Screenwriters : Question about T.V. production and development. What do you....

Question about T.V. production and development. What do you....

So, I have this idea for television show. I am shocked that its' setting and subject matter have yet to be used. It is pefect for drama, conflict, love, sorrow, and all the rest of that type of stuff. I have a strong understanding and experience with said subject matter and setting. Anyways, I am an English major and have some knowledge or proficiency with writing, but I am in no way a professional or have an understanding of creating long story arcs and stuff like that. So if there is a website that discusses television development that someone could recommend. Or if there is a basic format for pitching an idea, I would love to hear about that too. A buddy of mine and I once had a small business proposal and there was like format that you used to display your proposal. I am just wondering if there is anything similar with television development. And do you need a pilot just to get an idea heard? So, I am lost and any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. I am tired of getting or having an idea and not acting on it. And it's funny the second I start talking about ideas, plans, or whatever, suddenly someone else does it. Karma -or whatever that would be- is such a bitch. Thanks in advance.

Re: Question about T.V. production and development. What do you....

The short answer is that tv shows aren't made based on spec offerings. So, you become a television producer and have tremendous success, and THEN go to the powers that be with your idea. OR you find a large audience for your property in another format and then offer to take it to tv.

But if you want to try (and you may have more luck with a webcast type of show), write a pilot and a 'bible' for the show, come up with at least basic outlines for several episodes, and then start banging on doors. If the idea is THAT good maybe someone will be interested.


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