- 11:39 PM, Tuesday,
March 15th, 2016:
- 48 hours. 48 hours
and now we're here. I just can't even process
- I just got
off the phone with a showrunner who is now coming over
tomorrow with a development deal. He is established
with shows on the air I've actually heard of and he's
repped by freaking Paradigm a massive agency that I
actually worked with during Comedy Central. He loved
the concept, loved the reel and is ready, to, go. And,
believe it or not, I've met him before because his
wife is in Talya's mommy group... we've been to the
same birthday parties all this time... had no idea.
Talya shared the video and she saw it, showed him - he
had her text immediately to get my number and we just
spoke for 30 minutes. He'll be here tomorrow at
- Oh, the sharing.
Jesus, I was already working on this entry YESTERDAY
because in 24 hours there were 5000 fucking views of
the reel on Facebook. It got the shit shared out of
it, people loved it... it was unbefuckinglievable.
Never seen anything like it. I mean, I've seen things
go viral, obviously I had 5 million views on
Let's Bomb Iran 10 years ago - but this is a freaking
reel. It's not a "hey look at this funny
thing!" type of a share. So, color me STUNNED for it
to move that fast. And now, a day later, here we are.
Of course, I had to get video during my call to
him in order to "Journify" the moment...
- Sure is fun to
have instant access to these moments of your life in
video form and be able to put up a video that spans 14
years at the drop of a hat. Crazy.
- So my brain is
interupting my heart here for a second and I have
to ask of course - do I just sign with the first
guy I meet? Uhm, wait, what? How, huh, who
- Well, I'm in
contact with a couple other show-runners and I've
actually been down this road before. I know what
that deal is going to say before I read it. This
part is standard, the issue is of course if you're
willing to let this person and his agency be the face
of your show to these networks because you really only
get one shot. If and when these networks pass (of
course most will even without a meeting), there's no
finding a NEW showrunner and trying again because
everyone has already seen it, so you do have to
beware... but I will say this: in a town of
people that beat around the bush, have meetings that
go nowhere, talk shit with no action - this cagey
motherfucker got ahold of me not later, not even
tomorrow morning - RIGHT NOW AT 9PM. I
wanted to meet with him he said TOMORROW MORNING.
Mufucka literally putting the "run" in
- So, uhm, you wanna
know how to attract me? Don't fuck around. Have more
energy and "GET THIS SHIT DONE" than I
have and you have me, brother. If you make ME feel
like a weak link and I'm suddenly like "oh shit,
I better get my shit together" - you've just won
the game because my work ethic is insane. That
work ethic built the course by myself. So
I will forward the contract to a couple people
before I sign, but uhm, yeah, I'll HAPPILY give
you 6 months dude. It'll be a 50/50 creator split and
it sure beats 100% of absolutely nothing. I needed
this to get in the game, he's already there and is
hungry. And man, now I'm hungry again. This is
old-school Journey shit now.
- The craziest thing
is? I've never really been to this stage. I've never
signed on with an established showrunner for 6 months
to pitch my TV show. I had the Adam
& The Egos pilot, but Weller/Grossman was a
production company that simply knew a guy at Comedy
Central. Once Comedy Central gave us the space they
refused to pay for the production AND wanted 50%.
Well, uhm, we had never talked about other networks or
what they could offer, this was JUST about Comedy
Central, so - if I'm putting all this money into the
pilot, why am I giving you 50%? Just for the
meeting? Uhhhhhhh... it never made sense.
- This of course is
totally different, yes, I did put ALL my own
money into the production of Hats & MiniGolf,
but this guy isn't promising me a meeting with a
single network. He's going to get this in front of
everyone with the backing of a Top 5 agency vouching
for it's AWESOMENESS. That's a no-brainer. And believe
me if any of those networks are asking for MORE to be
produced on top of what we have? They're paying for
it. Weller/Grossman wouldn't
VALIDATE MY PARKING.
- So here we are.
More tomorrow. Jesus this is crazy. It's funny,
I say 48 hours but in reality, it was 16 years
and 48 hours. Welcome to overnight successes in