Category Archive: TV Business
Animation fans rejoice. The Oscars of Animation, The Annies, have been handed out.
Frozen took just about every award. Cancelled but not forgotten Futurama ended with yet another award.
Check out all the nominees and winners at http://www.animationmagazine.net/events/41st-annual-annie-awards-live-updates/
So yes, I’m a geek about animation. But what’s not to love about it. When you’ve outgrown cartoons, you lose your zest for life.
#pitchtv, #annieawards, #frozen
John Bujak,friend and client for many years, is having a great NATPE conference. He’s bitching about the humidity (while his wife and kids suffer in sub-zero weather), but his pitches are going well.
He just told me he got a distribution offer for his reality series Tails.
Here’s John on the right. I tried to use a photo from last night, but the iMac in my hotel room has the USB ports disabled so I can’t upload any of my photos. rrrrrrrrrr. So, Here’s an old pic of me and John. It will have to do.
#natpe, #pitchtv, #marksimon
Jeanne left today for Realscreen Summit in D.C.
Mark heads out tomorrow for NATPE in Miami.
For some reason Mark keeps teasing the team that he will be the warmest of us all. We don’t like Mark very much right now.
Luckily, he doesn’t care…
There are a couple of ways to pitch to Nickelodeon coming up.
One is to go to Kidscreen Summit in NYC in February. We’ll be there with a large group of people.
Nick also has an animated shorts program you can submit a short for. Their successful shorts can turn into series. It’s happened many times, like with Fairly OddParents.
Here’s the link to submit to their shorts program:
Yep, while most of the country is freezing its ass off, I’ll be in sunny Miami.
Next Wednesday, I’ll be speaking to a special Navigator group at the NATPE conference on how to make the most of the connections they make at the conference.
If you are going to NATPE, but are not part of our Tour or the Navigator program, make sure you stop me and say HI. Or Hello. Or How ya’ doing? I’ll answer to most of those.
Have you registered yet? You don’t want to miss this free online event.
The NUMBER ONE problem artist have in business is…
…When other artists work for free.
Do contests help you?
Do you need that extra credit?
Are you being screwed over?
What sites and companies are screwing artists?
We’ll share that with you.
Host and artist/director Mark Simon along with artist and designer Stephen Silver are hosting a no-cost evening where they discuss (or rant) about the dangers of working for free and how to avoid it.
Free virtual workshop hosted by Mark Simon:
“Don’t Work For Free”
Tuesday, Jan 21 – 9 pm EST (6 p.m. PST)
Register now: http://www.sellyourtvconceptnow.com/dont-work-for-free
We’re not surprised. The short period of time the broadcast networks produce and pick pilots to go to series is nuts. Cable doesn’t work that way and cable now rules the airways.
Kevin Reilly, chief of Fox, agrees. That’s why they will create and produce as needed, not in a compressed schedule which can hurt the creativity of a show.
We’re asked all the time about development, pitching and pilot seasons. For the most part there isn’t a ‘season’ anymore and now there is less of one.
This is FANTASTIC for all you independent producers. There is no ‘right time’ to pitch, just have a great show and a great pitch.
Just got my Bluray of You’re Next. Samples of my quick animatics are on the DVD, but I’m evidently dead and bleeding on the cutting room floor. I’m described as the ‘animatic guy they brought in’. You know, the guy who did over 7 minutes of animatics in jus
t 4 days.
I’m (Mark) hosting a free webinar next week with Disney designer Stephen Silver (Kim Possible) on how creative people are tricked into working for free and how to avoid it. For artists, writers, photogs and all creatives.
Tuesday, January 21st, 9pm EST/ 6pm PST
Spread the word.