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Showing posts with label broadcast tv. Show all posts

CASE STUDY: A Look at Some of TV's Most Successful PODs

With news that Neal Baer (showrunner of Under the Dome, Law & Order: SVU, ER) just signed a POD deal with 20th Century Fox, I thought it was worth looking at the holy grail for television writers/producers: the POD deal aka the production overall deal. 

Now we don't often talk about television productions but with the quality of television productions meeting and oftentimes exceeding the quality of films, it's time to reconsider. I'm a big believer in aiming high and learning from successful people so the article below will give you something to aim for (POD deals) and give you examples of people with POD deals to learn from.
A Look at Some of TV’s Most Successful PODs 
Originally published by Film Escape April 5, 2015 and written by Charlie Sierra
It’s every TV writer/producer’s dream to get a POD deal at a studio. To be paid handsomely and respected for the work that you create is something that everyone strives for.  A POD (production overall deal is basically a first look deal except anything that the producer develops while under this agreement must stay within the studio and cannot be taken elsewhere even if the studio passes. In return, the studio will pay an annual fee to the producer and cover all of his/her overhead costs. Both TV and film studios make overall deals with production companies and writers. In the TV world, these production companies are known as PODs which are responsible for some of today’s most successful series. This system allows for studios to pay for exclusivity to the content from talented creators. For example, if someone like Shonda Rhimes creates a hit like GREY’S ANATOMY for ABC Studios, they’d want to make sure that they have access to her next projects so that they can have more hit shows like SCANDAL and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. After the success of BREAKING BAD, Sony Pictures (the studio that financed the show) made sure that the creator Vince Gilligan wasn’t going to take his next projects elsewhere. So they signed an undisclosed 8 figure POD deal with him and his company High Bridge.  Here is a list of a few other notable PODs for each of the major TV studios.
20th Century Fox TV
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Bays & ThomasCarter Bays Craig ThomasHow I Met Your Mother
Liz MeriwetherLiz MeriwetherNew Girl
Party Over HereAndy SambergBrooklyn Nine Nine
Steve LevitanSteve LevitanModern Family
Flying Glass Of MilkMatt NixBurn Notice
Teakwood Lane ProductionsHoward Gordon24, 
Homeland, 
Tyrant
Chernin ProductionsPeter Chernin Katherine PopeNew Girl
Imagine TelevisionBrian Grazer Ron Howard24, Parenthood, 
Friday Night Lights, 
Empire
Lorde MillerChris Miller Phil LordLast Man On Earth, 
Lego Movie, 
21 Jump St
Ryan Murphy TVRyan MurphyGlee, 
American Horror Story, 
Nip Tuck
Sutter InkKurt SutterSons of Anarchy

ABC Studios
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
CoquetteCourteney Cox David ArquetteCougar Town
Dark ToyTodd HollandRed Band Society, 
About a Boy, 
Shameless
Fake EmpireJason Schwartz Stephanie SavageHart of Dixie, 
Carrie Diaries, 
Gossip Girl, 
Chuck, 
The OC
Michael SeitzmanMichael SeitzmanIntelligence, 
Code Black
Mark Gordon CoMark GordonGrey’s Anatomy, 
Criminal Minds, 
Private Practice
ShondalandShonda RhimesScandal, 
How To Get Away 
With Murder, 
Grey’s Anatomy

CBS Studios
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Robert DohertyRobert DohertyElementary
When Pigs FlyGary GalsbergNCIS
606 FilmsHalle BerryExtant
Fly The CoopDoug EllinEntourage
K/O Paper ProductsAlex Kurtzman Roberto OrciScorpion, 
Sleep Hollow, 
Hawaii Five O, 
Fringe
Original FilmNeal MoritzThe Big C, 
Prison Break, 
Fast and Furious
Ryan SeacrestRyan Seacrest
Timberman/BeverlyCarl Beverly Sarah TimbermanJustified, 
Unforgettable, 
Elementary, 
Masters of Sex, 
The Odd Couple

Sony Pictures Televisions
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Davis EntertainmentJohn DavisThe Blacklist
Farm KidDarlene HuntThe Big C
FedoraMichael Wimmer Peter TolanRescue Me, 
Rake
Nemo FilmsGraham YostJustified, 
Boomtown
Midd KiddShawn Ryan Marney HochmanThe Shield, 
Chicago Code, 
Last Resort, 
Lie to Me, 
The Unit
Happy MadisonAdam Sandler Doug RobinsonThe Goldbergs
High BridgeVince GilliganBreaking Bad, 
Better Call Saul, 
Battle Creek
Shore ZDavid ShoreHouse MD, 
Battle Creek
SmokehouseGeorge Clooney Grant Heslov

Universal Television
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Broadway VideoLorne MichaelsSaturday Night Live, 
Man Seeking Woman, 
Mulaney
Deedle-DeeGreg DanielsThe Office, 
Parks and Recreation, 
King of the Hill
Etre FilmsAnne HecheBad Judge
PaperKiteAmy Poehler
Little StrangerTina Fey30 Rock
Parkes MacDonaldWalter F Parkes Laurie MacDonaldThe Slap, 
Warrior, 
Crossbones
UnbeliEVAble EntertainmentEva LongoriaDevious Maids
Wolf FilmsDick WolfLaw and Order, 
Chicago PD, 
Nightwatch
The Bedbug LetterMatt OlmsteadChicago Fire

Warner Bros TV
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Berlanti TVGreg BerlantiThe Flash, 
Arrow, 
Mysteries of Laura, 
Brothers and Sisters
Bad RobotJJ Abrams Bryan BurkPerson of Interest, 
Believe, 
Almost Human, 
Lost, 
Fringe
Chuck LorreChuck LorreBig Bang Theory, 
Mom, 
Two and a Half Men
DoozerBill Lawrence Jeff IngoldCougar Town, 
Scrubs, 
Undateable
Jerry Bruckheimer TVJerry BruckheimerCSI Franchise,
My So-Called CompanyJulie PlecVampire Diaries, 
The Originals, 
The Tomorrow People

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CASE STUDY: The Days of Summer for Broadcast TV


Reading this article by Lacey Rose, was an eyeopener (almost as much as this one).  The broadcast networks are truly trying to come up with ways to deal with their loss of ratings and audience viewership and one of the ways is by offering original summer programming.  The time when they could take summer off and leave show development for the fall might be over for good now that cable has exploited that window to great success with year-round original programming.  Although the 4 major networks are aware of the dilemma, the networks are going into summer with different strategies based on trying to answer the following question: How to offer originals in a way that's economically feasible at a time of year when viewership and ad money are down?

Each of the networks are answering the question in different ways (see below). In turn, the answers made me think of  what that could mean for TV producers and production companies developing future projects and which of the current/upcoming shows will blow up, flop or simply just survive.  It is vital for anyone looking to get into the TV production game to track what is going on this summer.  One thing is for sure, smart producers and production companies pitching primetime shows to network executives make it a habit to know and understand the kinds of primetime programs each of the network produces for its audiences which is why below each of Lacey Rose's answers, I have added a list of the dramas and sitcoms the four networks are currently programming and/or plan to program in the summer and fall of 2013+. 


1. SPEND A LOT
CBS is at the more ambitious end of the broadcast spectrum, with the CBS TV Studios-produced Dome budgeted at about $3 million per episode and accompanied by a promotional campaign that included a Super Bowl plug.

To make its summertime push work, CBS is relying on a creative mix of digital and international revenue that is said to make the effort profitable from the outset. The company struck a rich deal with Amazon, which will make episodes of the event series available to Amazon Prime members four days after they air on CBS. In addition, the heavily serialized series, about a town inexplicably sealed off by a giant dome, has been licensed in 200 international markets.

CBS

Dramas


Sitcoms


Summer 2013


Fall 2013


  • We Are Men
  • Mom
  • Hostages
  • Intelligence
  • Crazy Ones
  • The Millers
  • Reckless
  • Friends With Better Lives
  • Halo: The Television Series
  • Bad Teacher

2. SPEND A LITTLE
At this stage, ABC and NBC won't be shelling out as much on production or promotion, but they are just as aggressive about the need to pepper the summer schedule with new reasons to tune in. This year, the networks both will take a shot at lower-cost originals, including ABC's Mistresses and NBC's Camp.

In contrast to Dome, which features a sizable ensemble of recognizable actors and a big dose of special effects, Camp was shot in Australia with a cast comprised largely of young, unknown local actors and a budget said to be less than $2 million per episode. "The summer, by necessity, has to be low cost, but it's evolving, and we just thought that this was a soapy summer show with a little edge and a little wish fulfillment," NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke acknowledges.

3. FIND A PARTNER
Increasingly common -- and often more cost-effective -- are the international acquisitions that have come to line the networks in recent years, be it ABC's Canadian co-production Motive and a fourth season of Rookie Blue or NBC's Siberia and Crossing Lines. A straight acquisition can cost the network as little as $250,000 per episode, say multiple sources, but such productions have struggled in the past from lack of buy-in from executives who are more focused on shows they develop. If the network comes in at an early stage and has substantial input, the price tag often is closer to $750,000. And if it's a true co-production, the network will usually shell out between $750,000 and $1 million.
With lower up-front costs and thus considerably less risk, Taylor notes, "It's easier for us to keep them on the schedule at a 1.1 or 1.2 [rating] as opposed to in-season where you've got to have a '2' in front of it."

NBC

Dramas


Sitcoms


Summer



2013-2014 broadcast season


  • Dracula
  • Crossbones
  • Crisis
  • Believe
  • About a Boy
  • Sean Saves The World
  • The Family Guide
  • The Blacklist
  • The Night Shift
  • Welcome to the Family
  • Chicago PD
  • The Michael J.Fox Show
  • Ironside

ABC

Dramas


Sitcoms


Fall 2013


Even though the article doesn't explicitly mention it, there is a 4th answer to the question above hinted at in the article.

4. DON'T OFFER ORIGINAL SHOWS THIS SUMMER, SEE HOW OTHER NETWORKS FARE (ESPECIALLY CBS) AND WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR
Fox is still a year away from joining the summer scripted fray in any meaningful way* but it plans to do so with a collection of high-profile limited series (24: Live Another Day, the Matt Dillon/Melissa Leo drama Wayward Pines), which several sources suggest will be even pricier.

*However, FOX is premiering new ANIMATED fare this summer with ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF, FOX’s new alternative animated programming block. They will premiere it on air Saturday, July 27 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET/PT). Other than that, there no live action sitcoms or drama scheduled for summer 2013. ~~ Danny Indio

FOX

Drama




Sitcoms


Summer 2013

  • Axe Cop (July 27, 2013)
  • High School USA! (July 27, 2013)
  • Lucas Bros. Moving Co. (July 27, 2013)
  • Golan the Insatiable (July 27, 2013)

Fall 2013

At this point, each network is wondering, will these be the dog days of summer or the great days of endless summer?  We shall see... and if we don't, that means those shows were cancelled.

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