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Topic: How does one get a T.V. show ?
Message: Posted by: Gcdnuan (Dec 2, 2012 10:21PM)
How does one get a T.V. show ? Does one contact a production company or a broadcasting company directly or one must get an agent absolutely ?

Thank you for the future replies

cheers
Message: Posted by: MagicFranc (Dec 3, 2012 10:29AM)
I think it depends of the TV show. Smaller companies (local hosts) can be contacted directly (I did it a lot of times), bigger companies are a lot harder to get in
Message: Posted by: Jesse Lewis (Dec 10, 2012 12:39PM)
Simple, Make omne and submit it to your local cable company that has public access veiwing. If its community oriented you may get it put on the air.

Easy as pie I have done it myself. It does take a lot of work producing it but it does help your bottom line as well.

Saying you have had a featured TV special on your promo can help you book gigs
Message: Posted by: magicofCurtis (Dec 10, 2012 12:44PM)
As suggested on here, you can create your own show and sell it to the local markets.
For funding with the larger networks will require you to work through a major production company and then they will take 90% of the money and pay you a salary. When you get picked up for a second and third season, then you will be able to command a large pay.
Message: Posted by: sb (Dec 11, 2012 03:38PM)
I think Criss Angel actually had a local cable access tv show back in the day. Seemed to work out pretty well for him, where there's a will, theres a way.

good luck,
sb
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 11, 2012 04:06PM)
Yes, gone are the days of Mark Wilson and David Copperfield getting a sponsor and they pay the bill for you to create and put on your own television show.

Product sponsors just don't do that anymore.

Mark Wilson had Kellogg's and David Copperfield had Clorox, it was another time in the development of America.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Dec 11, 2012 06:30PM)
Before you can get a TV show you must first become famous.

Any other questions?
Message: Posted by: magicofCurtis (Dec 11, 2012 06:37PM)
Ahha - Al!
Message: Posted by: TomBoleware (Dec 11, 2012 06:43PM)
Actually, all it takes is money to get on TV. Doesn't matter who's money it is either, yours or a sponsors.
Just make sure they are large bills. :)

Tom
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Dec 11, 2012 08:06PM)
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On 2012-12-11 16:38, sb wrote:
I think Criss Angel actually had a local cable access tv show back in the day. Seemed to work out pretty well for him, where there's a will, theres a way.

good luck,
sb
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Having a family with a very large disposable income didn't hurt the cause either.
Message: Posted by: magicofCurtis (Dec 11, 2012 08:44PM)
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On 2012-12-11 21:06, Dannydoyle wrote:
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On 2012-12-11 16:38, sb wrote:
I think Criss Angel actually had a local cable access tv show back in the day. Seemed to work out pretty well for him, where there's a will, theres a way.

good luck,
sb
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At one point the investment PIAD OFF big....
Having a family with a very large disposable income didn't hurt the cause either.
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Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Dec 13, 2012 02:24PM)
This is my favorite question ever on the Café.
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Dec 16, 2012 04:22AM)
:kewl: I want one......
Message: Posted by: Vick (Dec 21, 2012 10:50AM)
Have deep pockets

In lieu of deep pockets find someone with deep pockets

or be very, very, VERY good and get ready for a lot pitch meetings and a lot of turn downs
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Dec 21, 2012 12:24PM)
Hmmmmm.....create your own through Youtube...Justin Bieber hasn't done bad, he started out with a Youtube clip, and many other lesser knowns have started this way also, some even just continue on producing "shows" and videos for Youtube exclusively.


Viewership???? Jeff Dunham (vent) has had over 160 million views with one of his clips.

B
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 21, 2012 02:19PM)
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On 2012-12-11 19:30, Al Angello wrote:
Before you can get a TV show you must first become famous.

Any other questions?
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Hey Al, I have to disagree with you there. You only need to know the right people. Doug Henning got Canada to grant him funds to get an education in magic from Dai Vernon. This lead to many articles in newspapers and magic magazines that got his unique story and name out to those that can help him.

David Copperfield was just a kind that answered a newspaper ad for a magician in Chicago. Then when the show closed he was offered to take it to New York.

It is the age old easy answer, be at the right place at the right time. Being born in line with those times, then ask and meet the right people for help.

Lance Burton, get some good training and ideas form Mr. Harry Collins, Frito-Lay magician. Work hard to develop a magic act. Get a repeat job at an amusement park. Win the IBM talent contest by shier luck. Go to California, get recommended to perform at a Comedy and Magic Club, which leads to Las Vegas auditions.

See it is really easy to get your own television show.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Dec 22, 2012 05:37PM)
Bill
I have to disagree with you on that one. The last time I was in New York I witnesses a young girl who stops a New York City police officer, and said "how do I get to Carnegie Hall?", the police officer looked straight into her eyes and said "practice, baby practice".
Message: Posted by: Kevinr (Dec 23, 2012 02:59AM)
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On 2012-12-22 18:37, Al Angello wrote:
Bill
I have to disagree with you on that one. The last time I was in New York I witnesses a young girl who stops a New York City police officer, and said "how do I get to Carnegie Hall?", the police officer looked straight into her eyes and said "practice, baby practice".
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Practice?

Umm.. I am not sure I belive your police office story. I grew up in New York an that story is very well known about about legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein.

another fact I will clue you in on Al is the best are NOT usually the most known, the most famous or with the most money.

I know a TON of fantastic and amazing entertainers broke living in cheap apartments not event making 100k a year! Many have blown every dollar they have on every new grand idea and every latest toy and gadget that come out everyday promising to be better. There house is packed with stuff!

I know guys that are magicians that have gone totally bankrupt from maxing out every credit card they own buying and learn every new magic trick and gadget that is for sale. You heard me correct bankrupt from the education and consumption of being the craft they love.

But are they any good? Yes in fact many of them are beyond good and there acts are great even fantastic!

That said I know entertainers with crappy acts using the some old routines for the last 10 years who are making six figures. Are they good? No there terrible but makes a ton of money at it.

So do you have to be great to be famous and or finacially successful?!? NO you do not. Do you have to be decent or good? Yes good but great NO.

You act is only a tiny fraction of the big picture.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Dec 23, 2012 08:38AM)
Kevin
You must really be from Alabama, because A real New Yorker can spot an old Henny Youngman joke in an instant.
Message: Posted by: Rainboguy (Dec 23, 2012 10:55PM)
I wish Marshall Brodien was here to answer this!
Message: Posted by: Kevinr (Dec 24, 2012 08:22PM)
Nope born and raised in the city. Irish kid from Queens here.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Dec 25, 2012 09:28AM)
So you are from Queens, and never heard of Henny Youngman. How could this be?????

Are you Hasidic?
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 29, 2012 01:50AM)
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On 2012-12-21 15:19, Bill Hegbli wrote:
You only need to know the right people.
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That is a very important fact.

It is also important that who you know likes your personality and character. If so, that person will put you ahead of someone who is just as much professional with magic.