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TV Projected 2022 Pilot Volume Well Below Pre-Pandemic Levels As Covid-Imposed Changes Take Hold

Pitch-buying season, whose start had been creeping further and further into the summer in the years prior to the pandemic, was late in 2021 — and lighter than usual with fewer projects taken out by writers and fewer pitches taken in by the networks for (virtual) meetings. Studio execs’ fears of a delay in pilot orders when up against the May upfront delivery deadlines have been justified so far, with pilot orders tracking weeks behind schedule.

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