7 Deadly Sins of Pitching TV

Less than 24 hours before we share these sins with you. Well, warn you about the sins anyway.

Don’t worry, nothing bad will happen…unless you don’t follow our warnings.

It’s free. It’s Tuesday night. It’s full of great info. Over 300 people have registered so far. What have you got to lose?

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Prepping our Hit Maker Summit

We’re spending the weekend and this week working on the details and samples for our upcoming Hit Maker Summit.

Better flow. Better samples. More interactivity. More excitement.

We are SOOOO excited to host this event in August. We have sold HALF the seats already!



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7 Deadly Sins of Pitching TV

We’re hosting a free webinar on July 29 to share with you the latest in what to avoid when pitching to network execs.

Put it on your calendar and register to join us.


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It’s been a few years, but we are bringing back our popular Hit Maker Summit.

3 packed days of perfecting your pitch, working on your project and all the details of making a deal work.

Early Bird discount ends TOMORROW. Go to www.HitMakerSummit.com for details. Or call us at 407-351-0893.


Character and Story

I (Mark) will be speaking for a group of  game developers tonight. The meeting will be held at Full Sail.

The event is put together by Burnout Game Ventures, LLC.

I met a lot of these folks at IGDA a few months ago, when I spoke for them, and they kindly asked me to speak to this group.

Looking forward to it. Great group of creative people.

Harry Potter fun

There are a number of benefits to living in Orlando. One is getting to see the new theme park areas early.

Over the weekend I (Mark) had the chance to check out the new Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. The Gringott’s Bank ride wasn’t open yet (opens supposedly tomorrow), but the rest of the area is absolutely amazing. It’s HUGE. It’s many times larger than the Potter area at Islands of Adventure. Tons of cool new stores.

Lots of the area is covered, so even when it rained, it didn’t matter. It’s an entire town to explore. The more we wandered around, the more we found. Lots of interactive displays to stumble upon.

The dragon on Gringott’s Bank spews fire. I wish the Dragon moved, but it’s still cool.

We also took the train between the parks. It’s pretty cool. The windows show the England landscape and other Potter characters. You also hear and see shadows of Harry and the gang in the aisle. But what impressed me the most is the full size train and the gigantic train stations. You won’t believe the scale of it.

If you are a Potter fan, you will flip over the new land.


Mark, his son Reece and their friends, The Sherman family.

Animating the Little Rascals

You may remember that Mark Simon produced the opening animated credits of the new Little Rascals movie. Toon Boom software just ran an article about the work Mark did on the movie.

Check out page 8 in their online newsletter:


Toon Boom newsletter

Facebook Giveaway Winners

Figure 01, ChearleaderMark is Cheering for our Facebook Giveaway Winners!!  Let’s hear it for Raamon, Pinar and Susan…  Yeah……

We would like to Congratulate our Winners and tell you a little bit about them, at least what we think we know.   As you will see they are loyal fans and are following their creative ideas.  We like that and as you can see, Mark can get a little carried away celebrating.  Although he looks good in purple.

Raamon Newman our Grand Prize Winner has been a client with us since January 2013.  He has participated in many of our Virtual Workshops over the past 1.5 years.  Raamon was very excited that he won; is currently working on a reality show and the Evaluation could not have come at a better time.

Pinar Tarhan our 2nd prize winner of the virtual workshop on “How Adora sold 15 shows”  has been a client of ours since November 2013.  Pinar has participated in ourVirtual Workshops and quite of few Pitch Events over the past year.   He was quite happy with his winnings since this is one of the workshops that he has not seen.

Susan Molenda our 3rd prize winner of the virtual workshop on “Will someone steal my TV idea” was beside herself.  Sue has been with us since October 2012.  This is her email responses:   “Oh my gosh! Thank you!  This is so exciting!!! I’m awed. I’m unable to express my delight without lapsing into cliche. I am going to sell the hell out of my TV concepts! Millions of thanks!”  We think she’s a happy girl.



It’s a BOY!

Congratulation to our client Edlyn Lewis on her new addition – a wonderful baby boy!





Advice from a show runner

Chris Lloyd (Modern Family): Write from the heart. You can always make a real story funny; you can’t always make a funny story real.


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