History Channel Producer

History Channel

Imagine that you and a few other young candidates have been hired by the History Channel as an intern for a chance to take an open producer position. The company has decided to try this method of hiring because the newest polls suggest that the history channel is still lagging in its appeal to teenagers. In order to raise their ratings the company has chosen to hire a youthful producer that might have better ideas on attracting these younger viewers. Your job in this assignment is to create a trailer for a new show that is based on history for the history channel BUT also entices a younger audience to watch. Keep in mind that this must be SOLIDLY based in history and not just somewhat related. 

Project Details

Overview

Imagine that you and a few other young candidates have been hired by the History Channel as an intern for a chance to take an open producer position. The company has decided to try this method of hiring because the newest polls suggest that the history channel is still lagging in its appeal to teenagers. In order to raise their ratings the company has chosen to hire a youthful producer that might have better ideas on attracting these younger viewers.

Job Specifics (Pre-Shooting)

You have been asked to create a show based on any event in World History that will NOT ONLY attract a younger audience but also educate the audience about the historical content. The choice on which historical event to use is entirely up to you but it is important that you choose wisely since your future rests on this decision. In the next few weeks you must develop the following in order:

  1. A detailed explanation of your topic and why it is important enough to have its own show.
  2. A list of 10-15 episode topics that you have planned in case your project is chosen for the new fall lineup. (Must fit with the basic concept of your show)
  3. An explanation for a 1-2 minute teaser trailer for your show that you can use during your pitch to the executives for the history channel.
  4. A full script of dialogue (what characters will say on screen) for the entire trailer. This should include any body language cues the characters will use.
  5. Once these are finished you may move on to creating your teaser trailer.

Teaser Trailer

Each group will be expected to develop a 1-2 minute teaser trailer that will be used to win the contest. While this will be only a small sampling of what your show will cover it is important that you remember to cover history as well as the main idea of the show. It is expected that each project will have at least 5 historical facts in their trailer that are evident. Your trailer does not have to name them specifically on the screen, but it must be obvious to those watching when you are covering the important historical concepts.

Pitch Day

It has been made very clear that the executives at the history channel expect more from you than simply playing your trailer. They expect each group to give a pitch that explains the basics of their show and why their show would be best to represent the history channel in this new age.

Post Pitch Work

Once you have finished with your pitch it is important that you evaluate your own performance as well as the performance and work ethic of the rest of the group. This will be used by the executives in the unlikely case that they feel the project was done mostly by only a portion of the group involved. In this case they will use this feedback to decide who to keep and who to let go.