Developing Your Reality TV Idea

In this workshop, you will learn what it takes to develop a killer reality television show and take the first steps in beginning your career in reality television production. Tailored for beginners and mid-career writers interested in exploring the opportunities reality television offers in today’s media marketplace, this course was composed by one of the industry’s busiest and most recognizable reality television writer/producers, Troy DeVolld—author of Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market and senior story producer of Dancing with the Stars.

This workshop will provide practical steps in creating a viable realty television show concept and tools on how to understand this fast-changing market. You will work with the instructor on various assignments over the course and have the opportunity to receive critical feedback along the way.



Workshop Length:

4 weeks

Start Date:

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  • To develop an understanding of the reality television market
  • To give students the tools necessary to create their own reality shows

In this online writing course you will learn:

  • To create your own show
  • How to take your show to market



Session One:  Knowing the Market

  • The Workable Concept
  • The Pitch
  • Steps to take before you create your show

Session Two:  Creating Your Own Show (Part Two)

  • Treatments, Loglines, One-sheets
  • Episode Structure
  • Season Structure
  • Sizzle Reels
  • Selling Your Show
  • Closing Remarks