They’re wildly different, yet all fall in the unscripted television bucket.(Often referred to in a generic manner as “reality TV.”)More times than we care to count, new producers pitching us concepts assume they know what how reality shows work, but haven’t watched any recently (or ever). The truth is few people take the time to understand unscripted television basics.We’re a married team, pitching, selling, and making unscripted entertainment for a living.TV networks trust our reality TV production company to deliver finished television series.”It’s no wonder…good advice on the unscripted television business is hard to come by.A lot of the “reality TV advice” that litters the internet was written by people who’ve never sold or made a show, or don’t understand how the unscripted television business works.
You need to recognize what makes different types of reality shows work, and use that to your advantage when pitching.
Our hope is that this guide saves you time and resources, and of course, that you consider pitching your shows to us.
This guide goes hand in hand with our site Producing Unscripted, which we built to teach you the ins and outs of making reality TV.
Every one of those shows began with a reality TV pitch.
The question we’re asked most is “how can I pitch a reality show?