Category Archive: TV Business

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





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.  






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

#mikerowe #gottadoit


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Kidscreen Summit Promo Codes

We’ve arranged for an exclusive Sell Your TV Concept Now discount for  Kidscreen Summit.  You can use the discount and there is no purchase required. Check it Out!                    

Kidscreen Summit: February 23rd — February 26th, 2015  at InterContinental Miami Hotel, Miami, FL..

Kidscreen Summit: use promo code - FIRSTKSS15  (expires 12/12/2014)

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