Report – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast:
Prospective show creators got in the den (a really big stage in front of a really big audience!) to pitch their ideas to the dragons (your friendly neighbourhood producers). After a five-minute pitch, the panellists bid for the show-creator’s time in a three-month ‘chat’ period
- These broadcasters get a lot of pitches and they get them often. It’s really important to have a handle on what makes yours unique. Know the marketplace.
- At the end of the day the
- broadcasters are looking for strong characters and stories with the potential for comedy and pathos. The stories, what the show is really about, should shine through.
- Awesome animation is awesome, but at the end of the day it’s all about story.
- Eryk Casemiro: Chief Creative Officer – Zodiak Kids Studios
- Olivier Dumont: Managing Director – Entertainment One Family & Entertainment One Licensing
- Terry Kalagian: VP, Creative for Animation – Gaumont Animation
- Natalie Osborne: Chief Strategy Officer – 9 Story Media Group
THE BIGGEST WINNER!
Gráinne McGuinness pitched ‘Happy the Hoglet’. An animated clip showed Happy in action. Dealing with big feelings, Happy doesn’t always live up to his name and can be a bit prickly. But he makes a friend of Duckling and their unlikely friendship has had a contagious effect on the woodland creatures; now everyone wants to be friends! The clip was so authentic, dear and funny that it started a MASSIVE bidding war. Then twist! Terry and Natalie partnered up for a co pro! But Olivier had his eyes on the prize. Eventually he won with a final bid of £2,000 – at least £1,500 above all the other projects. Awesome.
The Other Winners
Jeff Norton pitched ‘Chevalia’: Jeff has an “ass-kicking, swashbuckling” fantasy book series, Princess Ponies, and is looking for a partner to adapt it. He played a clip and the panel liked it! Olivier was the eventual winner of Jeff’s time.
Emma Robinson pitched ‘Captain Teddy’. Hailing from a gaming company, Emma has an idea based on her own teddy. The panelists enjoyed it, but found it tricky to find the story. Then Eryk bid, so Emma will be chatting to Zodiak about her property!
Gabriel Villavicencio and Alejandra Perez, from Vanilla Studios in Mexico, pitched ‘The Colour Monsters’, who must colour their planet. They played an animated clip with a fun song. There was positive feedback though some differing opinions, but Natalie put down some money!
Marcus Kenyon, Jonny Ford and Lauren Auty from Finger Industries pitched ‘World of Rock‘. Microscopic civilisations, The Plasmoids and The Grukniks, are bitterly opposed enemies. A wild game-inspired clip followed. A number of panelists felt the story and characters a bit light, but Eryk took the bait!
Collingwood & Co
Creator, Writer & Director
Laughing Gravy Media
Zodiak Kids Studios
Chief Creative Officer
Entertainment One Family & Entertainment One Licensing
VP, Creative for Animation
9 Story Media Group
Chief Strategy Officer
Independent Children's Media Consultant