NICKELODEON GIVES CREATORS CHANCE TO CREATE THEIR OWN KIDS TV CHARACTER IN
‘OPEN MIC’ INITIATIVE
Johannesburg, 10 March 2009: Kids’ entertainment platform Nickelodeon is launching an international design initiative to find new kids characters with the potential to air around the world on Nickelodeon media platforms. Open Mics is an international design challenge that gives creators, animators and filmmakers the chance to pitch and pilot their ideas for a breakout TV character.
Nickelodeon, famous for landmark kids programming such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender, is looking for character ideas for kids aged 10 to 11 that are funny, gender neutral, character driven and to which kids can relate. Submissions must also demonstrate the irreverent Nickelodeon style, feel and tone and apply Nickelodeon’s ‘heart + fart = smart’ formula, providing huggable, funny characters who push boundaries in an irreverent way. Winning entries must be able to work globally and have good storytelling qualities.
To be considered for an Open Mic with Nickelodeon International, creators should submit their ideas as a pitch in the form of a brief paper treatment with some artwork, a synopsis and character descriptions. The ideas with the most potential for Nickelodeon will then be selected for development as Open Mics in 2009 and turned into fully funded, 3-minute non-airing pilots featuring a breakout, visually diverse and funny new character. Standout submissions could potentially be considered for long form bible and pilot script development.
The Open Mic initiative is open to all filmmakers outside of the USA and must be submitted by 31 March 2009 as a PDF or word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualifying entries will be provided with a budget of £10,000 to create and realize a 3-minute TV pilot under the supervision of Nickelodeon production teams.
For further information on the Open Mic Scheme, please contact Leanne Preston at: email@example.com or +44 (0) 207 462 1058.