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Are you someone that always says, “I can create a better show than the crapola on TV”? Here’s your chance to help do just that with ZOMBIES, lots and lots of zombies! But to bring this baby to life we need your help! We know how to write it, produce it, direct it and market it to television executives that respect our reputation and history of achievement. But we’re depending on you to kick in the initial funding to help us make a pilot episode to dazzle those execs! To show our appreciation we’ve put together a list of rewards amazing enough to bring the undead back to life. Instead of buying another video game or hitting the tables in Vegas, put some cash in our kitty to make this happen. Get bragging rights when ZTV’s on the air and you’ve got the gifts that show you helped bring it to life…uh, we mean death!

Time to get DEAD!
Time to get DEAD!
Sharon Ceccatti of Dawn of the Dead fame is cast as ZTV's Executive & GM.
Sharon Ceccatti of Dawn of the Dead fame is cast as ZTV's Executive & GM.
Even zombies have relationship problems...
Even zombies have relationship problems...
Help us take out some of the crud on the air and replace it with ZTV!
Help us take out some of the crud on the air and replace it with ZTV!
What's cooking on ZTV?
What's cooking on ZTV?
Come on, you know it beats 90% of the clothes in your closet now.
Come on, you know it beats 90% of the clothes in your closet now.
Have a script?  Get access and feedback and experience from a pro!
Have a script? Get access and feedback and experience from a pro!
Just don't call him dead fuzz...
Just don't call him dead fuzz...
Fill up that embarassing crack on your wall that you're too lazy to fix with this cool poster!
Fill up that embarassing crack on your wall that you're too lazy to fix with this cool poster!
She had beautiful veins.
She had beautiful veins.
Cool collector's item - a zombie kit used by the pros!
Cool collector's item - a zombie kit used by the pros!
So, are the Deadville Zombie Bombs going to compete for a title this year?
So, are the Deadville Zombie Bombs going to compete for a title this year?
Who wants to be a ZOMBIE VICTIM on the show?
Who wants to be a ZOMBIE VICTIM on the show?
Who wants professional production experience for making a TV show?
Who wants professional production experience for making a TV show?
What is the difference between shuffling and stumbling anyway?
What is the difference between shuffling and stumbling anyway?
You always need another T-shirt!
You always need another T-shirt!
Even dead, you still can't get out of meetings.  :(
Even dead, you still can't get out of meetings. :(
Can you fear me now?
Can you fear me now?
We have TV industry veterans in our corner!
We have TV industry veterans in our corner!

Risks and challenges

The production of a pilot episode for a television series and the securing of a pick-up for broadcast of that television series are extremely difficult undertakings, filled with risks and challenges, requiring the combined skills of writers, on-camera talent and highly qualified production technicians just to produce the pilot episode alone. The required elements for the pilot episode and resulting television series are many and divergent and must all come together to create top broadcast content. A very real risk is that all the required elements may not come together once the director calls, "Action!" The challenge is to make those elements come together, and to address that challenge we have assembled a team of top professionals. But while we are confident in the end result, the risk that the elements will not come together is certainly there. Moreover, securing the interest of a television broadcast acquisitions executive to provide funding for the first season of a television series is a speculative undertaking that in large measure depends upon the personal views of the executives the series is presented to. There is no way to gauge or guarantee the response of those executives. This, then, is a formidable challenge, filled with risks and obstacles. It is a challenge in which we have an adamantine belief that, with our skills, drive, determination and history in the entertainment industry, we shall overcome and succeed at. But, to be crystal clear and realistic, there is no guarantee, and the mountain to be climbed is a towering one. It is a mountain we have climbed in the past. We believe we are more than up to the task of scaling the heights of that mountain -- risks and challenges included -- again..

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    A BIG CYBER-SMOOCH OF THANKS - Get an electronic “thank-you” from ZTV’s Creator/Executive Producer, Jack Olesker. (And that’s right – you’ll have a real live, successful producer’s personal e-mail address to do with as you choose. Just sayin’…)

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    A HANDWRITTEN SMOOCH OF THANKS - A personal handwritten thank-you note from Jack to you on bloody ZTV stationery. He’ll also throw in his e-mail address.

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    IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS THE KICKSTARTER PROMO VIDEO - Actually it began with this single page that started the ZTV series concept’s epic march from idea-to-broadcast. Get the ZTV Kickstarter promo script cover-page signed by Jack. Suitable for framing. Point proudly to it on the wall when friends and zombies gather at your place to watch ZTV snag a golden statue at the Emmys.

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    THE FULL PROMO SCRIPT THAT LAUNCHED A PRIMETIME ZOMBIE TV SERIES! - It’s the entire script Jack Olesker wrote for the promo video that will raise funds for the ZTV Pilot Episode’s production. Jack will sign it too. But there’s more! You also get a second copy of the complete ZTV promo script with a zombie drawing and hand-written notes from world famous zombie aficionado/social media mavin/ZTV Creative Consultant Matt Cail.

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    THE DOUBLE - Start with a production photo taken on the set as we shot the Kickstarter promo, guaranteed to have at least three gut-wrenching zombies in it. (Bonus: we’ll have them sign the photo!) And to sweeten the deal we’ll include the one and only ZTV t-shirt. Wear one of the first, original t-shirts from what we’re convinced is destined to be a hit TV show!

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    THE DOUBLE, PART DEUX! - Up the ante with a cast and crew-signed production photo from the ZTV Pilot Episode. Your buds will turn green with envy -- unless they’re already zombies - when you motion and say, “I made the show happen!” We’ll add a ZTV t-shirt for you to sport while bragging!

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    THE POSTER THAT LAUNCHED A TV SHOW AND THE ZTV T-SHIRT -
    Get the first ever ZTV poster – the same one we’ll bring to the TV execs we’ll pitch the series to…only you’ll be one-up on them because your poster’s gonna be hand-signed by the ENTIRE ZTV’s cast and crew. How often do you get to one-up TV execs? Plus a ZTV t-shirt so you don’t shiver while looking at it.

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    THE QUEEN OF ALL ZOMBIES IS YOURS - Legions of zombie lovers around the world worship Sharon Ceccatti who played the Head Nurse in George Romero’s classic DAWN OF THE DEAD. And those really into horror know Sharon was also in HELLRAISER III. We’re thrilled to have cast Sharon in the lead role of ZTV’s General Manager, Medina Madrid. We’re even more thrilled to give our $200 donors a personally signed publicity photo of zombie icon Sharon Ceccatti.

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    HEY! DO YOU NEED A HAND? - Wicked Jester Entertainment provided all zombies for ZTV’s Kickstarter promo video and will do the same for the Pilot Episode. Get a zombie body part used in the Pilot – a professional grade, gruesome cast and crew-signed Latex zombie hand, with a ZTV/Wicked Jester Entertainment Certificate of Authenticity. And it’ll come wrapped in a ZTV t-shirt!

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    THE TOO-PRICELESS-TO-USE-FOR-HALLOWEEN MAKEUP KIT - This is the Wicked Jester Entertainment basic make-up kit that will have been used on the set for the Pilot Episode. It comes with a ZTV sticker on it and a ZTV/Wicked Jester Entertainment Certificate of Authenticity. ZTV t-shirt included too.

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    MAYBE YOU SHOULD USE THIS FOR HALLOWEEN - Get a professional Wicked Jester Latex zombie MASK that will have been used in the Pilot Episode, complete with ZTV/Wicked Jester Entertainment Certificate of authenticity. No ZTV t-shirt with this reward… Just kidding. Wanted to see if you’re payin’ attention. You get the ZTV t-shirt and a ZTV poster, too.

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    THE VIDEO THAT LAUNCED A TV SHOW - Own a piece of history with the Kickstarter promo DVD, the undead marketing tool that will help raise funds, produce the Pilot, and we believe will lead to the production of the prime time ZTV television series. This amazing reward comes in a jewel box with a ZTV label on it. Suitable for framing – think Gold Record – or airing for bragging rights with you friends. Hand-signed by ZTV Creator/Executive Producer Jack Olesker. The ZTV t-shirt and poster come with it. ALSO, get a professional caricature of a zombie strangling you (send us a photo), drawn and signed by Matt Cail.

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    THE ZTV PILOT EPISODE DVD - Yep. It’s the actual DVD of the ZTV pilot episode. And trust us, this is driving our VP of Business Affairs to insane because he’s sure the eventual broadcaster’s gonna go ballistic when they find out we’ve given out DVDs of the Pilot Episode. Let him worry about it. All you need to know is you’ve got a super rare Pilot Episode DVD in a jewel box, signed by Jack and with a ZTV t-shirt and poster to go with it. ALSO, get a professional caricature of a zombie strangling you (send us a photo), drawn and signed by Matt Cail, plus a spooky 6" by 8" oil painting by Matt(choice of 3).

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    ZOMBIE THREADS! - You guessed it: wardrobe will actually have been worn by zombies in the Pilot Episode. These will be ripped, sooty, bloody (we’re pretty sure it’s stage blood) shirts, blouses, pants, along with a Certificate of Authenticity and a cast and crew-signed poster and a Pilot Episode DVD. And yeah, we’re gonna be sorry when we see what you list it for on eBay in five years.

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    FOR COLLECTORS AND ASPIRING MAKEUP ARTISTS ALIKE - Deluxe makeup kit with ZTV logo. These are true and FULL professional makeup kits that our skilled Wicked Jester Entertainment artists will have used for the Pilot Episode, as witnessed by a ZTV/Wicked Jester Entertainment Certificate of Authenticity. Couple this with a step-by-step zombie makeup video produced by our own by Matt Cail and maybe Wicked Jester will end up hiring you someday. Also accompanied by a ZTV t-shirt, a cast and crew-signed poster and a Pilot Episode DVD.

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    SO YOU WANNA BE A SREENWRITER? - For the aspiring screenwriter, a one-hour Skype-video creative consulting call with ZTV Creator/Executive Producer Jack Olesker, renowned writer of over 1,200 episodes of television, 18 movies and six published novels.

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    A BUNCH OF STUFF - A handwritten, suitable for framing, thank-you on ZTV stationary from Jack, the ZTV Kickstarter script with zombie aficionado Matt Cail’s cover artwork and handwritten notes, and the revised script signed by Jack, the Kickstarter promo video DVD signed by Jack and Matt, a cast and crew-signed production photo from the Pilot Episode, a ZTV t-shirt, a cast and crew-signed ZTV poster, a publicity photo of world famous zombie nurse (DAWN OF THE DEAD) Sharon Ceccatti hand-signed personally to you and the ZTV Pilot Episode DVD. Also get a a caricature of a zombie strangling you (send us a photo), drawn and signed by Matt Cail. Aaaaaaaand (ready?) – a true ZTV collector’s item -- the ZTV Pilot Episode Script signed by the cast and crew (WHEW!).

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    SO YOU WANNA BE A SCREENWRITER AND BREAK INTO TELEVISION PRODUCTION? - For the aspiring screenwriter, a one-hour Skype-video creative consulting call with ZTV Creator/Executive Producer Jack Olesker, writer of over 1,200 episodes of television, 18 movies and six published novels, AND a written critique of your screenplay by Jack. You’ll also be a Production Assistant on the Pilot Episode shoot in South Bend, Indiana. Drive Jack nuts pitching him ideas during production. And you’ll get a screen credit on the Pilot Episode. (Donor provides transportation and hotel costs.)

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    ZOMBIE ICON SHARON CECCATTI’S #1 FAN - When Sharon appears at zombie and horror conventions, fans line up for DAWN OF THE DEAD’s Head Nurse. Now she’s gonna rip everyone’s hearts out all over again as Medina Madrid, ZTV’s VP and General Manager. One lucky $4,000 donor will get the business suit Sharon wears in the ZTV Pilot, with a ZTV Certificate of Authenticity, and a photo of Sharon, the ZTV Pilot Episode Script and DVD, all personally signed by Sharon to you. This is a rare opportunity to secure priceless collectibles from this renowned once-and-future zombie star. Jump on this one -- it’ll be gone in a flash.

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    SO YOU WANNA BE A STAR? - Drive, hitchhike or fly to South Bend, Indiana where we’ll put you up overnight in a hotel. The next day you’ll be an extra in the Pilot Episode, lunch with us on the set where you’ll get a cast and crew-signed Pilot Episode Script, ZTV poster and production photo of you in your role. You’ll also score a DVD of the Pilot Episode and a signed photo of you with ZTV star/DAWN OF THE DEAD zombie icon Sharon Ceccatti! And to prove you really were in the pilot you’ll have a screen credit in the Pilot (Donor pays transportation costs). Also get an original, 16" by 20" spooky oil painting (choice of 3) and caricature of any horror icon from horror artist Matt Cail.

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    LOOK! THAT’S ME TALKING IN A TV SHOW! - We’ll buy your airline ticket to South Bend – heck, for $7,500 we’ll pick you up at the airport! -- and we’ll you’ll get overnight hotel accommodations. The next day you’ll have a walk-on part in the Pilot Episode and you’ll deliver a line of dialogue. You’ll enjoy lunch on the set where you’ll be presented with a cast and crew-signed Pilot Episode Script and ZTV poster. (“Applause! Applause!”) Jack will sign a production photo of you playing your role and you’ll get a DVD of the Pilot and a personally signed photo of you with DAWN OF THE DEAD zombie icon Sharon Ceccatti! Finally, you’ll receive a screen credit for your role in the Pilot. INTERNATIONAL DONORS ADD $500 TO DEFRAY COST OF AIRLINE TICKET.

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    A STAR IS BORN! One fortunate donor will snag an airline ticket to South Bend (yes, we'll pick you up at the airport), where you'll be provided with overnight hotel accomodations. You'll have a speaking (screaming) part as a human eaten by zombies in the Pilot Episode! We’ll add a cast and crew-signed Pilot Episode Script and ZTV poster. Jack will sign a production photo of you playing your role. You’ll get a DVD of the Pilot and a personally signed photo of you with DAWN OF THE DEAD zombie icon Sharon Ceccatti! You’ll receive a screen credit for your role in the Pilot. You’ll also be a guest of honor at our exclusive cast and crew wrap party. Get a caricature of a zombie strangling you (send us a photo), drawn and signed by Matt Cail, as well as an original, 16" by 20" oil painting (3 choices). And, finally, you’ll receive a screen credit as an Executive Contributor.

    And no, international donors, you didn’t really find a loophole. If you’re our $25,000 donor we’ll gladly pay for your airline ticket…although we do hope you won’t be flying from Timbuktu!

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    WELCOME TO THE PREMIERE SCREENING! A select group of no more than ten donors will be flown to South Bend, Indiana, and will be provided with overnight hotel accomodations to attend a private premiere screening of the ZTV Pilot Episode in the elegant screen room at WNIT Public Television. This will be a catered affair, attended by cast and crew. In addition you will receive a cast and crew-signed Pilot Episode Script and ZTV poster. You’ll get a DVD of the Pilot, a cast and crew-signed Pilot Episode script, a personally signed photo of you with DAWN OF THE DEAD zombie icon Sharon Ceccatti and a caricature of a zombie strangling you (send us a photo), drawn and signed by Matt Cail, as well as an original, 16" by 20" oil painting (3 choices). And, finally, you’ll receive a screen credit as an Executive Contributor.

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    ENTRY TICKET INTO THE WORLD OF TV WRITERS! One fortunate donor will serve as a Story Consultant for the Pilot Episode script. This means you'll review the Pilot Episode script, offer input and contribute to its development. In return you'll receive a Story Consultant screen credit. Screen credits are an essential element in establishing credibility to the entertainment industry. Here's your ticket! You'll also get a copy of the Pilot Episode Script with your name on the cover as Story Consultant, signed by Jack thanking you for your efforts, and the Pilot Episode DVD with your screen credit.

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