Category Archive: TV Business

FREE Live Virtual Workshop on “Why Network Execs Say YES” + “Free Giveaway”


Tuesday, November 18th at 9:00pm EST and 6:00pm PST

Hosted by Mark and Jeanne Simon  

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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.

You’re never going to get a “YES” on your TV project until you first understand why network execs say “YES”

#sellyourtvconceptnow #marksimon #jeannesimon #evaluationgiveaway #networkexecutives #tvconferences #NATPE  

#kidscreensummt  #realscreensummit  #pitchtvshow #pitchtv #pitchanimation #pitchreality #tvpitchstory

Development of a hit series

Mark here. I just found this great 15 minute video about the making of my favorite animated series from when I was a kid, Jonny Quest.

It was the first true adventure animation for kids. Real threats. People died. The animation looked like a moving comic book. It was cool.

Check it out.


What Networks Want at Realscreen Summit 2015 by Pivot

Update from Belisa Balaban, EVP, Original Programming for Pivot who will be at  Realscreen Summit

WHAT THEY WANT: A well thought-out concept that demonstrates an understanding of Pivot’s network objectives.  As part of the Participant Media family, the net is geared towards millennials who have a sense of social justice and concern for the world around them.

HOW TO PITCH:  Balaban says it helps to first run a log-line by the network, so they can decide whether the show fits into its filter. “From there, I like to hear, read and see whatever materials have gotten producers to the place where they can really see the show,” she says.

PITCHING DON’TS:  Don’t approach the net without the necessary homework.  She adds that, in a meeting, if her team identifies concerns with the idea, producers should listen and be open to coming up with a solution.

Target Audience/Demo: 18 to 34 year old “upstanders’ who are interested in learning about the world and making an impact.  Treatment or Tape?  Treatment.   Program One offs?  Yes

#pivot #realscreen #realscreensummit2015 #belisabalaban #marksimon #jeanne simon #ptichtv #pitchtvseries #howtopitch #tvconference  #selltv #sellyourtvconceptnow #tvproducer

Do we really need this in a reality show?

Discovery is promoting a new show called Eaten Alive.

That’s right, Eaten Alive. A man will be swallowed by a huge anaconda on TV.

The write-up talks about his being in a snake-proof suit, but still.

And then, how does he get out? It looks like there’s a rope tied to his foot.

What do you think of this type of show? Will you watch it?

No better model than my son

This page of photos of my son, Luke, is from my best-selling Facial Expressions series, Babies to Teens, which features photos of 63 models from 3 weeks old to 19 years old. Luke was 3 years old at the time. Now he is 15 and we miss those big pinchable cheeks.

I took photos of our neighbors kids, friends’ kids and stranger’s kids if they let me. There are hundreds of kids photos displaying every type of emotion.  It’s a gold mine of inspirations for artists.  Other galleries include skulls, hats, phonemes, age progression and more.

He has  a twin brother Reece, which I used for a different series.  Check out my website: Mark Simon Books


#marksimonbooks #facialexpressions #marksimon #photographicreferencebook #referenceforartist #artist #facialreference

#sellyourtvconceptnow  #booksforartist #babiestoteens


Standard Deal Points Selling Your Television Projects

We would like to share with you some great information from an article we came across by When a company                                                                                                         commits to bring your TV Project to market, they will propose an option agreement that give them the exclusive right to sell your show                                                                                                     to a network for a limited period of time.

TV with money bagOption deals for scripted projects are essentially the same as for reality-based concepts, yet fees and purchase prices are considerably larger in scripted.  Financial and developmental participation in production are negotiable to a point, depending on your industry experience  and what you bring to the table in terms of the marketing of your show.

As in any industry, there are a variety of forces and factors that give shape to the legal structure and content of any deal made.  A television Writer or Producer  with an established track record is likely to receive a more lucrative deal than someone with little or no experience, and are often given more involvement in the actual production of the show. However, there are many industry standards regardless of who you are.

More to follow:

#creatorsvault  #tvproject  #optiondeals  #industrystandards  #marksimon

#jeannesimon #sellyourtvconceptnow #electroniccopyright #writers  #creators

#proofofcreation  #scripted  #unscripted   #entertainmentindustry #tvindustry

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


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: 

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

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

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

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