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Perfect Opportunity to Make Your Pitch—No Waiting

January 28, 2009 2:57 PM

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” is on the NATPE floor trying to attract people pitching product to television executives to “Pitch to America.”

Problem is, there isn’t anyone to pitch. The Leno crew is sitting around idly waiting for someone, anyone, to come up and give their minute spiel.

Assistants at the taping on the floor said they’ve shot about 29 pitches since 10 a.m. However, they said it’s about the slowest reaction to one of their shoots they’ve ever seen.

One production assistant said when “Tonight” rolls into an invention convention, the crew is swamped by willing participants.

Even past NATPEs have proven more fruitful, he said.

The crew will be back tomorrow to continue collecting footage for the segment, which is scheduled to air sometime next month.


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