Sell Your TV Concept Now – Mark & Jeanne Simon

by Sam Leccima and Shani Leccima on 5:13:30 pm

Executive TV Pitch Program with Jeanne and Mark Simon If you have an idea for a TV show or you’re ready to pitch TV, then you’re in the right place. At Sell Your TV Concept Now, Inc. Mark and Jeanne Simon have a wide range of affordable products and services to propel you to the next stage. They believe that some of the best ideas for TV shows come from everyday people, like you. At Sell Your TV Concept NOW, Inc. the Simons help people to sell their TV show ideas with consulting, conferences, contacts, sample treatments and bibles, fill-in-the-blank templates, training and more. Work with a former Nickelodeon and reality show producer and award-winning development team to help you to pitch and sell your show.

First, meet former Nickelodeon producer Jeanne Pappas Simon.Little did she know 24 years ago that her entire career would prepare her to help others get their shows on TV. Jeanne has been involved in show business for most of her life in one way or another. Maybe it has something to do with family history – her uncle, Ben Thau, was head of MGM back in the day when Ben Hur was a box office smash.

Jeanne had her 15 minutes of fame in front of the camera as a news broadcaster, a cable talk show host, and a commercial talent. Her type A controlling personality flourished in the behind-the-scenes action as an editor, camera lady, writer, and news director. She did all this while she was still living in Missouri. Phase two of her career started when Jeanne decided to get serious and move to the happiest place on earth. (Oops that comes later.) She packed her Toyota and moved to Beverly. Actually, she rented an apartment in Los Feliz and  worked on feature films at the legendary Corman Studios in Venice Beach, Lethal Weapon 2, and HBO’s hit series 1st & 10. The best part of working on that production was meeting her husband Mark Simon. Not too long after Jeanne and Mark met, they knew their life together would have many sequels and they needed a new location. So they moved to the happiest place on earth and they both landed jobs at Nickelodeon which was located at Universal Studios Orlando. While at Nickelodeon, Jeanne was a part of TV history as a producer on the show that catapulted Melissa Joan Hart to stardom as Clarissa in Clarissa Explains It All. This ground-breaking show was created by Mitchell Kriegman who was also the creative force behind the hugely popular showsBear in the Big Blue HouseThe Book of Pooh, and It’s a Big, Big World. Jeanne also produced many other Nickelodeon shows such as Allegra’s Window, which featured work by puppeteers trained by Jim Henson, Gullah Gullah Island, Weinerville, and Roundhouse with American Idol director Bruce Gowers. She also worked on Get The PictureNick ArcadeMake the GradeWhat Would You Do?, as well as the ABC pilot Real Mature, and developed the international format for Blues Clues. In between Nickelodeon gigs, Jeanne also produced pilots for Animal Planet, pitched a series that ran for two years on Animal Planet, wrote scripts for the ABC series Secrets of the Animal Kingdom and produced and directed portions of the pseudo-reality series Rollerjam on TNN. Now meet director, artist, author, lecturer, entrepreneur Mark Simon. While an art major in college, Mark had his own award-winning advertising agency and he published a college newspaper throughout Texas which featured cartoons, photos, and controversial views on current events of the day. After graduating from college, Mark knew that he wanted to be in the movie business, so he kissed his mom and Texas good-bye and headed to Hollywood. With plenty of outlets for his artistic talents, Mark worked as a designer on movies, commercials, and TV shows. Like Jeanne, he got his start at Roger Corman’s studio. When he was hired as the construction coordinator on HBO’s 1st & 10 he had to see Jeanne to sign employment papers and little did he know that he’d be signing up for the rest of his life. Little did Mark know though that art direction was not to be his career for long. When he heard that Steven Spielberg’s show seaQuest was coming to Orlando Mark was determined to do whatever it took to get on that show. He thought set designer was the job for him, but the producer had a different job in mind – storyboard and concept artist. Mark got to direct the second unit, design special effects, work directly with top directors, and work on story! Thanks to seaQuest he launched a new career and, when the show wrapped, Mark started my own company, Animatics & Storyboards, Inc., which would eventually become the largest storyboard house in the Southern U.S. Working on hundreds of storyboard jobs a year, 2800+ to date, has left Mark a few spare hours at night and on weekends to write books and create his own original TV concepts. Mark has written, published, and marketed 10 books, and he's created, pitched and sold dozens of shows. Plus Mark is a contributing writer to Animation World Network and Animation Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, Movie Maker Magazine and others. The various books and articles he's written on storyboarding and animation have established Mark as an expert in these fields and he's had the great fortune to lecture around the world. In China, he lectured at a cultural symposium on how China could increase the quality and quantity of their indigenous animation. In the U.K., he lectured and gave workshops at Animex about storyboarding and pitching. And domestically, Mark has lectured at high schools, colleges, conventions, festivals, and art institutes on various aspects of art and how being an artist is the best job in the world. If creativity is his first love, then inspiring others to follow their passion for creativity is his second love. Mark has pitched (and sold shows) to FOX, ABC, DIC, Nickelodeon, PBS, Dargaud-Marina, Discovery Networks, Cartoon Network, Nelvana, BBC, G4, France 3 and Disney just to name a few. He has also worked with companies and networks such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Golf Channel, and HSN, to develop and pitch their inhouse shows. As word spread about the Simons' success pitching and selling shows, more and more people kept calling them about helping them develop, package, pitch, and sell their shows. The demand just became overwhelming and that’s why Mark and Jeanne started Sell Your TV Concept Now. They get to do what they love – create shows – and they can help many more people fulfill their dreams of having their own TV shows. For more information visit http://www.sellyourtvconceptnow.com/.  by: Sam Leccima & Shani Leccima

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