Welcome! I share this page with information about my television work and some resource links on the development and pitching of new shows not because I work with new show development, but because I DO NOT. I work on the production of FULLY FUNDED shows that have already been pitched, developed and are on their way to a TV or other screen near you. But so many people were contact me regarding pitching shows — again, not my area — I set up this page clarify my work, share what I can help with, and offer a few resources links.
My Work with Children’s Television
Since 2002 I’ve worked on the production of nationally syndicated children’s television and web based programs. This has been primarily on projects produced for PBS Kids by WGBH and Universal Studios.
My area of expertise is developing and leading the science, math, engineering and other activities you see children doing in short live action segments on many children’s TV shows. I am an educator specializing in working with children in a television production environment.
If you have a budget and are ready to hire someone to work with children on a production, whether it is on-camera or off-camera, that we can discuss!
(In addition to that, I speak, lead trainings and coach people on issues related to changing technology, culture, rocking their social media, and other coaching.)
Pitching Shows — Not My Department
As I noted at the top, I DO NOT work on the development of new shows. Everything I work on is already 100% fully funded. I have no experience in the area of going from idea to funded and now your show is on TV and you’re a rich and famous kids media mogul.
What about my contacts? I actually don’t have that many. I was an amazing pre-school teacher doing fantastic science and other activities with my class. I happen to teach the child of a television producer who later asked me to work on a new nationally syndicated preschool science show. Shazaam!!! I went from no TV work to a working on an every increasing line-up of projects.
I work with the people who are hired by various studios to produce the live action. They contract with me as an on-location educator, kid wrangler, art and prop master, mad mud scientist and more!!!! That means I have ZERO contact with studio development departments.
I Can Help With…
If you’ve read the above and you’re thinking “That’s exactly what I need. I have a budget and I’m looking to hire someone just like you to work on our production.” or “I get that you can’t waive a wand and make my dreams come true, but I would like to schedule a session with you to pick your brain at whatever your hourly rate is.” well then I’d be happy to have you contact me.
Again, if you’re ready and looking to hire someone to do what I do, or you value my experience and want to schedule a session to talk about something related to my areas of expertise (pick my brain), go ahead and contact me.
On Pitching Shows
If you’re looking for help with the pitching and development of new shows, read on! Here are a few notes and resources for you.
What should you do next?
Given that you can’t pitch your show to me, what should you do? Critical is your understanding how ideas are protected and understanding how show concepts are documented and shared within the industry. Below are some resources you may find helpful.
Protecting Your Idea
You need to protect your ideas. Until you get your amazing concepts (ideas) down in text, documented and registered anyone can take them. You can’t copyright raw ideas that are nothing more than flickering impulses in that beauty of a brain of yours. You have to create something concrete from the idea – a treatment, a script, a character – and register it appropriately. Don’t ask me how, I’m not a lawyer or in the development business.
Do I have recommended resources on this? Yes. I found the book The Writer Got Screwed (But Didn’t Have To) : A Guide to the Legal and Business Practices of Writing for the Entertainment Industry (affiliate link) a very helpful orientation.
If you have an amazing concept you’d like to be made into a TV show, it’s a great idea to document it in the form of a Bible. Not THE BIBLE, but a television SHOW BIBLE.
What’s a TV Show / Series Bible?
In the world of television a Bible is a document describing the Universe of a television show. It outlines the premise, the format, describes the characters, primary locations, and the kind of adventures the characters have. Now you may not need to have this to pitch a show, but it certainly can help organize your ideas, further the development of the project, and communicate to those in the industry that you’re serious.
Did you hear that? Having a Bible communicates that you’re serious, have done your homework, and possibly are worth talking to.
As far as I’m concerned, if you aren’t willing to take the time to construct a Bible for your show, you don’t care enough to be making a show. Or maybe you are an idea person and need to partner with someone who can write and move things along.
Either way, not much is going to happen if you can’t write your idea in a way that it can be protected, pitched and ultimately produced!
Sample TV Show Bibles
Unfortunately these are hard to come by, especially online. None of the show Bibles for the projects I work on are available online and I don’t have permission to share them.
Have no fear!
There are also some websites with small collections of Bibles, though not many for children’s television. See resource links below. Unfortunately I do not have sample Bibles I can share with you.