Reality TV: An Insider's Guide to TV's Hottest Market
In this first-of-its-kind book producer Troy DeVolld shares the secrets of breaking into Reality TV.
DeVolld, has produced many of the biggest Reality TV hits, including Dancing with the Stars, The Surreal Life, and Basketball Wives. In 2009 he shared a Daytime Emmy® nomination as a Producer on Style Network’s Split Ends. In REALITY TV: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO TV’S HOTTEST MARKET DeVolld shows you how to create a successful Reality TV show.
WRITING FOR REALITY TV
Yes, Reality TV shows have writers (even though you may never have seen them credited). DeVolld explains just what a Reality TV writer does, how to structure a Reality show script, how to craft an effective story timeline, and how to maintain authenticity and continuity in a story.
PRODUCTION & PRE-PRODUCTION
DeVolld shows you how to conduct professional interviews and handle difficult subjects; explains how to create “stringouts,” teases, rough cuts, and fine cuts; shares set etiquette and tips for dealing with difficult cast members; and much more.
GETTING THE GIG
He offers invaluable insider advice on landing an entry-level position, negotiating the politics of Reality TV, advancing your career, networking, and navigating the sometimes sticky ethics of Reality TV.
CREATING YOUR OWN SHOW
DeVolld shows you how to develop a viable show concept, how to pitch it, and how to get the green-light from Hollywood decision-makers.
THE STUFF CREATIVE TYPES DON’T LIKE TO THINK ABOUT, BUT NEED TO KNOW
Rights and clearances, art, logos, employment regulations, and working with minors are just a few of the issues that DeVolld gives you an essential primer on.
"REALITY TV is a great template for any academic exploration of the genre." - Kevin Bright, Executive Producer of FRIENDS and Founder Director of Emerson College Los Angeles
"His reputation as a genre leader is well-earned." - Sean Rankine, Executive Producer of BASKETBALL WIVES
"A very thorough road map to follow if you want to pursue a career in reality television or just want a better understanding of the form." - Garry Hart, Past President of Paramount Network Television and Professor/Chair of Radio/TV/Film and Cal State Fullerton
"The Aristotle of reality television... and this is his POETICS." - Chad Gervich, Writer/Producer and Author of SMALL SCREEN, BIG PICTURE and HOW TO MANAGE YOUR AGENT
- Publisher Michael Wiese Productions
- Date available: 08/01/2011
- Publication date: 08/01/2011
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Meet the Author: Troy DeVolld
Troy DeVolld survived careers as an executive assistant and comic book artist before finding his way into Reality Television, where he currently works as a Supervising Producer. Since relocating to Los Angeles from Tampa, Florida, in late 2000, Troy has worked on many top Reality shows including The Osbournes, The Surreal Life, Dancing with the Stars, Flipping Out, and Basketball Wives. He shared a Daytime Emmy® nomination in 2009 as a Producer on Style Network’s Split Ends.
Troy has had the pleasure of lecturing on the topic of Reality Television production...