Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office

TV ME! CONTEST

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No contest dates have been announced for 2013/14

               
  
         “TV ME!” 

     The only
Pitch/Concept Contest
               for New Television Content

The Basics! 
Choose the category that best fits your pitch idea or concept:
(A) scripted series (from comedy to drama, animated to children’s programs, science fiction to hybrids and other genres of recurring and/or series television);
(B) unscripted/partially scripted (reality programs, game shows, demonstration/training programs such as cooking, crafts, skills, documentary, interview and expose programs, etc.);  and
(C) one-offs (single standalone programs such as a mini-series , a movie-of-the-week, an award or sporting event, a special televised gala, benefit, tribute,  fundraiser, concert, staged performance, etc.). Include these elements in your 5-15 page pitch:

Summary/Description/Logline-
What is the premise and theme of your    concept/pitch?  What is similar to your concept that has been successful and what makes it uniquely fresh? (for example: “Slash & Burn the Midnight Oil”:  Xena Warrior Princess becomes a modern day Working Girl in New York City and the publishing world might not survive…” Any market influences or trends that prove this is a hot, high concept? Or is it targeting nostalgia? Tapping into Sci-fi meets Women’s Issues? Etc.!
Regular/Recurring central characters & Guest Stars- What’s the role of each in your concept’s universe?  Tell us who we’ll be meeting and who we’ll be
seeing regularly, and what they’ll be doing - how they connect to one another –
why will we like or hate them? Why we will care, be fascinated, horrified or     
charmed?
Layout/Format of your Concept- What is the structure of the episodes or special or program?  Can you compare it to existing formats (think of the styles of distinct shows in the category(ies) you choose, such as 60 Minutes, Eureka, America’s Got Talent, Jeopardy, Survivor, Cougar Town, etc.)
 

Past Winners Submit Your Work Contest Updates

TVME! 2013 WINNERS!
TVME 2013 PRESS RELEASE

ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES

Early Discount Submission Period: $15
September 1-30, 2012

Regular Submission Period: $20
October 1-30, 2012

Final Submission Period: $30
November 1 - December 31, 2012

GRAND PRIZE CATEGORY*

(Overall Best Entry in Competition across all categories/genres)
The Grand Prize Winner (GPW) will receive a trip to Los Angeles (or) New York City (as determined by SCFEO, appropriate to the winning entry genre) to pitch the winning Grand Prize concept in person to television industry professionals.   This trip will include:
●    Roundtrip domestic airfare from airport nearest GPW’s continental United States home     location to the airport nearest either the LA or NYC pitch meetings’ city.
●    2 Nights hotel accommodations, minimum in either LA or NYC
●    A cash award / stipend to help offset winner’s expenses TBD

In addition, the GPW receives:

•    Press conference and Awards Event in Sarasota County, Florida, followed
by private luncheon for award-winners
•    Mounted Award certificate of achievement
•    Press and publicity disseminated from the SCFEO about  winning status
•    Gifts and prizes from sponsors

CATEGORY A – 1ST PRIZE*:
SCRIPTED, SERIES TELEVISION

(episodic comedy, drama, hybrid genres, animation, expose’, education, stunts, etc.,
Up to one hour per episode format)

•    Press conference and Awards Presentation, followed by private luncheon for 
      award-winners;
•    A cash award TBA;
•    Mounted Award certificate for your achievement;
•    Press and publicity disseminated from the SCFEO about your winning status;
•    Gifts and prizes from sponsors

CATEGORY B – 1ST PRIZE*:
UNSCRIPTED/PARTIALLY SCRIPTED TELEVISION

(episodic reality, game shows, competitions, hidden camera, skills & training [food, home improvement, etc.], talk shows, and similar or related improvised, ad-libbed, etc., Up to one hour per episode format)

•    Press conference and Awards Presentation, followed by private luncheon for
      award-winners;
•    A cash award TBA;
•    Mounted Award certificate for your achievement;
•    Press and publicity disseminated from the SCFEO about your winning status;
•    Gifts and prizes from sponsors

CATEGORY C – 1ST PRIZE*:
SPECIALS: LONG-FORMAT INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS/ONE-OFFS
(concerts, award events, sports, standalone documentaries, made-for-TV-movies/MOW, etc. mini-series, etc., minimum one hour or longer format)
•    Press conference and Awards Presentation, followed by private luncheon for 
      award-winners;
•    A cash award TBA;
•    Mounted Award certificate for your achievement;
•    Press and publicity disseminated from the SCFEO about your winning status;
•    Gifts and prizes from sponsors


*The competition reserves the right to not award a prize in a category if no entry of sufficient merit is received in that category, in the sole judgment and at the discretion of the administrator of the competition.
**Dates are subject to change as circumstances dictate due to volume of entries received, judging completion, and other factors that may shorten or extend the related timeframes upon which projected dates listed herein are based.

OFFICIAL RULES & GUIDELINES


1. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
2. Entrants must be permanent residents of the continental United States.
3. Entries are to be written in English, consist of dynamic pitch/concept summaries set forth in a minimum of five (5) up to a maximum of fifteen (15) double-spaced pages in length, with 1” margins top/bottom/sides, in 12 point Arial or Times New Roman font, Word or PDF document format, and all pages numbered.
4. Each entry must first be paid for electronically.
5. Each entrant must check the box below indicated “consent/release/signature” as a required form in order to participate. Please note: no entries or materials will be returned.
6. There is no limit to the number of entries a person or writing team may submit in any of the three categories, but each entry must have its own separate submission and fee paid.
7. Entries must be the original work of the submitting individual or creative team, and each person named on the submission must have equal share of ownership and rights, totaling 100% between those signing the form.
8. If a winning entry is from a team of writers, they will receive only one (1) single prize/award.
9. Entries must contain the following elements, but how you present these elements is up to your own creative judgment:
● Summary/Description/Logline – What is the premise and theme of your concept/pitch? What is similar to your concept that has been successful and what makes it uniquely fresh? (for example: “Slash & Burn the Midnight Oil”: Xena Warrior Princess becomes a modern day Working Girl in New York City and the publishing world might not survive…” Any market influences or trends that prove this is a hot, high concept? Or is it targeting nostalgia? Tapping into Sci-fi meets Women’s Issues? Etc.!
● Regular/Recurring central characters & Guest Stars- What’s the role of each in your concept’s universe? Tell us who we’ll be meeting and who we’ll be seeing regularly, and what they’ll be doing - how they connect to one another – why will we like or hate them? Why we will care, be fascinated, horrified or charmed?
● Layout/Format of your Concept- What is the structure of the episodes or special or program? Can you compare it to existing formats (think of the styles of distinct shows in the category(ies) you choose, such as 60 Minutes, Eureka, America’s Got Talent, Jeopardy, Survivor, Cougar Town, etc.) Although we are not endorsing the purchase of any book or instructional program, for educational purposes about possible techniques and suggestions on “how” to write a treatment, see these links for ideas: http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Treatments-That-Sell-Industry/dp/0805072780 http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Killer-Treatment-SellingWithout/dp/094118840X/ref=pd_rhf_shvl_2 http://www.movieoutline.com/articles/write_treatment.html
10. See appropriate category choices (A,B,C) for entry suitability. Contestants are cautioned to be certain to enter in the correct category that fits their content. Entries will only be considered for the category chosen. Entries may be entered in multiple categories, but each entry as noted previously must have its own application and entry fee paid.
11. Content TV-MA rating or lower (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_Parental_Guidelines) is accepted. Entries that are beyond the TV-MA rating will be disqualified without return of materials or entry fees. “Adult Industry/Pornography” is prohibited, as well as content deemed hate speech or which would be summarily rejected by network, cable or other television outlets for consideration.
12. No corrections, revisions, additions, deletions, supplemental media or other changes may be made to an entry once the submission has been paid for and electronically transmitted.
13. Competition Entrants acknowledge and agree that they are giving permission for their entry(ies) to be read by judges and/or administrators of the contest as selected by TV ME, SCFEO or EDC, and further agree that all decisions of such judges and/or administrator(s) of the contest are final.
14. Competition Entrants acknowledge and agree that, should they be selected as a winner, they will cooperate promptly with requests to provide biographical information and/or resumes as well as a current and accurate headshot photo for press use and publicity.
15. Contestants are strongly advised to register their entry(ies) with the Writers Guild of America (http://www.wgawregistry.org/webrss/) and/or copyright their text document entry/concept (http://www.copyright.gov/forms/). Entrants are solely responsible for protecting their own intellectual property rights in any and all instances.
16. Entry Fees are non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for any reason.

 

 


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