- 1:25 PM,
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016:
- Of course
I signed. Duh. But wow, even I didn't
understand just what having him backed by Paradigm
- Not gonna say his
name yet because I don't want to have to lock
this shit (there will be PLENTY of locking coming up)
so I'm gonna try and do some shit anonymously before
the full black-out of The Journey... but what agency
representation of a Showrunner means is that they're
actually the ones that start the process, not me or
the showrunner. His agent at Paradigm (a Top 5 agency,
mind you - this is big time) will be packaging this
and calling the networks individually, gathering
interest from other celeb clients at the agency who
would agree to do the show pending it being bought,
etc. So it's the whole force of the agency now with a
vested interest in this happening.
- Fucking hell. So,
yeah I signed that shit. And as I said in
the previous entry I already knew what it would
say before I got it as I labored over this process
with Weller/Grossman in 2009 (a deal memo I was
advised NOT to sign, and didn't). There was one thing
I had a question on and he explained that as
well. Everything is pretty simple at this stage, it
gets far more complicated once there are bites...
- Now, I had met
this dude before knowing nothing about him other than
our wives go to a mommy group together and we've been
the dads at a birthday party holding a beer, standing
around watching our kids run into each other. I've
been to his house, he had been to mine... kinda weird
how in LA everyone is somewhat connected to the
industry. On the phone last night he was far more
"industry" but this morning we talked like two dudes
shooting the shit about our lives and all the shit
that's happened to us. Dude WORKED for
Weller/Grossman in '06. I mean talk about small world.
He has an incredible resume and I just can't say
this enough: he has that passion. That hustle. That
"let's do this now, let's knock this out... why fuck
around." I swear to you, every other step I've
taken in this industry has been like pulling fucking
teeth. I've tried for 6 months to get a guy who says
he's interested to meet with me. 1/2 year. When
I ask point-blank what he thinks? He ignores it.
- ...then THIS zippy
little bastard comes in and lays, it, OUT.
(paraphrasing) "Here's how this shit is gonna go. And
we will know if it's good or bad in WEEKS, not months.
We already have these connections, we will not have to
beg and wait in line to get to these networks, with
Paradigm we're already there. I'll have a one-sheet
done on Monday, some notes on a quicker reel and then
BOOM. This will start. A matter of 2-3 weeks later we
will know where we stand."
- Are you fucking
kidding me? YES. EXACTLY. You know why that's
possible? You know why in a town that doesn't move
some people can make it? Because THEY'RE
legitimate. Ya know why the dude last year wanted to
start with syndication (the last avenue) and fucked
around for months until I just wrote him off?
Because that's as far as HE had gotten and didn't have
the pull to take it to networks. I dealt with
this with Martha. She made the avenues seem impossible
and excuse after excuse on why I never had a meeting
or an audtion even while on CBS NATIONAL for
a year... she had no pull. People with pull can pick
up the phone and get you an answer immediately.
Paradigm? They do that. I remember well in '09 when
Alisa at Paradigm read the Weller/Grossman contract,
told me not to sign, picked up the phone and
I was at 3 Arts within 72 hours. That's how
connected people work.
- So yeah, holy
mother fucking balls of jesus fucktards. I mean
what the fuck. Here it is. I have the force of
Paradigm behind my pitches now and I will get my shot.
I HAVE HELP.
- Here's me
- ...and here's me
signing off because a neighbor friend of mine wants a
beer at the GolfKon bar and nothing on the planet
sounds better than relaxing at
MY FUCKING BAR and having a beer. Goddamnit
the fairy-tale continues people.