Asking production companies to participate in a triple bid in today’s financial climate seems unfair. How do you balance that with clients who require triple bids, like taxpayer-funded projects? It seems like there isn’t a workaround.

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Single bid = call your mate and give him the job.
Triple bid = opportunity for an underdog director to get the job - they might even be female and/or POC.

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I’m single bidding right now and we explained to the client last week that because this won’t be a traditional shoot it doesn’t make sense to triple bid. All approaches will be so drastically different, it won’t be an apples to apples comparison. So as long as we stay within budget, let’s go with the most talent and experience with remote shooting etc. because the production is already going to be a challenge. And they bought it. Good luck!

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Triple bid is good for the client (costs), it’s good for the agency (creative options) and its good for the director (it’s YOUR treatment, not just the agency script). Assuming your production is properly budgeted for what you’re shooting and not begging favours, I don’t see the value of a single bid. Unless you’re creative is bad and you’re just doing what the client wants in the first place...then whatever suits.

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I agree. As a prod co rep single bid just means I can’t get the opportunity to bid 2/3 of the time. I want chances to win.

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Do the triple bid. You have nothing to lose except time. I find that it makes the production companies more competitive.

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Just be honest with them (on the phone, not in writing). I spent the majority of my career on the production side and believe me when I say I appreciate knowing what the bid situation is and if I’m not likely to get it.

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Agree. Transparency is highly appreciated

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