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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
  • Animated shorts that are one to three minutes in length.
  • Creators who are passionate about telling comedic stories in the animated space.
  • Super funny, culturally relevant, relatable and provocative stories that are visually appealing, feature compelling characters and speak to our Comedy Central audience.
  • Stories that start from a grounded place and are based around relationship dynamics, whether it's an ad hoc family or a group of friends or colleagues. We're also open to any genre if your short has a strong comedic backbone and speaks to our brand filters of super funny, relevant, relatable and provocative.
  • Any and all styles and techniques of animation -- including 2-D, digital 2-D, CG, stop-motion or mixed media -- are OK.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:


A storyboard or other visual representation of your one-to-three minute story is required. We are open to however you want to present your pitch as long as it's accompanied by visuals. Basically, we want to see your pitch and be able to say, “We love this. Let’s make it!” and then quickly start executing your vision.


Options include, but are not limited to: ​

  • A rough beat board (prov​iding the key beats of the story)
  • A full storyboard (thumbnail, rough or cleaned up)
  • A comic or picture book
  • An animatic

Click NEXT to review our submission release form, and then you will be asked to fill out our submission form. Thanks!


SUBMISSION RELEASE FORM & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TERMS
Dear Sir/Madam:

You have indicated that you wish to submit to Viacom Media Networks ("VMN") certain ideas, proposals, marketing or promotional plans, program formats, treatments, artwork or other material (the "Material"). By signing this letter in the space indicated below and returning it to VMN, you confirm that you have read the enclosed VMN policy concerning the acceptance of the Material, for review, and you also accept the terms of this letter agreement (referred to herein as the "Release" or the "Agreement"). The Material should be summarized on the attached Information Sheet submitted with this letter agreement.

The following shall constitute our agreem​ent with respect to the Material:

  1. In consideration of your agreement to the terms and conditions set forth below, VMN agrees to cause its appropriate employee having the duty of evaluating material of the type now being submitted by you to review your Material.
  2. You acknowledge that there does not now exist, nor has there ever existed, nor will there exist, a fiduciary relationship between you and VMN. You requested this opportunity to submit your Material to VMN and you make this submission voluntarily either on a solicited or unsolicited basis. You and VMN had not yet reached an agreement concerning the use of the Material and you realize that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or may be implied against, VMN unless and until a formal written contract has been entered into between you and VMN, and then the obligation shall be only as is expressed in the formal written contract.
  3. You acknowledge that, commencing on the date of the submission of the Materials and continuing for six (6) months thereafter (the “Freeze Period), all rights in and to the Materials (including but not limited to any concepts, characters, etc. contained therein) are frozen so that you may not use, exploit and/or dispose of the Materials in any manner. Upon expiration of the Freeze Period, VMN shall retain a non-exclusive, irrevocable and perpetual right to exhibit, disseminate, or broadcast the Materials (and any portion(s) or element(s) thereof) in any manner, in all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, solely in connection with the Comedy Central Animation Shorts Program and the advertising, promoting and marketing thereof.
  4. You declare that all of the important features of your Material, and the particular items being submitted by you (e.g., script, outline, drawings, photographs, taped materials, etc.) are summarized on the Information Sheet attached to this Agreement, and you have disclosed no other features to VMN.

    You acknowledge that this Release covers and governs any and all of the Material, whether first submitted to VMN contemporaneously with, or prior to, or following, the execution of this Release, and applies also to any submission of the Material made to VMN by another source, directly or indirectly, by or through you.

    You warrant that the material is original to you, that you are the sole and exclusive creator, author and owner of the Material, and that no one else has any right to the Material. You further warrant that no rights in the Material have previously been granted to anyone nor has the Material otherwise been exploited in any way. You believe your Material and its features to be unique and novel. Further, no third party is required to grant VMN permission for the fulfillment of the terms of this release and the grant of rights.

    However, you cannot and will not assume or infer from the fact that VMN will accept your offer to submit your Material to VMN, that VMN regards your Material, or any part thereof, as novel, valuable or usable. You recognize that other persons including VMN employees may have submitted to VMN or to others or made public, or may hereafter originate and submit or make public, similar or identical material which VMN shall have the right to use, and you understand that you will not be entitled to any compensation because of VMN's use of such other similar or identical material. Subject to the foregoing provisions, VMN will not make any use of any legally protectable portion of your Material unless you and VMN have agreed in a writing signed by both parties concerning your compensation for such use, which compensation shall in no event be greater than the compensation normally paid by VMN for similar Material from comparable sources.
  5. Any controversy arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, including without limitation any claim that VMN has used any legally protectable portion of your Material in violation of the terms hereof, shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, and the parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of New York for the resolution of such matters. In the event of such controversy you agree that you shall assert such claims not later than six (6) months after the date on which you first learned (or reasonably should have been aware) of VMN's use or intended use of any portion of the Material. You further agree that your rights and remedies, if any, shall be limited to an action to recover money damages in an action at law, and without limitation of the foregoing, you expressly agree that you shall not seek to enjoin or restrain the production, exhibition, distribution, licensing, advertising, and/or promotion of any of VMN's programming, promotional or marketing plans, and/or any of the subsidiary rights in connection therewith.
  6. You have retained a copy of this Release and of your Material, and you release VMN from liability for loss or damage to the Material. You also acknowledge and agree that VMN is not obligated to return your Material to you and, accordingly, VMN may destroy the Material after it is submitted to VMN, and you release VMN from liability for destruction of the Material. VMN's review of your Material constitutes VMN's acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth herein, and VMN shall have relied upon your agreement herein in considering your Material for review.
  7. This Release constitutes our entire understanding and agreement, and supersedes all prior understandings, whether written or oral. Any subsequent modification or waiver of this Release must be in writing, signed by both of us. The invalidity of any provision hereof is not to affect the remaining provisions.
  8. You are executing this Release voluntarily, without coercion or undue influence from any source, and do so with complete understanding of all of its terms and effects, and every portion thereof.
  9. As used in this Release, the terms "you" and "your" includes and binds the undersigned and any and all legal representatives of the undersigned. As used in this release, the terms "VMN" and "we" includes and inures to the benefit of Viacom Media Networks, Viacom International Inc., and their successors, assigns, employees, officers, directors, licensees, and associated companies and individuals.
Sincerely,
Viacom Media Networks,
a division of Viacom International Inc.​



SUBMISSION RELEASE FORM

Concept Title *


Name(s) *


E-mail Address *


Street Address *


City *


Country *


ZIP


Type of Show

If possible, I would like to pitch *

Tell us a brief description of your idea *


Character Description


Story ideas *


If this short form concept was developed into a long form series, how would you develop it further?


How is this concept right for Comedy Central? *


Tell us something about yourself, include links to websites, resume, etc. *


If available, link to more pitch content:


Is this property based off an already existing property? (E.g. book, toy)

If Yes, Property Name


Have you submitted an idea to MTV Networks in the past 5 years?

If yes, Name of Network


If yes, Name of Project


Action


Coverage Comments

Submission Type


Pass Letter Sent On:

Select a date from the calendar.

Status


Sub test Date

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Year


Pitch materials