Pilot season draws a lot of attention, but the process starts with pitching season. As Caitlin Foito
, director of programming at Fox Television Studios
, describes it, "Basically after upfronts, everyone starts getting in a position to hear pitches. Then right after pitch season is over, it becomes development season, and then around the holidays, all the scripts are coming in." Although cable networks don't have the same development cycle, they still "buy several scripts at a time and then typically look at them all together," says Warren Bell
("According to Jim
"), who with his writing partner, Jessica Butler
("In Plain Sight
"/Hollywood University), sold their pitch to Nickelodeon.Doing Your HomeworkThe process of pitching a TV pilot for writers is like the audition process for actors, so it's important to prepare for the meeting. Foito says writers should be aware of the marketplace before they go pitch—and that means knowing what's going.