Animation Magazine recently held it’s second annual Pitch Party, an advertising campaign and contest designed to find new talent and properties for animated film and television. It seems Fox television has the same idea. Daily Variety reports that the network is encouraging aspiring writers and producers to send in their ideas in a bid to become the next Matt Groening or Mike Judge.
Dubbed “Pitch-o-Rama,” the contest is open to anyone 18 or older and asks that applicants send in brief ideas for potential animated series. Fox will then select 100 hopefuls to attend an open pitch session in Los Angeles in November. Applications can be downloaded at Fox’s web site. Deadline for entries is Sept. 15.
With hits like The Simpsons, King of the Hill and Futurama, Fox is the only major network of late that has managed to make animation work in primetime. With Simpsons going into its 14th season and Futurama on the outs, the network is seeking new blood to keep its Sunday nights animated and competitive as cable outlets like Cartoon Network and Spike TV draw nighttime audiences with their own irreverent animated fare.
Animation Magazine‘s Pitch Party led to a development deal with Spyglass Ent. and Melwood Prods. for last year’s winner, Nicholas Night, whose animated property, The Hair-Raising Adventures of Aaron and Ned, was selected by a panel of industry professionals. This year’s winner, Paula Comensky’s Life’s A Bitch, was announced in the August issue of Animation Magazine. That issue contains all the pitches from this year’s event.