We produced 7 half-hour episodes in late 1998 an early 1999, and they aired in the worst time slot possible -- 11:30pm EVERY OTHER Monday night. We had only aired about five episodes when we got a phone call on our voice mail (we'd put contact info in the end credits) from Brian Stern at the William Morris Agency. We'd also gotten a decent amount of fan mail and made sure to mail free VHS copies of the show to anyone who contacted us (hence why there are now some juicy bootlegs on Ebay from time to time...) ;)
Brian was an avid watcher of public access and at the time public access shows like SQUIRT TV and a few others were being poached by networks.
But by the time he had contacted us, we had already (by exhibiting our shows at The Screening Room in Manhattan) been signed by a manager, an independent film producer name Gill Holland who had been working with Kevin Chinoy, our friend, manager and brother to GTB co-creator, Spencer Chinoy.
Gill had some dealings with the IFC, particularly Alison-Palmer-Bourke, who was instrumental in exposing Greg to the IFC network. Based on a pitch video (which you can see in the VIDEOS section on this site) they hired Greg to create a series of short shows to introduce their late-night cult movies.
The exposure of the IFC show, and the continued participation of Brian Stern and WMA, eventually sent us on a pitch tour in Los Angeles, where we met with every company you could think of - where GTB was eventually bought by producer Neil Moritz, who partnered us with show runner Steve Leivtan, who sold the Fox show.
For more info on Junktape and its episodes, check out the public access section of our Episode Guide and show history threads!