Nickelodeon will have their usual heavy presence at the annual Comic Con in San Diego next month and part of that heavy presence will include members of the Nickelodeon animation department manning the official Nickelodeon booth with the express intent of soliciting the raw talents of anybody who thinks they are an animator and might have a shot at doing something for Nickelodeon. Itâ€™s part of annual animation competition from Nickelodeon at Comic Con that has produced its first product for the media company: a 13-episode series order of The Loud House from the 2013 winner of the competition. Budding animators interested in potentially impressing members of the Nickelodeon animation department at Comic Con must register online at Nickelodeonâ€™s site beforehand.
The 2014 San Diego Comic Con will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from July 24-27, 2014.
UPDATED: Nickelodeon’s press release is included below:
NICKELODEON BRINGS ITS ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM TO
SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH OPEN CALL FOR ORIGINAL PROJECTS
Network for First-Time Ever to Take Meetings from Convention Floor
with Goal to Greenlight Pitch from Attendees
Burbank, Calif.â€“June 23, 2014â€“ Continuing its mission to open its doors to more creative talent than ever before, Nickelodeon for the first time will hold an open call for original animated projects at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014 â€“ the biggest fan event of the year.Â On-site from Nickelodeonâ€™s booth on the convention center floor, the networkâ€™s animation development team will take live, in-person pitches from Thursday, July 24, to Saturday, July 26, to greenlight a project for its global Animated Shorts Program. The pitch chosen will be developed into a short with the potential to air on Nickelodeon, appear on www.nick.com or the Nick App, or even be developed into a long-form animated TV series.
â€śComic-Con has always been a place to make connections and discover new, original ideas, so we thought weâ€™d use it as a platform to find someone who could be the next big thing in animation,â€ť said Russell Hicks, Nickelodeonâ€™s President of Content Development and Production. â€śOur Shorts Program helps us source talent and it feeds our content pipeline.Â It has expanded our relationships with creators who range from budding amateurs to experienced professionals, and weâ€™re looking forward to bringing the programâ€™s energy to the convention.â€ť
Nickelodeonâ€™s Comic-Con booth this year features a windowed pitch room at its center, where the networkâ€™s animation development team will hold the open call during select times each day.Â The teamâ€™s meetings will be with Comic-Con attendees, as well as with distributors scouted during the convention. Participants seeking appointments must register in advance at www.nickshortspitches.com, where information, guidelines, requirements and restrictions are posted. Deadline to register is Friday, July 18.
Most recently from the networkâ€™s Animated Shorts Program, the network greenlit 13-episodes of The Loud House by first-time creator Chris Savino (Rockoâ€™s Modern Life, The Powerpuff Girls)–a graduate of the 2013 Program. Inspired by Savinoâ€™s chaotic life growing up in a huge household, the series will follow 11-year-old Lincoln as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive in the bedlam of a large family, especially as the only boy with 10 sisters.
The network also has announced 11 finalists from the 2014 Program, which include: â€śFrancineâ€ť by writer/comedian Katie Crown; â€śMeat Pievs. the Dark Agesâ€ť by Nickelodeon director Gabe Swarr; â€śShelf Lifeâ€ť by Nickelodeon storyboard artist Robert Iza; â€śSummer Memoriesâ€ť by writer/director Adam Yaniv; â€śIce Station Zedonkâ€ť by Nickelodeondirector Tom Parkinson; â€śNight Crewâ€ť by independent animators Caitlin Boyle and Tara Helfer; â€śPlanet Claireâ€ť by Nickelodeon executive producers Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb; â€śThe Outsidersâ€ť by writer Eric Bravo; â€śLeander, Dre and Cyppyâ€ť by Nickelodeon storyboard artist Monica Ray; â€śUglyÂ Muttâ€ť by PUNY Entertainmentâ€™s Shadi Petosky and Dave Hagen; and â€śBad News Bunnyâ€ť by California State University, Fullerton, graduate Tarryn Henderson.
Nickelodeonâ€™s Animated Shorts Program, which is designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids, was launched in 2012 and took 600 pitches in its inaugural year. The program became global its second year. Concepts are received in all animation, styles from 2D, digital 2D, stop motion, CG and mixed media.Â Finalists are provided with the necessary artistic and production support teams to help them complete their fully animated original, humor-based and character-driven shorts.
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