From their website:
PitchCon 2011 is the premiere Hollywood destination for independent content producers. This high-caliber 2-day event is a catalyst for launching you to the next level of your career. We offer industry panels, master classes, hands-on advice and access to a network of influential media execs. PitchCon features the well-respected Pitch Pit where you can pitch your show ideas in guaranteed 1-on-1 meetings with 50+ top level agents, broadcast, cable, digital and studio development executives.The price for admission to both days of the event is $295 if you purchase by May 10 ($345 after). With the promo code PCAspiringWriter, you'll get over a 20% discount from regular rate of $345, or $70 off, bringing registration to $275. There are also student rates for much less. You guys know that I am affluence-challenged, so I realize not everyone can afford this...but do know that NATPE is a non-profit organization focused on education and networking. I've also been assured that as a pitcher, you will be pitching your ideas to actual executives and agents, not just assistants who have been sent on behalf of their companies. (I'm not knocking assistants at all - plenty of them can bring in projects and pass them up the food chain, but we can probably meet these people through our own jobs and friends, so I'm not sure that would be worth the admission to a pitchfest.)
"Catcher" companies include big agencies like CAA and WME, networks like MTV, Bravo and TBS and production companies like Lakeshore. The event also includes panels and master classes; for the confirmed speaker list, click here.
If you're like many writers, pitching scares the shit out of you. I get it! You feel most comfortable when you're alone in your apartment with just your overwhelming brilliance and the serene glow of your laptop. Can't you just write the script and send it to people? You can write as many specs as you want - but eventually you're going to have to actually speak to other humans. You'll have to make them like you and your ideas. It's something we all need to practice, and I'm hoping that pushing myself out of my comfort zone with Pitchcon will make me a better pitcher.
I'll keep you guys updated on how my pitches are coming - and you can also look forward to a blog recap/review after I've attended the event. In the meantime, take a look at the chapter on pitching in Chad Gervich's book Small Screen, Big Picture. Last year, I sat down with an experienced TV producer to talk about some of my ideas, and what she told me about the pitching process is pretty much exactly what's in Chad's book.
Do you guys have any pitching stories or advice to share?