Road to Commissioning... Can a Nobody Become a TV Showrunner?
Updated: Jan 8
AKA - Is it possible to become a TV Showrunner in ONE year?
My name is Sammie and I am what most people would call a nobody. I have no connections, I'm not rich or famous, I have almost no presence on the internet, and I don't live in a big city like LA - I'm just a regular Joe.
The problem, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this, is that I have a big dream. One that a lot of talented, hardworking and well-meaning people have tried and failed to make a reality. Like many, many, many people, I want to be Joss Whedon - by which I mean, I want to become the writer and Showrunner for a TV Series that I created.
Now, I'm sure a lot of you just rolled your eyes - and that's fine. It's a big thing I'm asking from the Universe especially since, and let's not forget, I am NOBODY. Yet, I'd hazard to guess that so are the majority of you. Everybody is nobody, until they're not, right? So, with that in mind, and despite all of the odds being stacked against me, I still believe that this dream is achievable. You have to start somewhere. This is my first step.
If you've made it this far, I can guess it's because you have a similar dream to mine, but haven't got the faintest idea of how to start. That's where I can help. I volunteer myself as tribute to wade through all of the of confusing, and often contradictory, information out there to put together a tried and tested guide of how you can go from a backwater nobody to a legit commissioned TV Showrunner.
This is my road to commissioning...
So, like my blogging progenitors, such as Julie Powell (who let's not forget got her own movie), I will begin this journey with a goal. From today to 1 Jan 22, I will attempt to get a TV Show of my conception developed and commissioned by a major broadcasting or streaming service... no pressure.
Since I'm not a sadist, I have already put some thought into how I can go about this, and I have put together an initial plan of execution. The stages might not all be the most conventional or industry approved methods, but they are what I feel will give me the best chance of achieving my goal based on my current circumstances.
Here are the steps:
1) Develop a TV Show Idea
2) Write a pilot
3) Write/Plan the first season
4) Write a Show Bible
5) Fund & make an animated pilot to generate interest
6) Pitch agents & producers
7) Make the deal
8) Get commissioned
If you want to join me on this crazy journey, don't forget to follow and like this blog, feel free to comment down below if you have any advice that could help me with this journey or message me through the CONTACT page on this website.
Wish me luck, guys!