Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 30, 2010

Pitch TV Programming Contest

I decided to post this, because I know a lot of you have written books with characters that would be perfect on television.  It’s so hard to get your idea in front of the right people that authors are told to get their book published first as a way to make that happen.  Well if you are one of those people, you may want to consider submitting to this contest.  The winner is flown out to LA to pitch their idea to the TV executives.  

The Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office (SCFEO), a division of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, has launched “TV ME!” a new, innovative writers competition seeking creative content ideas for television programming. The contest is open to U.S. citizens over the age of 18. Entries will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2010.

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.

“There is no other contest quite like this,” says Jeanne Corcoran, SCFEO director. “Unlike ordinary competitions that require full-length scripts for television, screenplays for movies, or manuscripts for novels, our 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 you give the most powerful and concise summary possible.”

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 says. “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 range from $15 to $30 per concept, depending on date of submittal. Click Here for Information and Submission Guidelines.

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.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip to Los Angeles to pitch the winning Grand Prize concept in person to television industry professionals. This trip will include:     



  1. Roundtrip domestic airfare from winner’s United States home location to the airport. 
  2. nearest the presentation location in Los Angeles. 
  3. 2 Nights hotel accommodations.
  4. A cash award / stipend to help offset winner’s expenses. 
  5. Two training /”practice” pitch sessions by phone or via video conference/internet with a pitch coach prior to winner’s trip. 
  6. Press conference and Awards Presentation in Sarasota, Florida, followed by private luncheon for award-winners. 
  7. Mounted Award certificate of achievement. 
  8. Press and publicity disseminated from the SCFEO about winning status. 
  9. Gifts and prizes from sponsors. 

 I’d love to know if any of you enter.Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wow, Kathy, you are a GOLD MINE of information!!!! I have one of two things I may actually submit!


  2. Thanks so much for spreading the good word Kathy — we sincerely hope this will be a Cinderella/Cinderfella story with someone’s great idea taking them to Hollywood and a major new career opportunity!


  3. This sounds cool. I’m going to try it.


  4. hello!This was a really magnificentsuper theme!
    I come from uk, I was fortunate to come cross your topic in digg
    Also I obtain much in your blog really thank your very much i will come again


  5. Hey, Kathy 🙂 Just wanted to let you know (since you asked us to let you know!) that I am entering an idea to this contest. Ever since you blogged about it, it’s been on my mind, and I was working on it, in bits and pieces, during October, but I couldn’t make that deadline. THEN I’ve been sick all through November, and then taken away by a big project, so last night and today I finally finished it!

    The thing is, I registered on the site and AFTER paying, I was supposed to receive the official application/release forms, BUT it wasn’t an automated response, as I assumed, SO I wasn’t able to submit the actual script pitch today, before the deadline *sigh* Yes, I was very upset, BUT I’m hoping that since I registered for the contest in time and also registered with the WGAE on the 30th, that they’ll let me submit it tomorrow when, I’m assuming, someone will be in the office to manually reply and send me the forms.

    I’ll let you know if it goes through! Thanks so much for putting this info up 🙂


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