Welcome to ScreenCraft’s The Simple Guide to Creating a Compelling TV Series Bible, where we break down what a series bible or show bible is, why you need it when trying to market your TV pilot, and what contemporary structures you can use to create your own.
We’ll offer a little history of where the series bible came from, what it was originally used for, and how the series bible is being used today.
We’ll also discuss the impact of the creative choices television writers and eventual showrunners have utilized in their series bibles for successful pitches, and will then break down the seven elements that your series bible should employ to market, pitch, and sell your series.
Writing an amazing pilot is key to a sale, but creating an impactful series bible to accompany that pilot is a must in today’s spec pilot market. And keep reading through the end of this guide for a collection of series bible examples for some of television’s greatest shows…
Also, if you make it to the finalist round of ScreenCraft TV Pilot Script Competition, you'll need a series bible!