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How to Write a Proposal a TV Commissioner Will Actually Read

Commissioning editors can receive up to 80 programme proposals a week; few will be read from start to finish. Many commissioners never read past the first paragraph, or even the title. On average, they make a decision within 40 seconds. Usually that decision results in the proposal being filed in the bin.

So how can you make sure a commissioner keeps reading to the end of your proposal? Here are ten ways to make your proposal stand out and keep your commissioner reading to the end.

Greenlit: Developing Factual/Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch by Nicola Lees

There are some simple principles to successfully developing and pitching your ideas, whether you are working for a global ‘super-indie’ production company, or are a documentary filmmaker pitching a passion project. The extraordinary thing is that no one will tell you what they are! Greenlit is the first book to reveal, step-by-step, how to originate, develop and pitch your factual/non-scripted TV ideas in a global market.

Get insider tips from: * 10 TV development producers – who have a combined 50+ years experience of developing and pitching ideas at all levels; * 20 senior executives who have sold some of the world’s most successful shows, to: * 16 channel executives, who between them have worked at: * 18 TV channels in: * 7 countries across 4 continents.

Greenlit is available now from Amazon and all good bookstores.

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How to Get Your Ideas Commissioned – The Things No One Ever Teaches You The first idea I ever pitched, The Guinea Pig Club, was commissioned within about a week. Little did I know that it was the easiest commission I would ever get! I’ve since written more than 400 proposals and have been directly […]

Developing Factual TV Shows – How to Get the Best Out of TV Mole

TV Mole is now six months old and has grown hugely, so I thought it would be good to look back at some of the best articles and signpost how you can get the best out of TV Mole – whether you’ve been here since the beginning are are just dropping by for the first time. You’ll find 350+ potential ideas ideas for new programmes, information on 97 TV channels in the UK and USA and a range of resources to help you successfully develop and pitch your nonfiction TV ideas.

Read on to find out how TV Mole can help you generate new ideas, write a punchy proposal, research potential buyers, pitch, and engage with your audience.

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Help – I’ve Been Asked to Develop Some TV Ideas But I Don’t Know What to Do!

Have you been put into a TV development team for a few weeks but don’t know where to start? Don’t panic. Here is an easy (some might say cheat’s) guide to developing TV programme ideas, fast. All you need to get started is the TV Mole website, which will give you everything you need to […]

Six Ways to Allay Your Commissioning Editor’s Fears and Sell your TV Programme

You might think that all you need to get your TV programme commissioned is a good idea. Not so.

Assuming you have a really good idea, and have sprinkled it with fairy dust for luck, it is still unlikely that you will get your idea commissioned. Why? Because your commissioner is scared. They’re scared of commissioning a programme that might fail. And failing programmes put their jobs on the line. Which makes it your job to allay those fears and make it easy for them to say yes.

Here are six fears you need to address in your proposal and pitch. (Photo by Kables)

Interview: Claire Richmond of findaTVexpert.com

Are you looking for the perfect host for your programme idea? findaTVexpert.com is an online database of experts. It’s free to search and it’s a fast way to find TV-friendly experts, from architects to zoologists and everyone in between: pig farmers, marine biologists, funeral celebrants, doctors, dentists, designers, barristers, lifecoaches, hat makers, shoe makers and cocktail shakers. Ex-Changing Rooms and Ready, Steady, Cook producer Claire Richmond explains why she set it up […]

How to Get Your Idea on TV as a Truly Independent Producer

Alom Shaha is a factual TV development producer who has started pitching his own ideas independently, and raising the funding to make his films himself. His latest film is an ambitious 360 multiplatform project that asks, “Why is Science Important?” He proves that an individual can get a project off the ground (in less time than going through the usual channels) and maintain editorial control. (Photo by *USB*)

Development 101: Why Your Idea Will Never Get Commissioned

Do you have a great factual programme idea but are frustrated by other people’s lack of interest? What are you doing wrong?
You’re probably pitching a subject rather than a programme idea.

If you have an idea about gangs, dinosaurs or cooking you have a subject idea not a programme idea. What makes your idea unique, and commissionable, is the execution of your idea – the specifics of where its set, who it features, number of episodes, narrative arc etc. And depending on your interests or production niche, you will tackle your subject in a different way. (Photo by piccadillywilson)

How to Write a Proposal a TV Commissioner Will Actually Read

Commissioning editors can receive up to 80 programme proposals a week; few will be read from start to finish.

Many commissioners never read past the first paragraph, or even the title. On average, they make a decision within 40 seconds. Usually that decision results in the proposal being filed in the bin.

So how can you make sure a commissioner keeps reading to the end of your proposal? Here are ten ways to make your proposal stand out and keep your commissioner reading to the end.

How to Turn One Subject Area into Ten Programme Ideas

Tribes: from documentary to reality in ten steps.

TV Industry Magazines You Should Read if You Are Serious About Pitching your Factual TV Idea

A saleable programme idea captures the zeitgeist or fills a commissioner’s need and you’ll only be able to give them what they need if you know what they’re looking for.

Shut Up and Listen to Win Your Easiest Factual TV Commissions

The easiest way to get an idea commissioned is to have that idea suggested by a commissioning executive.

How to Get Your Idea in Front of a Commissioner

You might have the best idea in the world, but if you never pitch it, it will never get commissioned. But getting your idea in front of a commissioner can be the most challenging part of the process.

First Heartbeat – The Birth of a Sheffield Doc/Fest Baby by Lisa Francesca Nand

After broadcast journalist Lisa Francesca Nand suffered her third miscarriage she decided to turn the camera on herself to document her experience and to try to find some answers as to why miscarriage might happen and how it can be prevented. After an emotional production process, the advice of a mentor and a visit to Sheffield Doc/Fest helped bring the film to completion and find a commission.

How to Make Your Commissioning Editor Fall in Love with You

It’s tempting to believe that getting your idea commissioned begins and ends with a good idea. YOUR idea. But sadly, that’s not true. What gets your idea commissioned is a relationship. More specifically a relationship with a commissioner. Even more than that, a relationship with the RIGHT of commissioner, that is the one with whom you have good chemistry. So what if you aren’t fortunate enough to have fostered the right relationships? The best way might be to move house and get your kids into the same school as the target of your desires and nobble them at sports day. Failing that, there are some things you can do to make yourself more attractive to a commissioner during that all-important first meeting/reunion (should you be lucky enough to engineer one). (Photo by PV KS CC BY 2.0)

Seven Lessons from a Life in Development

When TLC rebranded in 2005, they introduced the notion of ‘life lessons’, along with collectable ornaments and a section on their website for ‘grown-up fun”. In the same spirit I’d thought I’d share some ‘development lessons’. Unfortunately, I don’t have matching knick-knacks, and you’ll have to provide your own grown-up fun. (Photo by pimpexposure)

Novice

Are you new to TV and bursting with ideas but don’t know what to do with them? Or have you tried pitching your ideas with no success? Find out how to work the system and get your ideas commissioned, no matter what level of experience  you have. Need to come up with ideas for a […]

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