Develop, Write and Pitch for Reality TV

Mediabistro is offering a new class this spring: Writing for Reality Television.

How does one actually “write” for reality TV? As is now well known, unscripted TV relies heavily on writers and segment producers for everything from formatting and pitching to voice-overs and host intros.

Reality TV is a broad genre that includes totally scripted comedies, documentary style dramas, competitions and niche cultural curiosities. Knowing where the opportunities are and how you fit in is the first step to narrow down what you will write and who it is for.

Taught by Colleen Kluttz, who has worked in the story department for ABC’sThe Bachelor and Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, the March 13-April 24 track will cover:

  • Structure and formatting for reality TV, from ½ hour to hour long shows
  • The importance of casting and character development
  • Editing reality and how to write storylines in post production
  • How to write for the type of show you want to make
  • How to turn your pitch into a sizzle reel

By the end of the class, you’ll have a complete draft of a pitch and an understanding of the industry from preproduction to post.

As a reader of FishbowlLA, you get a $50 discount. Just enter the promotional code FB50 on the checkout page for your discount. Hurry, this class starts March 13 online. Register now.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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