I want to say something that I'm hoping you will listen to - DO NOT PAY PEOPLE TO SEND YOUR IDEAS TO ASOTV COMPANIES! - I'm not sure I can say it any clearer.
This growing trend in the industry to have you "represented" by someone who can get your idea shown to these companies for either a fee, or in exchange for part of your royalty is 100% scam.
Let me explain how the ASOTV industry is structured.
You have three basic layers.
First, what I call the "Manufacture to Market" companies who can take your idea, invest their money, and actually do design, development, cut the spot, and have distribution - These companies will NEVER ask you for money.
Second, the "Posers" These are actual companies who appear to be manufacturer to market companies, and they will tell you they are actual ASOTV companies, but the reality is they may do a single part of the process (like filming the spot, or hosting some online search) and then they send your idea to a real ASOTV company -These companies will often have some upfront fee and then require a part of your royalties.
Third, are the "Scammers" These are individuals or companies that purport to work for, or have relationships with the ASOTV companies and for a fee and/or part of your royalty they will get your idea in front of the people you could "never get to" - that is simply a lie.
The latest scam within this group of cons is the "Paid by the company" scam - they actually skim off a % and tell you the royalty was less than it actually was - this is what they mean by "paid by the company" and "free" to the inventor - In many years of working in this industry I have NEVER seen a legitimate ASOTV company hire anyone to find them products who was not an actual employee of the company - If you see language like this "We are not an invention submission company. Because our client companies contract our services, they pick up the tab. That means we do not charge inventors any upfront fees for our assistance and retain no royalties from any deal you enter into with the company" Ask to see their contract, ask if the money they were paid would have been in your royalty, and then run away - it's just the latest in a string of scams.
So let's get you some links to legitimate ASOTV Manufacture to Market companies who are more than willing to look at your ideas and if they like them make you the same deal they would make to one of those poser or scam companies.
If you know what questions to ask, and how to decipher the answers maybe you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and hope the next time you come up with that great new ASOTV idea. For now - just be carful out there.