Deadline Hollywood reports today that a pilot written by Louis C.K. and Spike Feresten, originally conceived 13 years ago, has been dusted off and picked up by CBS.
Fun fact: before C.K. became a certified Huge Effing Deal, he contributed to comedy-related newsgroups on Usenet (remember that, kids?). He offered up info on everything from how to select the right management, to how to edit your own video (“nothing beats a Mac and Final Cut Pro” - 2001), to… what it’s like to get a pilot made.
The first step is to meet with a development executive at the network or studio and pitch them the general idea of the show. Usually you do this with several companies over a week or so, sometime in July or August. Then the agent fields the offers from the interested people, and you weigh the offers and decide which network/studio to go with according to three criteria: Who really gets your show and will let you do it without fucking it up. Who is actually most likely to pick up the show. Who is paying you the most money (the worst reason to go with anyone). If no one has made an offer, you just go fuck yourself.
Even if you have no dreams of primetime stardom yourself, C.K.’s non-sugarcoated account of the process is a great read. Trust C.K. to make a painful experience so thoroughly entertaining.
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