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Going into its fifth year, SeriesFest’s Pitch-a-thon program provides independent content creators with an opportunity to participate in an exclusive live pitch session with top television, new media and digital executives in hopes of moving their unproduced projects forward. Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos spoke to the importance of fine-tuning your pitch during his SeriesFest: Season 5 Innovation Talk:

“I love that you have pitch sessions here because that is the one thing they don’t teach you in film school, they don’t teach you in college and it turns out to be probably the most important function of creating a show and getting it on the air is this 30 to 60 minute meeting that you’ll have with a programmer that you will be able to passionately sell. And it’s a real sales job and you either close or you don’t in the room mostly.” - Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos

Check out the video below to hear more highlights from his discussion with Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries:


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Dec 18, 2020
Jan 22, 2021
Mar 19, 2021
Standard $25 $30 $40
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Pilot Script

Pitch Video

3-5 minute video submission of Creator(s) pitching their project

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Series Format Deck

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Season 6 Judges

Michael Esola

CEO, Ficto

David Person

Manager, Original Programming , IFC TV

Jessika Borsiczky

Writer/Director/EP, Refugee Productions