The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal is one of the most prestigious comedy festivals in the world.
For the second year in a row they are doing a Web Series Pitch Fest competition where you have a chance to pitch your comedy web series idea to top online channels and some of the best comedy producers in the business. The deadline this year has just been extended but it’s soon: THIS FRIDAY: MAY 17th!
This is a typical pitch program where you compete for a chance to pitch your idea and your team to senior executives from top online channels. Last year’s winners, Mark Little and Dan Beirne, got a development deal from Cracked.com in addition to the YouTube promo.
Last year’s panel included Spencer Griffin (CollegeHumor), JC Cangilla (Yahoo!) and Michael Swaim (Cracked.com).
Finalists get to attend the ComedyPro conference, one of the top worldwide gatherings of people working in the comedy business.
First round of speakers and participants will be announced on May 23rd.
Here’s some details from the site and the LINK to submit.
Web Series Pitch:
A maximum of three (3) projects will be selected. Accepted applicants will be given five (5) minutes to present their work in an open-forum pitch session to a panel of industry experts. The winner will receive the opportunity to become an official YouTube Partner and to have their content highlighted across the YouTube site. Open to writers, producers, comics and web series creators. Click on the link for complete submission and regulation details. A non-refundable fee of $40.00 CAD must be included with each web series pitch submission (sorry, credit card payment only). If your project is not selected, you can apply the fee to a discounted JFL Comedy Conference pass.
David S Samuels, CEO of KoldCast.tv
This week I interviewed David S. Samuels, CEO KoldCast.tv, one of the premiere international online networks for web series, short films and documentaries. KoldCast has a very different model and attitude towards content than JTS.tv, whose CEO I interviewed previously. Most shows launch on a combination of networks or premiere on one and move to others. David shares his insights on how to view your show as a business and the future of content consumption on the web.
How does a show end up on your site?
Virtually every show we license has been submitted to us for distribution consideration. At this time KoldCast receives over 125 monthly submissions from filmmakers/producers eager to see their Show on our Network. We curate from this group and select the shows that meet our internal requirements. Out of each group of monthly submissions, we hope to be able to license six to eight shows.
Carter Mason, Co-Founder and CEO of Jts.tv
(Just The Story), one of the premiere indie networks broadcasting web series today, took some time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions about what his site looks for regarding content and where the future of media consumption is headed. Viewers pay $3.99/month to watch unlimited web series and short film content on the JTS site. They watch with no commercials and content creators get paid much more per view than they do on YouTube. This is one of many different indie web network models trying to help make online storytelling financially sustainable.
Where do you go (physically and on the web) to scout scripted content for your site? Or do you only use your submission option?
We look at everything submitted to us, but the majority of our shows to date have come through contacts we had prior to starting JTS.TV. All three of the co-founders (Matt Arevalo, Louis Blitzman, and myself) have produced in the independent realm. My primary business used to be working with filmmakers on the business and legal side of film, and some of the first shows were from clients of mine. Continue reading