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Until recently, Paul Jackson was making programmes for US television. Here he offers his guide to the inner workings of Los Angeles - the town where everybody knows somebody and everyone is hustling for a deal.

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01The Pitch2006051320080527

Insiders reveal what it takes to persuade a network to consider a new idea.

Anthony Zuiker, the creator of CSI, and Nicky Weinstock, the executive behind My Name is Earl, are just some of the insiders who reveal what it takes just to get a network to even consider your ideas.

02The Pilot2006052020080528

Networks and cable companies tend to produce their pilots during the same two months each year. Producers and executives discuss the logistical problems this entails.

Paul Jackson continues his guide to the inner workings of the American television industry by exploring the unique phenomenon of the pilot season - the two month period when all the networks and many of the cable companies make their pilots all at the same time.

Tom Spezialy, producer of Desperate Housewives and Rick Ludwin, the executive who helped create Seinfeld, reveal the logistical nightmare involved.

03 LASTProgrammes And Profits2006052720080529

He asks whether the industry can continue to produce fully-blown pilots that never make it to air and extended series that are axed before broadcast.

Paul Jackson concludes his guide to the inner workings of the American television industry by asking network president Dawn Ostroff and writer/producer Marsh Mccall whether the television industry can continue to produce fully-blown pilots that never make it to air, and extended series that are axed before they have been fully broadcast.