A TV Comedy Pitch Initiative for Comedy Performers

Presented by Just for Laughs and the New York Television Festival





Congratulations to Jarred Christmas and Steve Williams on being named the winners of the third annual NYTVF-JFL “Set to Screen” Pitch Competition, which was held live during the Just for Laughs Comedy Conference in Montreal last week. As the winners of the competition, Christmas and Williams have been named Official Artists for the 10th annual New York Television Festival, where they will enjoy exclusive access to NYTVF Connect.



The NYTVF joins Just for Laughs in congratulating the five finalists selected in the third annual "Set to Screen” TV Comedy Search:

  • Epic Studios
    Created by Jill Goslicky, Aaron Krebs, and EpicLLOYD

  • Downtown Girls
    Created by Emebeit Beyene and Chandra Russell

  • Mistakes We’re Making
    Created by Jessica Poter

  • The Peter Trials
    Created by Jarred Christmas and Steve Williams

  • The Uncomfort Zone
    Created by Matt Kelly and Kyle Radke

Each creator will have the opportunity to pitch their project live during the JFL ComedyPro Conference on July 25, 2014 in Montreal. The winner of the pitch competition will be invited to participate as an Official Artist at the 2014 NYTVF and have the opportunity to promote their winning concept to the Industry Partners that attend the Festival. Joining NYTVF Founder Terence Gray as judges for the Montreal event are:

  • Brian Hunt – Head of Creative Development, Original Video, Yahoo

  • Dan Pasternack – Vice President of Development and Production, IFC

  • Jeff Meyerson – Director, Comedy Development, FOX Broadcasting Company

Thank you to all who submitted, and congratulations to the finalists. We'll see you in Montreal!  


Deadline extended to May 16!


Just for Laughs and the NYTVF are looking for hilarious new TV comedy ideas (and the masterminds behind them) to compete in the third-annual joint initiative slated for the Just for Laughs ComedyPRO Conference in Montreal, July 24-26. Five finalists will be selected to pitch live during the event before a panel of comedy experts with one winner selected for exclusive showcase opportunities and participation at the 2014 New York Television Festival in October.



What are we looking for?

Some of the world’s most beloved TV shows have stemmed from comedy performers with a strong story and point of view, from classic television like The Cosby Show and Seinfeld to new programming like FX’s Louie, truTV’s Impractical Jokers, and IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! The history of television comedy has been built and sustained by comedy performers, and we’re looking for the next big thing – a show that can uniquely translate a comedic voice to the small screen, either in scripted or unscripted programming.


How do you submit?

Submission packets can be uploaded to Just For Laughs upload page and should include the following:

  • Series treatment that provides an overview of your show concept as well as an outline of the pilot episode that provides an overview of series progression and a segment breakdown. Not to exceed five (5) pages
  • Video illustrating and/or supporting your series treatment. Examples of video submissions can include, but are not limited to: excerpt of stand-up act, taped sketch that highlights character(s), produced scenes or short pilot episode. Submitted video should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes in length.
  • Episode summaries (brief) for four (4) additional episodes following the pilot. Not to exceed two (2) pages TOTAL for all summaries
  • Professional CV or summary
  • $45.00 submission fee
  • Full rules and submission requirements can be found at http://comedypro.hahaha.com/pitch-your-project/


Please note:






Are teams or groups allowed to submit?

Absolutely! Performers that work and/or produce in partnership with writers/directors/producers are welcome to submit a collaborative piece. If you're a performer without a producing partner, this is still an opportunity for you, as long as you have a great idea and can complete the submission requirements outlined above.


What does it mean if I'm selected as a finalist?

Five (5) projects will be selected as finalists and invited to present their pitches during a live event at the Just for Laughs Comedy Conference in Montreal, July 24 - 26. Each finalist will receive a pass to attend the conference, courtesy of Just for Laughs. One winner will selected during the event and invited to participate as an Official Artist in the New York Television Festival, October 20 – 25. All finalists and the winner will retain the rights to their projects throughout the process.


What does “Official Artist” designation at the 2014 NYTVF provide?

The winning pitch and its creator(s) will be invited to the 2014 New York Television Festival to participate as an Official Artist and will enjoy exclusive benefits of NYTVF Connect that are only extended to selected artists. Throughout the week of the Festival there are hundreds of meetings and events – available ONLY to Official Artists – coordinated by the Festival to facilitate meetings, deal making and connections.

NYTVF Connect is the Festival's comprehensive industry track serving artists and top-tier entertainment executives across the creative development spectrum. The program encompasses three unique opportunities that are each designed to maximize Festival participation for artists and executives, providing them with the tools to network, build relationships and collaborate on projects. Artists cannot purchase access to NYTVF Connect and are only eligible to participate if their work is selected to be featured at the Festival.

    NYTVF CONNECT includes:
  • EXECUTIVE ACCESSS provides Festival partners with early access to the independent content showcased at the Festival as well as concierge service to arrange meetings and pitches with projects and artists of interest. Executive Access culminates with hundreds of NYTVF-facilitated meetings during the annual Festival in October, yielding a streamlined interaction model.

    The winning project from the JFL Pitch Event will be distributed to all NYTVF Industry Partners in the weeks leading up to the event.

  • NYTVF PITCH is an exclusive development initiative hosted during the Festival allowing NYTVF Pitch Partners to solicit pitches from the class of Official Artists. Each Pitch Partner guarantees a development deal to be distributed out of the initiative. 2012 NYTVF Pitch Partners included Sundance Channel, truTV, Channel 4, BIO, Hasbro Studios and Logo.

  • INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT CHATS provide industry partners with informal platform to present their development and/or acquisition strategy to the Festival's Official Artists. These intimate discussions provide artists with unique access to decision-makers on the network, studio and agency level.
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