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This is an excerpt from Sunnysides Lousy Book
Inventor shows on TV
At the time of typeset and press of this Lousy Book, there is an up and coming television show called, the American Inventor. Well they had had a show of a different verity in Australia. And when I realized that it appeared every week on a government sponsored station with no car commercials, I figured that it was about the best way to get my truck on TV.
Since the network had an office in Newcastle, I thought it would be best if I just popped inside and fetch the simple one or two page form. I had them fax my application over to their mother station in Sydney. (One thing for sure, they had a really good copy machine.)
I kept my mouth shut, but a few days later, the word found its way to the street. Someone at the station must have gotten excited while running the picture perfect copy machine because everyone on the street seemed to have known about my entry into the inventor show. They were all saying, "He'll win it, hands down."
When I did say anything to anybody, about my entry, it was to Sam Egan who was about to shape a custom surfboard for me. We agreed that it didn't matter if I made it to the finals to win anything because I'd win by just making it on TV.
All I'd have to do was to say I was looking for sponsors to help build it there in Australia. A television station's telephone line would be much harder to pre-screen than a private individuals and their phone would have been ringing off the hook. See the thing is, it would have been the stations phone people I’d be using and I would be using the television station as my answering machine.
By the time I heard back from the Australian inventor show, it was a two week old voice mail and I called back to find out that the person who called was on vacation. When I did get a call back, I was informed of a requirement for the show. I was that you had to be an Australian citizen. But I'd seen inventors from Great Britain and New Zealand on the show before, and since then.
I asked the lady on the phone, "If I would have
on the show and won it, what would the take be?""
After arriving back in America, I learned of another show called American Inventer and the application available for it was down loadable from the internet.
I'm a guy who wants to know what is on the contract that I will have to sign later first, before I sign this one.
I'm sure Kelly Clarkson wanted to forget about Simon at the time she received her Award on TV. I would guess, she won't see much for royalties for fives years and then she will have to wonder if she is still getting any airplay or selling any albums for that matter.
As I read through the contract for Simon's inventor show, I realized that a truly smart inventor would never sign such a thing. There was no way I would I want to be paying for all the expenses of having to go Los Angeles a number of times, and probably wouldn't be able to appear on it anyway if the show is sponsored by the auto manufactures.
Simon covers his ass from all the risk. Once you sign on with his show, they own you. You can't speak to the press, (I wouldn't have been able to sell my book for at least three months after the show runs with or with out my appearance.) It's hard to find the words to say that it could have been detrimental to the publicity I create my own. By signing on to his line, I'd be swept under the radar if I wanted to have any chance at all to the Million Dollars.
If a person makes it to the top nine finalists, they get a $ 50,000.00 grant to further the development of their invention. But the sad thing about it is that by taking the $50,000.00, you've just signed away your invention with Simon and friends for a one year excusive and a five year option. And get this: it's for royalties that had no set value. It could be set at a 0.1% value for all I know.
And don't let them miss lead you, the winner doesn't really win a million dollars. Its a million dollars in advanced royalties. That pretty much means they the product has to sell before the money is actually yours; I suppose. Hell they could dink around with my invention for a year to five and not sell a one. I’d be just as broke at the end of the five years as I am now.
Now that the American Inventor show has been on a couple weeks, I have to wonder why they didn’t prescreen the inventors and their do dads. My guess it was shoot in digital because regular film would be a very expensive way of interviewing each entry. Of course the main reason process went as it did was that they were able to create drama. I guess that was the real goal intended by the way they produced the show.
I wouldn't have the heart to pull what they did with the poor whacked out people. The first show they went with the sympathy vote. That is if you could shed a tear or two, you'd probably attract a few positive votes. Like this guy who sacrificed everything for 26 years for a stupid bullet ball game. The guy was an idiot, not an inventor. And this guy who that a blue doll that would say that everything was going to be alright. He's a sicko who needs something more than a doll; he needs to get caught up in reality. I'd find the first knife and cut the fucking thing’s head off.
The women and their children things really needed a reality check.
I don't know about you, but I think the show will do some real emotional damage to the weak and confused people, and I would be one who would want to stay far away from the possible out come. But Simon and friends lean right into it. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want any part of it. I guess it's all about corporate greed.
What is your opinions about the shows we watch:
Warning: If these advertisers want to know anything about your invention, just remember the odds are that they just want to steal it. Don't go there.
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