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October 24, 2007 2:26 PM   Subscribe

Wanna sell your TV show idea? There is no shortage of advice out there, or contests. Here are the winning pilots picked from this year's New York TV Festival, sort of a Sundance for TV newbies.
posted by CameraObscura (8 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I once pitched an adult cartoon show (and comic book) about a six-foot sperm. No takers, darn it...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 5:01 PM on October 24, 2007

Ideas are like hemorrhoids : every asshole gets one eventually.
posted by lalochezia at 5:50 PM on October 24, 2007

How poetic...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 5:53 PM on October 24, 2007

I work in the industry and when I first started out my agency was grooming me for a career in television. It was pretty difficult to break in back then in the early 90's. But things are different today with the amount of shows being produced and the number of talented theatre writers going into television. It's not an easy game to get into but compared to feature filmmaking (both studio and indie), its surprisingly much easier to get through the door.
posted by cazoo at 6:20 PM on October 24, 2007

I think a big breakthrough with that happened when the specialty/cable channels started airing original programming in earnest -- and not yet another zany sitcom with middle class parents and three mouthy but lovable kids.
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 6:36 PM on October 24, 2007

I have an idea: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun are living together in suburban bliss until the day their lives are turned upside-down by their new neighbours, the Goldensteins, who are Jewish. The show's plots will be inevitably centered around Hitler's wacky inability to get along with his neighbours. Pitching this in New York will be the ultimate solution to the problem of creating more room for comedy.
posted by meehawl at 6:39 PM on October 24, 2007

I'd like a show where everyone always looks into the camera.
posted by doctorschlock at 8:08 AM on October 25, 2007

They call that the evening news...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 8:23 AM on October 25, 2007

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