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1 Episodic Television

2 What is the concept? This is the first question youre going to be asked by producers, network executives, and/or agents. The concept must be fleshed out on paper and must sound like an idea that can continue for at least 3 to 5 seasons. Why? Organic is everything. If the concept doesnt immediately evoke a feeling of flexibility, it wont sell. The Concept/The Idea

3 The characters must be centric to the series. Audiences must be able to identify with them on a realistic and emotional level. Back stories are the most important element to characters. Without them, the characters have no sense of history and therefore no future. The Main Characters

4 The Peripheral Characters Without strong sub-characters, the main characters do not have anyone to be challenged by, to confide in, or to relate too. These characters must have as much life in them as the main characters and must appear frequently in order to create a sense of consistency in the world of the series.

5 The Peripheral Characters

6 Where are these characters from? What motivates them to seek a goal? What character flaws challenge them? The Back Story

7 Story arc refers to the overall growth and development of the path of the characters through their challenges. All good arcs will motivate change within the characters. Characters will attempt to reach a goal while encountering difficult trials and obstacles. The Story Arc

8 Remember, replacing your ANDS with BUTS or THEREFORES is an excellent way to let your audience in on the fact that a twist or turn is coming. The Evolution of the Story

9 Each episode must have a pay off (even if its a cliffhanger). Each season must have a pay off. Each series must have a pay off. The Payoff

10 The Pilot Once a network or production company shows interest in producing an episodic series, the Pilot must be shot. Rarely will any network produce a series without a pilot. The pilot does not guarantee final approval on a series. The pilot will be tested before audiences and future episodes will be adjusted based on the response of test audiences. 6 Days to Air

11 Basic Show Creation Story/Concept Location Characters Action Conflict Resolution

12 Basic Show Creation Target Audience Network Marketing Similar/Successful Shows Product Placement

13 Paperwork contracts-and-forms/

14 The Why?-Factor Why the arbitrary groups? So you can see firsthand the importance of YOUR team. Why stress Cliffhangers? To emphasize the importance of creating a reason for your audience to care. Why so harsh on safe ideas? It changes the dynamic of the room and creates a sense of unexpected realism. Ideas need legs to run, safe is dead. Why did the hit/miss criteria change for some teams? Every pitch is different. Every single one.

15 The Why?-Factor Why didnt we all get equal time? Pitch times vary, you are NOT guaranteed any time at all. Why did you interrupt us and let others finish? Every person you pitch to will respond differently, being prepared for unexpected changes will keep you from panicking. Why couldnt we use a laptop/projector? Your pitch could wind up anywhere. Relying on anything other than the story, and your knowledge of it, is a mistake. Other teams got more feedback. Some points bear repeating, some dont. Feedback during this exercise is meant to be advice for everyone.


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