Category Archive: TV Business

Bad idea, Sony

Sony’s choice to cancel the release of The Interview is scary. It’s much scarier than the threats.

This has opened Pandora’s Box of threats from anyone who doesn’t like a movie.

If you don’t like a movie…don’t see it. Pretty damn simple.

Any political or religious nutbag now feels they can shut down someone’s expression with an email threat. That’s scary.

Everyone in the entertainment industry stands to lose. Freedom of expression stands to lose. Publishers stand to lose.

This is worth fighting for. Not this particular movie, but any movie, TV show or visual display. We can’t be shut down because someone doesn’t like it. That’s their problem.

I will be first in line if a theater runs it. I will be the first to buy the DVD, or the VOD.

All it takes is a crack in the armor to take something down. We can’t let this be a crack. If Sony doesn’t have the balls to release the movie, someone else should. We need to show every terrorist that they can’t control what we see or read.

If you don’t think this is a big deal, you’re delusional. It’s a huge deal and it affects all of us. It affects us right NOW.

Let Sony and the distributors know  you disagree with them. Send your letters, make those calls, create emails. Stand up now…or kneel forever.

It is this important.


Storyboard videos

Remember when I (Mark) went to CA recently to produce a bunch of videos for Well, they are live online now.

I shot 67 videos about the Storyboard Pro software I helped develop. 8 of the videos are free for anyone to watch. If you have a Lynda account, you can watch all of them.

If you want to, or need to, work with storyboards, you should check it out. I’m really proud of how these videos turned out. The Lynda group was AMAZING to work with.

Go to

#Lynda #marksimon #storyboard #storyboardpro

Nerds win

Big news for a friend of ours, Ken Faire, El Presidente of Nerd Corps animation studios in Canada. DHX is buying Nerd Corp. DHX is HUGE. It owns a number of studios and networks in Canada.

Ken will become SVP and GM for Kids & Family for DHX. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

In fact, the members of our Hit Maker Tour to Kidscreen Summit last year had the opportunity to meet with Ken and pitch their shows to him. You can see a pic here of Ken handing his cards to our Tour members.

Hit Maker Summit meets with Ken Faire from Nerd Corp.

Hit Maker Summit meets with Ken Faire from Nerd Corp.


Here’s a link to an article about the deal:


#pitchtv #nerdcorp #dhx

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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with Mark or Jeanne Simon  

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