Is it possible to pitch an idea for a TV show that is unscripted. Can one sell an idea without offering any personal input? No script, no financing - nothing but the idea. Just wondering.
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Isn't that Reality TV?
I agree with Jeff. I copyrighted my screenplay with the US copyright office it was only $35 It was easy, I did it online. We have a saying where I grew up in Brooklyn (CYA) which because you are a lady decorum dictates I not spell out the intials, but I think you catch my meaning. ANYWAY BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR PROJECT.
Thanks Jeff and Steven. Your reality TV comment made me chuckle. I copyright everything, but I'm not sure you can copyright an idea. It's one of those things you see and think 'I wish I'd thought of that!' Someone else could have the same notion and actually do something about it. I suppose if I pitched it, I would copyright it then. Going back to my original question, could I sell it and if so, to whom? Thanks for your replies Wendy x
Okay. thanks X
Yes, it is possible but you need to work out the show's format - because the bare bones of the idea most likely won't be convincing enough. For example, "16 chefs compete to be Top Chef." That's an idea, but it's too bare bones. If you come up with the format, then you have a chance. If one doesn't have unscripted producing experience, one would most likely need to partner with a credible unscripted producer or production company in order to make a sale. You should first develop a strong format, and then you can simultaneously try to get an audience with unscripted agents (who represent the producers you're trying to reach) and unscripted producers who have the credibility and track record to convince a network buy the pitch.
Disclaimer - I'm in scripted, not unscripted. You might also look at Realscreen to see if there are networking opportunities.
Hey, Regina. Thank you very much fpr the reply and your sound advice. Nice one! Wendy xxx
If it's a TV pilot, I would get a bare bones crew (99% would do it for free) and film the spec. Execs and producers know it's a zero dollar spec. The selling point is its potential. If you've ever seen It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, that's how they got their start.
Thanks Micheal and Victor. It's not a reality show. More of an idea for something out of the ordinary. Thanks everyone. xx
Make a treatment. Reality or Scripted a good presentation is a solid way to go about getting people to see your concept. Other than that – reach out to producers.