Pilot Season has begun in earnest in Hollywood and around the globe while projects already produced and content is being prepared for presentation on the twice a year show business programming convention floor. A new reality is setting in, where web produced, marketed and sold over the Internet compete against expensive studio spec programs for an ever increasing market on broadcast, cable, Internet and on-demand programming. Pilots and Trailers (pre-trailer) are produced by those creating the project as a sales tool or "spec" to sell a concept, script or idea to distributors (including networks). Pre-trailers are more often used for movie concepts, but can be used for television and Internet distribution commitments. Union actors are paid a union fee to work on a trailer or pilot, and may or may not be kept on should the pilot be "picked-up". This time of year represents a tremendous opportunity for creativity and energy, income or the potential of income for creatives in Hollywood and around the world.
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