HOW TO PITCH A TV SHOW – Part 5 – Following Up
So you went to the meeting and now you’re wondering when and how to follow up? Make sure you’re patient and don’t bother people more than you should!
After the meeting, it’s a good idea to send everyone present (or at least the main meeting person) an email thanking them for the opportunity to meet. DO NOT MAKE THIS A LONG EMAIL. It should be short (a few lines at most), and it should just simply thank them without questions. Don’t take it personal if they don’t reply to this email. You only send it as a courtesy.
If you are going to follow up with them, wait at least a few days before doing so. If you are meeting with an establish TV network, they have a lot on their plates, so make sure you give them ample time to put your idea in context.
If they told you in the meeting that they would think about it, then let them think about it. Don’t bother the TV network people with bothersome emails bugging them for updates. Just let it be. It’s probable that you might not get a response at all. This very well means that they’re not interested. Or sometimes they’ll send you an email letting your know that they’re not interested. If you get this email or no response, DO NOT send them an angry reply. You will only burn your bridges with the network and it will be a LONG TIME before you get another meeting, if you get another one at all.
If you have an agent or manager, let them handle the follow ups. That’s why they’ll get a commission of what you get paid if you sell the idea. Let them do their job.
However, if the TV network is interested in your idea, then they will let you know. You might have to attend a few more meeting before anything is complete. The entire process, including contracts, etc. could take months! So don’t quit your other revenue streams just yet. It’s an ongoing, fragile process. Let it take its course and congratulations if you sell your idea!