Writing the Reality TV Show - Monday night!

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Hey, TV writers and producers--

If you're in L.A. and interested in knowing how to develop and sell the next Dancing with the Starsor Millionaire Matchmaker, I'm teaching a 3-hour reality TV seminar at mediabistro.com this Monday night, and I'd love to see you there! Here's the scoop...

WRITING THE REALITY TV SHOW
When: Monday, March 3, 7-10 pm
Where:
mediabistro.com, 7494 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 303, W. Hollywood, CA 90046
Cost: $65
To sign up: Call Stefanie at 310-659-5668 or click HERE

Check out this webpage for more information... or here's the little blurb about it...

American Idol. Deal or No Deal. My Super Sweet 16. From the
multi-million-dollar series of broadcast television to the low-budget
niche shows of cable, reality programming dominates television. But are
reality shows really "reality?" How much planning and production goes
into unscripted storytelling? And, most importantly, how can you get in
on the action?

This seminar lays the groundwork for anyone wanting to break into
the lucrative world of reality TV. We'll look at various types of
reality shows and what makes them tick, from docu-dramas and docu-soaps
(Rob & Big, Laguna Beach) to game shows and elimination-style competitions (Hell's Kitchen, Survivor) to personality-driven and "aspirational" series (Tasty Travels, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition).

We'll then discuss how to conceive, develop, and sell your idea.
What are the critical elements of a pitch? Should you attach talent?
Does your series work as a strip? We'll explore how to structure your
reality pitch and get it to the right people. Who are the major
players? When should you attach a senior producer? What networks are
best for your concept? Whether you're a writer, producer, or host,
reality television's waiting for you.

In this seminar, you will learn:

  • The difference between reality shows, and how to pitch them accordingly
  • The critical elements every reality show and pitch must have
  • How to structure a pitch both verbally and as a written document
  • How to pitch to networks, studios, and production companies
  • When to attach hosts or producers to your idea, and when not to
  • What to expect when you're making your pitch, and what happens when you leave

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