Nicholas Night, winner of Animation Magazine’s Pitch-Me contest last year, just wrote in to tell us that Spyglass Entertainment will be a partner on his project, The Hair-Raising Adventures of Aaron and Ned.
“After winning the contest, I was able to schedule a meeting with Max Howard, former president of feature animation at Warner Bros., who with John McKenna, former VP of feature animation at Fox, had formed a new production company called Melwood Pictures,” says Night. “I took my series bible, 26 springboards and a handful of concept art to their offices and pitched the idea to them.”
Howard and McKenna loved the pitch, which involves the misadventures of two very different brothers who are physically attached to each other. So they invited Night to join them on a pitch meeting they had previously arranged with Spyglass Entertainment’s new TV division.
According to Night, Megan Wolpert, senior VP of Spyglass Entertainment’s TV Group, felt that the project had a lot of potential. (She also told Night that that winning Animation Magazine‘s contest added value to the project!) Also on board will be Pat Hazell, a comic and former Seinfeld writer who has also expressed interested in writing for Night’s show.
“I was really impressed with Nick’s story and presentation,” says Max Howard, who heads his own production company Melwood Pictures. “We thought Aaron and Ned would be a be a really good project for Spyglass, which is looking for new TV properties.
Night points out that like most artists and animators he had to face the old Hollywood Catch 22 situation. “People don’t want to see your work unless you have representation, and agents won’t sign you until you have credits. Winning the contest certainly perked up Max’s interest and Megan at Spyglass also thought it gave us the edge over the competition.”
For more information on Nicholas Night and Aaron and Ned, visit www.nicholasnight.com.
To find out more information about this year’s Pitch Me contest, visit http://www.animationmagazine.net/pitch_party_03.html