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Reality Check : The Business and Art of Producing Reality TV - Michael Essany

Reality Check

The Business and Art of Producing Reality TV

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Do you have a concept for a reality TV show, but aren't sure about the next steps? Loaded with practical, step-by-step advice on the art and business of reality TV producing, and featuring insights from Mark Burnett, Dick Clark, and other top producers, Reality Check takes you from idea to...reality At age 13, Michael Essany launched a lowly cable access TV talk show from his parents' basement in Valparaiso, Indiana. Fast forward to 2001, and Michael had turned his little talk show, "The Michael Essany Show," into a multimillion-dollar project that quickly became one of the most talked about reality television shows. If Michael can do it, so can you. But be prepared for a lot of hard work and a few reality checks. This book includes compelling advice on how to:
* Better understand the nature, complexities, and potential of the reality genre
* Physically produce original reality programming
* Get past the gatekeepers and deliver quality pitches to major networks and production companies
* Legally protect yourself, your work, and your intellectual property
* Learn from glories and the gaffes of those who toiled before you
* Utilize the internet and other multimedia outlets to create and generate revenue from reality programming
* Avoid the professional pitfalls of the reality TV industry
* Parlay reality television projects into a successful and enduring career
* Shows you all the steps to pitching and producing a reality TV show
* Features contributions from industry heavyhitters including Mark Burnett, Dick Clark, and more
* Offers information available nowhere else on the business, legal, and artistic aspects of reality TV

Industry Reviews

"If there is a sage at the top of the reality show mountain, it's got to be Michael Essany. In Reality Check, he shows his real love for the business with his shrewd insight and savvy. A must read for anyone trying to get real in the unreal world of reality tv."-Leeza Gibbons, TV personality & producer

Author Biop. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xxi
Welcome to Realityp. 1
Documentary Realityp. 5
Competition Realityp. 6
Celebrity Realityp. 7
Personal Improvement and Makeover Realityp. 8
Renovation and Design Realityp. 9
Professional Realityp. 10
Forced Environment Realityp. 10
Romance Realityp. 11
Aspiration Realityp. 12
Fear-Based Realityp. 13
Sports Realityp. 14
Undercover Realityp. 14
In Conclusionp. 15
Reality's Long Reelp. 17
The Ordinary Star Is Bornp. 19
Regurgitated Realityp. 21
From Fantasy to Realityp. 45
Waking Up to Realityp. 46
Down the Beaten Pathp. 49
If You Build It, They Will Comep. 51
An Unwanted Realityp. 56
Facing Realityp. 63
Taking a Swing at the Pitchp. 64
Developing the Pitchp. 68
Making Your Pitch Stickp. 71
The Show and Tell of Reality TVp. 77
New Portals to Stardomp. 78
Straight to Videop. 79
Ditching the Disclaimerp. 127
Producing Realityp. 135
Planning "Unplanned" Televisionp. 137
Putting the Pieces Togetherp. 138
Production Basicsp. 141
Where Ethics and Reality Collidep. 145
Walking the Reality TV Plankp. 147
Baptism by Firep. 148
The Ethics Checklistp. 150
Pushing and Shoving the Limitsp. 151
Meeting Mr. Murphyp. 155
The Ugly Realityp. 157
The Dangerous Dotted Linep. 158
Fear Factorp. 159
Personalized Protectionp. 165
Fit for Realityp. 167
Fit for Dutyp. 168
The Right Stuff for Reality TVp. 169
Living Realityp. 181
Beware of the Energy-Sucking Idiotp. 186
Bend It Like Burnettp. 188
Reality Baggagep. 191
Reality Television: The Flapdoodle of Modern Broadcastingp. 193
What's So Bad About Reality TV?p. 197
Carry-On Baggagep. 200
Random Secrets of the Reality Tradep. 203
Skip the "Where." Get to Workp. 203
Buy Low. Sell Highp. 205
Become a Production Internp. 206
The IMDB Factorp. 207
Build a Digital Resumep. 208
Cracking the Email Codep. 209
Watch Criticallyp. 211
Avoiding the Reality Drive-Throughp. 213
The Juggling Actp. 216
The $60 Battle Planp. 218
Talking the Talkp. 220
An Emergent Trendp. 220
Making Sense of Realityp. 223
Where We've Been. Where You're Goingp. 224
Something Borrowed, Something Newp. 225
Lots of Eggs in Lots of Basketsp. 226
Life's a Pitchp. 226
Homemade Reality TVp. 227
Power of Attorneyp. 228
The Dirty Workp. 229
Cultivating a Careerp. 230
YOUniversal Realityp. 231
Glossary of TV Production Termsp. 233
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780240810300
ISBN-10: 0240810309
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 18th August 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1