Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Is it wise to have my stories appear on TV?

Below is part of an email I've just received from a TV producer.

".....I understand that you authored a book called "Fasten Your Seatbelts:  Cabin Crew Confessions"

We are keen to feature some of the real-life case studies from the above-mentioned book, for our TV series. 

For now, we're still at developmental stages, so this TV series is not confirmed yet.

Rest assured that before we move forward with anything, we will seek the necessary permissions and copyrights clearance with you and the necessary parties.

For now, we just wanted to hear your thoughts on this -  will you be open to working with us on the above request?

I seek your kind consideration...."

Warm Regards,



Anonymous said...

Wow, congrats on getting recognised for your book.

If you are soliciting for comments, I'll just share with you something I read from a magazine specialising on detective stories.

1. Telling a story on screen is different from telling a story in print.

Just as your book is an interpretation of the events you wrote on, the TV script will choose to tell *your* story in its own way.

You will be lucky if they choose to be faithful to your book, but once you signed the rights, you are also signing away the creative rights.

2. Never accept share of net profits, always insists on share of gross profit.

The term "Hollywood accounting" refers to accounting practices in such a way that a movie will make no profit or even a loss, even if it was commercially successful. Net profits can be cut to nothing by dubious billing practices.

Boh Tong said...

My publisher (Marshal Cavendish) will have to deal with the TV people not me. If they take the stories from my blog and not from the book then they will have to negotiate with me.
Thanks for your advice.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Would love to c the program on our tv! I've a suggestion though. If u know of somebody who just left or retired from the airline recently, y not collaborate with him or her to come out with more stories that happen over the past 10 years or so? Do u think that's feasible?

--Cabin crew wannabe next year

Boh Tong said...

Dear "Cabin crew wannabe next year"
thank you for your comment. Yes it is an excellent idea to collaborate with some of the ex crew or current crew to get more stories.

Anonymous said...

bohtong, u must negotiate with them that you must be the lead actor! and they must pay you a huge sum! hehehe!

Boh Tong said...

Ya I must bargain hard but dun think they want me cos too old leh..hehe