How Do You Pitch a TV Game Show Idea In 100 Words Or Less.
How this article began.
When I came across this question, I had this overwhelming urge to answer it with a hub. Not because I have ever had any particular ambition or aspiration to invent or pitch a game show idea or because I think it maybe something many people will search for. But purely because I like to challenge myself when the opportunity arises and here I found the chance to produce a hub on something that would ordinary not have crossed my mind.
I'm not a huge fan of the game show as such, however there are a few I watch from time to time that I find mildly entertaining and seeing as I had decided to attempt a game show pitch in 100 words or less, it would be a pretty good idea to think about the television games shows that I think work pretty well. I needed to think about why they work and what I could learn from there success.
What shows work.
Who wants to be a millionaire is one of them, The primary draw for this show is of course the potential to win a million pounds, or what ever the countries equivalent currency is. The second is that there are three life lines that you can use to help you along. Fifteen questions which is not an awful lot and the stop gaps which enable you to walk away with money you have won at certain points.
The Weakest link has experienced a good amount of longevity in it's game show life thus far, mainly because it is some what unfair and unjust. The host Ann Robinson presents a formidable character to contend with and the show has a dark, cruel feeling to it. Which is of course part of it's appeal, it has also picked up on our current fascination with watching people getting voted off, which has a touch of good social trend observation about it.
Deal or no deal is simple yet effective, however this game show works on the precept of chance rather then knowledge. The contestant is confronted with a selection of numbered red boxes, each containing an amount of money from 1p to £250,000, the trick is to chose the boxes with the lower amounts and to ultimately be left with the most. All the while in between every three choices and reveals a banker on the end of a telephone, offers them a deal, related to boxes revealed and boxes left, of which they can accept and take the money or refuse and play on. Easy.
There are of course many others that have had varying degrees of success, over the years and if I was going to invent and pitch a credible game show idea, it was just a matter of finding the winning formula.
How to invent a game show?
After assessing what I liked about the popular games shows and others I occasionally watched, I had to think about what my game show would be like. Just how do you invent a game show?
What should it include? What should it be called? What would make people want to watch it? Who is the desired audience? I made a lot of notes and played with a lot of different concepts, I gave it time, effort, thought, blood, sweat and tears.
Yes, I started to take it all very seriously.
Why is pitching something so difficult?
It can be hard to share ideas because not everyone has the same opinion about just what a good idea is and with that firmly in mind, it can be rather unnerving when trying to explain the brilliance of your brain wave because you're always aware that your great notion may well be shot down in flames, even before it's left the ground.
Now that I had finally come up with an idea I think would work, I now had to set about selling it. Not only did I want to pitch my game show in 100 words or less, I wanted to pitch it well. I started wondering about what makes a good pitch? How do you get your idea across fully, clearly, consciously and present it in a favorable, appealing way?
I decided to start with the basics a beginning, a middle and an end. I needed a good opening, something that would obtain there immediate attention and spark interest. Then lead on to a brief, simple but substantial explanation and end with a foolproof 'you can't help but love my idea' closing line.
Well that was the plan, this is what I actually came up with.
My game show idea is called 'the rope of hope', a family friendly show. The game is separated into three sections the first decides who will go through to play for prizes in the next round, by choosing the lucky long rope. The second section is about answering questions while walking sections of a tight rope, to win prizes. The final section gives them the opportunity to gamble their prizes for money. where they again answer questions but this time to pull ropes to open boxes, potentially containing money. This game requires skill, knowledge and luck.
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