Q. A spec pilot I wrote last year has been getting some good reactions from those producers kindly enough to read it. I've been in contact with one of them semi-regularly. He's an indie producer, and is currently trying to get a large TV production company, that he has a history with, to pick up a series he wants to develop. The guy who's written the pilot for the proposed series, an experienced TV scribe, has also read my writing sample, also likes it. Between them, they've insinuated that they'll recommend to the big TV company that I write an episode if said project gets picked up.
How much should I follow this up? Their meeting with the company was a little while ago now. Whilst I, being crazy insecure, want to know what's going on, at what point do "Hi, how are you, how'd the meeting go?" e-mails become tiresome for producers?
I wouldn't contact them at all about their show. If their show isn't a "go" show, you're just rubbing their noses in it. And most shows don't go to pilot, and most pilots don't get picked up.
What you should do is try to contact them every 2-3 months or so with new things. You have a new spec. Would they like to read it? Ask the TV writer if you can buy him a drink or take him to lunch when he's not too busy. (Writers are suckers for a free lunch.) Would the producer like to read your new
spec pilot? Try to find a way to stay on their radar. Tell them any good news you have on other fronts. Stalking = needy; but everyone likes to hear good news, and I don't think anyone will mind hearing about your victories.
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