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A friend and myself had an idea for a show to pitch to the Travel Channel,but when scimming over Scripps' legal page came across this, "ideas must be submitted by television production companies with national or major market production credentials." What is the best cheapest way to get this done?

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Hey Chris....

Thanks for stopping by....

The simple answer is there is no shortcut for producing a network type show...they simply cost money. To that end, you will have to partner up with a company that has the credentials the network is looking for in a program. There are production folks that they have worked with or know of that will deliver a competent product that meets the technical specifications of their network. So when you advance to that level and want to play in the majors, the cost will be above he norm.

I have no idea what type of show you are doing, but if it is to be interesting and cutting edge for the network, they will demand a certain level of expertise and equipment that provides the type of picture they are looking for on their channel. Those standards keep all the shows in line so the network quality is never in question on the part of the viewer.

You will need cash to see this through to completion. As I have mentioned here before, if it was easy, every one with a camera would want to be on - see You Tube..... Unfortunately, it costs a lot to produce a show for a network and even those costs have come down some due to the technology.

Good luck in your search!

Patrick Murray

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Patrick J. Murray

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Having been in the broadcast community for over thirty years, I am able to assist others in discovering their niche in the area of broadcast televison, in both production and talent, as well as sports, medical, or corporate production. This would include methods of production, purchase of equipment, or philosophy of acting.

Experience

Armed with a dual degree in TV/Radio and Theater, I began my career as a camera operator in a major market television station. Directing and production management were soon to follow. Currently, I have my own business as a freelance producer-director, and have been primarily working in field of sports production.

Organizations
I belong to NATAS (National Association of Arts and Sciences).

Education/Credentials
I hold a BA in TV/Radio and Theater from Ashland University, located in Ashland, Ohio.

Awards and Honors
I have received 10 local Emmy awards for various sports shows produced in the Northeast Ohio region.

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