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Understanding Reality and Opportunities

Your Path to Success
Is Achieved Through Relentless Promotion of Your Skills

Writers/Creators, Professional Talent and Reality TV Contestants need constant exposure to industry TV decision-makers, including that of Production Companies, Show Runners, Casting Agencies and TV Networks. These companies seek all forms of talent and original TV programming ideas and scripts. Their scope of interest embraces all genres of Reality TV programming.

From the RTVR platform we promote your individual talents and reality treatments to producers, show runners, casting agencies talent scouts, and network executives for all major networks and cable networks. Professionals from these companies have active casting assignments for a diversity of rolls to fill. The Reality TV Registry platform is just one of the many mediums implemented in our strategic approach to promotional campaigns.

At times, the likelihood of one’s success may be hinged on who you know. This reality cannot be truer, in the entertainment industry. With this in mind, your potential success is greatly leveraged when you are promoted by an independent business-to-business approach.
With the insatiable demand for original and compelling programming by the Networks and Streaming Service, today is the most opportune time to be discovered. Assuming one has talent, success can soon be realized through effective means of PROMOTION.

Performers, whether it be actors, musicians, dancers, special acts or routines are rarely schooled in effective marketing and promotional techniques. Consequently, some of the greatest talent is never cast or seen in acting rolls. The Reality TV Registry site has been developed as a promotional platform that lists promising reality shows by writers and creators. To augment the likelihood of reality acquisitions we need professional talent and aspiring reality contestants. These individuals will also be promoted to other industry TV professionals.

Current Programs Having Open Participation

Gold Fever – Quest for the Mother Lode
Imagine That
The Comedic Poet
Life Boat Unhinged
Modeled to Market
Encore – Matters oF ACTORS
Golf Squadron
Ovations – Sound of Music
Epic – Battles of Foreign Lands
Singles Yachting Society
Living Aboard
Pet Celebrity
Battle Grounds – Snipers at Large
State Street Inventor
Sharks on Wall Street
I Venture
Cast Away
College Shenanigans
Guilty until proven innocent

Reality TV Proposals

The writers associated with Reality TV Registry (RTVR) are committed in their focus to create and promote Reality TV formats, game shows and docuseries to the film industry. Currently, RTVR has open participation in 21 proposed reality TV submissions. These proposals represent very promising shows that exhibit fresh and exciting programming in reality formats, game shows and docuseries. RTVR serves as an opportunity for individuals to register and be placed on the priority list for current and future casting assignments and acting rolls of prospective Reality TV Formats and Docuseries. Opportunities are available in several locations, coast-to-coast.

Formatted Reality:

The Formatted Reality TV type series exhibits a very clear structure, rules, and a progression to an ultimate winner. Whether it is a relationship series, or competition series, it’s all about creating the right elements that deliver key dramatic moments. Formatted programming delivers the unique premise and agenda for the series. The most important aspect of creating this type of series is to have a highly original hook that makes the show unlike anything we’ve seen. While the structure or subject may be derived from other popular shows, the new show has a specific hook that is captivating and elevates its uniqueness. This type of reality has diverse casting and unique writing opportunities.

Reality TV is Programmed as either Formatted or Documentary Style Concepts

Formatted Reality displays very specific structure during the season’s episodes. It will rouse a dramatic and compelling competition, generally resulting in a team or single person prevailing. Competitive Formats including “Survivor”, “Top Chef”, “Wipe Out”, and “The Bachelor” are typical examples of this type. Each consists of various structures and premise. One is ultimately about survival, while others are about cooking, stunts, and romance and relationships.
These series follow a progressive path over the course of a season (an arc). “Wipe Out” is considered a self-contained format competition series. The first person to finish wins the show in each episode. Therefore, the series has self-contained episodes, with new contestants and challenges during each show. This type of reality has diverse casting and unique writing opportunities.

Format type reality shows are distinguished as either a “Self-Contained” or “Arc Series”.

“Self-Contained” means that each episode has a defined structure and story that has a conclusion in each week. These formats do not carry over to the following week and therefore, Syndicators like this type of format because they can air any block of episodes without needing the audience to follow season long series. Reality Formats including “Fear Factor”, “Extreme Makeover”, “American Pickers”, “Hotel Impossible”, “Wife Swap” and “Undercover Boss” are but a few examples of self-contained series. This type of reality has diverse casting and unique writing opportunities.

“Arc Series” formats may be viewed by audiences that see a single episode as rather conclusive in its self. However, the overall experience of an Arc Series will be that of the many episodes during the season that ultimately conclude with a winner, or revelation.
A most popular Arc Series, “Survivor” is a good example, in that each episode is infused with challenges participants face to win immunity, along with personal conflicts and strategies used between participants. The progressive path of the episodes, evolve with the elimination of contestants. This type of reality has diverse casting and unique writing opportunities.

Docuseries Reality TV. A Reality TV Docuseries shadows distinct individuals or groups of people and their preoccupation in genuine experiences and circumstances during a period of time.
Producers of Docuseries Formats have a keen interest to discover unique characters performing in the world of their existence. Real life docuseries are faced with the challenge to be high interest to its audience. They must be entertaining and interesting to watch. Docuseries may consist of unique professions or businesses, extreme lifestyles, adventurous journey’s and odd or humorous individuals and groups. business, an odd or funny family, social groups, real people on an adventure, or any area of our lives that may be interesting to watch. This type of reality has diverse casting and unique writing opportunities.

Future of Reality TV

Creators and producers of Reality TV are individuals who think outside main stream programming. Most have a viewpoint that the genre of reality programming expands the opportunities of diverse forms of hybrid shows, which have consistently been on the growth side. With the audience’s interest in event-type programming of real (non-actor) people, the addictive appetite of viewers will be sustained for years to come.

As Producers and Networks seek the discovery of real people with unique professions and businesses, captivating lives of individuals and groups, future growth of Reality programming will prove to experience significant growth in the film industry.

Sizzle Reels. A sizzle reel is basically a “proof of concept” reel that depicts a real segment, action, or brief demonstration contained within a proposed reality project. Its creation can significantly assist producers to better understand the storyline and views of the personalities to be programmed.

Creating a Reality Treatment

Writing a Treatment for a Reality TV Program

Like all television genres, there is an art to creating a compelling reality show treatment–regardless of how formulaic most reality shows appear to be. Remember, your work is meant to compel a producer or a studio to invest money–lots of money–on your idea. You need to prove your idea is viable, different–or at least different enough–and above all, entertaining. All are important if you are not an established television writer or producer or you do not have “talent”–a popular actor or actress–attached to your project.

Write Your Treatment

Describe your premise. A premise is an overall description of the program. Seven people are marooned on an island and must compete against one another to determine who will be the final survivor, for example. The premise should be concise, but engaging, leaving the reader wanting to know more. Sometimes the premise is called “the logline.”

Describe the players. Give a brief overview of who might be on the program. If the show calls for a host, describe who might fit the bill: an adventurer, a chief executive, a grandmotherly figure. Who will the contestants be? Everyday men and women from small-town USA. Attractive West Coast models. Former child celebrities.

Deliver your synopsis. In four to six paragraphs, share your vision of the first episode. Be engaging, use detail, wow your audience–but be concise. This is a treatment, not a script, so brevity is important. Consider each paragraph an “act” in the first episode: character introductions, rising conflict, the twist or surprise, the climax, the tease for episode two.

List details for five or six subsequent episodes. Each description should be no more than a paragraph long, but should convey a beginning, middle and end. This is an important step because it shows producers that your idea “has legs”–that it can sustain itself beyond the first episode