I got this email today:
Dear Mr. Goldberg,
I read the story about the woman who wanted a shortcut into the television arena. I can understand where she’s coming from on that. But how about the individual who doesn’t have 22 scripts or wants to make the big bucks? How about the individual who has an idea that begs for a collaborator…and you don’t know who to call (man! the theme from Ghostbusters
haunts after all these years!!!)? What if the idea isn’t a different type of children’s show? What if it is a story that is based on something Jews, Christians, and Muslims would buy into? What if it is show Oprah would love if her staff would listen to someone who doesn’t have an agent (again? Who do you
really go to here?)? What if it is a show that NARAS would love because it would help the sales of music, and the industry would appreciate because it helps young writers showcase their talent? There are so many "what ifs" that Creed would have a run for their money. Simply put. Some guys have that place on the perch and others who want to get half way there…just don’t know how. But all it takes is just someone to reach out and give someone a chance (ah! yes, the theme from Mahogany….) Such is life…
Here’s how I replied:
I’ve answered this one so many times, I should probably just use a boilerplate. So here’s the shorthand version. Again.
Ideas are cheap, execution is everything. No one buys ideas. What the networks are buying are scripts and proven producing skill. BLIND JUSTICE is not a great idea. What ABC bought was Steven Bochco and his stellar writing/producing team doing a show about a blind cop. It doesn’t matter whether your idea will appeal to Jews, Muslims, Christians and lovable chipmunks. No one cares whether Oprah, Ellen, or Biff The Talking Wonder Chimp would love your idea or not. No one cares if your idea will revolutionize the entire entertainment industry, the American culture, and life as we know it.
No wants to hear your idea. Especially me.