Call To Action: Let’s get Paleo Bites on TV!

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Sarah smiling over title graphic (green screen)I am super excited to finally announce Paleo Bites, the television show pilot that I’ve been working on with ECG Productions (the post-production producers of In Search of the Perfect Human Diet) for well over a year!  Please help me get the television networks excited about this show so we can get the first Paleo-focused cooking show on network TV!  See below for more!

What is Paleo Bites?

Paleo Bites is designed to bring the growing popularity of the Paleo diet to everyone’s kitchen with delicious recipes for home-cooked meals made with nourishing whole-foods ingredients. Each week, we’ll source high quality ingredients and use them to prepare new amazingly flavorful dishes, complete with tips on making the Paleo diet work in your home. Paleo Bites goes beyond just recipes and shares the science behind this powerful way to take control of your personal well-being. And, because the Paleo approach doesn’t just end with our diet, each week, we’ll learn some important tips for staying active, managing stress, and other important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. It is my hope that Paleo Bites will introduce the Paleo diet and lifestyle to a new audience, making this way of eating and living accessible to millions more people. Paleo Bites isn’t like any show you’ve seen before: it brings health to your home through deliciously simple meals, served with a side of science and a dash of healthy-living how-to’s.

Watch the Paleo Bites Trailer

Call To Action: What You Can Do To Help

I need your help to get Paleo Bites on the air!  If you’re excited about this television show (which I hope you are!), please take a moment to tell the television networks that you want to see Paleo Bites on TV!  And to make this even easier for you, we’ve created this handy dandy form.  Just fill it out, hit the send button, and your e-mail will automatically go to our target channels!

WANT THE RECIPES FROM THE PILOT?

As a thank you, when you use the form below to e-mail the television networks in support of Paleo Bites, you’ll be able to download a FREE PDF containing ALL of the recipes from the pilot episode!  That’s FIVE exclusive, never-posted recipes, all beautifully designed, for you!

WANT TO WATCH THE WHOLE PILOT?

And, as an added bonus, for every email you send via the form below (you can do this daily), we’ll automatically enter you in a drawing to attend an exclusive Online Screening and Live Q&A on Saturday, March 21st at 3-5pm ET. 

The first 200 seats for the Online Screening have already been given away.  But we figured out a way to offer another 100 seats for the same screening!!!   WOOT!  We will choose the winners of this second batch of seats from those who send emails between 3/13/15 and 3/19/15.  Remember that you’re welcome to send as many emails via this form as you like, and we encourage you to do so daily!

Thursday evening (3/19/15) at 8pm ET, we’ll choose 100 (yes, ONE HUNDRED) winners to receive a special e-mail invite to attend the screening (all you’ll need is a device and internet connection to attend). 

Email the Television Networks by Filling Out This Form

Once you enter a valid e-mail address and hit “send”, you’ll be re-directed to a link to download your FREE PDF of all of the recipes from the Paleo Bites pilot and be automatically entered in the drawing to attend the exclusive Online Screening and Live Q&A on March 21st, at 3-5pm ET.

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Spread the word in any way possible.   Comment on this post and share your enthusiasm.  Share this post on social media.  Tell your friends and family.  Watch the trailer and give it a thumbs up. Use #paleobitestv and post your excitement on social media.  Go tell your favorite television network that you want to see Paleo Bites on TV directly or via the social media sites below:

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More About The Paleo Bites Pilot

I’m excited to tell you more about Paleo Bites.  Beyond being a tremendous resource for the millions of people already following the Paleod diet, it is my hope that Paleo Bites will introduce the Paleo diet and lifestyle to a new audience, making this way of eating and living accessible to tens of millions more people. The idea is to demonstrate the huge array of delicious meals that can be enjoyed on a Paleo diet, helping people implement the Paleo diet in their home, emphasizing the importance of lifestyle factors in overall health and wellbeing, all while simultaneously educating people into the scientific foundations of this way of eating and living.

A huge part of creating the Paleo Bites pilot episode was establishing a structure and style for the show.

Each episode will begin with the ingredients.

Sarah Sarah smiling getting bacon (whole foods) This includes explaining what foods to eat on the Paleo diet, how different foods are produced, what to look for when choosing ingredients, and where to find the highest-quality foods.
Sarah walking steadycam (unity garden) In the pilot, we begin in the Unity Garden at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, which supplies fresh produce to local charities. Vegetables grown on organic and sustainable farms have more nutrients and more flavor—and if they’re locally-grown, that’s even better. Then we head over to Whole Foods Market in Marietta, Georgia, where I explain the benefits of pasture-raised chicken and pick up the remaining ingredients we need for our meal.

Then, I’ll make a delicious home-cooked meal using nourishing whole foods ingredients.

Sarah placing kale on bacon (kitchen) This includes a focus on easy-to-find budget-friendly foods that can be simply prepared to create a surprisingly delicious meal. There’s no need to feel deprived of flavor on the Paleo diet or spend all day in the kitchen!
Ouring gravy into boat (kitchen) In the pilot, I make Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breast with Cauliflower Gravy and my famous Bacon-Braised Kale! Every ingredient used to make this amazing meal can be found at any grocery store. The meal is also simple-to-make and packed with nutrients!

Each episode, I’ll dive into the science behind the Paleo Diet in segments called Science Bites.

Sarah holding kale leaf (green screen) This includes explaining the basic tenets of the Paleo diet, the nutritional value of individual foods, and busting many diet myths!
Sarah foreground with meal nutrition facts (green screen) In the pilot, I explain why kale is considered a superfood. Kale has more essential nutrients per calorie than just about any vegetable—you’d have to eat three heads of iceberg lettuce to get the same nutritional value! I also explain why bacon isn’t bad for you, and why it doesn’t cause heart disease or cancer. And  we’ll finish every episode with the nutrient breakdown of our meal.

We’ll also discuss an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle every week in a segment called Lifestyle Bite.

Sarah talks with Charles (workout) This includes a variety of different topics, from simple movements you can do anywhere, to the importance of sleep, to concrete tools for stress management. Being healthy is more than just what you eat, it’s also how you live.
Sarah doing squats in kitchen (kitchen) In the pilot, I visit with my friend and fitness guru Charles Mayfield of Atlanta Strength & Conditioning and Paleo Comfort Foods to do prisoner squats, a movement so accessible you can do them anywhere—even the kitchen!

The Story of How This Pilot Came To Be

Sarah at ECG-44One day, in the fall of 2013, I was sitting in the waiting room of our local Dance School while my youngest daughter was in ballet class, working on illustrations for The Paleo Approach.  A gentleman asked me about my computer (it was a Surface Pro, which had only recently been released).  As I explained what I was working on, he shared that his son was a producer and they had just finished working on a documentary called In Search of the Perfect Human Diet.  It just so happened that I had watched this documentary only the week before and loved it!  It was a serendipitous connection!

A few weeks later, I toured with ECG Productions and met the entire team!  We all hit it off immediately, in part because of our shared passion for the Paleo diet, but mostly just because our personalities are great fits for each other.  And by the end of the tour, bringing the Paleo diet to the medium of television was our common goal!  And I had agreed to co-create, co-produce and star in a television pilot! Squee!

Behind The Scenes

Sarah at ECG-32Pre-production on Paleo Bites included numerous meetings to establish a structure and style for the show (that all future episodes would follow), and eventually a script for the pilot.

We all wanted the show to be fun, entertaining, educational, and engaging.  Fortunately for me, I’m a natural goof ball which lends itself well to entertaining cooking shows! In terms of style, we needed to create animations, sound and music landscapes, transitions, commercial bumbers, the opening, a voice and style for me, and even figure out the type of food that I would prepare.  It was months of discussions (including a large amount of laughter) and decisions before we started filming.

Photo Aug 01, 2 54 43 PM (1)Content was largely up to me. I designed a meal for the pilot that would be approachable, delicious, easy-to-make, nutrient-dense and only use ingredients that could be inexpensively purchased at any grocery store.  And in structuring the recipes for the entire first season, keeping Paleo accessible, exciting, and amazingly flavorful were my goals!

Paleo Bites is designed to be an entertaining and educational cooking show for members of the Paleo community but also to bring Paleo to millions more people through the wonderful medium of television.  Because of the likelihood that many people will discover the Paleo diet through Paleo Bites, it was important to me to focus on what the Paleo diet is (rather than what foods are eliminated), which guided how the Paleo diet is defined in the show.  The opening line is “The Paleo diet is simple.  It’s a nutrient-dense whole foods diet based on eating a variety of quality meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, eggs, nuts and seeds.  It improves health by providing balanced and complete nutrition, while avoiding most processed foods and empty calories.”  The show as a whole, focuses on the nutrient-density arguments for food choices, as well as the contemporary science supporting the Paleo diet (rather than the evolutionary biology argument, which I consider to be the hypothesis rather than the evidence).

Photo Jul 30, 2 09 13 PMThe Science Bite became a fantastic device to explain the whys behind a food choice or other tenet of the Paleo diet, as well as an opportunity to be quite dorky!  Some of my favorite gags are in the Science Bite segments.  The Science Bites were filmed on a green screen and then animated by the talented team at ECG Productions.

I felt firmly that the show needed to present all aspects of the Paleo lifestyle, even though it’s a cooking show.  This meant incorporating educational elements on activity, sleep, stress management etc.  The Lifestyle Bite became the counterpoint to the Science Bite, and my opportunity to discuss a wide range of lifestyle topics.  For the pilot, Charles Mayfield of Atlanta Strength & Conditioning and Paleo Comfort Foods graciously accepted my invitation to appear as the expert for this segment, instructing me on the proper form to do a prisoner squat!   It’s our intention to draw from the leaders in the Paleo and alternative health communities for every Lifestyle Bite, which I think will be amazingly fun!

Photo Aug 12, 10 09 23 AMWe filmed the pilot over four days, and five locations: Whole Foods, the Unity Garden, Atlanta Strength & Conditioning, the studio at ECG Productions and the Brill family’s beautiful kitchen.  It was like nothing I’ve ever done before, having my hair and make-up professionally done, performing the same lines over and over for a camera, being surrounded by microphones, learning which camera to talk to, walking and talking simultaneously for the Steadicam shots!  It was an incredibly steep learning curve, but a challenge I was ecstatic to rise to.

As production completed, the excitement among the production team was palpable.  We really have something here, something special, something top-notch quality, something that will change lives.  And we formed a family, one that I am looking forward to spending much more time with in the future!

Sarah at ECG-22After production, we went into months of post-production.  This involved editing, sound design, color grading, voice over work, and many many many meticulous hours pulling together a TV-worthy pilot.  It was delightful working with other perfectionists who could understand what I meant by trimming a quarter second off of one shot, or reducing the volume of one noise by 10%.  And the finished product demonstrates the talents of this amazing team.

Following post-production, we’ve been assembling our package to go to the television networks.  Now, we will see if all our hard work has paid off.  Now, we’ll see if the outside world is as excited about Paleo Bites as we are.  That’s right, we’ve created a pilot, a vision for a show, but now we need a television network to buy it, to commit to funding, producing and airing it, and to making this dream a reality.  And this is why I need your help!  Please scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how you can help support our efforts to get Paleo Bites on TV!

The Paleo Bites Team

I have had the great pleasure of working with ECG Productions in the making the Paleo Bites Pilot.

ECGHeaderLogoECG Productions will be acting as script-to-screen producer for Paleo Bites. ECG is a full-service video production, post-production and digital animation house located in Atlanta, GA that provides pre-production, scriptwriting, location and studio production, editorial, motion graphic design, digital animation, compositing, audio post-production, sound design, original music composition, Blu-ray/DVD mastering, video compression and marketing services.

The ECG Productions team has over 15 years of experience producing over 1000 episodes of broadcast television, 7 feature films, and countless commercials, industrials and music videos; many of them under extremely tight deadlines.The ECG team knows how to produce top-quality multi-platform content under even the toughest circumstances. This is a skill set that can’t be learned overnight, it can only be gained through years of working together as a finely-tuned unit in every phase of the production process.

Sarah at ECG-38Jason Sirotin is my co-creator and co-producer on Paleo Bites.  Jason is an award-winning director/producer/creative director and twenty year veteran of the entertainment and media industry. He started his career as a videographer for MSNBC, FOX NEWS, and CNN and went on to shoot and produce for such well known pundits as Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reily & Chris Matthews. In 2001, Sirotin became Head of Production and Programming for the national cable network XY.tv, launching the channel in over ninety markets worldwide. In 2006, media giant Howard Stern tapped Sirotin to create original programming for his InDemand television network “Howard TV”, producing over one hundred episodes and five feature length documentaries, including an award-winning September 11th retrospective. Most recently, Jason served as Line Producer on the feature film “The Fat Boy Chronicles” (The 5th most rented family movie in America the week of 1/3/2012) He also served as the Executive Producer of the Indie drama “Quarterlife Ben” & Supervising Producer on the Comedy “A Free Bird” . Currently Jason is the executive producer on the film “Good Grief Suicide Hotline”, Supervising Producer on the documentary “The Perfect Human Diet.” and Writer and Director of the popular children’s fitness DVD, “The Workout Kid” (Featured on Nightline, Good Morning America, and The Doctors.)

Learn more about Paleo Bite production in this podcast interview.

Call To Action: What You Can Do To Help

I need your help to get Paleo Bites on the air!  If you’re excited about this television show (which I hope you are!), please take a moment to tell the television networks that you want to see Paleo Bites on TV!  And to make this even easier for you, we’ve created this handy dandy form.  Just fill it out, hit the send button, and your e-mail will automatically go to our target channels!

WANT THE RECIPES FROM THE PILOT?

As a thank you, when you use the form below to e-mail the television networks in support of Paleo Bites, you’ll be able to download a FREE PDF containing ALL of the recipes from the pilot episode!  That’s FIVE exclusive, never-posted recipes, all beautifully designed, for you!

WANT TO WATCH THE WHOLE PILOT?

And, as an added bonus, for every email you send via the form below (you can do this daily), we’ll automatically enter you in a drawing to attend an exclusive Online Screening and Live Q&A on Saturday, March 21st at 3-5pm ET. 

The first 200 seats for the Online Screening have already been given away.  But we figured out a way to offer another 100 seats for the same screening!!!   WOOT!  We will choose the winners of this second batch of seats from those who send emails between 3/13/15 and 3/19/15.  Remember that you’re welcome to send as many emails via this form as you like, and we encourage you to do so daily!

Thursday evening (3/19/15) at 8pm ET, we’ll choose 100 (yes, ONE HUNDRED) winners to receive a special e-mail invite to attend the screening (all you’ll need is a device and internet connection to attend). 

Email the Television Networks by Filling Out This Form

Once you enter a valid e-mail address and hit “send”, you’ll be re-directed to a link to download your FREE PDF of all of the recipes from the Paleo Bites pilot and be automatically entered in the drawing to attend the exclusive Online Screening and Live Q&A on March 21st, at 3-5pm ET.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Message

 

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Other ways you can help

Spread the word in any way possible.   Comment on this post and share your enthusiasm.  Share this post on social media.  Tell your friends and family.  Watch the trailer and give it a thumbs up. Use #paleobitestv and post your excitement on social media.  Go tell your favorite television network that you want to see Paleo Bites on TV directly or via the social media sites below:

Food Network:

Cooking Channel:

And don’t forget to comment below!!!!

Comments

Glenn Beck is basically on a suped up version of Paleo and he owns a television network. Deal wouldn’t be super huge, but I bet you could contact The Blaze and strike up something to get your show aired. His network is great at finding the out there topics and start up companies and working with them.
http://www.theblaze.com/contact-us/

hello – we have a series called the paleo way in Australia – use the success of this to help promote your shoe – good luck

I truly hope it works out for you. :-) I’m in Marietta, and I’m sure the WF there would also love to be featured. Keep us posted!

This is great! I love the trailer and the end where you say, “Remember, it’s only effort until it’s routine”. Awesome job on this. You have my support, and I’ll go through and do everything I need to do to help out. Thank you so much for creating something that’s SO extremely needed right now! Much luck to you. x

I have been writing to Food Network for over a year asking them to do a show like this! I hope they listen this time!

I am SO excited for you with this opportunity. I LOVED the trailer and would faithfully watch a show like this. I hope a major network will take this on so that as many people as possible can watch it. Cable would be great, but not everyone has access to that. I will sign letters or whatever is needed to support you in this. This truly looks amazing, Sarah!! Well done!!

I’m sorry this negatively affected your health but I’m so excited. And I can tell from the trailer (and from the source) that it’s going to be about so much more than food and Diet (with a capital D ;).

i was just saying to my husband yesterday. I wish they would put a Paleo cooking show on TV. That would be fantastic and what do I behold today? Paleo Bites, here’s hoping for all the time and effort to pay off with a network spot .

This looks great. Sorry can’t send the form for you as I am Australian. Would love to get the pdf of recipes. Like someone else up there^^^ said we have a show here called The Paleo Way by Pete Evans so maybe you can use the idea that Australia is already doing this to help get the Networks to air your show. Good luck :)

As a former chef and paleo newbie I am so excited to see this project come to life. This sounds like a great idea

I cant get the form for telling the networks I want Paleo Bites on TV to work. It won’t let me enter anything.

thanks for the help!

i got this lovely news from mickey trescot! such a wonderful thing to do. i live in singapore and won’t be able to see the show i presume but i will do anything i can to promote it, after 2,5 yrs of hell and 20 doctors world-wide the aip diet i was put on by dr. kharrazian 8 months ago and through sarah’s . mickey’s and chriss’s book i finally feel like a human most of the days:-) thanks to you all for a better life introduction.

great job!

Hi! I think this looks incredible! Would love to do something in the UK like this! My mum has been asked by my dad to change the way she cooks so they can go paleo! This kind of show would help her so much! Good luck from over the pond and I look forward to catching up on you tube!
Emma

I am so excited for your show to appear on TV. Many of my friends are on the Paleo diet. It changed their life! They are so healthy with no more autoimmune diseases and no more medications. I have so many books but don’t know where to start. I love cooking shows. I believe your show will cure all illnesses which is pretty much everything by getting rid of inflammation in our bodies.

Thank you so much for your love of clean eating and caring about people.
Can’t wait to see your first show!
God Bless, Cindy

This is the most exciting news I can imagine. I have hoped that you would somehow be able to have a television show to broadcast your life changing & even life SAVING research & recipes. Thank you so much for your dedication and work to help so many of us in need.
Good luck to you ! I can’t wait to watch your show!!!!

Excellent and about time we get a food show for health and healing!!!!!! Can’t wait. It will most certainly be on my DVR recording list. Just relax, have fun, and enjoy the ride Sarah!!

This looks positively AWESOME. This show would fulfill a great need!! And I love that you don’t leave out the science.
Unfortunately, for those of us who don’t have cable TV, we won’t be able to watch it. (I know, I know — who in America doesn’t have cable TV?) But I’m still very glad that you have done this, and I hope it is HUGELY successful.

Congratulations on taking your concepts to the networks. I have not personally used the Paleo Diet myself but have been researching it to see if it may contain a solution to my sister-in-laws debilitating illness(s). Thank you for all the great work you are doing.

Congrats on Paleo Bites, can’t send email as I am not ‘I am one of millions of Americans…’ I am one of many many Australians who are enjoying a Paleo lifestyle… I wish you good luck with your show and hope to see it on the TV screens in Australia one day or available via the Internet. Happy cooking!

Although I’m not american I’ve subscribed the petition to the TV networks, because if it starts in America, very soon we’ll be able to see it on line in other countries. Muitos parabéns pela iniciativa e desejos de um rápido sucesso! Abraços desde Portugal!

Hi Sarah! Just a thought…while I would LOVE to see this show on TV…I am also someone who would not be opposed to paying a monthly subscription to watch it on-line. I LOVE your books and the information you are getting out there. Don’t let the TV thing limit you! There are other options that put the power of instant gratification in the hands of the people. It would also help you earn some capital for additional episodes. Just sayin…. :) Good luck!!!!

I am an American now living in the UK. I sent one of your requests off to the BBC. I hope to see your show in the near future as it would be sooo helpful and the preview was impressive.

I love cooking shows but since needing to go Paleo I find them off-putting unless I can easily see how to adapt their recipes to Paleo. Many times I have wished for a Paleo cooking program…the sooner the better. Thanks for thinking of those who require Paleo.

It’s about time! I am so excited about this! I have pretty much given up watching cooking shows because it is always geared towards the ways of eating, I no longer want to follow. Just reading the information on the pilot episode, I have learned so much new information. (I don’t have time to spend my day reading the various blogs and newsletters I receive and retain all the information, without being overwhelmed). For me, it would be some much easier to watch a Paleo cooking show, hear the information, watch the cooking demos and recreate them in my own kitchen. I am cheering you on and keeping my fingers crossed, that this will be a reality sooner then later.

I think the idea for the program, and the title, are great. And that there really is a market for this. You are great too. That said, personally, when looking at the trailer, I am not convinced this will work as is. The standard for cookings shoes nowadays is very high at all levels, and this does not feel fullyup there… It seems to cover too much ground and lacks focus. The cooking part (which would arguably be the focus) is lacking appeal. The kitchen bacground is too dark and too drab for the type of kitchens that you see in shows, the presentation of the dish doesn’t show much thought, the hairdo/clothes try too hard and are very old fashioned (you look much better as your normal self!), the size of the rations is huge, the whole comes accross as just not sophisticated. It does not scream health and well being either, or creates an impression of an aspirational lifestyle, And I cannot see that it would be read as appealing to a general audience. I am sorry if this criticism is not welcomed but it is well intentioned,

This looks like a really interesting programme and I hope you will be successful getting to air – perhaps one day it could reach the UK!

Meanwhile we have easy access to books and the internet!

You should contact the Paula Deen network to see if you can be added to het online tv program show. WIth all of your followers and Paula also being on a diabetic menu this could be a great match!!

I can’t thank you enough for all the work that you do. Three weeks ago I bought your book, “The Paleo Approach”, and it has changed my life dramatically. I have a number of autoimmune disorders and have struggled with finding any meds that help. Finally, I feel there is hope. I’ve seen dramatic improvements already. I’m so grateful that you are doing this!!!

What ever happened to this? I just watched the pilot and I’m planning to make the meal tonight… so excited! Thank you!! You did a fantastic job on the show!

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