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Pitch it to Netflix

Alicia Sekhri
Alicia Sekhri
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Stage 32 has a wonderful free TV Pitching Workshop featuring Netflix’s Chris Mack. It’s a bit long (3 hours), so if you don’t have time - no worries! I will share my notes with you on Friday.
In the meantime, here’s a short guide on how to format and submit your pitch to Netflix - based on Chris Mack’s lecture:
1. The format
According to Chris Mack, the format should be as followed:
a) The story questions (what’s at stake, who wants what, why, etc.)
b) Overview of your story
c) World
d) Tone
e) Character descriptions
f) Season summaries
g) Potential episodes
Your pitch should be anywhere between 5 to 10 pages, depending on the number of characters you have.
Note: you are welcome to use pics!
2. What to pitch
Netflix is looking for character-driven stories.
In addition, consider pitching a story if:
  • you’re reinventing the wheel: for example, taking a classic storyline and adding your own twist
  • you have a broad enough audience
  • your show is based on existing IP (Lupin did great)
  • you already have a deal with a renowned actor
Also, remember:
Netflix only accepts submissions through a licensed literary agent, or from a producer, attorney, manager, or entertainment executive with whom we have a preexisting relationship.
I know this seems a bit daunting, but nothing is impossible if you believe in it hard enough. I will publish a full-length article based on this pitching workshop later this week on Medium, with more tips and things I learned. Stay tuned.
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