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Who would be responsible for advertising the existence of the network and shows? Without spilling your gameplan if you can prove that eyes will be present on the site before the shows launch - not after - you'll probably get a lot of interest. Best of luck Kris! Can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm a fan of horror so I'll definitely check it out when you're set to go.
I am interested in hearing more about this in depth once you are able.
What is your marketing strategy to market the network and get eyeballs to the site?
I think this is a great idea up until, "they will not be aired across the web on blip, YouTube, or another video sharing website"
That's a whole lot of known Internet traffic to cut out without any real way of proving your Network will have views. Also, every creator I know is already promoting to the best of their ability and unless you can provide a type of visibility they can't create for themselves why would they sign an exclusive deal?
I would argue that to own the distribution rights means you would need to buy them, not guarantee non guaranteed ad revenue.
I like the idea and the enthusiasm, but until you can guarantee an audience I wouldn't ask so much from the creators. I for one absolutely despise the exclusive deals some people make. To me it is not embracing the Internet and the future.
I think if your Network is dedicated to quality content people will go there regardless if the shows are available elsewhere. People just want a single URL they can use to find quality online entertainment, I don't think the exclusivity is a must.
I could see however agreeing to only promote your Network. Meaning you let people stumble onto it on youtube, vimeo, and blip, but you only ever promote or post the Network link. That could be a fair compromise.
Google owns youtube so everything you do through them is going to get preference in searches. Same thing with using Blogger. Google is the Internet and creators should be as plugged in to it as humanly possible.
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I am dying to get into the horror/ sci-fi game and have discussed taking Handsome Police in that direction.
I've been working on the concept and business plan of this network. I am still very interested in starting it up, however the new target is now September 2013. Looking back, I have decided to scrap the whole 'exclusive to the network" concept for now. There will, of course, still be shows that are exclusive to the network. That being said, I think for growth, it's important to incorporate shows that are not a network exclusive in a "syndicated" like way.
Basically, at this point I am looking for shows in development (at any stage) that would like to be featured on the site. Show creators will be completely in control of their advertising and will keep all revenue (if any is to be had). There would still be a contract, but that contract would mostly only be a promise to deliver an agreed upon amount of episodes.
As the network takes off (assuming it does), I would move to exclusive deals in the future. Right now there are a few shows in development for the first year and a half of the network. There will be 3 "seasons" a year. Winter, Summer and Fall.
The current proposed lineup is as follows.
Therapy: A licensed high school counselor loses her job after providing some not so professional advice to a pregnant student. With her life on a downward spiral she turns her home into an office and begins to offer more of her no bullshit advice to those in need. The only problem; it's illegal. (Comedy - 12 episodes - 4 minutes)
Infected - Season 1 - Outbreak - A 5 part "miniseries" detailing the beginning days of the zombie apocalypse for 5 different people. Serves as a prequel for the summer show "infected" "Some of them walk. Some of them run. They're all hungry"(Horror - 5 Episodes - 7 Minutes)
Teachers: Filmed in the style of The Office and Parks and Recreation, Teachers is the story of six dysfunctional educators in an academically under performing district. In the style of It's always Sunny in Philidelphia, nothing is off limits; from affairs with students, to school violence and bullying. The counselor from Therapy co-stars. (Dark Comedy- 13 episodes - 5 minutes)
Infected Season 2 - The Hunger (10 episodes - 7 minutes)
Therapy Season 2 (12 episodes - 4 minutes)
Small Town Blues - The life of 5 high school students in a run down town. The first season is confined to a week in the lives of their Junior year. (Drama - 10 episodes - 10 minutes)
The Panel - Four characters from "Teachers" judge a high school talent competition. A satire of American Idol, X factor, The Voice, and what it takes to win. (Comedy - 10 episodes - 4 minutes)
This schedule, and the fate of these shows are not set in stone. They are all currently in the beginning stages of planning. Small Town Blues, I think of all these shows, is the special one. I am very excited for that one.