News

Submissions Are Now Open For Stand Up & Pitch ’19

March 11, 2019

Submissions Are Now Open
For one of Comedy’s Most Prestigious Pitch Programs
Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch ’19

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is thrilled to partner with
CBC Comedy, Project 10 Productions and Tubefilter once again  

 The event is set to take place July 24 – 27, 2019 in Montreal, Canada as part of
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO

 Deadline to submit your pitch: May 6, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.  

Montreal, March 11, 2019 – Submissions are now open for the largest and longest-running comedy pitch program, the 10th annual Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch in Montreal. CBC Comedy, Project 10 Productions and Tubefilter return as presenters of this unique program, running from July 24-27, 2019 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 or TV concept to a panel of seasoned development and production executives, in a room filled with over 100 comedy industry tastemakers and accredited industry professionals. Furthermore, a total of five Canadian projects will be selected to pitch directly to CBC executives and members of the Canadian creative community as part of the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program. One winner will be selected from each session format and will be invited back for the 2020 edition of Just For Laughs ComedyPro. He/she 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.

Several successful digital and TV series got their start during Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch, including Fatal Murder Mystery (Shaftesbury/Just For Laughs), That’s My Bus (FOX), My 90-Year-Old Roommate (CBC Comedy), Newborn Moms (CBC Comedy) and Epic Studios (Maker Studios).

Open to comedians, writers, producers and creators, Stand Up & Pitch offers two (2) formats for submission, in addition to the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program:

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 animation series. These pitches are intended for television programs running 30mins. Previous panelists for this program have included executives from esteemed companies including Amazon, Bell Media, CBS, 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. Previous panelists for this program have included executives from notable companies including Above Average, Adult Swim, Bell Media, Funny or Die, YouTube, and more.

CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program
Presented by CBC Comedy, submissions are now open for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Projects will be drawn from both Stand Up & Pitch formats (Beyond The Box and From Set to Screen). The CBC is a long-time partner of Just For Laughs ComedyPRO, having helped develop the following programs from previous years in this program including How To Buy A BabyNewborn MomsMy 90-Year-Old Roommate and the upcoming Diversity League.

Deadline to submit projects for this year’s event is May 6, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.

“We are ecstatic to launch the 10th edition of Stand Up & Pitch and are looking forward to seeing what this year’s submissions have in store for us. This wouldn’t be possible without our partners, and we are delighted to have CBC, Project 10 Productions and Tubefilter back on board this year. Just For Laughs is a world renowned festival, where industry executives visit to discover new comedy talent. This pitch program offers the same opportunities for comedy creators in both the television and digital industry. We couldn’t be more proud to offer these creators a platform to showcase the next wave of comedy content.”  – Paul Ronca, Director of Industry and Special Events Programming, Just For Laughs.

“CBC has partnered with Just For Laughs ComedyPRO for many years and it’s an event we look forward to each year. The CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program provides another avenue for us seek out and uncover new ideas and in many cases, new talented Canadian voices. The program has produced several highly successful properties that our audiences have embraced and we look forward to adding to that list this year.” – Michelle Daly, Senior Director, Comedy, CBC

“It is with great pride that Project 10 are once again partnering with Just For Laughs ComedyPRO. Comedy development and production for television are Project 10’s core businesses.  We could not continue to be leaders in comedy without the on-going support and partnership of Just For Laughs. ComedyPRO is the global marquee destination for world class comedic talent and world class comedy television pitches.  Stand Up & Pitch will remain a priority for Project 10 for as long as JFL remains committed to keeping audiences laughing around the world.” – Andrew Barnsely, Project 10 Productions.

“ComedyPRO is the premiere event for the comedy industry and the place to be for comedy content creators. As such, it is an absolute must-attend for Tubefilter. Our mission to grow the business of online content is directly influenced by our association with the strongest brand in comedy, Just for Laughs. We are thrilled to return as presenter of the Beyond the Box Pitch session and bring our readers all the news from the cutting edge of digital first comedy. “ – Drew Baldwin, Co-Founder, Tubefilter

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is the premiere event of the comedy industry, bringing together the biggest and most important players for four days of industry and cast panels, keynotes, live podcasts, networking parties, pitch sessions and one-on-one meetings. Just For Laughs ComedyPRO returns this year from July 24-27, 2019.

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 CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

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.

About Tubefilter
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.

Leave a Reply