Former Television Executive Gives Writers Key To Hollywood’s Closed Door

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Groundbreaking website is dream service for TV execs and writers

With the proliferation of reality TV, and the ever-expanding number of cable networks producing original material, television executives are reaching beyond their rolodex of contacts to find original and fresh material to produce. Former lead development executive for Merv Griffin Entertainment, Scott Manville, 34, knows this first hand and has answered their call with the launch of his groundbreaking, web-based archive called The Television Writers Vault ( http://www.tvwritersvault.com).

Over 70 production companies and networks have joined the service as an alternative method of scouting material, allowing new and established writers unprecedented access to buyers. What’s most attractive is writers are getting electronic proof of review (something a new writer doesn’t get when making cold calls in the real world of pitching producers), many making direct contact with buyers in the TV industry, and some having projects optioned by major production companies.

Manville explains, "When you’re in the development game at a large company you only have time to deal with established writers and producers. But when you hear a great concept, it’s undeniable…and it’s worth fighting for.”

That theory has already been proven to John Stewart of Deerfield, Illinois who registered his reality-based project with the TV Writers Vault because he liked the cost-effectiveness and protected platform of exposure provided. His project quickly garnered the attention of a Fox TV Studios executive who requested to contact Stewart for the purchase of his show. ( http://www.tvwritersvault.com/companyinfo/jstewart.asp) After a few rounds of development, the executive left Fox to become President of the global production house Avalon USA, finally purchasing the project from Stewart. All of a sudden, the seemingly impossible became probable.

Says Stewart, “I knew that if a person could squeeze through the door with a great pitch, they might be able to sell it. It was an effortless process thanks to the TV Writers Vault. Scott (Manville) has been invaluable as my go-to guy for questions and advice.”

Strategies are being set for bringing the show to market, and Stewart now has a direct avenue to bring new projects to the executive.

The TV Writers Vault also provides professional insight into the creation of TV show concepts and scripts.

“I wanted to do more than just open the door for writers with great ideas and stories”, says Manville. “I saw the need to educate new talent in the principals of successfully marketing their projects to the industry." Quickly adding, "I believe in the power of Idea, and the TV Writers Vault is redefining the way the industry interfaces with creators of original concepts written for television.”

Projects submitted to the TV Writers Vault are categorized by genre (Reality, Sitcom, Drama Series, etc.) and archived in a database where production members make monitored searches for new material, and writers can view real-time activity and requests from any executive selecting their project.

For safety, there are links to the Writers Guild of America and Library of Congress for time-stamped proof of creation. The production company members using the service agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and writers are required to agree to an industry standard Material Release upon submission of their projects.

Manville’s business model won’t be limited to the TV industry. By year end, Manville’s managing company Tell A Vision Ventures, Inc. (http://www.tell-a-vision-ventures.com), will launch The Screen Writers Vault (http://www.screenwritersvault.com) bringing an expanded version of the TV Writers Vault to the film industry.

[Manville is available for personal interviews for all media outlets.]

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