Sarasota, FL – (Oct. 25, 2010) John Hill, the Emmy-winning writer whose TV credits include “LA Law” and “Quantum Leap”, praised Sarasota’s “TV ME!” pitch contest for including anyone with a creative idea for television content.
“’TV ME!’ is a genuinely novel approach to cultivate new creative ideas for television content,” said Hill, whose credits also include major feature films such as “Quigley Down Under” and “Little Nikita.” “What's amazing is that anyone with a powerhouse idea can compete, not just industry pro's and insiders. And great, fresh ideas are exactly what television needs!"
“TV ME!” is a new, innovative writers’ competition that is seeking creative content ideas for television programming. The Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office (SCFEO), a division of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, is organizing the contest. Entries from U.S. citizens over the age of 18 will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2010.
“It’s gratifying that a successful writer for television and film like John Hill is excited about the ‘TV ME!’ pitch contest,” said Jeanne Corcoran, SCFEO director. “We hope to create a pathway to Hollywood decision-makers for talented creative people who have great ideas for television content. We would also be thrilled to see concepts with Florida themes rise to the top in this competition so that productions may occur in Florida communities like Sarasota.”
Unlike ordinary competitions that require full-length scripts for television, the “TV ME!” competition accepts only short (five-to-15-page) ‘pitches’ of a concept for television programming. It’s like a fast and forceful ‘elevator pitch’ where the creator must give the most powerful and concise summary possible, Corcoran said.
The Grand Prize for the best entry across all categories will include a trip to Los Angeles, California, to “pitch” the concept in person to a select group of industry professionals. Category winners will receive the opportunity for their concepts to be reviewed and considered by executives and decision-makers in the television industry. Additional prizes include cash awards and gifts from sponsors, as well as publicity and a winners’ luncheon.
Partnering with the SCFEO to administer the competition is Charles Meyer, executive director of The Scriptwriters Network, a Los Angeles-based organization with a 24- year history in the television and film industry.
“The ‘TV ME!’ contest promises to be a dynamic experience for creative contestants who believe they have the next new, bold, bright or off-beat idea for television,” Meyer said. “This opens up a myriad of opportunities for great ideas without the necessity of a trunk-load of scripts.”
Individuals as well as creative teams may compete for awards and prizes in three categories:
• scripted series (from comedy to drama, animated to children’s programs, science fiction to hybrids and other genres of recurring and/or series television),
• unscripted/partially scripted (reality programs, game shows, demonstration/training programs such as cooking, crafts, skills, documentary, interview and investigative programs, etc.), and
• one-offs (single standalone programs such as an award or sporting event, a movie-of-the-week, a special televised gala, benefit, tribute, fundraiser, concert, staged performance, etc.).
Contestants will pay for entries via an online form and then submit concepts via email. No hard copies of submissions will be accepted. Entry fees, per concept, are based on date of submittal. Feels are $20 for current October entries and will be $30 for November late entries. Information: http://www.filmsarasota.com.
The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office (SCFEO) is a division of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. It seeks to attract film, television, commercial, documentary and other media production to create content, produce and shoot on location in Sarasota County, as well as to serve the region’s resident production community, improve and expand its resources, provide intergovernmental liaison and proactively market and promote Sarasota County’s assets to the entertainment industry as a whole. The SCFEO is a member in good standing of the Association of Film Commissioners International, Film Florida and other industry organizations. www.filmsarasota.com.
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