Category Archive: TV Business

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.  

 

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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

 

Funny Fridays

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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)

 https://summit.kidscreen.com/2015/register/

Discounted rate: $1350     …………    Standard rate $1750

 

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NATPE Conference Promo Code

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Throwback Thursdays – Hit Maker Summit 2010 and 2014

Wow,  how young we felt and lWayne Carter lectureooked four years ago!

(on the left) This picture of me (Jeanne), Mark and Wayne Carter was taken at our Hit Maker Summit of 2010.

HMS 2014, Wayne, Jeanne, Mark lecture

 

 

(on the right) Here it is August 2014,  four years later and we are having our Hit Maker Summit here in Orlando.   The three of us doing it again.  We had a great workshop and our Clients loved it.    Yes, Mark has on a similar shirt in both photos – they are not the same shirt. He likes blue!

 

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What Networks Want – truTV

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Chris Linn, President of  truTV, is a  good friend and former colleague of mine (Jeanne) from our Nickelodeon days.  At the Realscreen West 2014 Summit earlier this year,  Chris gave me some great notes that  truTV  Network is looking for hybrid shows, reinventions, mash ups, comedy and new sketch comedy shows.  “Impractical Jokers” and “The Carbonaro Effect” are both rating winners and they’re looking for shows with the same fun attitude.   Their demographics is 55% males in the age bracket of 35 to 40 years old.  truTV would also like authentic excursions and do not like fake reality.

 

 #ChrisLinn,#realityshows,#comedyshows,#JeanneSimon,#MarkSimon,#SellYourTVConceptNow,#Whatnetworkswant,#trutv,#realscreenwest,#comedy,#comedyshows

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Fergwad

We just saw this fun interview with Jason Zimbler. Jason played Ferguson on Clarissa Explains It All. Jeanne was one of the producers of the series.

Jeanne and I played racquetball with Jason and his father every week during production. We had a great time. We were all competitive and would end each game exhausted and sometimes bruised.

Here’s an interview with Jason on what he’s been up to since the show ended.

http://mashable.com/2014/09/18/ferguson-clarissa-90s-nickelodeon/

#fergwad #clarissa

 

Menahem Golan – Dead

The famed producer, Menahem Golan, died over the weekend. Back in my early days in the mid-80′s in Hollywood, I (Mark) was offered to art direct that horrible Captain America movie he produced in 1989.

I REALLY wanted to work on it. As most of you know, I’m a huge comic geek. The problem was, I had just signed on to art direct another movie. While my new movie hadn’t started yet, I felt I couldn’t bale on the production so I had to hang my head low and turn down working on Captain America.

So, did I make the right choice? Hard to say. The movie I worked on was Party Line, starring Richard Hatch and Leif Garrett. Hardly a blockbuster. Ever heard of it?

Just the idea of working on a Cap movie was cool. Damn.