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.
“Content creators who are making web stuff are legitimate quality creators” (no shit Chris Hardwick!) “And we’re gonna celebrate ‘em. We’re gonna give ‘em awards!” (Thank you Chris Hardwick!)
You can watch the Streamy’s live streaming HERE. I will also be AT the Streamy awards, covering the event for the LA Weekly. So stay tuned for my article on show recommendations, digital biz info & creator tips coming out next week.
For the past few years (this is only the 3rd annual) these awards have been patting the same group of creators on the back and congratulating each other, and based on the nominee list, it doesn’t look like this year is much different. But as more quality content (yours) arrives on the scene, these awards will get more competitive and hopefully help driving views towards good content as opposed to just honoring those who are able to gain a following.
If I’ve featured a show on this site anywhere, it’s because I think it’s pretty darn good. This page is where you’ll find my totally subjective and biased recommendations for shows I think are awesomeas I find them.
I’ve been enjoying YouTube speed-rap sensation George Watsky’s series: Watsky’s Making an Album. Produced by TV/digital production company Electus and the uber talented and versatile production company Kids At Play (who also worked on Game Shop), the episodic show follows Watsky as he tries to make an album to take advantage of a very sketchy record deal. I like the fact that Watsky has a season long mission to create the album, which keeps you tuning in, but each episode is it’s own self-contained adventure.
This is the first stand-alone web series from NBC Digital Studios. It’s a serialized comedy following office worker Stuart Grundy (Tony Hale) and his magical keyboard that allows him to control the world around him through computer functions. It’s actually based on a short film that was at Sundance called Ctrl Z and was developed and produced as a web series by SXM Entertainment. You can view it on Hulu.