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PR: The Detour on TELETOON Pilot Project Takes Flight with Cuppa Coffee's Nerdland

Toronto -TELETOON, Canada’s only all animation network, is seeking pitches for surreal, irreverent and hilarious cartoons for The Detour on TELETOON Pilot Project. Canadian producers are invited to submit proposals to produce a pilot in either English or French to be broadcast on The Detour on TELETOON, the network’s popular teen/adult orientated programming block.TELETOON announces the first production to be green-lit by the Pilot Project is Nerdland, a 22 minute, stop-motion comedy from Toronto-based Cuppa Coffee. More information on the Pilot Project and complete submission information can be found at corp.teletoon.com. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2007.

“TELETOON is looking for no-holds-barred iconoclastic comedy that satirizes pop-culture,” said Michael Goldsmith, Director, Original Content. “We want new adult-oriented cartoons that can play alongside hits like Robot Chicken and Tripping the Rift, but at the same time are completely fresh. With this project, we are looking to forge new relationships with up and coming talent and to build upon our relationships within the Canadian animation industry.”

Drawing upon elements of fantasy, Cuppa Coffee’s Nerdland is the first project to be green-lit by the Pilot Project. Full of sharp pop culture references and with a scathing sense of humour, Nerdland follows the misanthropic adventures of a group of obsessive nerds as they try to survive in a decidedly nerd-unfriendly society.

To be considered for The Detour on TELETOON Pilot Project, producers are first asked to complete an electronic submission sheet available online at corp.teletoon.com. Producers selected from this submission for phase two of development will then be required to send in the following materials: a script, a mini series bible and preliminary designs as well as a proposed delivery schedule and production budget (suggested pilot budget is $200,000). Producers are also encouraged to explain how the pilot will develop into a series for The Detour on TELETOON and consider the ways in which the series could be expanded over multiple platforms to engage viewers through different media such as online and mobile. Green-lit pilots will be financed through TELETOON and the Canadian Television Fund where eligible. Pilots will air on The Detour on TELETOON in fall 2008.

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