Archive for March, 2010

Day 63

Well, Television is a very difficult thing to break into, now I can understand how people from all over the world come to Hollywood and end up with a career as a waiter.  

Anyway, I did have some interaction with real TV people…here is how it all went down with A & E Network-

Dear Robert,

Thank you for submitting Street Food for our consideration.  We had a lot of fun watching it (and salivating), but we’ve decided it’s not the right fit for A&E IndieFilms’ programming at this time.

Thanks very much for thinking of us at A&E IndieFilms.  We admire the work you’re doing and wish you the very best of luck in finding the right partners for your project. 

 Best,

#### A&E

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I tried to reply to this person, but I got an automated reply that this person no longer works for A & E, so I wrote to the person who took over for her.

Hi #####,
My name is Robert Ogden,  Street Food Uncovered is my concept, thanks for your input. 
 
The Idea is to be a weekly series like Anthony Bourdains “No Reservations” 
 
I don’t think it is an Indie Film thing.  I was wondering if you could refer me to someone more in that vein- 
 
Thanks so much,
Robert Ogden
  
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Her Reply
 
Why don’t you send it to my colleague ######
 
I replied with a thank you and sent this email to him-
 
Hi ####,
My name is Robert Ogden, I was referred to you by #######.

I would like to send you a copy of ” street food uncovered” for your consideration. It is a travel/food show like Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern, but focusing on street food.

The concept is great food, and what it takes to make it as a street food vendor. Each week we travel to a different location.

Please let me know where I should send the copy.

Thanks so much,
Robert

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His Reply-
 

Hey Robert.  I just came out of a meeting where we passed on a very similar concept.   Food related programming doesn’t really fit our mandates right now, so I’m afraid this is a pass.
 
That said, if you want to send the DVD as an example of your work, I’m happy to take a look and perhaps down the line we’ll find something else that will work better for us.
 
Address is below.
 
Best, #####
 
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Alright, so it didn’t go so well, but at least someone watched it, and I will send the DVD to the new guy…you never know.  
 
I will make it someday, I can promise you that! 

Day 50

It is time to reveal who is MR. X.   I will crush him, this town is not big enough for the both of us, he messed with the wrong guy…he will never work in this town again, does he know who I am?  I am Robert Ogden, I make or break people…I, I …I  

This blog could just as easily be titled “I want Andrew Zimmern’s Job”.  I love his show just as much as I love Tony and his show.  I’ve been watching it since it first aired in 2007.   http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Bizarre_Foods

I sent a random email to Andrew from his web site, just as I did to hundreds of other people.  In 2 months of trying to get any interest from anyone in TV, I have received all of 2 replies.  One from Andrew Zimmern, and one from a guy named Stephen Booth http://www.boothfactor.com/  Stephen replied to me and said “Your show is really not my thing, but good luck to you.”  I thought it was kind of him reply.  Andrew however replied enthusiastically, and said he would be glad to take a look at my show.  We had a real time conversation, Blackberry to Blackberry…I said I was surprised to actually be talking to him, he was nice and I was excited!   I have not heard from him since.  I guess I just don’t understand why he bothered with me at all.   His new season premiers on April 26th on the Travel Channel, I am still a huge fan!   But, I just wish he would say something about my pilot. 

Now I just email him as if he is my imaginary friend. 

“Hey Andrew, hope you are well…I entered a cooking competition to try and gain some exposure for SFU. ”

 Talk soon, Robert Ogden

“Hi Andrew, I have a production company interested in the show, any advice?”

Robert

Also, no response from the cooking competition I entered.   Still waiting.  

The only thing we have right now is a production company in L.A. that loves the pilot, they say they want to do something with it, my partner has worked with them before on previous projects, but…NO ACTION YET, JUST TALK. 

This may take a while, but again I will sign off with…”I will never give up!”