Want to pitch a show?
Interested in pitching your show idea to ESTV? Here’s what you need to do:
New Show Pitch Process
Stage One: Initiating the Process
- Contact the ESTV Director of Development if interested in proposing a new show for ESTV by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Director of Development will send you a show pitch application (if needed) and information on processes
Pitch Packet Materials: application, pitch guidelines, general ESTV expectations, budget proposal worksheet
- Complete Stage Two of Pitch Process by submitting needed application (download above) and information
Stage Three: Presentation
- See pitch guidelines for complete presentation expectations.
- You will present to the Station Manager, Directors of Development and Production, news and entertainment advisors.
- You must create a unique and engaging presentation to explain why your show is a good fit for ESTV.
- Be prepared to adjust your show to fit the needs of the station
*Note: This stage is after submitting your application and the Development Director has contacted you regarding your pitch*
Stage Two: What to Know & Fill out on Application
- Your idea
- Research and study shows similar to the one you want to produce
- Come up with parallels and differences
- What kind of show? Is it live or live to tape?
- Studio or Non-Studio or Pre-produced or post-produced
- How is your show different than current ESTV shows and/or other campus media?
- What are you trying to accomplish for yourself and others?
- ESTV does not provide a crew. Have a plan of how you will staff your show.
- How can ESTV help your project with resources currently unavailable to you?
Stage Four: Chosen to move forward with pilot episode
- Presenters will be notified if accepted to develop a pilot episode.
- If accepted, you have one month to shoot and present a pilot episode to ESTV management board.
- Consider the following for pilot discussion: what is the funding, format, timeline and length of pilot episode.
- Also prepare for a discussion on integration, negotiation of budget, production agreement, marketing plan and other show necessities with ESTV if show is chosen to develop after pilot screening.
Format of Pitch – pitch should run between 6-10 minutes
- Introduction – Introduce your team, who you are, involvement on campus
- The idea – name of show, logline, synopsis
- Research – present research on similar shows
- Format – studio/ live, etc., structure of show, crew, etc. Include brief production, schedule, marketing and budget proposal
- Target audience – how does your show fill ESTV target audience
Stand out – how show is different than other shows, unique creativity of your show, etc.
Professional, efficient and quality pitches are expected.
Materials to submit at time of pitch:
Completed budget proposal worksheet
Hard copy of presentation