JUST A LITTLE INFORMATION YOU COULD USE..............................................
Account Executive- a business executive who manages the interests of a particular client, typically in advertising.
A.C. Nielsen Company-This company has developed systems to monitor network viewers and television shows which determine ratings. Ratings describe how many viewers watched a particular show during a particular time, determining both the popularity and success of a show, as well as appropriate levels of advertising revenues.
Animatics- In animation and special effects work, following the creation of storyboards, an animator may elect to create an animatic by putting the storyboard images together in sequence and adding rough dialogue and soundtrack to give the director a preliminary idea of how well that particular scene would flow. Animatics may be changed before they are developed into full animation.
Audience Appeal-The elements within a show (such as main characters, secondary characters, plots, storylines, music or special effects) that can create audience interest or enjoyment.
Audience Profile Data- Identifying the targeted audience and matching the data with a specific archetype or archetypes of viewers to align characters and story that strongly resonate with the intended audience base.
Brainstorm Session- When creative production and design teams get together to share ideas and expand upon the initial information received from the client.
Broadcast- This is a show that would appear on network or cable television, live or taped.
Brochure- Part of the Show Concept Package that include printed material, which provides an overview of the show idea, character development, episode breakdown and ideas for other episodes.
Cable Channel- A cable channel is one of the many TV stations, other than the traditional broadcast networks, that viewers find on cable line-ups. Examples: OXYGEN, VH-1, CENTRIC, BET, BRAVO, etc...
Celeb-Reality- the real life of a celebrity; a TV show format of celebrities in real-life situations.
Character -A person or part in a film or television show that is portrayed by an actor.
Confidential Information-A proprietary process for turning show ideas into professional presentation packages and clients are contractually obligated not to share that process with anyone, without express written consent. Additionally, confidential information includes any information that Chicks That Pitch discloses to clients concerning people or companies that it discusses show ideas with.
Corporation-This is an entity that may be targeted for presentation of a Show Concept Package.
Deal Memo- When a corporation or entertainment company agrees to move forward with a show idea, they draft a Deal Memo, which solidifies their interest and connects them to the project. A more formal and lengthy contract follows.
Design and Packaging Team- The Design and Packaging Team is responsible for developing the show idea logo and all of the print materials, other than written content, for the Show Concept Package.
Director of New Shows -This is the first person you speak with at Chicks That Pitch who will discuss your idea and gather initial information.
DVD- The presentation video that will be produced for a Show Concept Package will be outputted to a high-quality DVD, which is a digital video disc.
Entertainment Company -A television network/channel, a movie studio or a production company that works with or has relationships with a television network, channel or movie studio. Also, this could be an agent, producer or syndication company that can make a presentation to any entity and broker the sale of a show or movie deal.
Entertainment Company Profiles- Entertainment Company Profiles look at specific networks or cable channels, their brand, their shows and their audience demographics to help determine which network, cable channel, web, mobile or other platform might be a potential fit for a show idea.
Entertainment Company Profile Data-As a part of the Pre Development package, this information includes targeted networks, channels or other outlets that might be suitable for a show idea and Show Concept Package.
Episodes- An episode is one show in a particular series.
Episode Description When developing a show idea, Chicks That Pitch writes up short descriptions of several episodes to give companies an idea of how a show might evolve. These episode descriptions are part of the brochure in the Show Concept Package.
Green Light- This is an industry reference for giving a show idea approval to go from being in development to being produced.
Green Screen- This can be a specially-painted studio, or a backdrop placed behind an actor that allows them to be videotaped with a green background. In post-production (editing), that green background can be “removed” and replaced with appropriate video footage. Through this editing process, an actor can appear to be on a mountain, in a spaceship, on an island, etc…
Integrated Show Rendering- The Design and Packaging Team will provide the client with a virtual rendering of the show logo design and packaging design, which should give the client an excellent idea of what the final Show Concept Package will look like. The client is to approve and sign off on the virtual rendering, before the Design and Packaging Team goes into full print production and packaging.
Initial Trademark Query- To offer a mild indication of true availability, the research team will do an initial trademark query search through Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) to check the status of the show idea name or title. A little later in the process, if there is interest in the show idea, a more in-depth search will be conducted by the Entertainment Entity.
License- An agreement to use property for a certain purpose. In this context, it is the agreement to use a client's show idea.
Location- This term refers to a video shooting site away from the studio.
Location Scouting- Prior to shooting at a particular location (venue), a produce or director will visit the location to make sure it fully meets the needs necessary of the script scene(s).
Log lines- A brief summary of a television program, film, or motion picture often providing both a synopsis of the program's plot, and an emotional "hook" to stimulate interest.
Media Buying-a sub function of advertising management, is the procurement of media real estate at optimal placement and price. The main task of media buying lies within the negotiation of price and placement to ensure the best possible value can be secured.
Media Outlet- This term refers to various forms of media. For example, network television, cable, internet and emerging platforms, such as cell phones, are media outlets.
Network A network is a major entertainment broadcast company such as NBC, CBS, ABC or FOX. There are many other cable networks like Discovery, A&E, History Channel, Food Channel, SPEED, ESPN, Disney Channel, CNN, etc...
Network Line-up- This represents the listing of shows compiled for a certain day and a certain time frame. As an example, CBS might talk about its Monday line-up (primetime), which would include all the shows from 8:00 p.m. through 11:00 p.m. The way a network compiles their various shows and places them together in a line-up is often crucial to their success or failure.
New Production Sample Agreement- Once a client goes through the Pre Development (PD) process, if he or she chooses to proceed with the project, the second phase of services is called a New Production Sample Agreement (NPSA). The NPSA includes the start of the video production process, as well as the written and graphic content for the brochure – all for the Show Concept Package. This phase is covered by a separate agreement and for a separate fee than the Pre Development.
Optioned- An agreement that gives a corporation or entertainment entity, in exchange for payment, the exclusive right to a show idea for a defined amount of time, before they decide to move forward with it or not. That agreement may also permit the entity to exercise their right to option the property for additional periods of time.
Outline-An outline is a brief overview of the flow of the show idea, if the concept were to be developed into a full show episode. An outline is to be included in the Show Concept Package.
Packaging- The Show Concept Package is to be contained in a box that is customized with original show logo branding.
Passed- This is a term used if a corporation or entertainment entity decides not to move forward with a show idea.
Plot- In the writing of the show idea, plot would be the “story” of what a show idea would be if it were elaborated into a full episode or series. The plot of a show idea is to be part of the written pitch that is included in the Show Concept Package.
Post Production Team- After the video is produced and shot, the next phase of the process is post-production or editing, where editors take all the shots and edit them into a clear, succinct message, using elements such as narration, music, sound effects, graphics, animation, etc...
Pre Development Package- This is step one of the Chicks That Pitch process. This package includes in-depth industry information concerning a client’s show idea, including shows that are currently airing or have aired that are similar to a show idea, what networks may be targeted for a show idea and what audience similar shows attract. All of this information is valuable in how a show idea is approached and brought to life for the Show Concept Package.
Preliminary Logo Rendering- Once necessary information for a show idea is gathered, the Design and Packaging Team conceptualizes and draws a show logo that fits show brand and identity the preliminary logo rendering is to be reviewed and approved by the client.
Presentation/Pitch- Once a Show Concept Package is produced, the Licensing Team takes the necessary steps to have it considered by an entertainment entity.
Producer- If a Show Concept Package is contracted, the producer becomes the point person for the project and oversees the coordination of the various people that work on a project, making sure everything is running smoothly.
Program Length - This refers to the length of a program’s typical episode. For example, the program length of a typical television situation comedy is thirty minutes.
Q & A Pack - This is a document that Chicks That Pitch supplies, which helps to narrow the scope of a show idea, so that it is fully comprehended.
Reality TV- television programs in which real people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative.
Script - A script is like a blueprint for the director and production team. It contains descriptions of action, dialogue, setting and other details to tell a story.
Set - A set is a constructed two or three wall replica of a location. For example, a living room or kitchen set gives the illusion that the scene is taking place in a real home. Sets have no fourth wall or ceiling, which allows the production crew to have better access and control over lighting and audio.
Shoot Schedule - Once a show concept script is approved and put into production, the production team sets shoot times or the amount of time it will take the production crew to shoot the show concept video.
Show Concept Package -The Show Concept Package is comprised of a two minute or less show concept video, a brochure and package to demonstrate the concept behind a show idea.
Show Concept/Show Idea- An idea for a TV show or a movie.
Show Genre -The general description of the type of shows or movies that includes comedy, drama, documentary, reality, investigative, talent contests, etc…
Show Logo - A show logo is a small, custom graphic representation of a show idea that distinguishes it from other shows and is included in a Show Concept Package.
Show Related Data - A compilation of television shows that have aired that might be similar in nature to a submitted show idea.
Studio/Stage - A studio or stage is a controlled area dedicated for video/film production where sets, lighting and audio can be controlled to optimize production value and quality. There may be multiple sets on a stage, which saves the cast and crew from traveling to different locations.
Storyboard - An artistic drawing of numerous panels, compiled with script, to tell the story being produced. A storyboard is what a director and production team use as their blueprint for video photography.
Synopsis-A synopsis is a brief description of the show idea, which will be included in the Show Concept Package.
Talent/Actors -Show ideas are scripted for a video presentation that offers a short overview or pitch of the show idea. To accomplish this, Chicks That Pitch may enlist talent or actors to portray certain character roles to help best tell the story.
Termination- If for any reason a client would violate or breach Chicks That Pitch's binding contract agreement, Chicks That Pitch reserves the right to stop work and terminate the business relationship or agreement.
Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) Database- This federally registered system provides an on-line search of existing trademark application and registration information. The fact that a mark is not present in the TESS database does not necessarily mean that the mark is not currently being used as a trademark.
Trade Secret- A trade secret is a formula, practice, design, instrument, pattern or compilation of information or methods that are not generally known or reasonably ascertainable, by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers. This proprietary information is considered confidential and is not allowed to be shared by the client without Chicks That Pitch express written consent.
Webisode- An episode of a television show that is available for viewing on the Internet.
Writer -This is the person who expands the show idea by developing the storyline, characters and plot sequences to be included in the brochure portion of the Show Concept Package. The writer also develops the show concept script that will be turned into a short and succinct video.
Writers Guild- Promotes and protects the professional and artistic interests of writers and others in movies, TV, radio and news.
So you want to be involved in the Reality Show world, huh???
Did you know that this is one the most popularized genres in the industry and most noted for introducing to the world breakout stars...Omarosa, Ne-Ne Leakes, The Kardashians, Bethenny are just a few examples.
Its a tough industry but if you are open to having your creative juices pushed to its capacity and make alot of money doing it, then you have come to the right place. Hold on to your hat though.....the biggest thing, is that it takes ALOT OF PATIENCE. Developing and executing an original content idea is not an overnight process but once it hits daylight, its all systems go!!
To help you gain a better understanding of this genre Chicks That Pitch thought it was great idea to provide you with relevant information.
There is a process to submitting your television show idea. And while it may appear lengthy, it is necessary in order for the major networks to make dollars out of the idea you have developed.
Chicks That Pitch pursues their clients and process selectively and attentively. Therefore, we will let you know upfront, if there is an opportunity to pursue your project or not. We appreciate your understanding.
You Create Your TV Show Idea - Production Companies want to see a written synopsis of your concept that details what we're potentially watching in the series. 1 to 3 pages (plus) for a reality-based format is acceptable. Longform projects (drama series, sitcom, movie) are longer in treatment form (5 pages or more).
You register and submit your show idea with respective company.
Producers review your project, as they scout our company regularly.
Proof Of Review by any Producer is recorded when your project is selected for review, with instant email notification sent to you.
Producers request contact with you if interested in pursuing your project, to discuss the development of your show and any Producing Deal proposed.
You negotiate your producing deal directly with the Production Company. This locks you in with financial participation in the series when produced (fees paid to you per episode, additional share in licensing revenue), as well as any on-screen Producer and Creator credit. The TV Writers Vault takes zero financial participation in the sale or production of your show.
The Production Company has then secured the exclusive rights to sell your show to a Network for Production. At this point, if the production company has confidence in the project, and has a viable Network connection to sell the project to, the Production Company may finance and produce a sizzle reel as "proof of concept" to deliver to the Network when pitched. When the written pitch is first sold, and the Network wants to pursue it, the Network may provide financing to produce the sizzle reel or "presentation pilot". Or, they may just order the series outright, based on the written pitch.
The Network orders an installment of the series for production. You begin to get paid, along with the Production Company.
Production begins on the series, and you are paid per episode produced, along with any other bonuses and fees included in your deal.
Series Airs, and everyone hopes for a successful run to ensure the Network orders additional installments. The series may also be sold to foreign markets for airing on different networks. Having a series produced for multiple seasons, sold to multiple foreign and domestic markets, brings the most financial reward. And of course, the more successful a series is, the more everyone benefits.
Companies NOW SCOUTING!!
****Please advise that these companies do not accept solicited materials, contact, etc. But, no fear! We are here to help!
23 South Productions
3 ball productions
Al Roker Entertainment Inc.
Big Table Media
CD Casting Company
Culinary Artists Agency
D4EO Literary Agency
David Osper - Valentine TV
Film Garden Entertainment
Fox Television Studios
Frogwater Media Inc.
Inspire Films and Television
Jane Street Entertainment
Kerner Management Associates
Linda Ellman Productions, Inc. AKA Ellman Entertainment
Mac Worldwide, Inc.
Melissa Chusid Casting / Hope Productions
Mystic Art Pictures
Ping Pong Productions
Punched in the Head
Random Original Productions
Screaming Flea Productions, Inc.
SNEAK PREVIEW ENTERTAINMENT
Towers Productions, LLC
Wendy Williams Productions