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Take your blinders off

Updated: May 18, 2011, 10:49 AM ET
By Matthew Berry | ESPN.com

Pretend, for a second, that you are a network TV development executive. It's one of those jobs that everyone thinks is easy but is much more difficult that you can imagine. The ex-Mrs. Roto is one and my younger brother was one for a number of years, so I understand the job fairly well for someone who has never done it.

You read thousands of scripts. You meet with hundreds of writers, directors and actors. And you hear a million "pitches," which are ideas for TV shows. The biggest problem, ...

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