Time to Find Out How Hollywood Receives My Idea
September 5, 2008 8:46 AM
It’s finally crunch time on the show project I’ve been developing. It’s out being pitched and there has been some pretty good early interest so far. I can’t wait to find out if anybody buys it, and, especially, whether the interactive components I tied to it will appeal to network executives.
As I mentioned before, I’ve always wanted to create media and entertainment projects that bridge the gap between old platforms and the Internet. I would love for the show and its interactive concept to become a model for what can work in the business. We’ll see!
Speaking of the business, last Wednesday was my five-month anniversary of expanding into entertainment.
When I ask myself what has stood out in making the move from the Web world, it has been the many layers to the industry, and how revenue is always the first thing on everybody’s agenda.
It’s a long ways away from the mindset of “Build it first, monetize later” that you hear/see on the Internet side. I have since adopted this mentality and can only say it’s been for the better of my business efforts.
I also understand why the entertainment business has all those layers to it.
I can relate to the many producers and writers who want to create Web content. It’s incredibly hard to make and sell a television show. There are only so many slots a network can fill. I have met with several in the industry who are eager to create ideas they’ve had, concepts that were pitched and shot down, etc. It’s really fun to see people get excited about the possibilities of the Web like this!
It makes me wonder if someday it will be more competitive for networks to find writers, producers, etc. We’re probably a long way from that.
No less, I definitely love the entrepreneurial spirit and climate in Hollywood right now. It’s fantastic!
In all, I’m having a blast, but we’ll see how things go with my projects.
I do sometimes miss writing about things like handbags and patent yellow flats. I might have to create a fashion show next!
Next week, off to New York—I’ll be blogging Digital Dish from there.