Pitching Reality Shows: Ultimate Guide

Our new resource on pitching reality TV is a free guide and ebook I coerced Joke into writing with me :-)

How to Pitch a Reality Show

We set out to make it the ultimate free resource about pitching reality TV anywhere on the web.

Our TV Shows and YOU

As many of you know, we work extensively in Unscripted Television, and have made over 100 hours of TV at our reality TV production company Joke Productions.

And we’re big defenders of new talent.

Awhile back we started accepting pitches for documentary series, reality TV shows, and factual programming from those of you who read our blog.

We’ve Put Three Projects On TV With You

So far, Ghost Inside My Child, MTV’s True Life Presents: Secrets, Lies, and Sex, and MTV’s Caged have come from this outreach.

Along the way, we started Producing Unscripted.

It’s our blog and podcast aimed at helping those pitching us learn the right way to create, pitch, sell, and make reality TV shows and documentary series.

We even started a free members-only portal to make pitching to us easier.

So yes, we really do want to work with you!

How to Pitch a Reality Show

One of the problems we kept running up against is that there is some bad web advice out there. There are sites that will tell you how to pitch reality shows…but many of them get it wrong. Without bad-mouthing them, we’ll just say that we believe these posts mean well, but were put out by people who haven’t sold or made a lot of TV shows.

Because of these sites, we’ve received a slew of shows through our portal that are pitched wrong. We can tell, because they’re all pitched wrong in the same way.

Our solution: write a 10,000 word, free guide that dispelled myths and helped people focus their pitching resources.

So if you’re interested in making reality TV in any way, shape, or form, or have ever wondered what it takes to pitch reality shows, please check out “How to Pitch a Reality Show”.

Sister Witches: Oxygen Announces Our New TV Project In Development

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Believe in Magic?

Oxygen has announced SISTER WITCHES, a new show we have in development with the network. While we can’t say more than what’s in the press release, we CAN tell you we’re super excited about the show.

ALSO, the show came from two of YOU. Intrigued? Learn how to pitch us your shows at Producing Unscripted. [Read more…]

Who Doesn’t Love Big Dorks and Indie Spirit?

Twitter has been good to us.

We’ve funded the release of a film, built an audience for our new podcast, and, most importantly, met many, many amazing people.

One of them is Nicholas Brandt, or Super Nick, as we’re fond of calling him.

A screenwriter, film lover, and all around amazing dude (who KNOWS how to rock a viking helmet) he epitomizes what Social Media can and should be about — meeting great people and sharing support when you can.

Well, Super Nick co-wrote a new movie that honestly looks terrific.

With great actors like Jim Belushi and Jennifer Tilly, awesome looking performances from the entire cast, and a trailer that ROCKS we just couldn’t help but post about it. Enjoy the trailer:

The movie hits theaters September 27 — but for a limited time you can also rent it on iTunes premium at this link:

The Secret Lives of Dorks

Congrats Nick! Be sure to follow him on Twitter.

The Ghost Inside My Child: Our Series Returns on BIO

This Monday, August 5th, our series The Ghost Inside My Child returns to Biography Channel.

This Show Came From One Of You

Originally pitched to us by Suzanne Stratford from Cleveland, this show is another example of people just like you who’ve brought your show ideas our way.

(MTV’s CAGED was another example.)

Let’s Make a Show Together

If you’d like to pitch to us, make sure to check out our podcast, aimed at helping you sell shows with us.

In the meantime, be sure to set your DVR’s for Monday night at 10pm — The Ghost Inside My Child on BIO.

Joke and Biagio’s New Podcast: It’s All About You

A Grand Experiment

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As you know, awhile back we started an experiment.

Despite warnings from our agents and lawyers, we started accepting show pitches from people willing to sign a submission agreement.

That experiment has paid off.

We credit our unorthodox outreach in helping put CAGED on MTV, GHOST INSIDE MY CHILD on BIO, and to finding our latest MTV True Life Presents: SECRETS, LIES, AND SEX, and most importantly, helping new producers and filmmakers break into the business.

But We Can Do Better For You

We often say things like “send us your show pitches” and “make great tape.”

Sure, easy for us to say. We’ve been doing it for a decade. But statements like that aren’t helpful to you.

So we’ve been working to make it easier for you to pitch shows to us.

Our New Podcast: Producing Unscripted

Over the last month, we’ve secretly been recording a new podcast called:

Producing Unscripted: Make Reality TV Shows and Documentary Series with Joke and Biagio.

The goal of the podcast is simple: to help you create, develop, pitch, and sell unscripted television and film.

Hopefully, by teaming up with us.

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