How to Develop, Pitch and Sell Your Sitcom to a Network or Streamer

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Mike Gibbons

Webinar hosted by: Mike Gibbons

Multiple Emmy Award-Winning Writer & Producer (Hoops on Netflix, The Great Indoors on CBS, The Ellen Degeneres Show)

Mike Gibbons is a multiple Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and producer. He was the creator and EP of The Great Indoors on CBS, co-creator and EP of Tosh.0 and co-creator and EP of Sports Show with Norm MacDonald. In 2015 Gibbons launched The Late Late Show with James Corden, for which he won an Emmy Award. He also directed the Carpool Karaokes. His other work includes The Showbiz Show with David Spade, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Burn with Jeff Ross and Hoops on Netflix. He is a frequent contributor to Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, and was Co-Producer on The Between Two Ferns Movie. Gibbons received his BA from Boston University and his MA from NYU School of Education. Full Bio »

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Do you want to know how you can sell your sitcom or sitcom concept to a streamer like Netflix, a premium channel like Starz, or to a network like NBC? We have the answers and the templates to get you there. But here's a hint for you, it all begins with the development and the pitch.

There is a literal template for comedy pitches. One that is helpful to you AND the executive you're pitching. This structure will help you focus your idea and underscore what the buyers need to hear in the room. As great as your script or your concept may be, you have to remember the competition is fierce. Your pitch needs to be on point.

To teach you all about this is multi Emmy Award winning comedy writer and producer, Mike Gibbons (GREAT INDOORS (CBS), HOOPS (NETFLIX), TOSH.0 (Comedy Central). Mike has sold many shows to the streamers, premium cable, and networks and he will show you how to do the same!

The great news is that all fantastic pitches share similar structure and in this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, we'll not only teach you how to develop and pitch, but how to handle your meetings, what to do in the aftermath, and even teach you what to do if your pitch sells.


What You'll Learn

  • Your Show Idea
    • Understanding personal and universal
    • Do you love your idea?
    • Hook and characters
    • Episode two
  • Pitch vs. Script
    • Even with a script, do you only pitch?
    • Should you have a deck or other supporting materials?
  • Attachments
    • Should you attach talent? What you'll need
    • Producers are usually involved but they don’t have to be
  • The Comedy Pitch Template (Studio Version)
    • Actual template from the biggest studio
  • The Comedy Pitch Template (Producer Version)
    • Actual template from the most successful sitcom producer
  • Where to Pitch?
    • Networks
    • Streamers
    • Who is buying what?
    • What would be the best home for your idea?
  • The Room – "Where It Happens"
    • Actual room vs. virtual room
    • Don’t underestimate the suits
    • How long?
    • How to use humor
    • Do you leave anything behind?
  • Sale or no Sale
    • What to do if it sells in the room
    • What to do if it doesn’t sell in the room
  • The Do's and Don'ts of Your Script
    • The do's and don’ts
    • The outline, the outline, the outline
    • Act breaks or not
  • The Pilot Pick-Up
    • Shooting the pilot
    • Series order
  • Q&A with Mike

About Your Instructor

Mike Gibbons is a multiple Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and producer. He was the creator and EP of The Great Indoors on CBS, co-creator and EP of Tosh.0 and co-creator and EP of Sports Show with Norm MacDonald. In 2015 Gibbons launched The Late Late Show with James Corden, for which he won an Emmy Award. He also directed the Carpool Karaokes. His other work includes The Showbiz Show with David Spade, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Burn with Jeff Ross and Hoops on Netflix. He is a frequent contributor to Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, and was Co-Producer on The Between Two Ferns Movie. Gibbons received his BA from Boston University and his MA from NYU School of Education.


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