How’s everyone’s week going?
A couple of discussions have started happening in the TV Essentials online classroom already about submitting projects to production companies and how to be taken seriously without being hit with ‘we don’t accept unsolicited submissions’ refrain.
So how do you get around that whether you’re trying to pitch your Film or TV project?
The obvious answer is to have your lawyer, manager, or agent submit for you but what if you don’t have any of the above?
The second best thing you can do in my opinion is to find a producer or EP who has existing relationships and credits who can take the project out on your behalf. I think this option is often overlooked and probably the toughest part is finding the right producer for the project you have. Meaning…. do they have the right sensibilities? Similar taste as you? And do they have the bandwidth to take it on?
I would also make sure you sign something with them or have some kind of arrangement in the case they DO get your project set up somewhere – obviously they are going to want to stay involved and what does that relationship look like between you and them at that point? Iron out all these details in advance so there’s no ‘confusion’ later.
I’ve had clients bring on EP’s and advance them part of their fee up front to provide this service. This is where having development funds can come in handy – you can shortcut the process by hiring someone to tap into their existing network and get much quicker answers than you could get on your own (if you can get answers at all).
I work with clients on these things all the time as part of my development consulting service, leveraging my relationships and network for the projects I genuinely like and think I can help. What we accomplish in 6 months is usually more than several years combined trying to do things on their own.
So the first rule of thumb is this – good producers build teams. What team are you building and are you going after the right people with the right project?
I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below…
PS: If you want to join us in the TV Essentials online classroom you can register for the course here and we’ll get you set up with Lesson One immediately.