Season 11: The Pitch Competition

Now in its 10th year, the focus of The Pitch Competition is YOU, the burgeoning undiscovered TV writer — and giving you the chance to take your idea for the next great TV show from pitch to screen by opening the doors to some of TV’s greatest showrunners and executives.

In working closely with our panelists, alums, advisory board, and competition partners, our mission is to give you the opportunity, tools, and resources for career advancement by creating a community of support between you and your fellow writers and leading industry members.

We may open the door, but it’s your ideas and talent that keep you in the room.

 


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Submissions Open: November 15, 2021
  • Submission Deadline: January 30, 2022
  • Late Submission Deadline: February 6, 2022
  • Semi-Finalists Announced: March 7, 2022
  • Finalists Announced: April 4, 2022
  • Finalists must confirm attendance: May 6, 2022
  • Live Pitch Competition: June 2 – 5, 2022 at ATX Television Festival (exact day/time to be announced at a later date)

YOUR ENTRY

Each submission consists of two parts:

  1. A ninety (90) second video to pitch us (and participating television executives and creatives) your great idea. It can be any kind of scripted series you want – a half hour sitcom, an hour drama for cable, a hybrid for original online content. The only two (2) requirements are that your pitch must be for a scripted (non-reality) series, and your video cannot exceed ninety (90) seconds. (We’re checking!)
  2. A five to ten (5 – 10) page script sample of the pitch/series you are submitting. This is your chance to show executives that you not only have a great idea, but you have the chops to write it too! Please note, it can be any 5 – 10 pages, not necessarily the first 5 – 10 pages of the script, but all written submissions MUST MATCH the pitch concept entered to qualify.

THE ROUNDS

Round 1: Open submissions! Anyone with an idea for a new show and a five to ten (5 – 10) page script sample may submit. ATX Television Festival will screen and read all submissions, and select the top fifteen (15) from our open submissions to advance to Round 2.

Round 2 (Semi-finals): The top fifteen (15) submissions from Round 1 (open submissions) will join additional fifteen (15) to twenty (20) submissions chosen by our partners Inevitable Foundation, The Black List and Sundance Institute Episodic Program from their respective programs. A maximum of thirty-five (35) Semi-Finalists will be screened by our Round 2 judges. These judges (made up of writers and executives) will select ten (10) Finalists. 

Round 3 (Live Finals): The Live Pitch Finale! This is where the magic happens. The ten (10) finalists chosen by our industry professionals will compete LIVE at ATX Television Festival Season 11 in June, with three (3) full minutes to pitch their ideas. Once all finalists have pitched, our panel of judges (showrunners & executives) will choose up to two runners-up and a first place winner.

HOW TO SUBMIT

1) Have an idea. Got it? Good.

2) Film your ninety (90) second pitch, and then upload it as 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 make sure it’s no more than ninety (90) seconds. Any submissions over ninety (90) seconds will be disqualified and submission fees are non-refundable.

3) Write a five to ten (5 – 10) page script sample of your pitch (can be any 5 – 10 pages, not just the first 5 – 10)! Remember, the script sample must match the pitch submitted. Title pages do NOT count towards your page count, and all samples must be submitted as a .PDF.

4) Complete the payment form on Prekindle, and submit your submission fee. Submission fee is $40 if your pitch is submitted on or before January 30, 2022 (Regular Submission Deadline), and $60 if submitted between January 31 and February 6, 2022 (Late Submission Deadline). If you would like to be considered for a full or partial waiver of the Pitch Competition Submission Fee, please click here for more information. All waiver requests must be submitted before January 26, 2022 at 11:59 PM CT and can only be applied to pitches submitted on or before January 30, 2022 (by the Regular Submission Deadline).

5) Once your submission fee has been processed, you’ll receive an email receipt directing you to our submission form. There you will enter your name, pitch title, unlisted Youtube link, writing sample, and accept the Terms & Conditions.

6) That’s it! Well done, you did it! If you are selected for Round 2 of The Pitch Competition, you will be notified via email by March 7, 2022.

Good luck y’all!


 

STUDIO/NETWORK PARTNERS & JUDGES

The Pitch Competition’s live finale will be judged by a panel of TV writers, showrunners, and executives, which will be announced closer to the festival. For reference, Finale Judges from the Season 10 Competition (2021) included:

  • Brittany Little (VP Drama Development, Universal Television)
  • Bryan Seabury (SVP Drama Development, CBS TV Studio)
  • Danielle De Jesus (VP Scripted Programming, SHOWTIME)
  • Sarah Timberman (producer: Justified, Unbelievable, Seal Team)

PAST AND CURRENT PARTNERSHIPS INCLUDE:


THE PRIZES

SEMI-FINALISTS

Each Semi-Finalist that is not selected to be a Finalist will be entitled to receive one (1) festival badge in the Semi-Finalist’s name to the ATX Television Festival (June 2 – 5, 2022) at no charge (travel and related costs not included). Festival Badge allows access to panels and screenings at all official ATX venues, including The Pitch Competition finale. Capacity and Fast Pass rules for venues apply. Badges must be claimed by May 14, 2021. Please see our official Festival Badge page for details.

FINALISTS

Our ten (10) finalists will pitch live at ATX Television Festival, Season 11 before a panel of industry judges (June 2 – 5, 2022, exact day/time to be announced at a later date)! Individuals or teams will have three (3) minutes to convince judges that they have the best TV show idea in the room.

The ten (10) finalists will each receive:

  • One (1) Festival Badge to ATX TV Festival Season 11 (June 2 – 5, 2022), including:
    • Invitation to a hosted Reception for Pitch Finalists
    • Invitation to Closing Night Party (June 4, 2022)
  • Two (2)  pre-festival virtual Happy Hours, including:
    • Art of the Pitch Workshop presented by Seed & Spark
    • Q&A with Showrunner / Executive
  • Minimum six (6) Bi-Monthly (first Thursday of the month) virtual Happy Hours w/ Special Guests including executives, showrunners, agents, etc.
  • One (1) Annual Subscription to ATX TV Membership Program
  • One (1) month of free hosting on The Black List for their script
  • An invitation to apply directly to the second round of consideration for the 2022 Sundance Institute Episodic Program with application fee waived

RUNNERS-UP

Maximum one to two (1 – 2) runners-up will each receive:

  • General Meeting with ATX TV Pitch Judges for feedback (during Festival)
  • Two (2) months of hosting on The Black List for their script
  • One (1) script evaluation on The Black List

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

The first place winner of ATX Television Festival’s The Pitch Competition will receive:

  • Script Read and General Meeting with ATX TV Pitch Judges for feedback
  • Pitch Mentorship with Showrunner or Executive (three virtual meetings) to help hone and edit the pitch to prepare winner for meetings.
  • Three (3) General Pitch Meetings* with Studio, Network, or Production Company
  • Three (3) months of hosting on The Black List
  • Two (2) script evaluations on The Black List to help fine-tune their pilot script
  • One (1) Festival Badge to ATX Television Festival, Season 12 (2023)

*No specific studio or network is guaranteed to hear pitch.

To view all Terms & Conditions, please click here.

 

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