What Kind Of TV Pitching Devil Are You?

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What Kind Of TV Pitching Devil Are You?

So you've got an idea for a new TV show, have you? I bet you want to sell your idea to a network for millions, don't you? Unfortunately, not everyone has got what it takes for a pitch to be successful - and that goes for people on both sides of the buyer's desk. Find out whether you are a TV pitching winner or sinner.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    You  think TV development producers (who specialize in generating and pitching ideas) are:
    • A. 

      A waste of space

    • B. 

      A necessary evil

    • C. 

      Ideas bandits

    • D. 

      On a cushy number

  • 2. 
    You think foreign TV shows are:
    • A. 

      Essential viewing at the TV conference hotel - there might be some new ideas you can 'adopt'.

    • B. 

      A source of envy - why don't your shows have those viewing figures / production values?

    • C. 

      Trash. You only produce socially responsible works of art.

    • D. 

      Perfect for 'tweaking' for the domestic market. No one will notice. Hopefully.

  • 3. 
    TV commissioning executives:
    • A. 

      Have only got where they are by sleeping with the right people. And some of the wrong ones too.

    • B. 

      Are put upon and surrounded by fools.

    • C. 

      Are nothing but funding sex objects.

    • D. 

      Are clueless idiots who wouldn't know a good idea if someone presented it to them.

  • 4. 
    The viewing public:
    • A. 

      Is of no consequence. I only make films that might impress industry award panels.

    • B. 

      Is fickle and unpredictable.

    • C. 

      Gets in the way when I'm trying to film landscape shots.

    • D. 

      Don't know what's good for them.

  • 5. 
    Ideas:
    • A. 

      Come to me in a flash of inspiration. Often in the bedrooms of foreign hotels.

    • B. 

      All look the same these days. Where are all the big, noisy, fresh new ones?

    • C. 

      Get stolen. NEVER tell anyone your idea.

    • D. 

      Come from other people.

  • 6. 
    Developing a new TV show idea:
    • A. 

      Is best left to other people. I'm too busy.

    • B. 

      Is a political minefield. And I'm usually the main casualty.

    • C. 

      Is an anathema. I make films.

    • D. 

      Is like giving birth to a football.

  • 7. 
    Proposals for new TV show concepts:
    • A. 

      Are best when scrawled on the back of an envelope - anything more is a waste of my precious time.

    • B. 

      Make me lose the will to live.

    • C. 

      Are pointless - an artistic vision cannot be constrained on a piece of paper.

    • D. 

      Are an ideal opportunity for me to show how erudite I am.

  • 8. 
    The pitch for a new TV show is:
    • A. 

      Best done in the conference bar at midnight.

    • B. 

      Usually all style and no substance.

    • C. 

      An area where sweaty sporting activities are performed.

    • D. 

      An opportunity to bullsh*t, er, be verbally creative.

  • 9. 
    Finding new onscreen talent:
    • A. 

      Can't be that hard, I just don't have time at the moment.

    • B. 

      Is a rare skill.

    • C. 

      Is not my job.

    • D. 

      Is a pain in the ass.

  • 10. 
    International co-producers:
    • A. 

      Always put a spanner in the works.

    • B. 

      Mean I can get more bang for their buck.

    • C. 

      Mean I have to make irrelevant and tedious versions of my film, when I should be moving on to my next, potentially award-winning film.

    • D. 

      Should be courted and seduced - that's why everyone goes to Cannes.

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