SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED — Check back for finalist announcements on April 3, 2014
2nd ATX Pitch Competition Semi-Finalists
First Last Pitch Title
|Ryan||Gerossie||Lord of the Land|
|Keith||Habersberger||Jews in Smith County|
|Manny||Valdivia||East Side Story|
|Steph||Garcia||Dead and Breakfast|
|Sarah||Hall||Coming Up Rose|
|Jessica||Johnson||Late to Class|
|Meghan||Pleticha||Vacation: All I Ever Wanted|
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.
2013 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: SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED
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) Click the payment button below to submit your $25 submission fee. You will be redirected to the Pitch Submission form where you will enter your information, accept the terms & conditions and enter your unlisted YouTube link. Click Submit on the form, and you’re done!