Do you have an idea for a TV show?
Something ground-breaking and fascinating? Perhaps a re-imagining of a classic series? Or some kind of Scandal meets Parenthood meets New Girl? A story begging to be told episodically, now if only you could be stuck in an elevator with a powerful studio executive or producer, you would have just enough time to make them see its potential immediately!
ATX Television Festival and Final Draft, Inc. are offering you that chance in our 2nd Annual PITCH COMPETITION. You have ninety seconds to sell us on your original idea for a scripted series. Pitch any kind of show you want: a ½ hour for a traditional network, an hour drama for cable, a hybrid for original online content. Our only guideline is that it be for a scripted (non-reality) series and pitched in under a minute and half.
ATX Television Festival is creating an invaluable opportunity for industry hopefuls to gain rare access to the creative minds behind TV and some of the studios’ biggest decision-makers!
ATX Television Festival will screen all submissions and choose TWENTY-FIVE (25) semi-finalists to be judged by our panel of industry professionals including: Paul Scheer (Creator/Actor on NTSF:SD:SUV::, The League), Bryan Seabury (VP of Drama Development at CBS Network), Julie Plec (Creator/Writer The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Tomorrow People), Kyle Killen (Creator of Lone Star, Awake. Mind Games), Katie Krentz (Director of Comedy Animation, Cartoon Network), David Semel (Executive Producer/Director, American Dreams, Dawsons Creek, Hemlock Grove, Homeland), and special guest judges, who will narrow the 25 semi-finalists down to TEN (10) finalists.
These TEN (10) finalists will compete at ATX Television Festival to pitch with twice the amount of time! Individuals or teams will get three minutes to pitch before a live audience to our panel of industry judges who will choose a single winner to then pitch to an ACTUAL DECISION-MAKER.
First Pitch Competition Winner: Marc Muszynski –
“The pitch competition was eye opening and door opening all at once. We got to see pitches for nine other amazing shows and watch what and how they connected with the industry judges. Then, with the help of our incredible mentor, Dina Hillier, we got to work our idea into a full-length pitch. That process was invaluable for learning the artistic and business demands for a TV show. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, we got to take our pitch to showrunners and execs at studios, broadcast and cable networks!”**
** Marc Muszynski pitched to Sony Pictures Television, Comedy Central and NBC
Take a look at the first year pitch competition’s finalists:
Wonder how to Submit? Maybe what NOT to do…see Matt Lauria (Parenthood) and Arielle Kebbel’s (The Vampire Diaries) demonstration…
How To Submit (starting December 6, 2013 there will be an online form that appears on this page for submissions)
Submitting is as easy as 1…2…3…
1) Have an idea. Got it? Good.
2) Film your 90 second pitch, and then upload it an unlisted video on YouTube (See – What is an unlisted YouTube video). This can be as simple as recording yourself on your iPhone OR as elaborate and high production value as you want to go. It’s your call, just keep it under 90 seconds (anything over will be disqualified and non-refundable).
3) Fill out the form below by accepting terms and conditions, entering your information, paying the $25 submission fee through Amazon Payments, and entering your unlisted YouTube link. Click Submit, and you’re done!
** You will get a confirmation email from email@example.com. If you don’t, please email the same address with your information for details.
ALL ENTRIES will receive a discount code for 32% off the latest version of FINAL DRAFT (retailing at $249). Use it to write the treatment or pilot with the best writing software on the market. Courtesy of our sponsor, FINAL DRAFT, INC.
In addition, all entries will receive a $25 coupon code off any level of ATX Television Festival badge.
These two discounts/coupons more than pay for the $25 submission processing fee!
** Codes will be distributed when Finalists are announced, and will be good for 2 weeks from the date of receipt. Festival badges subject to capacity. If badge is purchased and contestant makes FINALS ATX Television Festival will refund the purchase price. FINAL DRAFT, INC. purchases are final.
FIFTEEN (15) runners-up (from the 25 semi-finalist group) will receive Panel badges to the Festival, allowing them to see any panels, including the Final Pitch Competition.
TEN (10) finalists will pitch live at ATX Television Festival (June 5-8, 2014) in Austin, TX [NOTE: travel not included] before the panel of judges! Individuals or teams will have three minutes to convince judges in front of a live audience that they have the best TV show idea.
The TEN (10) finalists will each receive a Weekend badge to the Festival, plus two tickets to opening night premiere screening and after-party to start the festival off right, PLUS the most recent copy of FINAL DRAFT, thanks to our competition sponsors, Final Draft, Inc.! Take your pitch that got you in the top ten and write the treatment and pilot script using the best writing software on the market.
Our panel of judges will choose ONE winner after hearing the 10 live pitches. This winner will receive a meeting with one of our judges (based on the show’s genre/judges’ availability) to explore the idea of his/her series and gain notes to better develop the series. After the pitch is honed, the winner will then get a pitch meeting in front of one of our studio/network partners (again, dependent on the show’s genre and style) to try and sell his or her pilot for production.
Submission Fee: $25
- Competition Launch: December 6, 2013
- Submissions End: January 15, 2014
- 25 Semi Finalists Announced: February 27, 2014
- 10 Finalists Announced: April 3, 2014
- Finalists must confirm attendance: April 17, 2014
- Paul Scheer, Creator/Actor of NTSF:SD:SUV:: and Actor on The League
- Bryan Seabury, VP of Drama Development at CBS Network
- Julie Plec, Creator of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Tomorrow People
- Kyle Killen, Creator of Lone Star, Awake, Mind Games
- Katie Krentz, Director of Cartoon Animation, Cartoon Network
- David Semel, Executive Producer & Director of American Dreams, Dawsons Creek, Hemlock Grove, Homeland
Information on competition sponsor:
Final Draft, Inc.
For over 20 years, Final Draft, Inc. has published Final Draft® software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world. Final Draft software paginates and formats your script to industry standards allowing the story to be the writer’s main focus. Our other resources for writers include the BigBreak Contest – an annual screenwriting contest designed to launch careers; the Insider View Webinars – in-depth interviews with industry professionals; and ScriptXpert coverage services. The recently launched Final Draft Writer and Final Draft Reader mobile apps for iPad allow you to write, edit, read and annotate FDX files easily anywhere, anytime. To learn more visit www.finaldraft.com