Joke and Biagio

Joke and Biagio

Married producers Joke and Biagio dole out some great advice on pitching shows — and knowing what to say when you’re in the room.  Good stuff!


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  1. Thanks for sharing that, Troy. I listened to that podcast. Very interesting. However, isn’t what they call “self-contained” what is normally called “episodic” and what they call “arched” normally called “epic”? Or are their terms what’s used for reality TV pitches and my terms used for TV drama pitches? Or are they interchangeable?

  2. Hey Jack,
    These are the terms we use in pitch meetings with executive, and they use when talking to us. We know less about scripted, but it’s entirely possible that your correlation is correct.

    As we mention in the podcast, at least in the circle of people we work with, when someone pitches with these terms (or slight variations) it’s makes us feel like they’ve been around the block a few times.


  3. Hi Troy, don’t want to highjack this discussion so could you do another “request for topics” post? I have a question that I would like your input on. Thanks!

    1. First, THANKS for answering the questions I sent you in an email and the email exchange we had over that!!!

      Second, I have been VERY fortunate to have people like you and others in the industry give me advice and counsel. Most coming from the Yahoo group US_UK_EU_ProducersAlliance. [If you are or want to be a movie, TV, or documentary producer, join it! It usually appears to slumbers but if you post a question to it, it will wake up and answer your question either in public on the group or, more likely, in a private email or telephone call. I’ve even had job offers from producers because of the group!] However, while their advice is well-meaning, based on their experiences, and stuff they’ve built their careers on, many times the advice I get is conflicting with advice I get from other seasoned producers. And when I hear conflicting advice and point out that it conflicts with what others say, they all have very solid reasons why their advice is better.

      I feel like I’m getting to the breaking point. I am a novice producer (only brought a show to the pilot stage and that’s it) so I don’t feel I can sit in judgment of what I hear from these seasoned pros or even be able to adequate weigh the conflicting advice I get from them. I feel lately like I am a flag flapping in an erratic wind.

      So, Troy (and anyone else who would like to chime in), how do you select what advice to follow and what not to?

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