How To Pitch A Reality Show To Hollywood

Let’s talk about how to pitch a reality show to Hollywood.

This is different from learning how to write a screenplay or how to become a screenwriter.

Reality TV is a different world and it takes different strategies to succeed.

How To Pitch A Reality Show

Reality TV shows are almost never purchased on the basis of an idea alone.

To learn how to pitch a reality show, you need more than an idea – you also need to prove that you have the talent and skills to execute that idea.

That’s a pretty high barrier to entry (which filters out the non-serious people).

How To Pitch A Reality Show – 3 Steps

So, if you are serious about learning how to pitch a reality show:

  1. Make yourself and your team look attractive to potential buyers.
  2. Learn how to pitch a reality show using the five magic words.
  3. Produce a 2-5 minute promo reel (aka “sizzle reel”) of your concept.

A 2-5 minute promo reel demonstrates your concept and your ability to execute the concept.

Fair or not, there are thousands of people who are either learning how to pitch a reality show or are actively trying to sell reality TV shows.

The only ones who are taken seriously are the ones who have invested the time and developed the skills to actually do the job.

When you have produced a compelling reel, you can contact reality TV companies.

How To Pitch A Reality Show – Pro Tip

If possible, partner with an established reality TV to pitch a reality show

If you don’t know how to pitch a reality show, or if you haven’t sold a reality TV show idea before, the factor that will make the biggest difference in whether you sell your reality TV show idea is if you can attach an experienced reality TV producer. Focus on finding a producer who has credits in a similar genre to the show you want to pitch.

How To Pitch A Reality Show – Sizzle Reel

The Producer’s Guild Of America posted a helpful article from Dan Abrams, Supervising Producer of The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie, about how to make a sizzle reel.

Outdoor Room Jamie Durie HGTV How To Pitch a Reality Show

Here’s an example of the reality TV sizzle reel for Myles Of Style on HGTV.

How To Pitch A Reality Show – Warning!

Beware of any reality TV production company or service that charges fees to submit ideas.  

Established reality TV producers do not charge fees to consider reality TV ideas.

How To Meet Reality TV Producers

If you’re looking for a legitimate conference to make connections and learn from established reality TV producers and executives, check out Reel Screen Summit and National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).

You can download a complimentary copy of the 2014 NATPE Pilot Bible, provided in partnership with Variety Insight, to access a complete guide to the new group of broadcast shows including the specific producers on each show.

How To Start Developing Your Reality Idea

Joke and Biagio- how to pitch a reality showIf you have an idea for a reality TV idea, but you aren’t sure where to start, I recommend experienced reality producers Joke and Biagio (Snapped, Caged, Beauty And The Geek, Scream Queens) and their podcast Producing Unscripted: Make Reality TV Shows And Documentary Series.


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Discussion About How To Pitch A Reality Show To Hollywood

  1. richard allen mills jr

    i am 29 years young and have been the victim of torture for a number of years now. This is a fiction tale and i hope the truth comes out before i am no longer on this earth. I started to really HEAR at 27 years old and began to learn how horriable this planet is and that the matrix is oh so real. I am neo in that story my so called family and friends have been lying about me for years and years and learning this and dealing with my hearing alone was the hardest thing i have ever had to survive. First i had to learn that LOVE and women one man one women is the biggest lie on this planet earth chivalry has never exsisted on our planet. Never have been a cheater kissed two girls while in a relationship and that is the extent of that in my entire life. My x fiance was sleeping with my entire family and i mean all of them i personally have never enjoyed a threesome ever. Throw in every person they could con into they lies to cover their ass and i mean from every job i have ever had and all the years of my education, elementary middle and high school its weird every time i tried to go to college even last year i instantly obtain back pain during placement test once i leave i am just fine same thing with my employment of almost eight years. They get them sex,drugs,props to join their cause of pathetic pussy world order i also like to call it a sale out sin spree. These people lie so much and their numbers are so vast that police sheriffs po’s and judges join to cover each others ass and enjoy the same guilty pleasures.I HATE TO BE DIRECT BUT ITS BEEN OVER A YEAR OF DIRECT AND HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND UP TO 72 HOURS STRAIGHT AND EVERYDAY SINCE THIS BEGAN IN 2013. Now i can’t even get the fbi to do a full investigation to clear my name they are falling for their lies as well and its hard to survive daily. If i can be proven innocent i want to have a book written i want planes writing in the sky i want blimps with my story to try and save one innocent soul from ever having to go threw what i am right now. They have put me on the internet without my permission or knowledge doing personal things bathroom masterbation ect. to earn a profit i asked my own mother and she stated to pay her BILLS. They have fed me rat poison to make people believe their lies they believe the worst it is the more likely people are to absorb what they are fed me their shit dog shit drank their piss their cum all behind my back because i would rip their evil souls out with my bare hands. That is not even half of it my dad gave me his name he beats my dog so women i have dated that love animals will hate me and join their SALE OUT SIN SPREE. I understand at this point in the tale of my life that you are already questioning my integrity. I not going to give the full tale but want to tell you a little about my talents that our lord god has blessed me with. I am a musician i write country,rock,reggae,rap and indy or pussy money making music as oh so many like to call it. I picked up a guitar less than two years ago and impress myself daily misery is the best for talent. I also play bass and the drums i i could obtain a job living with their lies i would like to learn how to play violen chello the harp piano and every instrument known to man on this earth. I love classical music thanks RANDY. i have written over one thousand songs and it appeals to the masses from children of god to children of their failed father drugies to straight edge hard to soft they will all fall in love with me if this case is ever to be solved they will contact you because they have to discredit all that i am and do. THEY WATCH ME AND SET ME UP ALL DAY TO BE DIRECT. hope that you have taken a moment of your life and read a little about my exsistance thank you a great deal if you have i just want some people to know the truth. My BEST Richard Allen Mills Jr. 4802891896 2-14-1986 12:05 pm another st. jo soldier 🙂

  2. Neci

    So me and my friend brynna are fucking hilarious and every one of our friends says we need a reality tv show because our lives are so damn eventful. It really just grinds my gears that the shit we do isn’t caught on camera for everyone to laugh at. Just saying. Peace