Never let the odds stop you. You can create a reality series and broadcast it to many people.

First you need an idea. You should consider where it belongs, who it is for, and which network is best. You must ask whether the reality series can be made realistically. Some ideas sound cool but truly cannot be made due to constraints of some sort. However, you should still reflect upon the idea you have until you can find one which is workable and exciting.

Creating Your Own TV ShowsThe Pitch

You need a pitch for any potential show. A Pitch is a short blurb about the show and why it would work. A single sentence which can describe the show is best. Once you have your logline down you should have content to fill for no more than two or three minutes. You can to be able to describe the show to a potential buyer in an instant.

The faster the pitch is wrapped up, the faster the execs can begin to ask you questions. It is also good to have two alternative ideas when you walk into a meeting in case things take a bad turn. Do not be surprised if an exec says something to the effect of “not interested, but do you have anything else?”

If your pitch doesn’t sell do not be discouraged.

The One-Sheet

The one-sheet should contain the title of the potential show, the logline, a few sentences about the show, and the structure. Keep it simple for execs to review. The more detail provided in the one-sheet, the less thinking the potential buyer has to do, and the less filling-in-the-blank required.

There is only one event in which you would need more information than that provided in the one-sheet, and that would be if you were pitching an elimination or competition reality series which required additional information about the metrics by which players would be eliminated. Be sure to keep the rules simple though. If the average Joe cannot follow them, they need to be revised.

Just because the one-sheet is simple and short does not mean you should not be prepared for everything. Be sure to have answers to any and all questions before you walk into the room. If there is a game show series, the execs might ask questions about whether there is an internet competition, or how to rectify a tie, or whether there would be more than one season.

You should bounce ideas, questions, and potential answers off of a friend before you go into the room so that you have three to five pages worth of details regarding the details of your potential show. You should not provide the execs with said lengthy details unless they ask for it. ,.

You can also pitch your idea with a sizzle reel. This will convey the concept for the show over a DVD. It acts as a fake promo or teaser for the show which features one or two scenes. You can use Final Cut Pro and a good camera to make it. But the same rules of simplicity apply here: no more than two or three minutes. If the execs are given time enough to become bored they will turn on you. You should use the time in the sizzle reel to show what is unique about your show, what is special, what makes it different from the rest.

Essentially, you want everyone in the room to know exactly what you are selling. If anyone leaves the meeting thinking, “I do not understand” then you did not succeed. If you are making a sizzle reel you do not have to worry about borrowed images or music because it is not for show for sale. Do not circulate the sizzle reel after you show it, however. It should only be used for illustrating the concept to the execs in the room.

If the exec starts asking questions about altering the format of the show, you can opt to shut him down and stick with what you created or you can roll with it and toss around new concept ideas for your existing format.

Once the exec is sold on the idea, legal things will start happening with an entertainment attorney or your agent. You should never navigate your own deal negotiation. Attorneys should be responsible for establishing how much of the show you get in terms of sales, the on-screen credit, etc…