Four Pitch Party Slots Still Open!

As our deadline for submissions came up this week, we managed to find room for four more pitches! That means you still have a chance to submit your great animated show idea for a chance to have it viewed by industry luminaries who have the power to greenlight new projects!

To get into the competition, go to www.animationmagazine.net/pitch_party_06.html to view the instructions and be among the first four to complete the process.

In addition to getting worldwide exposure in the pages of Animation Magazine, your pitch ad will be reviewed by our distinguished panel of Pitch Party Judges, which includes Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, Sony Pictures Animation senior VP of development Nate Hopper, Nickelodeon animation development director Peter Gal, Kids’ WB! senior VP/GM Betsy McGowen, [adult swim] director of development Nick Weidenfeld and DIC Ent. chief creative officer Michael Maliani, to name just a few.

What’s become of past winners?

Nicholas Night won our first annual Pitch Party with his property The Hair-Raising Adventures of Aaron & Ned. The win resulted in a development deal with Spyglass Ent., and a video game option from SecondSun Ent. Though Aaron & Ned is still looking for a home, Melwood Pictures, an animation company founded by Max Howard and John McKenna, brought Night on board to help further develop his ideas and take them to the networks.

‘Winning the Pitch Party contest was a significant factor in moving my career forward,’ Night tells us. ‘I am currently creative director at Melwood Pictures, with several series properties in development, a feature that has been optioned, and a 26-episode “bridge” series (ages 4-7) deal on the table.’

‘I liked getting the chance to put an idea out there to test the waters and see if anything would come of it. It was a fun opportunity for some exposure in the industry,’ adds Matt Hebb, whose The Adventures of No-Beard, Boy Pirate was the third-place Staff Pick in last year’s competition. ‘I did wind up meeting (and getting a job from) the person who placed second in the professional judge voting at the Comic Con. I already knew four of your other contestants from school, but it was great getting to meet him and it was the job he gave me that has launched my comic book career.’

Other past contestants tell us that the exposure increased traffic to their web sites and helped them establish important industry contacts. Chris Leathers says he thinks winning the 2004 Pitch-Party with My Annoying Little Brother influenced his placement as lead 3D artist on the first season of the Nicktoons’ series Kappa Mikey. In addition, Dennis Salvatier ended up getting a 12-month option from Cybergraphix Animation for his Pitch Party entry, The Bolt.

Last year’s winner, Leo Antolini (Edgar and Kipp) also tells us he learned a lot about the art of pitching as a result of the contest. “I met with Peter Gal from Nickelodeon and gained some great experience, useful feedback and good contacts out of the whole thing.”

Be one of this year’s success stories. Go to www.animationmagazine.net/pitch_party_06.html and submit your pitch now!