pitching a tv show to nickelodeon

On the Steven Spielberg/Mark Burnett joint venture reality show On the Lot, the audience watched the contestants pitch their ideas. Many people never pursue pitching their TV show concepts due to a common misconception that you need an agent to pitch to the networks.

Mark and Jeanne Simon, founders of SellYourTvConceptNow.com, blow apart the myth that people have to have an agent or an entertainment attorney to pitch a show to a network.

Mark and Jeanne have signed 20 distribution deals for their own shows and most of them were pitched and negotiated without an agent. Their animated series, Timmy's Lessons In Nature, was sold in France and had runs on Nicktoons and the G4 Gaming network.

Mark says, "I was able to set up 15 meetings in Los Angeles for one of our clients with major players such as Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon. If you have an agent, he or she can help land meetings, but they don't do all the work. You always have to promote yourself."

Jeanne adds, "Pitching at major TV conferences like NATPE, Kidscreen, MIP and others makes you automatically a player and someone to be taken seriously. Conferences are a great way to break down corporate barriers and meet with decision makers face-to-face."

Anyone can land pitch meetings with the networks. Mark and Jeanne are hosting a free teleseminar/webinar titled How to Pitch without an Agent. They will cover the details on how to land pitch meetings both with and without an agent.

The event will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. Pacific. Attendees may call into the conference or listen to it stream live over the internet.

To register for this free event go to www.PitchTvLikeaPro.com.

During the teleseminar, the Simons will be giving away their TV EXPERTS ON CD package, worth $249, to someone live on the call. This is a collection of industry experts, studio execs, producers and writers interviewed about the pitch process.

Jeanne Simon has produced over 400 episodes of TV for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, TNN and Animal Planet. She also created a network and all its contents for Turner Networks which was greenlit by Ted Turner and Scott Sassa. Jeanne has been a producer on such ground-breaking shows as Clarissa Explains It All, Weinerville, Roundhouse, Roller Jam, Carrot Top's A.M. Mayhem and others.

Mark Simon has worked on over 2,500 productions. He has been hired by hundreds of clients to develop, package and/or pitch their concepts. Projects he has developed, directed and produced have won over 50 international awards. He has written 7 industry books and writes articles for Animation Magazine, AWN.com, Filmmaker Magazine, Movie Maker Magazine and others.

SellYourTvConceptNow.com provides consultation, training, pitch practice, contacts and sample materials to their creative clientele who want to sell their TV shows.

Sample images may be downloaded online at www.SellYourTvConceptNOW.com/media-kit.html.

For more information, contact Jeanne Simon at 407-351-0893.

Author Information

Mark Simon
Sell Your TV Concept Now, Inc.