Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Waiting Game

It happens every time.

My company pitches an idea to a network, the network likes the idea enough to fund what's known as a 'pitch reel,' we get the money and produce the reel (excellently, if I do say so myself, with a lot of supervision from our contact at said network), and we hand in the reel and are told by our contact that we have a good chance of 'going to series.' ('Going to series' means 'Nick and his family get to eat.')

Then - nothing. A total and utter mystery what they are doing over there. Has our contact even shown it to 'The Group'? Sometimes, we are told something like 'I'm showing it to The Group on Wednesday morning.' Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon rolls around... It's Wednesday at 5:47 PM.... No word from the contact. Did they love it? Hate it? Still arguing about it? That could be good, there's passion in the room, a good sign!

It is enough, needless to say, to drive yourself crazy.

Because nine times out of ten, you will find out, usually in a casual phone call from the contact on Friday (if you have yourself managed to avoid calling him - you don't want to look too desperate!) that, oh, The Group got bogged down in other stuff, it wasn't the right time, I'm gonna show it in two weeks...

So you try not to think about it.

That's what's happening. Right now.

1 comment:

nyhusker said...

Ah. Godot again. That chap takes many a form.