Comedy Central Launches Online Contest

Finally, a chance to strut your slapstick stuff for Comedy Central! The giggle-wielding network has teamed up with web video hot spot IFILM to kick off Comedy Central’s Test Pilots, an online competition to discover the next broadband hit.

Comedy Central’s SVP of original programming and development Lou Wallach announced the contest today. Competitors can submit one five-minute pilot to comedycentral.com for a chance at scoring a development deal on Comedy Central’s MotherLoad broadband channel.

Comedy Central will be accepting entries in all formats, including live-action, animation, sketch and hidden camera, from May 22 through August 24. Participants can upload their witty shorts at www.comedycentral.com where the network will be using IFILM’s user- generated content submission platform.

During the competition, Comedy Central will make three ‘staff picks’ per week for four consecutive weeks and the trio of chosen pilots will stream on the website. Site visitors will rate the ‘staff picks’, and the highest rated submission for each week will make it to the semifinals. Then comedy central.com users will choose one entry from the four front-runners to move on to the finals. A panel of Comedy Central execs will pick three additional films to head to the finals with the site visitors’ pick.

The Comedy Central judges will choose a grand-prize winner, who will receive a development deal to produce an episodic series on MotherLoad. For more info, visit www.comedycentral.com.