Finalists Announced For the 2017 Edition Of From Set to Screen

June 28, 2017

The finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More, our long-form single or multi-camera series format pitch program, presented by Project 10 Productions in conjunction with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Our finalists are:

* Dahéli Hall and HaJ, Angry Black Women
* Courtney Karwal and Natalie Rose Young, Doug and Devi
* Melanie Backer and Cary Bickley, Gamers
* Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly, Mrs. Football
* Jacques Barrett, The Removalists

About the Teams:


Angry Black Women
Dahéli Hall and HaJ (the “h” is silent) are the co-creators of Angry Black Women, a half-hour comedy series that premiered at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) and which now makes its way to Just For Laughs. Co-creator Dahéli Hall is best known as a cast member and writer on the Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy show, MADtv (Fox). HaJ is an Emmy Award-nominated and award-winning writer, performer and producer and the Creator & Founder of Tickles.TV. Angry Black Women boldly spoofs its derogatory title through the humorous, hyper-realistic tales of two Black females: an actress and a writer striving against all odds in Hollywood. This is the first Stand Up & Pitch appearance for Dahéli and HaJ.


Doug and Devi
Created by Courtney Karwal and Natalie Young, Doug and Devi is an animated series centred around an unlikely partnership between two monstrous lovers: Devi, a Yeti, and Doug, a Sasquatch. Courtney Karwal is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress. She’s a product of the LA stand-up scene, and studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Courtney’s written for Comedy Central, and is the co-creator of a web series produced by Funny or Die called Check Your Surroundings. Natalie Young is a character designer and animator based in Los Angeles. Natalie attended the University of the Arts London where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has spent her time working on productions such as Bojack Horseman, Lucas Bros., Mr. Pickels, Axe Cop and Major Lazer. This is the duo’s first Stand Up & Pitch appearance.


Gamers is a project from Cary Bickley and Melanie Backer about the games people play to make it in business and in love. Writer/creator Cary Bickley has written feature films both on her own and with a partner including The Gun In Betty Lou’s Handbag (Penelope Ann Miller and Julianne Moore), High Crimes (Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Adam Scott) and Spinning Boris (Liev Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony LaPaglia). Producer Melanie Backer developed the screenplay St. Vincent (Bill Murray) with writer/director, Ted Melfi, and developed and produced the feature films, Swimmers (Cherry Jones and Sarah Paulson), The Amati Girls (Anne De Salvo, Cloris Leachman, and Mark Harmon), and Pumpkin starring Christina Ricci. This is the first appearance by Cary and Melanie at Stand Up & Pitch.


Mrs. Football
After making a successful appearance at the 2014 edition of From Set to Screen (their project The Uncomfort Zone was sold to Big Beach Films), Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly return with Mrs. Football, a relationship comedy masquerading as a sports fantasy. Winner of the 2005 Just For Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition, Kyle Radke has since performed at every major comedy festival in Canada and in his very own 30-minute comedy special Kyle Radke Live. A writer for CBC’s Still Standing, Kyle performs nationwide as host of the Investor’s Group Comedy Tour. Matt Kelly created and produced Hookin’ Up, a successful television series for WFN that aired four seasons across North America. Matt also wrote and produced a companion web series called the 5cast that aired over 100 episodes. Last year, Matt was a finalist in Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network Pitch Panel where his series, Inhuman Resources, was picked-up for development by Kevin Hart, himself.


The Removalists
The Removalists is a fresh, warm and very funny take on the home-focused reality TV show model: three stand-up comics help people move out of their home and then set-up a comedy club in the living room as a cool way of saying goodbye. The pitch will be led by Jacques Barrett, a regular on the Australian club and festival circuit. Jacques’ credits include producer and co-host of 2Day FM’s late night comedy show The Wagon.

The Judging Panel

Sitting on this year’s judging panel, we have comedy heavy weights:

Bill Lundy. Bill Lundy is Production Executive: Comedy for Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company. Lundy develops and produces comedic material for Bell Media’s broadcast and specialty channels such as CTV, The Comedy Network, HBO Canada, and CraveTV. Bill is currently production executive on Letterkenny, CraveTV’s smash hit original series. Lundy also execs The Comedy Network’s flagship original stand-up series Just For Laughs: All Access as well as news satire series The Beaverton. Other series Lundy has worked on include Funny as Hell, Match Game, Spun Out, and the award-winning digital series Space Riders: Division Earth.

Colin Davis. Colin Davis is the Senior Director of Original Programming for TBS. He creatively manages five primetime original series, a late night comedy block, multiple pitch-to-screen scripted development projects, and an adult prime animation pipeline. At TBS, Davis has helped usher in their first wave of new series, all of which were renewed: Search Party, Wrecked, People of Earth, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour, and Angie Tribeca.

Kate Lambert. As Senior Vice President, Series Development and Animation for FX Networks, Kate Lambert oversees the development of drama and comedy live-action, as well as animated and short-form, original scripted series for FX Networks. In this role, she has formed relationships with some of the most sought-after producers, writers and talent in the industry today. She was involved in developing pilots for numerous hit series, including Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, Justified, The Americans, American Horror Story, The League and Louie. Kate developed and oversees the Emmy Award®-winning animated series Archer. Most recently, she was instrumental in the development and production of the new comedy series Atlanta, named the best comedy series of the year by the Golden Globe® Awards, WGA Awards, PGA Awards, and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

Monika Zielinska. Monika Zielinska is Comedy Central’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, West Coast. She has served as the Comedy Central Executive in Charge of Production for several hit series including Another Period, Idiotsitter, and the animated mind-bending TripTank. Zielinska’s work in programming, development, and production also includes serving as one of the Comedy Central Executives in Charge of Production on Reno 911! and the first two seasons of Key & Peele. She has also been key to the development and production of shows like Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Jeff & Some Aliens, Problematic with Moshe Kasher, and Detroiters.

Rob Gati. Rob Gati is a comedy executive in Hulu’s Original Programming department. He has been the executive in charge of series such as Casual, Difficult People, Deadbeat, Dimension 404, and the upcoming Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg series Future Man, amongst others. Rob also launched Hulu’s original documentary slate, including the films Batman & Bill, Becoming Bond, Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine, and the upcoming Too Funny To Fail and Obey Giant.

Moderator for this year’s From Set to Screen pitch program is Andrew Barnsley, President and Executive Producer at Project 10 Productions where he is currently the Executive Producer on Schitt’s Creek. His 2017 development and production slate includes series with CTV, CBC, Family Channel, Premo and 20th Century Fox. Opening remarks by Terence Gray, Founder/Executive Director, NYTVF.

The winner of the From Set to Screen competition will be invited to participate as an “Official Artist” at the 2017 New York Television Festival and enjoy exclusive benefits extended only through NYTVF Connect.

Mark your Calendar, Please!

From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More takes place on Friday, July 28 at 10:30 am in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and is presented by Project 10 Productions, an award-winning production company with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. All Stand Up & Pitch events are included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular price now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite.

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