Pitch Party ’09: It’s Time to Vote!

It’s time to make your vote count again! Animation Magazine’s 8th Annual Pitch Party is officially on, and you can now click here: www.animationmagazine.net/pitch_party_09_vote.html to check out all of this year’s entries and vote for your favorites. All pitches are presented as 1/6th-page advertisements that offer new ideas for animated shows that that could get picked up for development. Results of the contest will be announced along with the picks of our distinguished panel of industry judges and AniMag staffers in the August issue of Animation Magazine (which has a big bonus distribution at Comic-Con in San Diego).

The Pitch Party offers independent artists an opportunity to advertise their animated properties for a greatly reduced rate in the pages of Animation Magazine, which is read all over the world. Each of our esteemed judges then review all entries and collectively select one winner for the opportunity to pitch their idea to the participating execs of their choice. This year’s awesome judges are:

‘ Marci Proietto, SVP of Animation Production and Development, Twentieth Century Fox Television

‘ Eric Coleman, Senior VP, Original Series, Walt Disney Television Animation

‘ Erik Koland, Head of Content Acquisition and Programming, Vuze

‘ Marc Buhaj, Senior VP of Progamming, Disney Channel and Jetix Europe, Middle East and Africa

‘ Curtis Lelash, Director, Comedy Animation, Cartoon Network

‘ Kim Manning, Director of Programming and Acquisitions for Adult Swim

‘ Tina Santomauro, Acquisitions Manager, Atom.com

‘ Eric Homan, VP of Development, Frederator

‘ Melissa Wolfe, Director of Development, Cookie Jar Entertainment

‘ Natalie Altmann, Head of Children’s Programming, M6, France

(Click Here to View the Judges and our Rules and Regulations)

The winners of this year’s event will get to pitch their project to the judge of their choice in person! In addition, second or third place winners, staff picks and online voters favorite will get coverage in our August edition. Additional prizes include a copy of the software suite Toon Boom Animate (a value of $999.99), a selection of animation books from The Animated Cartoon Factory, copies of Chronicle Books’ The Art of Up by Tim Hauser, and a copy of the 2D software title Digicel Flipbook Studio (for Mac or PC).

As an online voter, you can also help someone get noticed by the animation community and possibly get their big break. You only have one week to get your votes in, so get started. Voting ends Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m P.S.T. Please note that we monitor our ONLINE READERS’ POLL carefully. No reader can vote more than ONCE! The results of the online poll will be announced on June 29.

Have fun picking your absolute favorite toon pitches of 2009!