new videos
hot off the press!  
    more about rocket
mass heaters here.

more videos from
the PDC here.
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

television production companies  RSS feed

 
paul wheaton
master steward
Posts: 22172
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
bee chicken hugelkultur trees wofati woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I think I have now danced with seven television production companies.

Lots of people really wanna be on tv. So they will jump through hoops to meet their tv needs.

I want to infect brains with my permaculture stuff. So I have tried to get things to work out.

I think, in the end, I have a physical beauty that is perfect for radio. Setting that aside ...

They first have an hour long phone call. Then they do about five video skype sessions. You have no sign a document saying that you will play with only them (I now insist that this document be simple, fit on one page, and be limited to 90 days). Then they send out a camera crew (might be two people, might be three). They take lots of video for two days - so you gotta jump through their hoops for two days. Then you have three more phone calls. You get paid zero. Everybody on their end got paid really well.

If the show takes off, they might give you some tiny coin. But odds are you get nothing.

---

At the same time I have appeared in about nine documentaries. It was easy. Somebody asked if they could stop by on a very exact date about three months in the future. They arrive, I sit in a chair and answer questions while they video. They leave. No contracts. They did their research. Easy.

---

The television company says stuff like "we want to make a show about you" or "about what you do" or "about permaculture" or something. And I think I will infect brains and get something like $100,000 per year to put toward my projects. One company even put up an idea of how I might spend $2 million on projects.

I think it could be worth it. But I now feel like it takes a LOT of time away from my other stuff.

Another production company called me today ... I found myself directing them to the people at ant village. Maybe somebody there will be tv worthy.

In the end, it seems like to make it work I needed to make a show for them. I need to do the work to make a great show. They then show up with cameras, do their thing, feed it in to their tv engine, and then it is done.

I just don't seem to have it in me to carry such a show. Especially since it seems that "the deal" is that they get paid millions, but I get paid zero. I feel my current path is to come up with the money to keep projects moving forward.

Maybe when the ATI test is done, and is a success, then the tv people will want to do a show, but THEY will carry the show. I can just show up and it gets done.

 
Tyler Ludens
pollinator
Posts: 9740
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
180
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
paul wheaton wrote:
I think, in the end, I have a physical beauty that is perfect for radio.



I think you have a physical beauty that people need to experience with their eyes as well as their ears.

I hope if a show is done at the volcano, that the giant who inhabits it is seen at least occasionally.
 
Travis Johnson
pollinator
Posts: 1195
126
books cat chicken duck rabbit transportation trees woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have a dear friend who was on a National Show, (American Pickers) and later he told me he wished he had never been on it. I won't go so far as to say it ruined his life, but he regrets the repercussions from it.
 
R Scott
Posts: 3349
Location: Kansas Zone 6a
32
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I also know someone on a discovery or nat geo show. Definitely ruined what they were doing. They sold off and moved. Department of make you sad bullseye on their backs.

Also know someone that did a highly successful show by cable standards. He made in a whole season what he did in one three day training class.
 
Tyler Ludens
pollinator
Posts: 9740
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
180
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I think show biz is as likely to ruin your life as not (I say this as someone who's been in show biz my entire working life). However, one of the complaints people have about permaculture is that it isn't sufficiently represented in mainstream entertainment. So maybe Paul or his associates can fix that a little.

Just make sure no hippies are anywhere near the camera. Apparently, hippies are toxic to the mainstream image of permaculture.

 
Su Ba
pollinator
Posts: 966
Location: Big Island, Hawaii (2300' elevation, 60" avg. annual rainfall, temp range 55-80 degrees F)
117
books forest garden rabbit solar tiny house woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Decades ago I have a local newspaper come out a do a feature article on my show dogs. Big, big, big, big mistake! Besides quoting me wrong in the article, I had several visits from various Departments to Make You Sad. I had years of repercussions because of that little news coverage. I regretted that article for years and years. But it taught me to keep my head below the radar and my hobbies invisible.

TV? Yikes. I'd have to be insane. Can you imagine how many government inspectors would go knocking on doors? No thank you.
 
I've never won anything before. Not even a tiny ad:
This is an example of the new permies.com Thread Boost feature
https://permies.com/wiki/61482/Thread-Boost-feature
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!