FREE Live Virtual Workshop on “Why Network Execs Say NO”

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We’re hosting a FREE live Virtual Workshop Tuesday, October 28th at 9:00 P.M. EST (6:00 P.M. PST)  called

“Why Network Execs Say NO”.

To Register for the virtual workshop – copy and paste the link below into your web browser:

 https://rt133.infusionsoft.com/app/page/why-network-execs-say-no 

You’re never going to get a “YES” on your TV project until you first understand why network execs say “NO”

We can’t wait to share with you what we’ve found out from network execs at the FIVE major conferences we’ve attended this year.

#sellyourtvconceptnow #jeannesimon #marksimon #freevirtualworkshop #networkexecs #pitchtvshow #pitchtvseries #pitchtv

South African Reality Show Pitches

We just came across this article about the South African network M-Net looking for reality show pitches.

If you have a great reality show concept that’s NOT educational but IS for the whole family and especially if it’s of interest to South Africans, check this out.

M-Net is looking for proposals now to set up 10 minute pitches. To submit your proposal go to https://dstvo.wufoo.com/forms/10-minute-pitching-sessions-brief-2014/

To make sure your proposal is as strong as possible, you may want to have a Concept Evaluation with us. Call Denyse at 407-351-0893 to schedule yours and pitch with confidence.

You have less than 2 weeks to get your proposals in, so GET TO IT!
Good luck.

#pitchtv #mnet

Pancake art

Well, it’s official. Mark’s insane. He can’t even make breakfast without cartoons.

Not watching cartoons, making them. Mark made pancakes yesterday but had to turn them all into cartoon characters.

Luckily, it was pretty fun.

Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McPBsNo367c

 

#pancakeart #cartoon

Won’t talk on the phone? No chance of selling!

This was a first. I (Mark here) just got an email from someone who was referred to us.

He has an idea for an animated series and wanted to know what his next step was. Great.

I offered him a 15 minute Gift Session, a free call with me, to see where he was with his idea and see what he needs to do next. I told him to simply call Denyse and schedule a call.

He said he prefers email, if that was alright.

No, it’s not alright. It has to be a call. Emails take too much of my time and there is no communication like a conversation. I need to speak with someone to help them.

He replied that he really didn’t like talking on the phone and pushed for emails again.

I declined.

His reply, “Guess I’ll just have to figure out how to do it on my own.”

There is ZERO chance he will ever sell his show. I offered some of my time for free, and he couldn’t even get on the phone.

If you are not willing to talk on the phone and then travel to pitch in person, you have no chance of ever selling your concept. It’s that simple.

What a waste. What a shame.

#pitchtv #marksimon

Funny Fridays

#hollyweird #marksimon #storyboards #storyboarding #sellyourtvconceptnow #storyboards-east

#storyboardseast #cartoons #hollywoodcomicstrip #comicstrips #cartoonist #funnyfridays

#storyboardworkshop #storyboardartist #animatics #animatics&storyboards

Every Three Seconds

Mark and I are financial supporters of this inspiring film produced and directed by Dan Karslake. We recently saw a screening Every 3 Seconds at the Global Peace Festival and it gave us hope there are solutions out there for some tough problems.

Every Three Seconds will be released on October 16th, World Food Day — an international day for the end of hunger sponsored by the United Nations.

Because the right to food is a basic human right, because hunger is solvable in our lifetime, and because the cost of neglect is too high, we wanted to share our film with the world on this important day and be part of the voice calling for change. Since Every Three Seconds is about engaging in a real and sustainable way in the end of hunger and extreme poverty, it feels like the perfect partnership!

Here is the link to their website: http://www.everythreeseconds.net/

Here is the link to their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b3NQQxsueg

Scheduled Screenings:

October 17, 2014 New Orleans Film Festival New Orleans, LA
October 29, 2014 Awakened World International Film Festival  Santa Barbara,CA

 

 

#everythreeseconds,#dankarslake,#jeannesimon,#marksimon,#globalpeacefestival,#worldfoodday,

#supporterseverythreeseconds,#perchducote,#realityfilm,#endhunger,#poverty,#sellyourtvconceptnow,

#realitytv,#unitednations,#participantmedia,#danielkarslake,#helenmendoza,#firstrunfeatures

Funny Fridays –

#hollyweird,#marksimon,#storyboards-east,#storyboards,#cartoons,#sellyourtvconceptnow,#storyboardbook,

#storyboardartist,#storyboardpro,#storyboardseries,#funnyfridays,#storyboardcharacters,#storyboardsmotioninart,

#characters,#sunnyfundays,#comics,#comicnetwork,#comicstrips,#storyboardworkshop,#marksimonstoryboards

Throwback Thursday – Gullah Gullah Island

Jeanne on Gullah set-sm

Wow!! It has been 20 years now, from the first time on the set of  Gullah Gullah Island.  I (Jeanne) produced this show at Nickelodeon way back when.  This  kids show is an American musical children’s television series that was produced by and aired on the Nickelodeon network from 1994-1998.  Gullah Gullah Island is a sing-a-long half-hour live-action show. The format was part of a ‘flexible-thinking’ initiative that taught children to make good choices rather than using a rote memorization.  In 1996, TV Guide named the show one of “10 best children’s shows”. During its original broadcast, it was Nickelodeon’s highest-rating preschool show averaging more 750,000 viewers per episode

 

#gullahgullahisland,#nickelodeon,#kidshow,#childrenstelevision,#jeannesimon,#marksimon,#sellyourtvconceptnow,

#liveactionshow,#childrenstv,#kidsmuscial,#kidstv,#bestchildrensshows,#pitchkidstv,#pitchtvseries,#musicaltvseries,

#kidsentertainment,#kidsshow,

What Networks Want – Pivot

Pivot is Participant Media’s new cable network that debuted in August 2013.  They target “The New Greatest Generation”,  young adults between 18 and 34 years old who are involved in social activism or at least open to it. 

Pivot launched with an initial subscriber base of about 40 million cable and satellite television homes.   

The network’s first six greenlit series are: “TakePart Live,” a live talk show, “HitRECord on TV!,” a re-imagination of the variety show from director/creator/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt; “Raising McCain,” a genre-bending docu-talk series starring and executive produced by the complex and accomplished Meghan McCain ; “WILL,” a modern period drama from Craig Pearce, writer of “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby”; “Jersey Strong,” a real reality series from Peabody Award-winners Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin.

Surrounding its original scripted and unscripted series will be world television premieres of Participant Media documentaries, including Last Call at the Oasis, State 194 and A Place At The Table.  

 

#pivot,#cable,#takepartlive,#talkshow,#docutalkseries,#hitrecordontv,#will,#meghanmccain,#raisingmccain,#craigpearce,

#moulinrouge,#thegreatgatsby,#jerseystrong,#marclevin,#markbenjamin,#unscriptedtv,#unscriptedtvseries,#scriptedtv,

#scriptedtvseries,#socialactivism,#marksimon,#jeannesimon,#sellyourtvconcoptnow,#whatnetworkswant,#josephgordonlevitt,

#participantmedia,#satellitetelevision,#pitchtvseries,#pitchtv

Rowe, Rowe, Rowe your show…

Mike Rowe has a new show, and we are very happy about it. We love Mike Rowe. He’s one of the most natural hosts we’ve ever seen.

Mike’s new show is on CNN, called Somebody’s Gotta Do It. It’s Mike doing what he does so well, talking to people about what they do.

The idea of the show is not what makes it special. Mike is what makes it special.

The first episode is online now. Check it out at

http://www.cnn.com/go/?show=00010&featured=true

#mikerowe #gottadoit