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How to start a reality show in Nigeria

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A reality TV show is a type of television program that depicts the unpredictable behavior of real-life events. Real-time based TV shows are often performed by strangers instead of professional actors and actresses. Reality TV shows first became available in Nigeria through programs such as Gulder Ultimate Search, and Big Brother Naija. The success of these shows gave rise to several other reality TV shows throughout the country.

How much does it cost to start a reality TV show?

Starting a reality TV show in Nigeria is not always easy. The first hurdle one has to pass is getting funding or sponsors. Although reality TV shows often cost far less when compared to scripted movies, the initial cost of production may be a bit high.

Typically, you will need between 500k to 2.5 Million Naira to start up a reality tv show in Nigeria. Although the initial cost for reality TV shows may be a bit expensive, the return on investment is guaranteed at most times.

How do I submit an idea to a reality TV show?

So, you now have a great reality TV show idea but don’t know how to get started and turn your idea into reality. Well, getting sponsorship for your reality TV show may be quite hard due to the competition and stiffer requirements by sponsors. However, if you feel your idea is great and irresistible, there few steps you can follow to submit your reality show ideas. Below are the steps.

  1. Finalize your idea: before submitting any reality TV show proposal, make sure you have settled for the type of program your show will be composed of. It is important to settle all questions about the show idea before considering a submission to sponsors.
  2. Create an Outline of the Show: After settling for a show idea, the next step is to outline all the events that will occur in the show from the opening to the climax. For example, shows like Big Brother Naija usually commence with an audition before the main show.
  3. Get advice from TV experts: It is very important to enquire from experts in the industry so that they can further polish your show idea. This step is very important because these experts have the requisite exposure that you may need for your show.
  4. It is time to pitch: if you have successfully fulfilled all the steps above, the next and final stage is to submit your reality TV show idea to producers and sponsors. You can send messages to popular producers in the industry to inquire if they can review your show idea, but make sure your message is respectful and straightforward.

Where can I pitch a reality TV show?

Although you can pitch your TV show ideas directly to producers and sponsors, TVWritersVault.com is one of the most popular sites where you can pitch your TV shows. Other sites where your reality tv show ideas can be pitched include Beverly Boy Productions, Eco Bank Lion’s Den reality TV show, etc.

Can you get paid for a TV show idea?

TV shows are becoming quite popular, therefore, a lot of companies especially production companies welcome creative TV show ideas. If you have an original TV show idea that might be may be of interest, several production companies will be ready to buy it. BBC Writers room and Pietown are some of the most popular websites where you can sell your TV show idea.

How much do TV show ideas sell for?

TV show selling points depend on the idea and its profitability, depth, and feasibility. If a production company feels your TV show idea will sell much, they will pay you a higher price above the average pay. For a TV show idea to sell well, it must be well scripted with a good plot.


  • Abbey

    Abbey Johnson has a Masters degree as an engineer and has over 3 years of teaching and research experience. He is happiest when on a bike and is also interested in electric energy and computer Science.

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