Arts & Entertainment

How to Pitch a Television Show: Tips from Judd Apatow and Shonda Rhimes

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 20, 2021 • 7 min read

You have a great television show idea. You’ve done your research and realized there’s a market out there for what you want to do—and how you want to do it. You’ve asked for advice, consulted with collaborators, and decided to take the next step into Hollywood. Now what?

Pitching a television show is an art form onto itself. Competition in the entertainment industry is stiff, especially if you’re not an established name. TV series get commissioned for their originality, longevity, and long-term profitability. A solid pitch will demonstrate your creative point of view as well as how your idea fits into the market.