Have an original idea for a TV series? Have a video camera? Want to talk to one of the biggest decision makers in the industry? Perfect. This is for you...
ATX Television Festival is pleased to announce its collaboration with Final Draft, the creators of the number one selling screenwriting application in the world, to host their first-ever Pitch Competition. This competition will allow aspiring writers and show creators to pitch their original idea for a scripted series to some of the biggest decision makers in the television industry.
Participants will have ninety seconds to convince industry judges on their original idea for a scripted series through a self-filmed video. The competition is open to any and all pitches for scripted shows: a 30-minute for a traditional network, an hour drama for cable, a hybrid for original online content. The only guideline is that it must be for a scripted (non-reality) series and pitched in under a minute and half.
ATX Television Festival will screen all submissions and choose twenty-five semi-finalists to be judged by a panel of industry professionals including: Bill Lawrence (Creator/Producer of Scrubs and Cougar Town), Bryan Seabury (VP of Drama Development at CBS Network), Liz Tigelaar (Creator of Life Unexpected & writer on American Dreams, Nashville, and Revenge), Kyle Killen (Creator of Lone Star & Awake), Peter Billingsley (Executive Producer of Sullivan & Son, Dinner for Five, and Executive at Wild West Picture Productions), David Hudgins (Executive Producer of Friday Night Lights & Parenthood), and special guest judges, who will narrow the twenty-five semi-finalists down to ten finalists.
The ten finalists will compete at ATX Television Festival (June 6-9, 2013) in Austin, TX to pitch live before the panel of judges. After hearing all ten of the live pitches, the judges will choose one winner. This winner will receive a meeting with one of the judges (based on the show's genre/judges' availability) to explore the idea of their series and gain notes to better develop the series. After the pitch is honed, the winner will then get a pitch meeting in front of one of the festival's studio/network partners to try and sell their pilot for production!
All participants will receive a discount code for 25% off the latest version of Final Draft (retailing at $249) as well as $25 off of any level ATX Television Festival badge. The semi-finalists will receive Panel badges to the Festival, allowing them to see any panels, including the Final Pitch Competition. The ten finalists will each receive a Weekend badge to the Festival, plus two tickers to the opening night screening and after-party to start the festival off right! The finalists will also receive a free copy of the most recent version Final Draft, courtesy of Final Draft.
"The pitch competition is a perfect addition to the festival. A truth in TV is that you don't get paid to write your show unless you can sell it as a pitch. Like writing, pitching is an art form that needs to be practiced, honed and perfected," said Bryan Seabury, VP of Drama Development at CBS Network. "The importance of pitching is often overlooked so this contest is yet another example of ATX understanding the TV industry and providing a great service to its attendees."
"I'm a life-long TV nerd and I'm all for ATX Television Festival because it's such a fun way to bring television fans together. The Pitch Competition offers fans an opportunity to get into the industry which is another reason anyone attending ATX Television Festival should consider themselves lucky," said Bill Lawrence, creator of Scrubs and Cougar Town.
Submissions will be accepted November 1, 2012 to January 18, 2012 through the website here. The twenty- five semi-finalists will be announced on February 18, 2013 and the top ten finalists will be announced on March 28, 2012.
"The Pitch Competition" Promo Video starring Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries, 90210) can be viewed here.
ATX Television Festival is also pleased to unveil the initial list of confirmed special guests who will be at the second annual festival in Austin, TX June 6 - 9, 2013, as well as the first round of confirmed programming partners. Please see below for the current list and stay tuned for additional programming announcements.
Julie Plec, Creator of The Vampire Diaries
Liz Tigelaar, Creator of Life Unexpected, and writer of Nashville, Revenge, and American Dreams
Peter Billingsley, Executive Producer of Sullivan & Son and Dinner for Five
Bill Lawrence, Creator of Scrubs and Cougar Town
David Hudgins, Executive Producer of Parenthood and Friday Night Lights
Ben Blacker, Nerdist Writers Panel
Kyle Killen, Creator of Lone Star & Awake
Lauren Lungerich, Creator of AWKWARD
Jonathan Prince, Creator of American Dreams
Winnie Holzman, Creator of My So-Called Life
Chris Keyser, Co-Creator of Party of Five
Arielle Kebbel, Actor on 90210, The Vampire Diaries, Gilmore Girls
Matt Lauria, Actor on Friday Night Lights and Parenthood
Cast and crew members of Boy Meets World
Cast and crew members of Friday Night Lights Cast and crew members of American Dreams
Confirmed Programming From:
My So-Called Life
Party Of Five
Boy Meets World
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