How to Develop a Reality TV Hit: The Five Key Success Factors by Stephen Harris
Stephen Harris is Marlon Wayans’ Reality TV Production Partner in Workaholics Entertainment.
Read Stephen’s valuable Five Takeaways on how to develop and pitch a Reality TV hit. He shares the insider information that has helped launch Marlon's successful move into the Reality TV business.
Diary of a U.S. Reality Network Program Development Executive
Veteran Development Executive Stephen Harris Describes How U.S. Networks Commission Factual Programs
A How-to for producers on improving their chances of scheduling pitch meetings with commissioners, and then winning green lights for their concepts.
Atlanta Master Class: ‘Built for Success: Developing & Pitching Non-Fiction Programming.’ Saturday, May 16th
Built for Success: Developing & Pitching Non-Fiction Programming
Get insider insights on US Networks:
- What do they Want?
- What’s the Deal?
- Plus: Pitch process secrets.
Join us on Saturday, May 16th for this intensive workshop dedicated to helping producers understand the rapidly-changing nonfiction marketplace. Learn how to develop effective strategies for getting your projects greenlit.
Sunny Side Global Documentary Decision Makers Guide
Our unique Sunny Side Guide provides industry professionals with invaluable information:
- Which channels worldwide buy documentaries and specials?
- Who are the key decision-makers?
- What is their contact information?
The Decision Makers Guide features:
- 335 buyers
- 145 broadcasters, networks and multi-channel operators
- 50 countries
- 14 funds.
Instant Savings Offer: $199.95
The Rise & Rise Leftfield Entertainment, Producer of ‘Pawn Stars’
Pawn Stars became the breakout hit for History US that created Leftfield Entertainment, acquired recently by ITV Studios in a $450 Mn deal.
- In 2007, Leftfield produced 1 television hour.
- This year: more than 330!!
Leftfield is the biggest winner of all in the Reality TV boom.
- How was the Pawn Stars concept conceived?
- And how did Leftfield execute so brilliantly?
Our interview-based Case Study analyzes the 'secret sauce' behind Leftfield’s trajectory from a single hit producer to a leading international player with a head-spinning valuation.
Sweet Spots: U.S. Factual Networks’ Production Cost Benchmarks 2014
Production Cost Benchmarks for U.S. Factual Networks
- What do 30 channels pay for programs?
- For documentaries? And reality series?
- Is our commissioning team paying more or less than our competition?
- Do preferred producers earn a premium?
- Does my pitch fall in the budget sweet spot for my target network?
DocumentaryTelevision.com interviewed dozens of executives and producers to create a unique source of proprietary information about network budgets
Webinar: Getting to Greenlight: Five Key Success Factors for Non-fiction Producers
In DocumentaryTelevision.com’s first Webinar with my special guest, veteran U.S. programmer Ed Hersh, I cover strategies and tactics for improving a producer's chances of success in navigating the network development process. And we'll explore how networks develop concepts from the pitches, through green light to transmission… and what YOU can do make sure you're pitching the right way.
CASE STUDY E-BOOK: Ten Documentary & Reality Projects
Ten Case Studies document key moments in the successful creation of unscripted films and television programs.
We cover concept development, the pitch, the network evaluation process, financing and deal-making, broadcast and theatrical exhibition, and the after-market.
Our Case Studies address both U.S. and international projects, including Australia and Europe. They include hit television series and theatrical films.
Our Case Study 10-pack is a valuable resource for producers, network executives, hopeful new entrants to careers in the nonfiction industry, and students.
Production Budget Template for a Documentary Special, 2014 Edition
By Elizabeth Ventura
Elizabeth is a Senior Consultant in Production Management with years of experience working on documentary and nonficton budgets for US and international networks. Her comprehensive production budget package saves producers time and uncertainty by immediately establishing professional credibility with network production managers. The package includes 35 account categories and many special features, including an Assumptions page and a Schedule Template.
We will review your project or corporate strategy, and provide an initial assessment with recommended Next Steps.