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Old 07-25-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default What to use as a follow-up after an intro?

A big time TV producer is coming to our town to speak at a conference. I plan to attend and to introduce myself after the program. But what can I say that will allow me to keep in touch with the producer? Opportunities like this are rare since no Hollywood execs of this magnitude comes here so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:04 AM   #2
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Buy a small bottle of hand sanitizer and put your contact information on a label right over the bottle's label... or maybe a large bottle and you can put a script title and a logline on it. then when you go up to shake his hand tell him you're concerned that he's shaking so many hands today and you don't want him to get swine flu. then take his business card.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:46 AM   #3
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A big time TV producer is coming to our town to speak at a conference. I plan to attend and to introduce myself after the program. But what can I say that will allow me to keep in touch with the producer? Opportunities like this are rare since no Hollywood execs of this magnitude comes here so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
When you introduce yourself, mention that you're a writer (but don't push any of your scripts). Tell him that you're interested in the television business, you appreciate what he said at the conference, and ask if you could have his contact info to call him sometime and discuss the television business in greater detail when he has a few moments.

They key to developing a contact at the initial meeting is not to pressure them into a situation where they feel like you're hawking something to them or trying to use them as an "in" for your own purposes. On the other hand, if you're friendly, polite, professional, and seem genuinely interested in listening to him talk about the subject he knows best... you're far more likely to have him hand you a business card and be open to further conversations.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:06 PM   #4
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and then hand him the hand sanitizer.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:19 AM   #5
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A big time TV producer is coming to our town to speak at a conference. I plan to attend and to introduce myself after the program. But what can I say that will allow me to keep in touch with the producer? Opportunities like this are rare since no Hollywood execs of this magnitude comes here so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Before I moved to L.A., I lived in SF. Linda Obst was coming to speak. I knew I would be one of many people who would want to speak with her, so what to do? She had written a book, so I bought it, read it and put together a plan. I wrote up a logline and one paragraph synopsis and put it in an envelope. Then I went to hear her speak, waited until some of the people talked with her, walked up, and quoted part of her book to her. She'd said, basically, never do anything without having a plan, so I told her, I'm taking YOUR advice, I'm here, I love your movies, and here is a query that I would appreciate your taking into consideration. She said that normally she would never accept a document at one of these things, but couldn't really refuse me when I was taking her advice. She took it, read it, called me up and had me submit it.

Too bad the script sucked!

So, I'd research the person, find something specific to their career that is relevant to your interests and ask if, sometime in the future you could call them to ask their advice for five or ten minutes, and that's all. Once they yes, they are on the hook, and it's really hard for people to say no to a reasonable request.
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