Against my better judgement, I watched another episode of The Pitch tonight.
By the first five minutes of this episode, I realized that were I still in the biz, and this was actually how things went down (which it wasn’t, I’m sure - this is reality TV), I would have declined the assignment:
Wow — do joint briefs actually happen? That seemed so contrived.
I watched an episode a few days ago and was surprised at how rough the production was.
One “conflict” seemed to be made by cutting a scene out of sequence. Another scene used the same reaction shot three times in a row. I found it surprising considering how much AMC is promoting the show. Perhaps production of the other episodes aren’t so bad.
In the 1000 or so briefs I’ve gotten in the last decade, I’d say maybe… 20? Were joint? The vast majority of those were group anonymous conference calls. I can only think of a couple times I had to sit in the room with the competition to receive a brief. Hence why it’s such a big warning. The conference calls are bad enough, but they can be useful because you can get some insight into what your competition is thinking. I suspect that the joint brief thing on The Pitch is mainly a dramatic construct by the producers.