Chris Savino’s ‘The Loud House’

Nickelodeon widens its Writing Program to accept worldwide applications

Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program 2015

Viacom-owned cable and satellite TV network Nickelodeon has announced an open call for its 2015 global Animated Shorts Program, open worldwide. They’ll be taking pitches between 1st February – 31st March 2015.

They’ve also announced an expansion to their Writing Program, opening it up to applications from across the globe.

Ideas and pitches will be accepted from a wide pool of creative talent from all quarters including artists, designers, writers, directors and comedians. Creators will be provided with the necessary artistic and production support teams to help them complete their fully animated short.

Shorts must be original, humor-based and character-driven. All animation styles are encouraged from 2D, digital 2D, stop motion, CG or mixed media. Final pitches should be two minutes in length, and in the form of a rough storyboard.

 

Chris Savino’s ‘The Loud House’
Chris Savino’s ‘The Loud House’

 

This is the  fourth year for the program, and the network’s development team will continue to oversee domestic and international pitches for the Nickelodeon and Nick preschool audience. Last year, it yielded its first 13-episode series greenlight with Chris Savino’s The Loud House, which will premiere in 2016.

Past select animated shorts will also be presented on the Short Toons section on Nick.com (and, presumably, on nick.co.uk) and the Nick App.

Nickelodeon has also announced it’s expanding its Nickelodeon Writing Program, now in its 15th year, to include a contender who lives outside the United States among the four finalists for the first time. The program receives more than 1,400 applications each year and the four newcomers will join an alumni group of 44.

While in the Program, writers receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. They also meet series creators, story editors and showrunners, as well as work in writers’ rooms, attend pitches, records, show tapings and more.

This year’s program will be modified to a six-month length, with one selected participant spending the first three months in London with the international production and development team, followed by six weeks in the writers’ room in LA. The participant is then paired with an animator for the remainder of the program back in London.

• Full program guidelines for the Animated Shorst Program are available at www.nickshortspitches.com

• For details of the Writing Program visit http://nickanimationstudio.com/writing-program

 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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