Development and Pitching TV and Web Series

Everyone and their sister has an idea for a TV show. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to have a good idea. You need to know how to make the idea sellable and actually pitch it to someone who can provide the budget, assets, and creative team to make it and bring your show to an audience. Whether you’re pitching a primetime series to NBC or a 15 second web series to an up-and-coming distributor, it’s vitally important that you can effectively communicate your passion for your project to someone who can help you make it. In this 8-week course, students will develop pitches for 1 web series and 1 TV series. In the final class, students will actually get to pitch their projects to Chicago-based production company, Bottle Rocket Media.


None. Just your raw enthusiasm!

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Dates: Jan 31, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 - Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Cost: $250  
Instructor: Sam Bowers
Location: Chicago

See what people have to say:

“Sam is that rare bird who has one foot planted firmly in the past (and is aware of program history) and one foot firmly planted in the state-of-the-art world of what is currently happening.  I’ve worked with him many times and it’s always been a pleasure." - Michael McCarthy (Writer, SNL, Sesame Street, Mike and Molly)

"My time working with Sam Bowers was easily one of the most eye opening experiences of my career. Our collaboration directly lead to the success of my television and digital projects." - Wes Beach (Producer/Host, in development with Discovery Channel) 

"Working with Sam on my pilot concept was an absolute pleasure. He clearly has a great grasp of the industry and how to move projects forward, but beyond that he completely supported my ideas and encouraged me to grow as an artist." - Marcus Haugen (Winner, 2016 iOCN Pilot Script Competition)

"Sam has the creative mind to spot and develop what's most interesting and funny about an idea, as well as the business acumen to know how to make it happen. He's someone you want on your side of the table." - Claire McFadden (Writer/Comedian, Framed, Spookie Dookie, LL Cool Beans)