch has a lot of clarity, it’s a mini roadmap for what you need to do.”

If this helped in any way do share it around ‘socially’. My book describes in detail how to frame your ideas to ensure they catch an editor’s eye, and if you want to receive a free list of 100 titles that want your travel articles (plus what they pay), sign up to my newsletter here .

8 thoughts on “ 4 very different travel pitches, all successful ”

Thanks very much for this James, what an interesting read – it was a real breath of fresh air compared to some of the pitching advice I’ve seen before! Cheers

Thanks Simon, hope it helps!

Great post! Any suggestions on freelance writing and message boards to check out?

A few that I check in on from time to time: Gorkana, TravMedia, Hackpack, PayDesk and IJNET Opportunities page.

Many thanks, very interesting!

Where’s is Mridu’s actual pitch?

Awesome !! Great knowledge with examples.Can’t expect anything more than this.

All useful stuff – thanks! One point however: Rebecca used the word ‘palette’ instead of ‘palate’ above when talking about coffee tasting. My recommendation is to check your grammar and spelling carefully before contacting an editor. There’s nothing more off-putting than a submission full of errors from someone who claims to be able to write well … I’m a freelance writer and copy editor, so this is a particular bugbear for me. Sorry!

How to Pitch a Network

pitch your podcast to a network

Here is the most effective way to get a podcast on a network. The major benefits of being on a network are the instant access to listeners and sponsors. They’ll get listeners by marketing and cross-promotions on their other shows.

The network will handle ad sales, however your cut of the revenue will depend on the network and how you negotiate your contract. If you can grow your show without a network, it will probably be more difficult but it may be more lucrative.

Pitch

In order to pitch a network you’ll need to put together 3 things.

Pilot

The pilot episode needs to be the best episode you can possibly produce. Create it like it’s for someone with a terrible attention span. It should be simple, move quickly, and have no errors.

Write the script. Revise it, then revise it again. Spend the time finding the best music you can.

Get critical feedback from as many people as you possibly can. Seek out people who have some experience if possible.

You have unlimited time to make the pilot and you should use as much as necessary until it simply can’t get better.

Keep in mind that most people you send this to, won’t listen to it by itself, which is why you’ll create a promo.

Promo

This promo is different from a trailer. A trailer is pre-launch content that informs the listener what the show is about and why they should listen.

The promo does not need to tell someone what the show is about because you can write in the email, “the show is about (blank).

The promo should be very short and consist of the most interesting piece of your pilot episode. Content will dictate how long it should be but I would make it no longer than 2 minutes. Preferably more like 30 seconds.

Assume you have no more than 2 sentences to hook someones attention.

Pitch Deck

The pitch deck is the details about the show. They probably won’t look at this until they’re already interested. Regardless of the order it still needs to be very good.

This should be the last thing you do because you’ll have the best idea of what to put here after crafting the pilot.

Here’s what to include in it:

  • Cover Art
  • Title
  • Tagline
  • Summary
  • Host (name and bio)
  • Episode Format
  • Potential Sponsors
  • 10 Episodes (Title and summary)

It should be simple and aesthetically pleasing. Purchase a nice template or hire a graphic designer. It should be in PDF format.

Reach Out

If you’ve done all these things then you’ve crafted an excellent product and are ready to reach out. Now you need to find the correct person to send the materials to. You want to find the person who is in charge of content development although it doesn’t hurt to send it to multiple people.

The best way to find these people is through linkedin. Pay for a month of the premium service so you can message them directly. You can also use a site like apollo.io to find their email address. I did this and put together a contact list from a few of the top podcast networks.

How to Pitch a TV Show to Netflix, Cable and Networks in 8 Steps.

The ultimate 8-step guide to pitching a TV show to a network, cable or streaming platform.

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How to pitch a TV show to Netflix, networks (and more) in 8 steps.

Learning how to pitch a TV show is just an important skill to learn as writing the script itself. You can write the best pilot in history, but if you don’t know how to pitch it, it’s unlikely your show will get produced.

Apart from great writing, you need to be able to convince the financial gatekeepers (read: executives) that your idea has the originality, longevity and “wow-factor” to turn it into a successful series. And turn over a tidy profit.

To do so, you will need to learn how to pitch a TV show. But what does “pitch” mean exactly?

What kind of pitch should you put together in order to sell them on your big idea?

What should you include in such a document?

How should it be tailored to suit the particular entity you’re pitching to?

Below, we’ll aim to answer these queries by running through the means and methods behind pitching a variety of documents to different TV mediums.

In this post you will learn:

The #1 thing that makes a successful pitch to a TV show

How to create a pitch document

How to pitch a TV show to Netflix and other streaming and cable platforms

How to pitch a TV show to a network

How to pitch a reality TV show

Why writing credits are so important when pitching TV shows

We’ll also include a TV show pitch example in each section so you also get an idea of what you should be creating as part of the pitch process. So let’s dive on in…

How to pitch a TV show STEP #1: Come up with a unique idea for a TV show.

Just like with a feature screenplay, writing a great TV script all begins and ends with the concept.

A TV script lives and dies by its concept: the core idea behind the show that will make people want to watch the pilot and keep watching the series.

The cable and streaming world in particular have never been bolder creatively than they are today. So you must really put in the effort to make sure your show’s concept stands out from the pack.

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The logline, otherwise known as an “elevator pitch.”

The way to do this is to come up with a script logline: a short one or two sentence summary of your TV show’s core idea. It should be short and snappy enough to engage an exec during a chance encounter in an elevator, hence the term “elevator pitch.”

For example, let’s say your logline for a new TV show is:

When a mother’s young son disappears she must fight to get him back.

This is fine as an initial idea for a TV script, but it’s missing that “wow factor.” A boy just going missing by itself is not interesting or original enough a concept to sustain a full TV series.

But how about this?:

When a young boy disappears from a quiet 1980s suburban town, his mother, friends, and the police chief must confront terrifying alien forces in order to get him back.

In other words, once the initial concept is expanded upon to create a unique world and situation we’ve never seen before, you have Stranger Things.

The expanded logline.

However, as opposed to feature script loglines, in TV it’s sometimes necessary to prefix a TV logline with a few more specific elements noting the channel, time slot and length.

In other words, is your show for cable, streaming or a network? Will it be shown in the morning or at prime-time? Is it a half-hour show, or one hour?

Our Stranger Things logline, therefore, could become this:

The show is a prime-time, hour-long, sci-fi comedy thriller about a young boy who disappears from a quiet 1980s suburban town, and his mother, friends and the police chief, must confront terrifying alien forces in order to get him back.

Tighten the concept.

Once you think your logline is strong enough, put it out of mind for a couple of weeks. Then, go back to it and ask yourself the following questions:

Is this concept truly original?

Will this idea stand out from the pack?

What makes this show’s world unique?

What am I showing viewers they’ve never seen before?

If, after this, you’re not sure if the concept is really a knockout, it probably isn’t. In which case it’s time to go back and brainstorm ways to make it better.

Get feedback.

Once you think your show’s idea is truly exceptional, tell other people about it. See how they respond. It’s hard to feign enthusiasm, so this will tell you a lot. (You can email people your idea, but telling them face-to-face is probably the best method as you’ll get a real-time gut reaction.)

Does the person seem non-plussed? Or are they genuinely excited? Do they respond with something along the lines of “I wish I’d thought of that!” Or “That’s freaking AWESOME!” If not, your idea might still need tweaking.

This process of getting feedback on your concept from other people or a script consultancy is essential, rather than just deciding it’s good enough by yourself.

How to pitch a TV pilot STEP #2: Write a rocking script.

Once you’re 100 percent certain your idea is rock solid, it’s time for the hard part: writing a script that lives up to the concept.

Generally, any pitch package will entail completing a finished pilot script to go with the logline. This should give the executive a sense of your writing style and the general direction the story is headed in.

As you write, make sure every aspect relates back to the core concept. Stay true to that initial idea that got you excited to write it in the first place and this enthusiasm will come across in your writing.

(We have a post on how to write for TV that you may find helpful when it comes to the actual writing of your script.)

Again, once the script’s done, put it out of sight and mind for at least two weeks. Then, ask someone you know (preferably who works in the industry) or a script consultant to give you feedback on your pilot.

Only once your concept and script are lock tight, is it time to learn how to create a pitch document for a TV show…

How to pitch a TV script STEP #3: Create a pitch document.

Given the greater need for specificity in television formats than features, a TV pitch also typically requires a pitch document.

This is a concisely worded tract which breaks down the concept, marketability, and long-term vision of the prospective show. Particularly in the realm of cable and streaming TV, it’s preferable to create what’s called a “series bible” otherwise known as a “bible.”

The series bible.

Your show bible should go into greater detail about the potential program’s aesthetic choices, dramatic arcs, and pop-culture reference points.

There isn’t a set length, but we recommend not preparing a pitch document any shorter than six to seven pages. This is due to the sheer amount of topics you should address in it. Generally, these should include:

• Title. Create an interesting title that touches on the main theme of the story, or the dramatic tension faced by your character.

Logline. A punchy yet impactful summation of the story concept. No more than two sentences, ideally one. A logline for a narrative series will usually delve into the particular circumstances and conflict that drives the plot forward.

Synopsis . A broad overview of the series, making clear the world it’s set in and the dynamics between the characters. This is of particular importance from a commercial perspective to a network, because you’re highlighting the most compelling thematic facets of the series. This could be accomplished in a few paragraphs, or a number of pages, so long as the writing itself is polished and reads at a nice clip.

Characters. Describe your protagonist and other key players in the show. Speak to their backgrounds as well as their current lifestyle in a paragraph or so. Explain the way in which they view the world; how they see themselves and how they relate to other people. Find their flaws, their quirks, and the unique peccadillos that make them tick.

Pilot outline. A step-by-step breakdown of the pilot episode, running through the machinations of the plot.

Future episodes. A list of eight to thirteen descriptions of potential future episodes—something akin to a logline for each one.

TV show pitch template examples.

Probably one of the best ways to get accustomed to what goes into a TV pitch document is to check out some TV pitch template and series bible examples.

Stranger Things TV pitch template example.

Here’s part of the TV series bible for the show Stranger Things (then called “Montauk.”)

how to pitch a tv show

You can read and download the entire Stranger Things series bible here.

New Girl TV show pitch template.

And here’s part of the New Girl TV series bible:

tv show bible examples

As you can see, this document is full of pizzaz and humor, but it lacks the intensely visual component and the level of detail found in the one for Stranger Things. Despite their differences, however, both these shows place story and character up front.

You can find many more TV pitch show templates in our post 40 TV Show Bible Examples to Download and Study.

Series bible elements.

All of these elements put together should broadly address the following:

How are your primary characters and your characters’ world unique?

What makes the audience care about these characters?

What are their complexities and their flaws?

What drives them to make the choices they do?

Why do you as a writer feel the need to tell this particular story?

What do you want the audience to take away from it?

What is the overall tone of the show?

If possible, compare it to a combination of other, existing programs or movies.

Track the character arcs over the course of the entire season to show how the characters evolve throughout it. A broad, “big picture” look at the story of the first season, which outlines its major beats and movements.

What makes this show stand out from the pack? Why should they green-light your vision over any number of similar, competing ones?

The complete pitch package.

Your pitch document/series bible should complete a pitch package that looks something like this:

Logline/“elevator pitch”

Pitch document/series bible

TV pilot script

Once you have all these and have received positive professional feedback on your script, it’s time to learn how to pitch a TV show to a cable or streaming channel.

This particular TV show pitch example runs an impressive twenty-three pages, though it is peppered with numerous stylized images.

Given that Netflix is something of a “disrupter” in the entertainment industry, they’re looking for more dynamic, out-of-the-box choices than other platforms might. They also put less of a premium on seeing multiple season arcs than some of their more traditionally-minded competitors.

Once you have your logline, series bible and script, you’re then ready to submit to a streaming/cable company via your agent or manager. Or pass your materials along to someone you know who works at Netflix, HBO, Amazon, etc.

If these aren’t options, we’ll show you some real-world strategies on how to pitch a TV show to Netflix and more at the end of the post.

How to pitch a TV script STEP #4: Try to gain TV writing credits.

It’s incredibly difficult to successfully pitch a TV show without some kind of professional writing credits. But here are a few strategies you should use to try and do just that.

Our top 4 strategies to getting credits.

Place highly in a screenwriting contest. Not all contests have TV script categories but do some research and submit and if you win or place in at least the top five, doors may start to open. Here’s a list of the best screenwriting contests out there.

• Upload your TV show online. Screenplay submissions sites like the Blacklist are used by many aspiring TV writers to get their work noticed by industry professionals. Most require a fee of some kind to place your script on them, so proceed with caution. Here are some ideas on how to sell a screenplay you may find useful.

Find success in a different medium first. If your idea for a TV show first gets published as a novel or receives millions of hits online as a web series, you’ll have a ready-made built-in audience. Developing a successful existing IP will go a long way to convincing execs you have what it takes to make them money.

Get a job at a streaming, cable, network or reality platform. If you’re unable to walk right into an executive’s office and hand them your script, why not get a position at the kind of company you’d like to write for? Working in the mailroom, as an intern or assistant, or on set, will provide you with a network who can help your career.

More things you can do.

Enter contests, submit your scripts to online submission sites. Soon you’ll be able to land yourself an agent and manager who’ll be able to guide you through the tricky waters of how to pitch a TV show.

Pitch documents/series bibles are as varied and multifaceted as the content they aim to sell. Depending on the platform, market, or discipline you’re trying to work in, the nature of your pitch can veer into entirely different directions.

That said, one unifying principle remains: you must have a clear and concise idea of what it is you’re looking to do and why.

The more firm and specific your reasoning—and the better you can explain it on the page—the more likely it is that someone of importance in the industry will eventually say the magic word: yes.

Most importantly, keep writing and studying existing TV shows of the type you want to sell and keep improving your craft.

With this in mind, the first step towards being able to pitch a TV show to almost any cable or streaming platform is to gain representation.

How to pitch a TV show STEP #5: Try to get a manager (and agent).

It’s very difficult to pitch a TV series to a streaming, cable or network company unless you already have a track record of working in television or film.

This is no easy task in and of itself, but you can read more here on how to get a screenwriting agent and manager.

In this post we detail the exact steps you can take to help secure yourself representation. With that in place, it’ll make pitching and selling a TV script that much more credible.

How to pitch a TV show STEP #6: Learn how to pitch to to cable.

It’s important as a budding TV writer to first and foremost understand the difference between pitching a TV show to Netflix and other cable channels, and pitching a TV pilot to a network station.

Let’s start with pitching a TV show to cable.

How to pitch a TV show to Netflix and cable.

At this point, streaming and cable services have become a de facto part of everyday life. Millions subscribe to companies like Netflix, Amazon and HBO. But if you’re hoping to get all those eyeballs on your show, you’ll first need to learn how to pitch a TV show the right way.

The bad news is most cable/streaming services have a no-unsolicited submissions policy. This means if you don’t yet have an agent or manager, you most likely won’t be able to send them your script.

However, all is not lost… Later in the post, we go into some strategies and tactics you can use to get your foot in the door without an agent or manager

(Amazon Studios did offer an unsolicited submissions program but that ended on June 30, 2018.)

How to pitch a television show STEP #7: Learn how to pitch to a network.

Unlike cable and streaming services, network TV is a somewhat more rigid and traditional arena in which to pitch your TV series.

This is because studios that create network TV are looking for much more of a safe bet. And this desire that should be reflected in your pitch document.

Typically, these pitch documents/series bibles would be more succinct and to-the-point than their artier cousins in the streaming/cable world. It should ideally focus on the basics and eschew any more stylized effects.

Again, these materials present should include the title, a logline, synopsis, character breakdown, pilot outline and summaries of future episodes. This last step is of particular importance in the network TV realm.

Unlike Netflix, they’re only greenlighting a pilot, rather than entire season’s worth of content. So you need to prove to them that you have enough gas in the tank, story-wise, to allow for future episodes and seasons.

In addition to writing a pilot script, you might even want to consider writing a second or third episode to give an even better idea of where things are headed. Netflix is (essentially) a bottomless pit of money and resources. A studio, though, is making a fairly speculative investment by taking on your pitch.

Network pilot season.

For one thing, the networks actually operate on a particular schedule. This is mostly centered around the so-called “pilot season.” It begins with scripts being ordered in January and ends with casting and production crews being assembled by mid-Spring.

In June or July (of the year prior to said season) you would pitch your work to a studio, which can be thought of as a sort of bank. If they like your idea, they will then advance you, as show creator, the finances to produce a pilot.

This pilot is then shopped around to the networks, looking for a “pick-up” to series. Networks are essentially renting out these shows for one premiere airing and a few repeats. So if the show costs more to produce than what the network will pay up front (which is usually the case), then the studio must finance the deficit.

How to pitch a reality TV show STEP #8: Learn how to pitch a reality show.

Unlike other types of shows, reality TV is obviously set apart due to its lack of a pre-determined script or story. That being said, just as much preparation—if not more—must go into such a show’s development.

Your pitch document will need to be brimming with information to communicate the particular brand of reality show you’re aiming to create.

Arc-style reality TV vs. self-contained.

First, you have to decide whether you are proposing an “Arc-Style” concept or a “Self-Contained” concept.

• Arc-Style. This is a long-term competition format, wherein the same set contestants are pitted against one another and one person is voted off each week. Examples include Survivor, The Bachelor and Top Chef.

• Self-Contained. This format would involve new contestants/challenges each week. The structure is limited to its run-time, rather than a full season. Examples include Fear Factor, Undercover Boss, and Chopped.

Making a reality TV show stand out.

Once you’ve settled on a format, the next step is to begin putting together your pitch. Just like narrative television, a premium is placed on originality and a fresh voice, so it’s always wise to try tackling a subject that has never been exposed before.

Choose a particularly odd profession, a wild and wacky family, a niche lifestyle, or anything that is, in some way, alien to the general public.

Just as in the narrative world, pitching reality begins with a title, logline, and synopsis. The title should hit on what we’re seeing in a more straightforward manner, as opposed to the sometimes ambiguous nature of dramatic TV.

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Similarly, the logline needs to be more direct in terms of hitting upon the nature of the premise and the “rules” that the cast must abide by.

Next comes the synopsis, which would typically range from one to four pages long, depending on the idea. For a docu-style series, remember that you are pitching a specific world and the individuals inhabiting it in the place of a traditional story.

This is content based on real lives, after all. Keep in mind that you have no way of predicting exactly how things will turn out, so rather than approximating specific situations, it’s better to lay bare the ways in which you would try to drum up drama (particular challenges, gimmicks, and so forth.)

Reality vs. narrative schedules.

Unlike the fixed schedule inherent to network narratives, most reality TV producers do not operate under any limited period. Instead, they scout all year round, since it costs relatively little to develop unscripted programming.

One way to put your reality show pitch over the top would be to shoot a “sizzle reel.” This essentially amounts to a proof-of-concept video showing how your program would play visually.

You’ll most likely be financing such a reel yourself. But it could be worth it as an additional motivating factor for a production company to agree to underwrite your vision.

For some insight on how to pitch a reality show, see this article pertaining to the documents for a potential season of Survivor.

FAQs on how to pitch a TV show to a production company.

Q1. How much do TV pilots sell for?
A. 60-minute Network Prime Time Teleplay: $25,451 – $25,963. 30-minute Network Prime Time Teleplay: $18,864 – $19,244. 60-minute other than Network (Cable) Prime Time Teleplay: $18,778 – $19,728. 30-minute other than Network (Cable) Prime Time Teleplay: $9,690 – $10,180. For more info on screenwriters’ salaries, check out our post on the subject here.

Q2. Do I need an agent to pitch a TV show?
A. Not necessarily, but it certainly helps as many (if not most) production companies don’t accept unsolicited scripts. Everyone’s situation is different, though, and if you can get your script into the right hands through connections, contests, hustling, then there’s nothing stopping you.

Q3. How does a TV writer get an agent?
A. It’s best to go for a manager first. We outline the exact steps you need to take in this post: How to Get a Screenwriting Agent & Manager.

Q4. How do I sell an idea for a TV show?
A. First, write a great script. The script is everything. Then create a pitch package. Then, a plan of attack on who to pitch it to. Rinse and repeat.

Q5. Is pitching a TV show the same outside of the United States?
A. While other countries outside the USA won’t necessarily have the same structures in place when it comes to pitching a TV show, they all will have the same requirement: a great script. Let’s say you want to know how to pitch a TV show in the UK. First write that knock-out script. Then, research specifically how to pitch it in the UK.

Q6. Can anyone pitch a TV show idea?
A. Yes, you need formal screenwriting qualifications, training or industry connections. (Although they help.) All you need is dedication to writing as good a script as you possibly can.

Q7. What about those TV show ideas wanted ads?
A. If you see one of these, please proceed with extreme caution. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You can read more about his in our post “Why You Should Avoid Screenplay Wanted Ads.”

Q8. How old do you have to be to pitch a TV show?
A. Unfortunately, agism is more prevalent in TV writing than feature writing. If you’re middle-aged and trying to break into a writers’ room, it’s probably going to be harder than if you’re in your twenties. That said, it’s not impossible and we give some tips on how to do it in this post on Ageism in Hollywood.

Q9. How do you write a pitch for a TV show?
A. See the section above titled “Create a pitch document.”

How to pitch a TV show: conclusion.

It’s a long road learning how to pitch a TV show to a network, cable or streaming company. But if you’re willing to put in the work outlined in this post, you’ll get there.

Your step-by-step process should go something like this:

Come up with an awesome, never-seen-before concept for a TV show.

Learn how to write for TV and write a spectacular pilot.

Get some professional writing credits and gain representation.

Put together a pitch document.

Research which companies are the best fit for your show.

Pitch your TV show.

Follow these steps, but not necessarily in this order. Repeat (a lot) and you should hopefully find success pitching your TV show.

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Does this also apply to “short form” shows that would be placed on streaming tv channels?

Great information!! Thank you for sharing with us.

Thanks Christopher, happy pitching!

That was so helpful .. thank you.. I have a question! is it possible to pitch my tv show idea throw internet ! just online ..because I’m not from the us .. but I would love to pitch my idea to a network there..is it possible??

Thanks for the great advice, it’s always a pleasure reading your articles, puts everything into perspective and gets me pumped up for the next step.

Great to hear – thanks for reading, Bernadette!

I have currently have a script for at least 12 episodes and I’m got six more episodes for a show called out of Earth it is a show about an alien who comes to Earth in these normal humans have to protect the secret of the alien kind if anyone find out it could be dangerous will anyone find out or will they keep a secret this is a kid / comedy/ action there will be at least 18 episodes of season 1 if I be able to start a season 2 there’ll be 22 episodes I’ll be on any network that’s a kid Network please pitch my idea

This is great! I have this great ideas for two reality shows.

Glad it helped, Shirlan!

I am (finally) writing my scripts (all 22 episodes). Did large portion of my Bible, your insight was incredibly helpful. Mine is a half hour comedy, probably will be streamed on Youtube or the like at the onset, including a 3.5 minute music videos (I am a musician, lawyer, entertainer, and novelist). I found your insights invaluable. Don’t think networks will pick up my show, but since I am filming it in both Spanish and English, I may have a chance with Spanish broadcasters. Thank you, i’ll keep reading if you keep writing.

Very insightful have an idea now that is ready need connections.

I have already filmed a pilot for a TV show that stars two plushies but those plushies are copyrighted characters. How do I get copyright?

If they’re copyrighted you’d have to contact the person/company to request permission.

I have a ideas to pitch TV shows
Problem is Iam to scared.

dear sir or madam
I was wondering why so many shows are all Dramas my children I don’t think they need all this issues you have Christy knows best there falling apart all these women shows of all these troubles fights arguments were in 2020 you want DRAMA LOOK OUTSIDE WATCH TV PEOPLE DYING HOSPITIAL SHOWING PEOPLE GOING IN AND HOW FEW ARE COMING OUT THE (FRONT DOOR not in the body bag I am a Marine corps sniper vet I seen more drama killing and murder
I feel you need to make channels with these shows same with court tv put them.on there. own channel. and maybe you should come up.with something different
I grew up with Walt Disney what don’t you get the old Saturday morning CARTOONS to make for Free for kids .the new ones are something I drew and I not a artist Come on maybe even a spin off of C M T channel to take the those patriotic song like red white blue even the motown songs to pull us together and teach these young people to lose the dirty rap.

Very good article. I’m sure it is helpful for those ready to screenwrite.
I am a writer/author of mental health autobiographical books. My life with BiPolar, written from a mother and daughters POV. I want to give someone the option to buy the rights and make them into a movie or tv show.

What is the best next move for me?

Best advice I’ve read.

Glad you enjoyed it, Brian – thanks for the shoutout!

Over the last 20 years I have been writing an adventure story which Is now complete and covers 7 volumes comprising of over 160 chapters and 2000 pages. It is currently being converted to eBooks and will soon be for sale on Kindle. It is perfect for a long running tv series for streaming. I have been told it is ‘like nothing else out there’.. Please advise as to how I can pitch this to streaming platforms.

Q: do you have to tell if you are pitching a show to more than one place at once? I’m pitching a show to a production company and also to a producer at Discovery. Id it bad form not to tell them I’m pitching to the other? Does that spur competition/interest? Or do they not care at all? Thanks.

Great question, Tracy. No need to tell each company about who you’re submitting to, just focus on them individually.

HY MY NAME IS CHARMAINE LAWRENCE, IM SELLING A TV SHOW IDEA BASED ON REALITY SHOWS… THANK YOU

Good luck, Charmaine!

This was a super helpful article! I’m a new writer, I’ve never written a script before recent but I have written a Pilot episode to a TV Show I am hoping to see be brought to life in the future. This article has shown me many things I will need to think about an do before I can even think about pitching my show, so thank you!

Thanks, Jay, that’s great to hear. Best of luck with the pilot!

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Hi. I’ve created a storyline for a tv series or movie, and I’m hoping to produce it one day. I came up with the idea 20 years ago and still to this day evolve and tinker it. I graduated college with a degree in media production in 2012 and currently work in the mailroom at CBS in NYC. Its taken a while but I’m getting there! Wish me luck everyone! I’m going to make my story a reality!

Keep at it, JC, and any questions along the way feel free to reach out anytime!

hello everyone
i have a great idea for tv comedy show
i need help with writing and how to move on with that idea ,or how can i contact the right person
i have wrote the beginning of it
i had some little experience with writing
i have wrote sci fi story as well
hopefully anyone here can help
thank you

Hi my name is Brandi Moon and I have a great idea for a reality show. My idea is for the famous and rich to trade places with a homeless person for a week. Give the homeless person a chance to get out there and get his life together. At the end of the week that famous person gives the homeless person 20,000 to start his new life..

Hi my book is called scoosters adventures in two strokes Town, and it is for sale and would be a great TV show

Sounds good, good luck with it, Alan!

Lovely article. On point as all your write-ups always are. I have a question though. If I submit my pitch to executives- say Netflix and Hulu- and both accepts it. What do I do in such a scenario?

Then you’ll be the envy of every budding TV writer out there It would be up to you to decide on the better option according to the terms of the contract and each platform’s vision for your show.

Hi I have an idea for a show please email me my name is Shanae corporal

Hi I have a great Idea for a tv show.
Would love to share with you.

I am a 40 year old woman who is climbing her way up from the streets, prison, and abuse. I am now living in a small town , with small town values , trying to raise my two (wild and crazy )daughter’s to try and give them a better life. Not only do I stand out from everyone else, with my blond hair and tattoos, but I managed to get a job as the VERY FIRST FEMALE to ever hold a City Job in the Sanitation Department! The town does not know what to think of this crazy looking female on the back of a trash truck working like a man among men. People stopped in their tracks accidents almost happen it is something this town has never seen. And as I try to keep on the straight and narrow I’m also trying to prove myself and a man’s world. My life is fast-paced, I am learning as I go,. I believe this would be a good show about change, about finding yourself, discovering your strength you never knew you had, but most of all hopefully an inspiration to those who thought they would never overcome there demons and struggles.

Thanks for the comment, Emaly, and best of luck with your writing!

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I have a TV talk show… Already have the pilot and episode.. But I want to pitch to networks.. In my case should I agent or a manager because since I cannot solicit myself… What should be my next step who exactly do I need on my team to shop it around… Lost and frustrated

I would recommend checking out our post: How to Get an Agent and Manager if you haven’t already. Best of luck!

I have an idea for a show I’m the fish man or meat and seafood guy been in business over 20 yrs it’s quite an interesting business I guarantee ppl will watch it I would like to give you an idea could be comedic and or real life reality T.V

I have an idea for a show I’m the fish man or meat and seafood guy been in business over 20 yrs it’s quite an interesting business I guarantee ppl will watch it I would like to give you an idea could be comedic and or real life

Can you help me with competition show like “American Idol” for example.

Sure thing – you can check out our TV coverage here.

This is terrific. Thank you. I’m diving back into my next piece of writing and don’t want to take time out to learn and apply a whole new (pitch-deck creating) skill. Can you recommend anyone/service to work with me in creating a pitch deck for my pilot? Thanks for any guidance.

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Why there are so many bad shows on TV. It seems that a certain established (“bankable) star wants to work in television again and some Hollywood sycophantic bigwigs went ahead to create a series just to appease him/her.

Very complete and super helpful. I’ve actually got a production company who wants to make my show and is shopping it around to Netflix, Prime and local cable here in Europe. But is there anything I can do to help it along? My agent says it’s going to take time, but I hate passively waiting, especially if I COULD be doing something. Any suggestions?

If you don’t have a manager you could try getting one. And get started on your next script

Awesome article! This was a perfect breakdown of all the necessary info needed! I swear I thought I’d run into a ‘To Learn More and get all the info, click here to buy the course’s but the info just kept going! I have an idea that I’m passionate about and I hit most of the points you mentioned. Now it’s time to hit the other points and tighten it up! And look through my contacts to see who works at a network or streaming service. Thanks again!

Sounds good – glad the article helped, Glen!

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I would like to do a short TV
Pilot poetry on pictures.
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I have 424 videos on youtube with over 2000 likes.
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1 is 1 minute 6 seconds long Made by the BBC Middlesbrough.
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Thank you for this information. I’ve written many stage plays, music and other poet peices. This helped me broaden my horizon and I just know that I am going to have a breakthrough soon with my idea. Thank you

Glad the post helped, Vanessa!

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Hi my name is Chris Urbanski. I have cost a family members death to alcohol and live in alcohol to cope with what I have done. This would be a great show that can caption the heroes and military life. I could be a great asset to this production. Please call and gear my story. Chris Urbanski II

Hi All,
please who can i talk to on netflix. I have a book that will make a great movie or a show.

Do you folks know about box1 TV?

It’s crazy reading all these way to pitch a idea for reality show smh. How about stop worrying about all these rich mother fucker. And do something different. Ummm real life club person that been in the business for 20 years will take you you back from the beginning till now. I’m
Sure people would love to see who I am… Ramon Ramirez… all that Kim k getting boring

How do I pitch an idea for a show or movie?
I don’t wanna give any details cause..I think its got potential. I’ll give you this.. kind of end of the world Survivor story.

I am pitching a show to a few networks and streaming services and this has been such a helpful resource for writing a series bible. look out for my show (currently called “corpse for consult”) about a psychologist who comes back to life and consults people about their death.

Thank you so very very much for the blessings of free screenwriting information here. I commend your service and you, because it has truly been a huge blessing for me.

I’m a fresh intern and have just been put in charge of starting a series bible for my boss — this article has truly been a godsend. It’s so detailed and informative! Thank you so much for the insight and resources, you deserve all the kudos!!

Glad it helped you out, River!

These people r fing jokes. My idea has all the things and more. I would be happy to tell u the idea bc no one can do what I can which is write and star in a sure fire demographic hit. Why should I be contacting an agent or manager when I will be making them rich. If they don’t wanna hear what I have then the world will just have to wait for the next big thing.

What a joke. Some person acting like they could be me John Q Public. This is why the quality of TV has gone to the dogs. And people subscribe to u tube. I’m sorry but I can’t say no more w out being profane. There is a big difference from me and everyone else I don’t want to be famous. I just want to put something on that is not total discredit to the country we live in. Plz if you do submit something have some morals. Do it for a win win not to see how big an ass u can exploit people. Tv is loaded w that crap. Do something for the masses. Make people laugh w u not at u. If u think I’m crazy or delusional great. If u think I make sense even better. I’m looking to make TV useful again. We all at least are in this site bc we are disappointed w what is out there so u may disagree w me on some plain but if on all your just a hypocrite. See u on Netflix

Hello, what is the best way to get an agent in LA? With already having content written. Thanks

Have you seen this post on how to get an agent/manager?

This was such a good article! I have a quick question though, how would I go about pitching to a streaming service as an Australian? Would I need an American agent or would an Australian one be okay too? Thanks in advance!

Thanks, Bridget! Do you mean manager? You don’t really need an agent to pitch to anyone.

This post will assist me on my journey to writing for tv I am sure. Thanks guys.

Thanks for yet other fantastic post. I am sending in my pilot to you very soon.

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Hi there would you mind sharing which method you guys used to break into TV? Thank you.

Do TV studios still accept specs based on old sitcom?

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I have an idea so good it will blow your mind.the super Mario brothers super show.with super stars in need for help like the classic Mario show I have a video so cool I made but don’t know who to send it too…please contact me privately for video upload and info I also have another idea Real events of a bus driver ,,the show with real everyday events of transportation…

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I have amazing idea for a show about wives of gangesters in nineties and milleimum times it will be based in Bronx my name is essence Scott the show should be on vhl

Best of luck with it!

This post came right on time, I’m getting ready to submit my pilot to several contests. Very exciting, I feel this is the year!

Good luck, Bradley!

I have an amazing tv show idea that blew away my whole family i just want to pitch it to Netflix

My approach is a little different. Its good to see the outline you provided. It makes sense. I took the approach that it makes more sense to first view a childrens film that has won international accolades produced in the early part of the 20th C. Secondly, and most importantly, write a novel if it was never based on one by using the same identical theme BUT changing all the characters, places, and events and expand and update the specifics. Third … expand it into a series of several novels. This I have done using Amazon as a platform for reproduction. Fourth …. DON’T publish it. Fifth …. come up with a striking title that is dynamic and easy to remember. This can be done by using previous titles of major well known works and then ‘tweaking’ the title to suit ones own concept. That done, both the story and title can be ‘tweaked’ yet again by a network company. It gives them latitude if it hasn’t been previously published. Not saying this is going to work but I have done some of the exhausting grunt work to get to this point. I have also promised to commit to 80 novels spanning 10 years and offer my assistance as a script writer. Organizing is everything. One voice of caution. I still have a pretty good chance of NOT making it still.

Hi my name is Richard Ray. I love to write for your site. May be you like teens love/detective stories. Just give me one chance.

Sorry, Tanmay, we’re not a production company.

A man wakes up to find his been accused of rape by a woman he never met and must clear his name before he loses everything.

I agree with your points, great post. Writing for TV is my dream.

Appreciate it for writing this guide, good info.

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Thanks for the shoutout, Eva!

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Hello my name is Kane clavizzao I am an author of a children’s book that two-headed caterpillar I like to bring a couple of my books ideas to you I think they would be great for a movie or even a series my phone number is 470-775-5263 thank you

Everything’s coming together now in my mind. So pumped to get my TV script out there. Thank you thank you thank you! !

Great stuff, Stuart!

Have your readers worked in tv. I am considering sending in my script for review.

Yes, we have. You can read our bios here.

I need to know how to write a teaser. Does every script episode have to have one?

Where can I sell my tv script?

This is fantastic and thorough advice. After reading it, I feel energized to continue with my writing, more confidence, better informed and most importantly the realization that “YES I can actually try and, it’s not unrealistic”

I’m very excited to show my pitch. I’ll let you know how it goes. You just never know.

Thank You for spending the time explaining the process.
Nancy

That’s great to hear, Nancy! This is why do this – for writers like you

Wonderful post! Thank you for such insights for us fledgling writers on how to write for TV!!

Is it true you can’t sell a pilot without credits?

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BROR BLIXEN IN AFRICA

Bror Blixen, Prince of Wales, Denys Finch Hatton

“The Baron was not a man that you forgot.” Ernest Hemingway

Bror Blixen had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills that he transformed from forest and grassland into bright green coffee fields. For seven years he tried to make it prosper but doomed by location, World War I, undercapitalization and his wife’s illness he finally gave up in 1921. To remain in Africa, the land of freedom and opportunity, he became a white hunter, a guide leading “lions in the morning champagne in the evening” safaris for the international social elite.
During the golden age of safaris between the world wars he hunted down East Africa’s primary resource, its wildlife, its elephants, rhinos, lions, buffaloes, hippos, leopards, cheetahs , antelope, the rare okapi. Locating the dwindling game, he stalked it in the long grass, taking the risks while the Vanderbilts or the Prince of Wales were stationed at exactly the right spot to fire heart shots or brain shots. Having experienced the thrills of Blixen-orchestrated “safe danger” they left Africa with crates of tusks, horns, hides, films, photographs, memories for a lifetime.

The Swedish baron organized every detail of their opulently outfitted camps, their long motorcades and post-hunting ngomas which he likened to being 75% a butler but was more like a military commander of an army of gun bearers, porters, drivers,skinners, cooks,white second hunters, camp managers, mechanics, pilots. Between safaris he was a market hunter of ivory wandering alone in unchartered lands of cannibals, pygmies, and tribal chiefs who called him Wahoga, the wild goose, one who is in one place and then another.
A global celebrity with a dazzling personality who could, according to his friends Ernest Hemingway and Beryl Markham, outwalk, outshoot, outdrink and outcharm anyone he led a brave and daring life in colonial Africa. Today however he is remembered as Karen Blixen’s unfaithful husband in the film Out of Africa a romantic melodrama set in Kenya — causing Markham to wonder who in the world these unrecognizable people were. Bror would perhaps have remained a footnote in hunting history had his life in Africa not been bookended by famous writers who created his legend.

The sources for this chronicle of Bror’s life from 1913-1938 are his two hunting memoirs and, while married to Karen Blixen, her letters from Africa, his own not surviving. Safari memoirs and diaries were sources as were biographies of the dramatis persona in his life especially Karen Blixen’s female biographers, given to conflating her fiction with fact, never questioning her version of the truth in which Bror is an uneducated barbarian who didn’t know if the Crusades came before or after the Renaissance, the diametrical opposite of her lover, the Swinburne-spouting dandy Denys Finch Hatton a man she deemed unconditionally truthful.

Bror’s godson and only biographer Ulf Aschan called him a radiant sunburned extrovert who was so irresistible that women pursued him, not the other way around, in The Man Whom Women Loved and Gustaf “Romolus” Kleen, his nephew, described him as likeable, generous, intelligent, at one with everything. Male writers have championed him as fearless, formidable, tough, competent, unpretentious, one of the greatest professional hunters in East Africa between the wars, a courageous tracker, an almost perfect shot and the most inventive pursuer of big ivory. The beautiful, innocent wildlife of East Africa, always in his crosshairs, weaves throughout this narrative of colonial depredations.
Nyama (Meat), published in Swedish in 1937 and translated the next year into English as African Hunter appeared right before Out of Africa. A perceptive reviewer in the New York Times remarked that except for the locale and the same people the books had nothing in common, “nor does each have a place of importance in the other’s writing.” A review of Bror’s second memoir The Africa Letters published in 1943 and translated into English in 1988 declared his greatest claim to fame was giving his wife syphilis.
Both memoirs, written by a professional ghostwriter with a clear eye on contemporary attitudes about conservation, which may or may not have actually been Bror’s, are based on his experience. While the ideas expressed often seem at dramatic odds with his actions we accept them at face value knowing the bare facts of his hunting life are powerful and disturbing enough to shine though.
Bror’s free-spirited behavior which caused so much consternation during his lifetime was typical of his noble caste’s during the dismantling of the 800 year old European aristocracy when noblemen of ancient lineage became disoriented servants to the plutocrats, the New Men of the Second Industrial Revolution. Born into the loftiest of the four estates in Sweden he remained like that other European aristocrat Winston Churchill, a spendthrift, self indulgent, disreputable, wayward, rootless, supremely self confident , indifferent to consequences and disdainful of what he called filthy money matters.

Lucia Adams
Chicago 2018

breaking into TV is not as easy as this post makes out. Doors are not easily opened in Hollywood. Especially for newbie writers with no experience no credits and no talent.

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