Sizzle reels, casting tapes, pilots and demos… In an increasingly competitive marketplace for factual TV, producers have to prove their concepts visually. What are the key elements of a sizzle reel? How do you keep the costs down but deliver a reel that will sell your concept? What is the success ratio of pitching to selling with demo reels? Prolific and established producers with a growing list of innovative reality, lifestyle and documentary programming, will share their experience in the realm of sizzle reels, pitches and the prospects of transmedia platforms. From hits to misses, our speakers will demonstrate a range of examples of what works and what doesn’t. A US network executive will also be on hand to share tips on what leads to a greenlight.
Cal Shumiatcher, Partner, Paperny Films
Stephen Harris, Director, Non Fiction and Alternative Programming, A&E Television Network
Charlie DeBevoise, Executive Producer, NorthSouth Productions