Hi everyone and happy holidays!
I have a question. I have been developing a TV series for a while, and I wrote the pilot as well as a Pitch Deck. The deck includes the Arc of the first season, the themes and tone, the world, the character descriptions, as well as a rough idea of what could potentially happen in seasons 2 and 3.
A producer, (who loved the pilot but who is still quite green), told me that in order to pitch it to Netflix or Amazon, I would need to do a 1 page breakdown of each episode of seasons 1 and 2, meaning about a page per episode, describing a beginning, middle and end for each episode. He said that things have changed and because there's so much demand for content these days, they only look at projects that are ready to go entirely because they have lots of money to invest but little time to develop.
However, I remember taking a webinar here in which it was said that one should not be so detailed about each episode because it would be like getting into a marriage with someone and telling them exactly what's gonna happen between them, how many fights, how many kids, the colour of the child's hair, their names etc, and that Networks preferred to develop a project with you instead of having something already so detailed and pre-packaged.
I remember another webinar where the host was saying that a Bible/Pitch Deck shouldn't really exceed 5 pages at first, and when the deal was signed, a much more detailed Bible was developed with the Network/Producers, according to their wishes and ideas of where the story could be taken and how it could evolve.
I also thought that Netflix had their own writers, with whom one develops each episode once a deal is signed, and I've read so many stories about writers having to write the following week's episode in a very short amount of time etc.
So I'm very confused and not sure if I should work on that or not (it's a ton of extra work and I've already been on this project for 2 years. I don't want to get into all this if it's not necessary or not a requirement, or in other words, if it's a useless effort!).
Looking forward to reading your thoughts on this! Thanks in advance for your help, and my apologies for the length of this post!