Friday, February 12, 2016

From Comedy Central, a contest for would-be producers

Think you have what it takes to create the next "South Park"?

From Comedy Central, a contest for would-be producers


Think you have what it takes to create the next “South Park”?

Comedy Central wants to hear from you. The cable network’s teamed with the New York Television Festival for “The Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition,” and is seeking entries — produced first acts and a shooting script — from independent producers.

The prize, a $7,500 development deal with Comedy Central, may not sound like much, but that’s considerably more than the original pilot of the show that eventually became FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” cost.

And everyone has to start somewhere. Look for details here.

Speaking of “South Park,” now that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the toast of Broadway for their musical "The Book of Mormon," they’re being profiled by Steve Kroft on Sunday’s 44th season premiere of “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS 3).

And how did they get their start? A Christmas cartoon depicting Jesus Christ and Santa Claus in a snowball fight went viral nearly 20 years ago — or what passed for going viral in the days before YouTube. The rest, as they say, is history.

That cartoon, by the way, reportedly cost just $1,200.

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