Category Archive: TV Business

Throwback Thursday

I produced Cartoon Networks first live action show with Carrot Top, called  ”Carrot Top’s AM Mayhem.”   His real name is  Scott Thompson and today Carrot Top – with his trademark mop of red hair – is rocking at the Luxor Las Vegas.

 

Jeanne and Carrot Top, Cropped

#tbt, #carrot top, # CartoonNetwork, #Jeanne Simon, # Mark Simon, #SellYourTVConceptNow, #ScottThompson, #LuxorLasVegas

My favorite theme song

NATPE TV cornered Mark not long ago and asked him what his favorite theme song is.

Mark had the answer immediately, and was one of the few people brave enough to start singing his choice (and you REALLY don’t want to hear him sing. Trust us.)

The only problem is, the pressure got him. He got the first line wrong. HA!

Check it out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuInOa4tL64&feature=youtu.be

#themesong #tvthemesong #NATPE #pitchtv

What Networks Want – Nickelodeon

 

Nickelodeon Logo

Nickelodeon is looking for shows for kids 6 and older.
They are interested in live-action or animated programming that’s funny and
kids are the focus of the story.  They want sitcoms, game shows and other innovative reality
shows. They’re also looking for content creators who are funny themselves and who get kids.

#Nickelodeon, #animation, #kidstvshow, #MarkSimon, #pitchtv,#JeanneSimon, #SellYourTVConceptNow,

Free workshop tonight on pitching your TV show

Tonight, March 18, 6:00 pm PST/9:00 PM EST – 5 Warning Signs Your Show Will Never Sell
If you’re ready to do what it takes to sell your TV show — do not miss this FREE virtual workshop hosted by Jeanne Simon, co-founder of Sell Your TV Concept Now.
“I have the straight scoop from the mouths of network presidents about what they want and I’m telling all on March 18! This workshop is for you if you’re just starting out or if you’ve pitched and been rejected.” Jeanne Simon
Free TV training on how to pitch tv shows
#pitch #pitchtv #howtopitch #sellyourtvshow #jeannesimon

5 WARNING SIGNS YOUR SHOW WILL NEVER SELL

Free Virtual Workshop
March 18, 6:00 pm PST/9:00 PM EST
If you’re ready to do what it takes to sell your TV show — do not miss this FREE virtual workshop hosted by Jeanne Simon, co-founder of Sell Your TV Concept Now.
“I have the straight scoop from the mouths of network presidents about what they want and I’m telling all on March 18! This workshop is for you if you’re just starting out or if you’ve pitched and been rejected.” Jeanne Simon
Free TV training on how to pitch tv shows

#pitchtv #pitchtips #howtopitch #jeannesimon #realitytv #pitch #animation

Throwback Thursday – seaQuest DSV

Back in 1993 I (Mark) was working on Steven Spielberg’s NBC series seaQuest DSV as the story artist.

On one episode, Playtime, the director gave me a camera crew and told me to direct the second unit. “You broke down all the shots. You know it better than I do.”

And I did. Here’s a shot of me, in the foreground, going over the shots with our FX supervisor and one of our producers on location in Lakeland. This was my first shot at directing and it WAS FREAKING AWESOME!

#marksimon #storyboards #spielberg #seaquest #directing

Mark 2nd Unit directing on SQ

Pitching to studio execs

We had a GREAT time at Kidscreen Summit in NYC. Lots of great meetings.

In case you missed it, here’s a video of the event. You’ll also get to see our clients meeting with lots of studio execs.

So, you still don’t believe decision makers take meetings at TV conferences? Take a look at this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTpy0hEhxYw

Pitching at Kidscreen Summit

#pitchtv, #kidscreen

Mark is on TV….Again.

It’s amazing what you can find when you Google yourself. (Man, that sounds dirty. I googled myself. Hmmm)

I’ve been interviewed a few times on Live It Up with Donna Drake, but haven’t seen my interviews. This morning I took a few minutes to look, and lo and behold, I found one from last year.

At NATPE 2013 in Miami, Donna interiewed me in our booth at the conference and she shows a bit of me working with people on their pitch.

Here’s the link. I show up at 8:52 into the show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3a02kH0qhg

Mark on Live It Up

The opening night of Kidscreen Summit always has an awesome party hosted at the Little Airplane studios. It’s an amazing loft studio. Every floor is packed with creative people. This year we were all happy to get out of the storm that starting hitting the city.

One guy we met was from Germany. I don’t remember his name, but he looks like and sounds like Gru from Despicable Me. Really. Take a look at this photo. I swear they used this guy as their inspiration.

Luckily, he has a great sense of humor, because our entire Hit Maker Tour group just called him Gru for the entire conference.

He’s pictured here with 3 of our clients. I don’t think I need to tell you which one he is.

What do you think? Do you see a resemblance?

#gru, #kidscreen

Gru look-alike at Kidscreen Summit

The Hub

Long-time friend and client Kenny Taht, on the right, gets a chance to meet Ted Biaselli, programming exec for The Hub at #KidscreenSummit2014.

I’ve known Ted for a number of years and he was very receptive to new ideas. Ted is looking for all sorts of projects. He told us the types of shows he’s looking for and lucky for Kenny, it’s just what Kenny has developed.

Is Kenny a happy boy? You bet your ass he is. Moments like this are priceless.

#pitchtv, #kidscreen2014, #hub, #thehub

 

Hit Maker Tour client meets The Hub executive to pitch his TV show.