SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR ONE OF COMEDY’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS PITCH PROGRAMS: JUST FOR LAUGHS STAND UP & PITCH ’20
March 5, 2020
Submissions Are Now Open For One of Comedy’s Most Prestigious Pitch Programs Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch ’20
The event is set to take place July 22 – 25, 2020 at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO during the 38th edition of the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada
Submissions are now open for the largest and longest-running comedy pitch program, the 11th annual Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch in Montreal. Project 10 Productions and Tubefilter return as presenters of this unique program, running from July 22-25, 2020 during ComedyPRO, Just For Laughs’ elite comedy industry conference.
With submissions being accepted from all over the world, Stand Up & Pitch: The Comedy Content Search will offer five finalists in each category the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch their digital, TV or OTT concept to a panel of seasoned development and production executives, in a room filled with over 100 comedy industry tastemakers and accredited industry professionals. One winner will be selected from each session format and will be invited back for the 2021 edition of Just For Laughs ComedyPRO. They will receive one (1) free trip to the Just For Laughs Festival, including flight, a hotel room for up to three (3) nights, and a festival pass.
Stand Up & Pitch showcases projects from across the comedy spectrum, from a diverse range of comedy creators. Projects have come from creators such as festival favorites Andy Kindler and Jay Oakerson, YouTube sensation Epic Lloyd Ahlquist (Epic Rapp Battles), notable Netflix performers Keisha Zollar and Dwayne Perkins, JFL New Face Leonard Chan, Award winning producer Lauren Corber and First Nation Canadian star Darrell Dennis.
Open to comedians, writers, producers and creators, Stand Up & Pitch offers two (2) formats for submission:
From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More
Presented by Project 10 Productions, submissions are now being accepted for single or multi-camera scripted sitcoms, game shows, reality shows, variety, sketch or animated series. These pitches are intended for television programs running 30mins. This year’s prestigious panelists confirmed to date include Devin Griffin (Executive Vice President & General Manager, BET+), Kate Adler (Executive Vice President of Comedy Development, CBS Television Studios) and Chris Kelley (Production Executive, Original Programming, Comedy, Bell Media), moderated by Ben Murray (President, Project 10 Canada). Previous panelists for this program have included executives from other esteemed companies including Amazon, Comedy Central, FOX, HBO and more.
Beyond the Box: Playing It Short
Presented by Tubefilter, submissions are now being accepted for digital-first shows aimed for YouTube or other digital platforms, including scripted, animation, factual, variety and sketch. These pitches are intended for shows running 15mins or less. This year’s prestigious panelists include Deniese Davis (COO, ColorCreative), Ally Engelberg (Director of Development and Production, Above Average), Jennifer Danielson (Senior Vice President of Digital Content at Comedy Central) and Zadi Diaz (Founder, Major Digital Studios), moderated by Drew Baldwin (Founder and CEO, Tubefilter, Creator and Executive Producer, The Streamy Awards).
Deadline to submit projects for this year’s event is May 8, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.
For additional details, full submission guidelines, and to submit for the 11th annual Stand Up & Pitch program, visit the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO website at www.comedypro.hahaha.com/submissions.
“We’re headed into year eleven of Stand Up & Pitch at JFL ComedyPRO, which is a testament to the success of the program and the great support from our partners at Project 10 Productions and Tubefilter. We’re so excited and can’t wait to see what this year’s submissions have in store for us. Just For Laughs is a world-renowned festival, where industry executives visit to discover new comedy talent and creators. This pitch program offers the same opportunities for comedy creators in the television, streaming and digital industry. We’re so honoured that creators continue to submit to the event, which is proof this program is a strong showcase for the next wave of comedy content.” -Paul Ronca, Senior Director of Creative Development and Brand Partnerships, Just For Laughs.
“Project 10 is thrilled to once again sponsor the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO’s Stand Up & Pitch program. Every year our development team is blown away by the level of talent invited to participate on the pitch panel. Our core business is comedy development for global television audiences. Because of this, we will never miss out on an opportunity to be a part of this festival or to be exposed to up and coming television voices. Comedy is important and the world can always use more of it. We are very proud to support ComedyPRO and all of the talent involved in the festival.” – Andrew Barnsley, CEO, Project 10 Productions.
“As the premiere event for the comedy industry and the place to be for comedy content creators, ComedyPRO is a must-attend for Tubefilter. We are thrilled to return as presenter of the Beyond the Box Pitch session and to bring our readers all the news from the cutting edge of digital-first comedy at Just For Laughs.” – Drew Baldwin, Co-Founder, Tubefilter
About Just For Laughs ComedyPRO
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, networking events and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.
About Project 10 Productions Inc.
Project 10 Productions Inc. is a global television production company with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles specializing in scripted comedy. The company works closely with high-profile talent to develop and produce compelling content for the worldwide marketplace. The principal executives for Project 10 Productions Inc. are Andrew Barnsley, Ben Murray (Toronto) and Andrew Moncrief (Los Angeles). Leveraging their considerable strengths and decades of experience with those of partner and three-time MLB All-Star Vernon Wells, Project 10 has established itself as a go-to partner for domestic and international creators, broadcasters and distributors alike.
Tubefilter is the most trusted and widely read source for YouTube, online video, and digital media news, analysis, and events. Through its trade news and analysis, community events, and creator advocacy programs, Tubefilter has helped to foster the growth, promotion, and legitimization of a new, independent professional entertainment industry. Tubefilter properties include its flagship publication, Tubefilter News, the Tubefilter Charts, its popular YouTube Millionaires series, and the Streamy Awards.
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