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Just for Laughs and NYTVF Re-Team for Comedy Pitch Competition

March 11, 2013

“From Set to Screen” Initiative Targets Comedy Performers

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Five Finalists to Pitch Live During Just For Laughs ComedyPro Conference; One Winner will be Invited as Official Artist to the 9th Annual New York Television Festival

Just for Laughs and the NYTVF today announced the second iteration of a unique partnered initiative seeking original TV pitches from comedy pros.

The competition is specifically seeking comedic projects that are based on or inspired by stories, sketches or characters developed by stand-up comics and their writing partners, improv groups, sketch comedy teams and TV comedy writers working with performance-based formats.

Five finalists will be invited to pitch their concepts live during an event at the Just for Laughs ComedyPro Conference in Montreal, July 25 – 27, 2013, during the 31st Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec.

One winner and their comedy project will be selected for exclusive showcase opportunities and participation at the 9th Annual New York Television Festival, scheduled for October 21 – 26, 2013, in Lower Manhattan.

“We’re thrilled to join forces with Just for Laughs Montreal for the second installment of this initiative to provide great new voices with tangible television development opportunities,” said NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. “The current TV landscape is dominated by comedy – from groundbreaking sitcoms to comedic formats – and there’s a tremendous market for comedy talent and sensibilities right now.”

The pitch competition is open to worldwide applicants age 18 and over. Sitcom concepts not currently under development at a network, studio or major production company and meeting all other criteria in the Official Rules are eligible for the competition.

For consideration, creators will be asked to submit a series treatment and outline along with supporting video and will retain all rights to their concepts throughout the process. Official contest rules and dates can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

A screening committee of Just for Laughs and NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to five finalists. These finalists will be invited to pitch their concepts live before a panel of comedy experts during the Just for Laughs ComedyPro Conference in Montreal, July 25 – 27, 2013. One winner will be selected and will enjoy exclusive showcase opportunities and participation as an Official Artist at the 2013 New York Television Festival in October.

As an Official Artist, the winner’s series pitch will be shared with the NYTVF’s Industry Partners prior to the Festival and he or she will enjoy exclusive opportunities to participate in the artist-only track at the Festival, including NYTVF Pitch as well Executive Access and Artist Development Chats.