[B5JMS] ATTN JMS: Pitching TV Series (B5, and in general)

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From: "Bill Daras" <bill_daras at cyberzone.net>
Date: 17 Feb 2001 17:45:29 -0700
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"Adnan Virk" <adnanvirk at home.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering, how exactly did you/do you pitch TV series? I mean...take
> B5 for example, when you pitched it to Paramount, Warner Bros, how much
> overall did you tell them? Did you give them a complete outline of hte
> series, just general info...
> I ask because..."a space station with diff hostile alien goverments on
> while that does sound interesting, it doesn't even BEGIN to descripte what
> was really in store for B5... I'm just curious as to how much of the story
> you told them, and in general, when pitching a serious TV series like that
> (with ongoing story), how one handles that? It's something I've always
> wondered about. Many thanks...
> btw, can't wait till you write ASM!

He gave them the basic outline and premise, but what really clinched it was
a 30 second specailly made CGI bit that *really* impressed them. (If I'm not

JMS, if your reading this, would it be possible to somehow sneak it onto a
B5 DVD or something like that. This sort of stuff fascinates me, and a lot
of others as well. We would love to see the first B5-related footage.


-Bill Daras

From: jmsatb5 at aol.com (Jms at B5)
Date: 18 Feb 2001 23:21:14 -0700
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They were given the pilot screenplay for The Gathering, an extensive series
treatment with sample stories covering most of the first season, with notes on
where the series would go, and lots of sample artwork on the station and the

With some exceptions, it was very close to what became the B5 writer's bible,
which was available for a while via thestation.com.


(jmsatb5 at aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2001 by synthetic worlds, ltd., 
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine 
and don't send me story ideas)

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