What exactly is TV development? It’s the hard slog between having the spark of an idea and getting contract from a channel, or other funding body, who is going to fund you to make it. That process can take a few hours (rarely) to many years (often). There’s an element of luck and timing in any successful pitch, but many ideas are rejected by buyers in the early stages because they haven’t been fully developed and aren’t suitable, or ready, to be commissioned.
There are ten main steps to getting your idea commissioned:
But first, you need to take a look at yourself. Have you got what it takes to be successful when pitching ideas? Having the right attitude is vital, and and it’s harder than it sounds – you have to switch from being a ‘creative’ to being business-savvy and strategic. Next week, we look at what it takes to be successful in development: are you a pitching winner or sinner?
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