The New York Television Festival and truTV are teaming to find independent television creators to create new formats for the comedy-centric network in their first Comedy Breakout Initiative.
Seeking both scripted and unscripted ideas, truTV is offering the winning creator(s) a shot at a development budget of up to $25,000 to further hone their idea in collaboration with its executive team.
The Comedy Breakout Initiative will accept submissions from January 25-February 17. There is no fee to submit. The network suggests creators draw inspiration from its hits including Adam Ruins Everything, Billy on the Street, The Carbonaro Effect and Jon Glaser Loves Gear as guideposts for concepts that capture a comedian’s unique voice in a repeatable format structure. A committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to a selection of finalists to be considered by truTV, from which at least one winning creator or creative team will be selected.
To enter the initiative, content creators and writers must submit: (a) a series overview (up to four pages), (b) a current C.V., and (c) a project proof of concept in the form of one of the following: (1) a produced comedy pilot and/or series (up to 20 minutes), (2) a produced “in progress” work (minimum four minutes), or (3) a paper-developed format (up to eight pages).
In support of the initiative, truTV and NYTVF also are teaming on a free event January 9 in New York City as part of their effort to reach out to independent talent interested in creating comedic TV formats. The event at UCB’s East Village theater will include a panel discussion featuring truTV EVP and Head of Programming Marissa Ronca along with creators, production executives and talent from the network’s current comedy lineup. Ticket information is available at NYTVF.com.
Submission details, a full creative brief and additional information can be found on the initiative’s official website here.