How to Get the Training You Need for Your TV Show

You probably hear people talking about television shows, that they have their own show or they want their own show or they are in the process of shooting a pilot for a show or trying to sell a show or any one of a hundred more buzz terms surround TV. So here are the basics to put everything into context and perspective.
First, here are some things you need to understand about “Show Platforms” starting with the most watched Networks or Channels: 
  • The big four are…ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX – These networks and channels need tens of millions of viewers to make a show worth airing and to keep airing.
  • The next big stations on everyday cable platforms are networks like TNT, TBS, USA, AMC, A&E, Lifetime, Discovery, Sci-Fi, and the History channel – These networks and channels might only need 1 million to 10 million views to make a show worth airing and that’s why a show that might get cancelled on the big four to later be sold and picked up by one of these smaller yet very successful niche stations.
  • Then there are Local Cable stations – These stations typically are ran and or owned by colleges or other public affiliates. They typically air public broadcasts, old reruns that are considered public domain or other programming that is strategic and affordable to come by.
  • And then there are VOD (Video on Demand) Online Networks – These are outlets like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and YouTube but there are hundreds of these types of platforms popping up. Plus, with the advancement of Smart TV’s you watch shows and movies on your TV just like everything else. (And look out! Here comes Disney and Apple with their own VOD networks for the internet, Apps and Smart TV’s as well)The big 4 and all the cable networks have moved the majority of their shows to the internet through websites and apps and the internet VOD has moved all their shows to TV through Smart TV’s. So when someone says they have a TV show it could be show up in a lot of different ways!!
Next, here are the ways you can have your own show: 
  1. A network or show on a network can hire you to host your own show and you are either a W-2 employee or 1099 contractor working for them while the station owns and controls the show. This means you can be fired or replace as well as told what will be on the show you host. The upside here is they handle all the sponsors, advertising, product placement, ratings issues, editing, hiring, firing and everything else that goes into a show. 
  2. You can own your own show where you decide what’s on it, you make all the operational decisions yourself or the people you hire and pay make the decisions. You go out and get all the money making advertisers or sponsors, or you hire people to do all the money making things and it’s your show. You have a lot of control and you have the opportunity to make the most money.
I’m sure you can see benefits to both. It’s kind of similar to traditional publishing with a Simon and Schuster or McGraw Hill versus Self Publishing.

Still, you can be on television in a lot of different ways, and some ways are better than others. Some platforms and opportunities are better than others. There is a lot that goes into all of this and it’s changing everyday.
Want to Know More? 
As a part of my Speaker Media Mastery event I will discuss… 
  1. Agents 
  2. Pilots 
  3. Networks 
  4. Selling a Show 
  5. Getting Sponsors 
  6. How to film affordably 
  7. How to Monetize a Show 
  8. How to Host a Show
And so much more!
You can register for the next one TODAY at

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David T. Fagan

The “Icon Builder”, Former CEO of Guerrilla Marketing, Founder/CEO of Icon Builder Media

David T. Fagan is the former CEO of Guerrilla Marketing, which sold over 23 million books in 62 languages all over the world, as well as the former owner of LCO Communications, a Beverly Hills PR firm that has represented 58 Academy Award Winners, 34 Grammy Winners, and 43 New York Times Best Sellers.

He has been featured on Fox & Friends, the Today Show, The Washington Post, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox’s The Five, and What’s Happening Now to name a few. He’s won major awards for publishing, publicity, and even the Entrepreneur Educator of the Year Award from Inc 500 Infusionsoft.

David is the best selling author for several books including Word Genius: What to Say and How to Say It, Guerrilla Parenting: How to Raise an Entrepreneur, Cracking the Icon Code: How to Become an Icon in Your Industry Through Your Advice, Image and Expertise, and Becoming Significant: How to Invoke Sacred Words that Unlock Real Power. He’s an International Speaker in places as far away as Dubai, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Australia. He has shared the stage with everyone from Former Secretary of Defense Dr. Bob Gates to Mark Victor Hansen.

David is the father of 8 children, (4 girls and 4 boys) and even has two grandchildren. He is married to Isabel Donadio-Fagan and they live in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

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