Chapter | four

Facing Reality

If you approach any person on the streets of Los Angeles and ask, “How’s your screenplay coming along?” there’s an excellent possibility that he or she will give you an elaborate spiel on their “exciting” project.

In recent years, reality television producers have grown just as omnipresent as the aspiring screenwriters often lampooned for their ubiquity. Nonetheless, whether you’ve written a project for film or developed a concept for reality TV, the industry is always looking for the next big thing—film, series, or whatever promises to generate the most revenue at the time.

Unfortunately, though, for the scores of talented producers who believe they have come up with “the next big reality show,” there is little ...

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