Screenwriting : Speaking with Studio and Network Heads via a Producer by Kacee DeMasi

Kacee DeMasi

Speaking with Studio and Network Heads via a Producer

A producer who I pitched to called me and we spoke for about 35 minutes. He asked if I had signed anything and where do I foresee my series airing on. I told him I would like to go networks CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX rather than Netflix or Amazon. Here comes my question - The Producer told me he would like to get me on a conference or video call with the Studio Heads / Networks. (It is important to note - I am not selling my script or show but rather I am the creator and will be heavily involved whether as talent, director, writer, and/or Executive Producer.) Should I follow up with him to see how he is progressing as it has been 6 weeks since we first spoke? Or how long should I wait to follow-up? Thank you in advance for chiming it. I appreciate it - Kacee

Dan MaxXx

For a 1st time tv creator with 0 tv experience - what you want is unrealistic for network tv. ("I am the creator and will be heavily involved whether as talent, director, writer, and/or Executive Producer."), and what this Producer is telling you, "video call with Studio Heads/ Networks" seems too good to be real.

My lawyer-neighbor has a client who created an original Netflix tv show. The client is a DGA director and lead actor & writer for the series, and he had to hire a Showrunner & Producers on an approved list by Netflix Execs.

CJ Walley

Hey Kacee. I see you've got a couple of TV series produced under your belt. Well done. Is this a show to be run by the network or are you trying to get an MG to produce the episodes yourselves? If it's the latter, the wait will likely to be longer but, either way, the producer should be keeping in touch more regularly than six weeks. When they said "studio heads", was this for the networks listed as that sounds unrealistic. I've been in projects talking to studio heads but they were much smaller networks or divisions. They would most likely to be talking to production heads.

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

What Dan said! If you wish to go down the path with the producer, you may. You own everything. Prior to each call ask him for the name of the executive and then Google them to see what you can learn. Ask him what the scope, discussion will be on the call. about. Most of the calls like this are never just "hop on the phone and see what happens." There's a reason for the call(s). Ask the producer why the calls are happening. If a studio is interested a submission goes first, and if they like it then a meeting/call.

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