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Monday, 10 March 2014

The New World of Pitching and Funding

I'm so super excited that Veronica Mars is making a comeback! It might not be on our TV screens, but personally, the big screen is just as tempting!

It's surprising too that not only was the show cancelled for lack of viewings, but that the viewing figures actually increased afterwards due to repeats and people watching online. With these new ways to watch your favourite programmes that may no longer be around, it's great to know that it's down to the fans for reviving most of them.

Kickstarter, and other websites besides, are known as crowd-funding websites. Basically, they work on donations from anyone and everyone to help support a new film or TV show. You click onto the website, write a little comment saying why you're funding, although I don't think it's compulsory, and then you donate some money of any amount towards the production you're supporting.

A lot of my friends here at University actually use crowd-funding to get some of their ideas off the ground, and it's going quite well for them!

In Veronica Mars' case, most of the funding and enthusiasm for the film came from their fans. It just goes to show how much of an impact your fan base can have, especially when it comes to the future of your show.

Take Heroes for example, that's also making a comeback in 2015 (YES!!!!) but whether it's decision made by those who make it or (unlikely) by the channels that are wanting it to be recommissioned is unclear. But I reckon that if Heroes had started crowd-funding, then we would be watching the next series this year instead of waiting for next. 

Maybe crowd-funding will be the next best thing and possibly the starter for every new film to get its funding. It's nice to be able to give the fans a chance to revive their favourite shows, or at least get the chance to demonstrate how much they want a show brought back through being able to donate to it's future success.


If you want to read more about Veronica Mars making a comeback, visit here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26480639 

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