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Finalists Announced For The 2017 Edition of Beyond The Box

June 28, 2017

The finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of Beyond the Box: Playing It Short, our short-form pitch program presented by Some Spider Studios in conjunction with the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV). Our finalists are:

* Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch, Curfeud
* Maximilian Clark and Brendan Sokler, The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy
* Lauren Corber, Hit on Me
* Sophia Fabilli and Michelle Alexander, Fatal Murder Mystery
* Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson, Peter N’ Chris Experience

About the Teams and their Projects:

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Curfeud
Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch, creators of Curfeud, are best friends and comedy partners. This is their first Stand Up & Pitch appearance. The duo reside in Chicago where they both write and perform as the comedy pair Seriously Unprepared. Together they’ve written and starred in numerous Seriously Unprepared Presents comedy shorts. Curfeud is about a loving, mid-western couple who must cope with a revolving door of curfew-breaking kids.

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The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy
Maximilian Clark and Brendan Sokler are the creative partners behind The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy. No stranger to the web series genre, Clark co-created and wrote the Starz Digital Series Llama Cop. Brendan is an AEA/SAG-AFTRA actor in New York City. When not producing his own work through Punching Up Productions, he can usually be found on the stages of The Pearl, The Pit, The Brick, The Flea… and other theatres. This is Maximillian’s return trip to the Stand Up & Pitch stage. He was part of the pitching team that presented The Working Dead (2015). The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy is described as “…that one movie, where the guy learns the importance of family — but with blackmail and wolves.”

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Hit on Me
Hit on Me is a romantic comedy about love, longing and killing people from LoCo Motion Pictures, last year’s Beyond the Box pitch program winner (How to Buy a Baby, CBC). Co-creators Marvin Kaye and Elizabeth Whitmere will make the pitch for their series. Marvin Kaye is a writer/actor/singer and director.He is the Co-Creator/Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Less Than Kind, which ran four seasons on HBO Canada. Elizabeth Whitmere has more than a decade of on-camera experience, which she now translates into producing. Her first project as a producer was the critically acclaimed short film This Is Not What You Had Planned, starring Kristian Bruun and CSA winner Natalie Lisinska. She has gone on to produce several short films including Steven McCarthy’s bloody love story (and Canada’s Top 10 film) O Negative, Meghan Heffern’s romantic NYC romp Flung as well as a bizarre faux- documentary webseries for CBC digital called The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island.

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Fatal Murder Mystery
Sophia Fabilli and Michelle Alexander collaborate non-stop and see no end in sight! As web series creators, they wrote Overachieving Underdogs and won Smokebomb’s AMP Accelerator competition. They also won Second City’s ‘Best New Comedy’ award for the play The Philanderess (Second City Main Stage, Toronto), and worked together on Celeste Percy-Beauregard’s play Well Born. Fatal Murder Mystery is described as an off-beat office comedy fused with Clue: The Movie, Army of Darkness, Two Ladies — and a dash of irreverence. This is their first Stand Up & Pitch appearance.

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Peter N’ Chris Experience
Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson are a Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch troupe from Vancouver, B.C. The duo have toured extensively, appearing at Just For Laughs, JFL42 and the Montreal Fringe Festival where they won the ‘Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award’ three consecutive years in a row. Peter and Chris are also contributing writers to the sketch comedy program The Irrelevant Show (CBC Radio), to CBC’s comedy website, and have contributed videos to CollegeHumor. They were writers on White Ninja, the first webcomic created especially for Vine, and currently have a show in network development with Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show with Bob and David). Peter N’ Chris Experience is a hilarious narrative-driven ‘reality show’ where hosts Peter and Chris experience things on their bucket list while documenting it all for you! This is their second pitch attempt at Stand Up & Pitch.

The Judging Panel

What is a pitch team without a panel of judges to pitch to! Sitting on this year’s judging panel, we have:

Josh Poole. As VP of Development, Josh Poole oversees creative development for Above Average, Broadway Video’s digital comedy studio and production company. Since joining the company in 2012, Josh has played a significant role in shaping Above Average’s programming and content strategy and has produced dozens of short-form series for aboveaverage.com. In his current role he focuses on developing and producing long-form series for both traditional networks and digital platforms.

Laura Schwartz. Manager of Development at New Form Digital, Laura Schwartz has produced three series and 11 pilots, spearheaded a comedy slate, and shepherded New Form’s 2017 diversity initiative. Prior to joining New Form, Laura worked in development and production for MTV’s digital platform MTV (Other).

Peter Putka. Peter is an Emmy Award-winning producer/director (for Imagine New York) and the Executive Producer of Content Development & Production at Some Spider Studios. At Some Spider, Peter helped launch the branded entertainment division for the ScaryMommy channel, directing content for brands such as Chrysler, airbnb, Jet.com and H&M. Now the creative driving force behind the company’s latest original content initiative, he has helped establish its aggressive development fund and content incubator. He is Executive Producer of Scary Mommy’s upcoming show “Lullaby League” starring Jim O’Heir (Parks & Rec).

Spencer Griffin. Spencer Griffin is the Executive Producer and Senior Vice President of Big Breakfast, CollegeHumor’s offshoot production company. As Senior Vice President of Big Breakfast, Griffin has executive produced several shows: Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV; Middle of the Night Show on MTV; Fatal Decision on Verizon’s Go90; IFC’s Comedy Music Awards; Bad Internet on YouTube Red, and the recently announced Hot Date on PopTV. He was recently recognized with a Webby and Telly Award for his co-direction and production of a rap video starring a rapping First Lady Michelle Obama.

Zoe Friedman. Zoe Friedman heads up comedy development for Blue Ribbon Content, a newly formed digital division of Warner Brothers Television. Prior to joining Blue Ribbon Content, Zoe was a production executive at Comedy Central where she helped create and oversee stand-out programming such as Drawn Together, Lil Bush, Dog Bites Man, Crossballs, Comedians of Comedy, and Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Moderator for this year’s Beyond the Box pitch program is Sandra Payne, an award-winning writer/director/producer and the Vice Chairman of the International Academy of Web Television, a division of The Caucus. She has directed and produced more than 90 episodes of various web series.

Don’t miss this event!

Beyond the Box: Playing It Short takes place on Friday, July 28 at 12 Noon sharp in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and is presented by Some Spider Studios, a media & entertainment company and publisher of Scary Mommy and Cafe. Included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular price now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite.

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