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Got a good, un­scripted TV se­ries idea?

Win­ning pitch gets $10,000, part­ner­ship with a new Van­cou­ver pro­duc­tion firm

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In a kind of pay-it-for­ward model, Van­cou­ver TV cre­ator and pro­ducer Tyson Hep­burn wants to give some­one else a chance at a ca­reer in TV.

Hep­burn's new Tyson Me­dia Pro­duc­tions has just put out a call for sub­mis­sions for unique, new, un­scripted se­ries ideas.

“Most pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies de­velop ideas in house. How­ever, my his­tory is I went and I sold TV show ideas to peo­ple like David Paperny, who is an Academy Award-nom­i­nated pro­ducer. He helped me and teamed up with me to make Cold Wa­ter Cow­boys al­most 10 years ago, which was a big hit on Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel,” said Hep­burn, a Van­cou­ver na­tive and Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity film school grad­u­ate.

“He helped me, he tu­tored me, he helped turn my dream, my vi­sion into a re­al­ity, and so I thought what bet­ter way to start my pro­duc­tion com­pany.”

The suc­cess­ful pitch will re­ceive $10,000 to­ward cre­at­ing a top-notch siz­zle reel, as well as a part­ner­ship with Tyson Me­dia.

“The best way to suc­cess, to sell­ing your ideas, is re­la­tion­ships with broad­cast­ers, which I have. That's No. 1. No. 2 is usu­ally hav­ing a great siz­zle reel, a five-minute de­vel­op­ment tape that is amaz­ing,” said Hep­burn.

Sub­mis­sions will be ac­cepted un­til Jan. 15.

Hep­burn says a sub­mis­sion must be five min­utes or less. It must show the host, who does not have to be a celebrity. The en­trant must also prove they have ac­cess to some­thing special and has an in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty agree­ment.

“In terms of sub­ject mat­ter we are kind of open-ended,” said Hep­burn, who to date has re­ceived more than 100 sub­mis­sions.

The sub­ject and the peo­ple you want to fo­cus on must be re­lat­able. This is not the Real House­wives, but real peo­ple do­ing real things.

Hep­burn has been mak­ing un­scripted con­tent for over a decade.

As the co-founder and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer at May­hem En­ter­tain­ment, he has such ti­tles as the His­tory Chan­nel and Net­flix show Rust Val­ley Re­stor­ers, as well as the Dog Dudes on Ama­zon Prime and Ap­ple Plus to his credit.

He said the draw to un­scripted is twofold for him: Learn­ing about all facets of TV pro­duc­tion, as well as about other peo­ple and their lives.

“You get to meet a lot of re­ally in­ter­est­ing and some­times kooky, some­times crazy peo­ple, and you get to learn the busi­ness that they're in and what makes them tick,” said Hep­burn, who has done shows about fish­ing and fire­works. “You get to pull back the cur­tain on all kinds of dif­fer­ent peo­ple, their busi­nesses and their lives and their fam­i­lies.”

If a ca­reer like this in­ter­ests you, then go to tyson­media.ca/ pitch-tyson.

The best way to suc­cess, to sell­ing your ideas, is re­la­tion­ships with broad­cast­ers, which I have.

 ?? TYSON ME­DIA PRO­DUC­TIONS ?? “In terms of sub­ject mat­ter we are kind of open-ended,” says Van­cou­ver TV pro­ducer and cre­ator Tyson Hep­burn, whose new com­pany Tyson Me­dia Pro­duc­tions is look­ing for unique un­scripted television show ideas.
TYSON ME­DIA PRO­DUC­TIONS “In terms of sub­ject mat­ter we are kind of open-ended,” says Van­cou­ver TV pro­ducer and cre­ator Tyson Hep­burn, whose new com­pany Tyson Me­dia Pro­duc­tions is look­ing for unique un­scripted television show ideas.

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