Just For Laughs and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) showcase five new program ideas presented by the comedians, writers, and sketch performers who created them. Presented by Project 10 Productions, “From Set to Screen” is an open-pitch format that invites selected participants to pitch their projects to a panel of industry experts. Some of the world’s most beloved shows have stemmed from comedy performers – from classic television like Roseanne and Seinfeld to more current programming ranging from Netflix’s Master of None and Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, to IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! and Amazon’s Transparent. The history of comedy has been built and sustained by the performers themselves, and we’re in search of the next big thing: a show that can uniquely translate a comedic voice to the small screen, be it scripted or unscripted programming.
One winning project will be welcomed as a participant in IFP Week, as a selected project for presentation or guest of the event. IFP Week takes place September 15 to 20, 2018, at the Made in NY Media Center in New York City. Participation does not include travel or accommodations. IFP Week is a week of meetings, screenings, talks, meet-ups, exhibitions, and tours centered on cutting-edge independent content for the big screen, small screen and Internet. Additionally, the winner will be invited back to the 2019 edition of Just For Laughs ComedyPRO. He/she will receive one (1) free trip to the 2019 edition of the festival, including one flight, a hotel room for up to three (3) nights, and a festival pass.
There will also be a 15-minute open question period at the end of the session.
Opening Remarks: Amy Dotson (Deputy Director & Head of Programming, IFP)
Moderator: Andrew Barnsley (President and Executive Producer, Project 10 Productions)
Ada Chiaghana (Director, Original Programming , HBO)
Jonathan Gabay (Senior Vice President, Comedy Development & Programming, FOX Broadcasting Company)
Ashley Golden (Director, Orginial Programming, TBS)
Gina Kwon (Co-Head of Comedy/Half-hour TV, Amazon Studios)
Billy Rosenberg (Director and Head of Comedy Originals, Hulu)
Sarah Weaver (Director, Programming & Planning, Specialty Channels, Bell Media)
Adriano Valentini, The Age Of Insecurity
David Taylor, Barnum
Joe Abel and Dwayne Perkins, Black Republican
Stefan Brogren and Michelle Shaughnessy, Spinsters
Leslie Rathe, Tethered
Access: ALL pass holders are allowed into this event