How To Pitch Your TV Pilot To Cable Networks

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Jordan Barel

Webinar hosted by: Jordan Barel

Producer at Loaded Barrel Studios

About Your Host Jordan Barel, TV Dept. at Abominable Pictures (Burning Love and Children’s Hospital on Adult Swim): Jordan Barel began his career as a short filmmaker before creating his own entertainment company, Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels. His work has won numerous international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. His studio currently tours around the country and sells their graphic novels in several languages around the world. The company was founded as a way to translate comics to films, leading Jordan to option his books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan, Brendan Deneen, Jeffrey Erb, and Aaron Berger. He’s developed at studios Chatrone, Unique Features, and Leomark Studios in the independent film space. Currently several of his books are optioned to film companies. Previously Jordan was an Entertainment Attorney who has worked in Business Affairs for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC. He switched from legal to creative and served as the Television Coordinator for Verve Talent & Literary Agency working with all of the company’s TV writers on their pitches and presentations for staffing season. Currently Jordan works in development for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department. Full Bio »

Learn directly from Jordan Barel, TV Dept. at Abominable Pictures (Burning Love and Children’s Hospital on Adult Swim)!

Once you’ve written the script and you’re ready to get your show idea in front of production companies and executives, it’s important to know how to pitch your TV pilot correctly. A good pitch is often the deciding factor of a show getting picked up or passed on. Aside from knowing how to pitch in the most effective way, an important aspect of pitching your TV pilot that often gets overlooked is knowing how to tailor your pitch to the network you are pitching to.

Cable networks all have their niche. For example, AMC has really honed in on intense dramas, such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men; USA focuses on character driven mystery dramas such as CSI, House, and NCIS; TBS centers around comedy sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory, Ground Floor, and Cougar Town; ABC Family focuses more on sitcoms relating to family, such as Melissa and Joey, Baby Daddy and The Fosters.

Knowing how to tailor your pitch to a specific cable network opens up immense opportunity for your TV pilot. Every cable network can be a real home for your work - it’s just a matter of the how, when, and why. Knowing how to appeal to multiple networks gives your pilot a better chance of getting picked up!

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Jordan Barel will teach you both how to pitch your pilot and how to tailor your pitch to the right cable network. In addition, he’ll go over what kind of shows live on each network currently, and what may be the right fit for you. You will walk away with a clear understanding of how to pitch effectively (information you can take with you over to the Happy Writers Pitch Sessions!) as well as a clear understanding of how to make your pilot what each network is looking for.

Your host Jordan Barel currently works for Paul Scheer through his producing deal at FOX, working on development with his projects as well as bringing in new writers for him. Jordan also works at Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department. Previously, he worked as the Television Coordinator for Verve Literary Agency, producing the company's staffing video which lead to a 200% increase in the company's staffed writers. While there he also vetted all new TV and film clients. Jordan knows what will make your pitch stand out and is here exclusively for Stage 32 to help guide our writers toward success!


What You'll Learn:

  • What is your show?
    • Understanding if it is a comedy, a multi cam, limited etc. and why knowing that is important when pitching.
  • How to describe it to somebody else who’s not your Mom.
    • Because she always understands you and strangers well…don’t.
  • The Executive lifestyle.
    • Be in the shoes of the seller for a moment and then you’ll know what they want to hear!
  • What are the essential elements that need to be said out loud in your pitch?
    • Jaws meets ET - yep, contrary to popular belief, you can meet in the middle.
  • What should you absolutely NOT say in your pitch!
    • “It starts off with” - nobody cares. Sadly.
  • The Bible/Treatment.
    • Where are you going after your pilot? Because if you pitch well, someone will ask.
  • The nuts and bolts of a pilot.
    • Even though it’s just a pitch, knowing structure always helps.
  • What networks are currently looking for.
    • No reason to pitch a Horror show to FX, they kind of have a good one right now…
  • How can your pilot fit those needs?
    • Did you say the main family needs 2 Dads? Well that’s what I meant!
  • TV season – From Development through Staffing.
    • When are people looking to buy, and looking to buy you.
  • The agent/manager/producer game.
    • How to get the right ones, and when they are/are not necessary.
  • When to rewrite.
    • When NBC says it’s too “jokey” does that mean you need to cut the jokes today?
  • The practice pitch.
    • Because the pros spend time as actors rehearsing theirs’ as scripts – shouldn’t you?

About Your Instructor:

About Your Host Jordan Barel, TV Dept. at Abominable Pictures (Burning Love and Children’s Hospital on Adult Swim):

Jordan Barel began his career as a short filmmaker before creating his own entertainment company, Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels. His work has won numerous international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. His studio currently tours around the country and sells their graphic novels in several languages around the world.

The company was founded as a way to translate comics to films, leading Jordan to option his books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan, Brendan Deneen, Jeffrey Erb, and Aaron Berger. He’s developed at studios Chatrone, Unique Features, and Leomark Studios in the independent film space. Currently several of his books are optioned to film companies.

Previously Jordan was an Entertainment Attorney who has worked in Business Affairs for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC. He switched from legal to creative and served as the Television Coordinator for Verve Talent & Literary Agency working with all of the company’s TV writers on their pitches and presentations for staffing season.

Currently Jordan works in development for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department.


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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • I took this course earlier in the year last year; it was a good course filled with good information, and some information and other networks that were possible connections to reach out to. Within this type of industry, any and all information that could lead to some new door being opened is always good information - even if it's just knowing that that door exists.

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