Cabler launches comedy shorts program

Nickelodeon is launching an animated shorts program designed to attract new talent for its development slate.

The goal of the program is to produce 10 minute-long shorts that will spark potential animated comedy series for Nick or Nick.com. Nickelodeon Animation Studios will produce the projects.

“The new shorts program gives us an opportunity to tap into comedy talent from many different sources,” said Brown Johnson, animation prexy for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family. “We’re excited to offer this unique opportunity to artists and comedians with all levels of experience, where their creative voices and point of view will be a potential pipeline for new animated series.”

Support will be provided for artists, designers, writers and directors, depending on their level of experience, and selected comedians will also be partnered with creators in certain cases.

Nick said it is seeking shorts that are original, funny and character-driven, featuring one or two comedic characters, and that all animation styles and techniques are welcome. Full guidelines cam be found at http://www.nickshortspitches.com. The submission deadline is March 30.

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