It is extremely difficult getting into the television industry. The internet, though, is one of the many things that have made it somewhat easier. It is not as difficult to get noticed anymore.
Therefore, if you want to start and run a successful professional sports TV show, continue reading below.
- Idea Development
The first step you have to follow is coming up with an idea for your show. You already know it’s a sports TV show. But, what will make it different from all the other sports TV shows that people watch? Will it have a guest and a host? Will it focus on football (soccer) alone or on other sports? What will the cameras and lights be like? Will it be in a studio or out in the field? Think of all the sports TV shows you know of and think of ideas to make yours different.
You already have a genre in the form of sports. But, how will you present your show? Will it be overly serious or will it be comedic? Will it be a combination of both? Will it have interviews and analyses or will it involve opinions? Will it be a hybrid of all three? Who will feature on your show? Will there be famous sports stars, retired sports stars, or just the host(s)? If there are hosts, will they have “kayfabe” characters or will they be themselves?
Read up on various scripts of shows that you have borrowed ideas from. Get to understand what these scripts contain and how they are formatted.
If you don’t already know how to write scripts, learn. If you do, get some script-writing software and begin creating mock-up scripts of what your show would contain. Write many scripts and write them often. Compare them to the scripts you have read. Don’t look at the script for about a week after you have completed it, then come back and take a look at it. Correct any flaws. Do this again and again until you feel your script is better than the best. Also, look to shorten your script as much as possible where possible.
- Debuting Your Show
- Preparing a Good Pilot
The pilot episode of your show is the most important because it is the one that will introduce your show to a potential following. In this episode, you will introduce the format of the show and all its various characteristics. You should understand the importance of starting with a bang—ensure your pilot is one amazing episode. You can consider shooting the first episode yourself and editing it to match your ambitions. Make it look extremely professional as possible.
- Approaching a Company
Create a list of companies that you think can produce your show and send them a letter. It is important to look for specific people that would want to take a look at your script and taking a look at your episode. Look for companies that produce shows similar to yours.