Scanner’s Night!

Could you be a TV expert? Claire Richmond – findatvexpert.com Ex TV Producer…

Read the official blog from the event, and listen to the podcast…

Here’s my rough notes from the evening, notebook coming into play 🙂

Background of PR. Big Breakfast Work Experience, 3 years, 1 year blagging prizes. Moved to make TV programmes ? Endemol (Changing Rooms/Ready Steady Cook). London TV, BBC.

Aged 42, set up platform to help connect experts with TV programmes, can showcase selves to TV/industry… and journalists to find experts… Can’t get an agent until already known… TV already looking for the next big thing/twist/person…

UK leader in factual programming – watch/entertained, go away knowing something… TV Gold = formatted factual show, can recycle with different content year in year out. Everyone loves it – audiences know what they get, get professionals in. Experts, 3 minutes, breakfast shows, etc. Succinct. Experts – authority, credibility, passion to a show! Cross-section of people – those who challenge us/make us question how we think/entertain us/love to hate.

Meets with producers weekly to help hook up with … long & varied, especially gardening, property, cookery, new business, etc… TV helps raise your profile… Media Profile, sales of books, etc… If you’ve got it, flaunt it…

What makes a good TV expert?

Knowledge & Expertise – know their stuff (related background, almost any subject can works)

Passion (different forms, may not be TV personality)

Attitude (think Gordon Ramsey… engages – like or hate!)

Quirkiness/Uniqueness (bit different, mad & crazy)

Experts with access/projects working on (your clients/your world that TV researcher/producer won’t have access to – things that are everyday in your life, can make a producer excited, e.g. follow something being set up/a journey); friends with someone ‘in the know’ can give good access…

**** Change education from inside***

Entertain, Inspire, Inform… in that order!!!

Never go in saying you have a book to sell – if it’s part of the package it’s OK. Think what makes you special… same as if you’re launching a business/a product. Need that extra something that a researcher thinks will make it work…

Production Company – needs to pitch to a broadcaster, what is going to make a viewer want to watch you…

Top Ten: What Next?

What about pitching your own format for an idea? It’s tricky – hard to have an idea no one had’s before… A lot of production companies (some say accept ideas) want to be the creators/owners of the idea and profit from it, otherwise it gets a bit difficult to say who it belongs to. Tended not to open emails that said “This is my idea”… Tend to have had the idea before, or triggers off an idea for something different… then whose idea is it!

Once get known for e.g. Jamie Oliver, for cooking – then can try out his other ideas such as School Dinners, etc… What IS different – something new setting up. Make it yourself & put it on YouTube (e.g. Make Up Tips, ended up on TV)

How do you entitle the email if you’re trying to attract TV – find someone who knows someone in TV. Getting on TV isn’t easy… thousands of other people with ideas/up against! Who Wants to Be a Millionaire  turned down for YEARS… can all be a question of timing!!! Networking is key.

Specialist factual genre – science, history, factual, etc… that’s different!!!  *** PhD thesis on posters BEFORE a book?*** ***Church and Media Network*** make more of those contacts!

What about regional/foreign accents… local accents are quite in!! Depends on the programme – sometimes it works!!

Posters: September Films: “The Power of the Poster”; “History in Pictures” WW2 memorabilia. More interest in that than doing the cartoon angle.. Series of 6 through images.. tell history through these iconic images… “Your Country Needs You”, “Keep Calm and Carry On” – what else is HUGE…

TV = visual – watch the coaching process – wouldn’t work on TV! People love transformation, has to happen quickly…  30 seconds…

Findadate – Ben – make the news – YouTube, Twitter #findmeadate, then you’ll be on This Morning…

Philip – wants to destroy the school system!! Find some unusual schools – the wackier the better so far as schools are concerned! Makeover – school turnaround (no?), need a result, compare something with something! Need to film in 3-6 months! Over half-hour slots… Kids in Charge – set up a school… Know what’s in the news – can you tie it into everything that going on… …

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