Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
From the The New York Post and Page Six:
February 11, 2009 --
WITH Alex Rodriguez finally admitting his steroid use, and Barry Bonds facing trial for denying it under oath, Jose Canseco (above) is starting to look better. Canseco admitted he was juicing during his home run-hitting years in the bigs, and titled his memoir "Juiced." After a pathetic attempt at a boxing career, he hit rock bottom. But now he and a producer, Nicole Dunn, are said to be pitching a reality series that will feature himself. One insider wonders, "Do you think Americans are ready to forgive him?"
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I felt compelled to write this blog today. As a Creative Producer, I hear pitches all the time. At least once a day someone pitches me an idea. I have to be honest very few are good original ideas. And I would say almost 90% of them, the person has not done research about the idea or if the concept has been done or pitched before.
Oftentimes, the concept has been pitched, optioned, purchased and shot! If you are going to pitch a Producer something, see if it has been on TV before you pitch your idea! And if it has been done before and you feel compelled to pitch it, you better have some sort of amazing twist or turn that's gonna rock whomevers world your pitching. Yours needs to have the big guns twist that so-and-so's didn't have. Most often, people outside of the reality genre are pitching me, because they think they have a GREAT idea, and they just may think so in their world. I get embarrassed telling the person that there were 3 shows like it already out on the air! So here are some suggestions for those of you who want to pitch or think you have a good idea:
1. Once you think of an idea - hit GOOGLE to see if it's been done before!
2. If it hasn't, how is your idea going to stand out from everything else on TV?
3. Have your logline ready for your pitch. You should be able to tell me what your idea is about in under three sentences. If I don't get what your logline is, I probably won't get your idea. So work it out before you attempt to take up some one's time.
4. IF you have done 1-3 then have a one sheet ready to be able to send to someone who wants to read more than your logline. If they are interested in your logline, and ask for more they will want a one sheet or a meeting.
Be prepared, do your homework! Because... you may just pitch someone... like me, Nicole Dunn a creative producer that will partner up with you and get your idea out in the marketplace!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Rock of Love Bus - This VH1 chain of shows is a GEM. And by Gem I mean MONEY. The girls are complete train wrecks and its really fun to watch each week the railroad of events going down while Bret's on tour. Pure entertainment. We all know he is never going to settle down with any of them, but it makes for great TV. I have friends all over the US who love, love, love this show. I can't wait for episode 5 next Sunday. I give this show 4 thumbs up!
Confessions of a Teen Idol - This is another brilliant idea that I think has helped to revive washed up teen star Scott Baio's status as a TV Producer. Since he's obviously not 45 and Single anymore (do we really care?) not to mention that two part series was a bore - This however is a GEM. Not like the Rock of Love Bus Gem, but its a great combination of reality that shows real washed up former "Teen Idols" going through the perils of reinventing themselves to make some sort of a comeback or non comeback into show biz. I love this show, and its not for the love of Scott Baio, but I do give him props for Producing the GEM. I give this show three thumbs up!
(P.S. Did girls really think that Scott was hot?? Too many women, too many parties, it shows on his face...but love the show!)
Sober House - What a great show to give those of us who have never gotten into drugs a birds eye view of some very messed up folks - way to see that your own life is a breeze compared to that of a drug user...Steven Adler is so messed up and pretty brave for going on the show to try and combat his 25+ years of heroin use, how messed up he is - is so scary. Who the hell would ever want to end up like that or looking like Amy Winehouse is beyond me...she needs to be on that show or have her own train wreck of a show, now there's a reality show. I give this show 3 thumbs up!
The Before and After of Amy: what a terrible waste of talent. I hope that she gets herself onto Sober House. Now, that would be worth tuning in for, especially after all of the bad gossip all over the world about her...poor thing.