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Fox to "Inkubate" Toon Shorts in New Pilot Program

Fox has launched a new initiative to seed its schedule with possible new animated series, The Hollywood Reporter says.

The network and corporate sibling Twentieth Century Fox TV have launched Fox Inkubation, a division that will fund two-minute films by aspiring animation writer/producers instead of ordering scripts from them. Successful shorts may be developed as pilots, and shorts created for the program may get digital distribution or be used in viral marketing.

Jennifer Howell, formerly of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Important Films, will oversee Inkubation and a new animation development department at the network.

About a dozen projects are already in development, and the studio plans to have up to twenty-five in development at any one time.

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