If you are interested in creating a show for AV Channel, you can follow the process here. The process is not guaranteed to be fast as there are many stages to be able to approve an idea. Anyone with a great idea can follow the process of creating a series. This process only applies to TV Series and does not apply to Original Movies.
PITCHING AN IDEA Edit
The first step to creating a show is to pitch an idea. To do this, head to the Pitching Board and create a new forum with the following specifications:
- Write the Working Title of your TV Series in the title area. Working Title is the title of your series that is not the final title and can be changed throughout the course of the Production Process.
- In one paragraph, write the premise or plot of your series.
- In another paragraph, introduce the main characters (Name and a sentence or two to describe them and their role).
Users in the Wiki will then reply to the thread to suggest ideas, ask questions about the series, and say their opinion about the it. The board of AV Channel will then take a vote as to whether a pilot should be ordered for the series. If the board votes YES, a press release will be made regarding the pilot order. The creator will also receive a message on their User Page. If the board votes NO, the series will not be considered. In the event that a series is turned down, the creator cannot re-submit the idea a second time. However, they can submit the idea to a different channel, without any complications.
FORMING A PRODUCTION TEAM Edit
In order for the pilot to be successful, the creator needs to gather a production team. The creator can only start forming his/her production team once the pilot has been ordered. To form a production team, head to the Job Fair Board and post a thread with the following:
- On the title area, type: "Production Team - Working Title"
- List open positions for your team and the number for each position in brackets.
To complete a production team, it has to consist of:
- Director(s) (Any number)
- Writer(s) (Any Number)
- Producer (max. 2)
- Casting Director (max. 1)
An Executive Producer is not required as it will be the same as the Creator. The creator can be a Director/Writer but not a Producer/Casting Director. If the show requires music, the creator can open a position for Songwriter.
Once the team is formed, the production for the pilot can begin. The first job is to find cast members to play the parts. The Casting Director will head to the Casting Board and post a thread with the following:
- Indicate the title/working title of the series.
- List the roles, including main, recurring and guest starring. Each role should have a short description with age, gender, and if applicable, specific talents (singing, dancing)
Users can suggest actors that can play the roles. Talent Managers can also comment the name of their clients that can play the role. To know more about Talent Managers, head to the Talent Managers' page. The creator also has the options to suggest an actor that they think can play the role. If the actor has a Talent Manager, the casting director can contact them. If the actor currently plays a major role in a series, the actor cannot take the offer. Actors cannot play two main characters of two shows, unless one of the shows has ended or has been cancelled. Once casting has finished, the pilot can be started.
SCOUTING FOR PRODUCTION COMPANY Edit
Before making the pilot, the production team has to scout for a production company willing to produce the series. The producer from the production team will head to Production Companies Board and post a thread looking for potential production companies. Each series is entitled to a maximum of two production companies. The production team can also go to a second option, creating a production company or using an existing one owned by one of the members of the production team. To create a production company, head over to Production Companies.
MAKING THE PILOT Edit
To make the pilot, the creator and writer will work together to write a descriptive plot summary for the pilot. It will serve as the whole story and all details should be included. The following should be put into a document (Word Document, PDF, Pages Document):
- Final Title of Series
- Production Code of the Pilot
- The title of the episode (Can be Pilot)
- List of Cast and Characters including Main, Recurring and Guest.
- The descriptive plot of the episode (More than three paragraphs)
- Credits (Writer, Director, Production Companies)
The creator will then email this document to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Pilot - Title of Series. The board will examine the document to see if the series will be a potential success. If the board votes YES, a press release will be made indicating that the series has been picked up, along with the number of episodes. If the board votes NO, the series will not go through and will be put to shelf. In this case, the creator cannot bring the series to a different channel as it can still be approved in the future.
FINAL PROCESS & CONTRACT Edit
Once the series has been picked up, the production for the rest of the episodes can be carried out. Each episode will follow the same stage for ONLY the casting stage. The episode does not need to be sent for approval. The only change will be that once the production for the episode ends, an email to email@example.com has to be sent containing the list of cast and characters (Main, Recurring and Guest), production code, episode title and a short plot of the episode (Do not include the whole story, just a plot). This information will be used for the Press release of the specific episode. The series will premiere two weeks after the series has been picked up.
The creator of the series will sign a contract of agreement with the Chairman of AV Channel which will also indicate the number of episodes the season has to contain.
MAKING THE SHOW, EPISODE & CHARACTER PAGE Edit
It is the production team's responsibility to create the page of the show once the series has been picked up for a PILOT. Follow the format of the page here: Page Formats. Once the series has been picked up, the production team will create episode, actor and character pages ONLY after the press release for the specific episode has been made. If the actor has an existing page, do not create a second page. Air Dates and Future Episodes can only be written in the Episode Guide or Episode Page of the series once the Monthly Highlights Press Release is made public. Violation of these rules may result in the cancellation of contract.
RENEWAL OF CONTRACT Edit
If the season of the series is a success, a renewal of contract, or ordering of a second/third/fourth etc. season can be made. The press release will be made and then the production team can start the production. The renewal of contract usually happens two-thirds through the season. The production team will be consulted and informed first before the press release is made.