Call for Submissions Announced for Stand Up & Pitch ‘17

February 21, 2017


Just For Laughs’ Comedy Pitch Program is Looking for
 Original Web and TV Concepts

Deadline: May 8, 2017

February 21, 2017 [Montreal, PQ] — Just For Laughs ComedyPRO, the largest and most important gathering of comedy’s biggest players, has issued a ‘call for submissions’ for Stand Up & Pitch. The annual open forum pitch program, presented in conjunction with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) and the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV), is looking for original web and TV concepts suitable for digital or broadcast platforms. Deadline for submissions is May 8, 2017. For details and guidelines visit:

Now in its sixth year, Stand Up & Pitch is part of a growing ComedyPRO schedule of pitch programs, showcase events, and one-on-one meetings that introduce up-and-coming comedy talent to blue-chip industry executives. The program offers selected creators and producers the opportunity to pitch their web and TV concepts to a panel of senior development and production executives in a room filled with over 100 decision makers and accredited observers.

Web and TV series such as My 90 Year Old Roommate (CBC Comedy), Newborn Moms (CBC Comedy), Epic Studios (Maker Studios), and That’s My Bus (FOX) have all had their genesis at Stand Up & Pitch.

“Bringing people together and creating new and fruitful relationships is one of ComedyPRO’s primary objectives,” says Paul Ronca, Director of Industry & Special Events Programming and Strategic Partner Development at Just For Laughs. “We’re thrilled to provide an open door to young creators wanting to be discovered, and for executives looking for the next hit series.”

Stand Up & Pitch
Submissions Deadline: May 8, 2017

Open to comics, writers, producers and creators, Stand Up & Pitch offers two (2) pitch formats:

From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More presented with the NYTVF. Submissions are single or multi-camera scripted sit-coms, game shows, reality shows, variety, sketch or animation series intended for a half-hour per episode running time.

Beyond the Box: Play It Short presented with the IAWTV. Submissions are digital-first shows with episode lengths no greater than 15 minutes. Pitches can include scripted, animation, factual, variety and sketch – ideas aimed at YouTube or other digital platforms.

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO runs from July 26 – 29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, part of the 35th annual Just for Laughs Festival, which takes place from July 12 – 31st, 2017.

About 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, and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.

About the Just For Laughs Group:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has had but one goal in its 30-plus years of operation: make people happy. To achieve this goal, the Just For Laughs Group has focused on four major products: festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney; television production including Gags seen in over 130 countries and on over 75 airlines and stand-up specials; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour; and talent management. The Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming on average 1.35 million visitors to Montreal each summer and generating approximately $80 million for the city’s economy. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and are all connected to each other via the Internet.

About the NYTVF:
Established in 2005, the New York Television Festival is a pioneer of the independent television movement, constructing new and innovative paths of development and talent identification while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. Its annual New York Television Festival, held each fall in New York City, is recognized as the industry’s first independent television festival, which provides a platform to elevate the work of artists creating for the small screen. Through the festival and other year-round activities, the NYTVF’s mission is to connect its community of over 15,000 independent creative artists with leading networks, studios, and brands by cultivating relationships that lead to new opportunities.

About IAWTV:
the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) is a non-profit organization comprised of leaders in the field of web video, and the digital entertainment industry. Founded in 2009, the IAWTV is helping to shape the rapidly evolving digital entertainment industry while providing a venue for the acknowledgement of artistic and technological achievement in original entertainment distributed on the open internet. The IAWTV is now a division of The Caucus. For the past 40 years in network television (and now in cable and satellite television as well), The Caucus has provided a forum for the best and the brightest creative talent in Hollywood, to network together as the ‘creative conscience’ of the television industry.

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For additional information, contact:
Julie Giles, Just for Laughs ComedyPRO
Tel: +1 416-878-5328

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