EP75 – Paul Weedon – Red 24 Management – Can comedians be TV presenters?

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Total run time: 1 hour 11 mins 15 secs.

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About Paul Weedon…

Paul Weedon is the founder of Red 24 management (@Red24Management) who just celebrated their 7th year in the entertainment industry. Red 24 is the parent company to CatFace comedy talent and specializes in TV presenters. We talked about if comedians can be TV presenters, how to break into TV presenting, what’s changed in TV in the last 10 years and where he see’s it going and we discuss some myths like do you need to be “attractive” to be a TV presenter?

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Red24 Management…

  • What you do and don’t do, why you do it, where you excel, what areas you want to improve on as an agent. [0 mins 0 secs]
  • How does he deal with managing clients on Red24 and CatFace and conflict of interests? [2 mins 30 secs]
    • Often agents are “lumped together” what is your niche?
  • Where’s your weakness?  Next 5 years?
  • If you want to sign someone, what is the process from your end? [3 mins 10 secs]
  • How do you scout for people not already on TV who might be good at it (scout)? [3 mins 10 secs]
  • What are you looking for? [3 mins 10 secs]
  • Do you see yourself a stepping stone into the industry or something else? [5 mins 50 secs]
  • Are you employed by the talent or do you work with the talent or something else? [25 mins]
  • What’s the process like for getting signed from the perspective of the agent? [27 mins 16 secs]
  • How to approach an agency properly and professionally. [28 mins]
  • What help is there for someone getting their first TV agent? [42 mins 46 secs]
  • What is Red24’s weakness as a company and what will he be working on in the next 5 years? [46 mins 12 secs]
  • Does he / Red24 watch talent shows? [51 mins]
  • Is TV a closed door to non-represented acts? [53 mins]

TV…

  • You represent people who do presenting and other jobs on TV which aren’t stand up. How do you know if they can do that job? Or is it a feeling and “try it and see”?[3 mins 10 secs]
  • Did his background in TV help his company in the early years? [9 mins 40 secs]
  • Is TV taking risks on new talent? Is the trend towards newer talent or more established names? [16 mins 10 secs]
  • What would you say to a comedian who is cynical about getting TV presenter work? [18 mins 15 secs]
  • What truth is there in better looking people do get more work on TV? [20 mins]
  • When is an open mic supposed to start thinking about television? [28 mins 54 secs]
  • Where do you start? With the TV show concept / presenting job that approaches you then you look for talent or the other way? [29 mins]
  • What would you say to a comedian who is 20 and wants to be on TV but doesn’t see it being an option? [30 mins]
  • Who do they work with more, production houses or directly with channels? [30 mins]
  • How do they sign people without knowing what channels / production houses are working on. [34 mins]
  • Is it becoming harder for him to predict trends with the speed the internet is changing TV and video? [37 mins]
  • If what we’ve found out from this podcast is true and TV doesn’t break comedians careers, are comedians coming to you for different reasons? [39 mins]
  • With so many channels investing in so many different types of show. How do you see this spread of genres impacting your work? [48 mins]

Other questions…

  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [54 mins 42 secs]
  • What are the common misconceptions people have about what you do? [55 mins 55 secs]
  • What is the most interesting thing you do that nobody else ever seens? [56 mins 40 secs]
  • Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [1 hour 10 mins]
  • What do you think is the biggest problem in the comedy industry and how would you go about solving it? [58 mins]

 

 

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