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Great TV Show Idea Contest Finalists

11th Great TV Show Idea Contest Results

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Grand Prize Winner

Pro Losers by Dan Perlman

Dan Perlman is a stand-up comedian and writer from New York City. Dan performs stand-up every night at some of the top clubs andalternative rooms in the city, recently headlining Caroline’s on Broadway. Dan created and wrote an animated series, That’s My Bus!, which received a pilot order from FOX after winning 1st place at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Dan has appeared on TruTV, MTV2, and as a cast member on MTV’s Vidiots. As a writer-filmmaker, he has had four projects featured in the New York Television Festival, most recently the award-winning comedy series, Flatbush Misdemeanors, in which he co-stars and co-writes/directs. On radio, Dan was a writer for SiriusXM’s Bennington and Comedy Contributor for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Radio. Dan wrote for the 2017 WGA Awards, hosted by Lewis Black, and the 2018 WGA Awards, hosted by Amber Ruffin. As a stand-up, Dan’s festival credits include New York Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, Boston Comedy Festival, New Orleans Hell Yes Fest, and Finger Lakes Comedy Competition (2015, 1st place).

Runner-up

Cora Strayer, Private Detective by Kevin Leahy & Paul Reda

10th Great TV Show Idea Contest Results

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Grand Prize Winner

Fucking Robots by Emily McGregor & Sam Weller

Emily McGregor is a Tucson, AZ native who moved to California to attend the Chapman University film program and to escape the constant barrage of cheesy Kokopelli art.

Emily recently directed MiTu’s original pilot “Beauty School” which screened at CES 2017. She’s worked with Pepsi, Univision, and NickMom on multiple campaigns as writer and director. As VP of Production for Comediva, a production company laser-focused on female comedy, she wrote and directed hundreds of sketches, web series, and branded videos, many of which you’ve seen on HuffPost, NY Times, CNN, Good Morning America, Mashable, and Gizmodo. Emily has also sold a half-hour comedy series to Amazon Studios.

Sam Weller is a writer and comedian originally from St. Louis, MO who performs at The Pack Theater in Los Angeles, and you can catch him online making appearances on Project Alpha livestreams with Dick & Johnson. It’s easy to talk to him, just casually mention professional wrestling and watch him go!

Most recently, Sam was the Director of Audience Development for a major multi-channel YouTube network & digital services company, Bent Pixels. He has 7 years of experience in new media and content strategy, and has worked with brands like Participant Media, Super Deluxe, Mattel, Live Nation, and Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Productions. He’s also produced hundreds of podcasts and hosted extensively for CRAVE Online, Whiskey Media, and Whalerock Industries.

Emily and her husband Sam are an effective writing tag team currently working on new projects. Together, they wrote and produced “PARSER” in conjunction with Skybound Entertainment and YouTube Space L.A. The short was an official selection of the 2016 Arizona Underground Film Festival.

Runner Up

Jaggers by Greg Nye

9th Great TV Show Idea Contest Results

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Grand Prize Winner

Snoopy by Alexandra Allred

Alexandra Allred won the U.S. Nationals in September 1994, making sports history as she was named to the first women’s bobsled team. She was named Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee for her sport and made international news as she was also pregnant at the time. She appeared in Sports Illustrated, a PBS documentary, HBO Sports and USA Today while she fought the long battle to have women’s bobsledding included in the Olympic Games, promptly retired and began playing professional women’s football for a feature with Sports Illustrated. She became an adventure writer while teaching martial arts, kickboxing, boxing, spinning, bootcamp, and pilates at a community college and gym outside Dallas, Texas.

Allred returned to school to earn her PhD in Kinesiology with special interest in fitness for the special needs. She is the founder of FUEL workout, a new exercise routine for those who have physical disabilities and/or medical issues. She is a public speaker with special emphasis on motivational, health/wellness, education and children but, also, loves writing fiction in her free time. With books such as White Trash and Damaged Goods, Allred uses humor for social commentary on those less-than-funny issues.

Runner-Up

Space Show by Itai Inselberg

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Grand Prize Winner

Awake the Sinners by Jessica Romagnoli

JessicaRomoagnoliJessica Romagnoli was born in Bologna, Italy. As a kid, she grew up developing a huge passion for lasagne and books–and the latter encouraged her to start writing short stories and a novel she’ll finish one day (as she’s promised to its characters a long time ago).

During high school, she became a “proper nerd” and spent many Saturday nights doing movie and TV series marathons with her friends. In July 2014, she graduated from the Alma Mater University of Bologna with a BA in Literature and Media Studies, and moved to the UK to learn the craft of screenwriting at the London Film School.

After graduating, she attended a three-month workshop held by the LFS – “Continuing and Serial TV Drama: How It Works and How to Write It,” with Neil Arksey as tutor. In the Spring-Summer 2016, she worked as an intern at the Amber Entertainment Production Company in London.

Awake the Sinners was the feature project she graduated with during the Screenwriting MA at the London Film School, a story she then shaped into a TV series pitch.

Runners-Up

The Fox by Kevin Leahy

Manimals by Jesse Nowakowski

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Jack Curious by Bryce McLellan

Bryce McLellan is a writer/director all the way from the Land Down Under. While he hasn’t wrestled a croc and never rode a kangaroo to school, he is keen on calling everyone “mate”.

After graduating with a film major from Macquarie University, Sydney in 2011, he worked as an editor on a number of network TV shows for MTV and ABC. Always looking for his next personal project, a chance to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012 birthed Jesus in Congo, a documentary he filmed, wrote and directed. It was nominated for best documentary at the 2015 Pan Pacific Film Festival. Bryce is also an accomplished animator and concept artist who lists driving a red Mustang from LA to Miami as one of his proudest achievements.

Bryce writes in any spare moment he has. Jack Curious is his first TV writing project.

Runners-Up

Dark Districts by David Burton
The Bitches of Salem by David Falcone

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Anthony Haynes, creator of the comedy series Side FX.

Grand Prize Winner

Side FX (animated comedy)
by Anthony Haynes

Anthony Haynes became involved in creative arts as a teenager. What started as writing short films starring his friends grew to creating documentaries on hip-hop culture in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Making his directorial debut with “Nashville Tennessee Hip-Hop Producers and M.C.’s” in 2012, he was honored when it was selected for The Nashville Film Festival that same year.

It was Anthony’s love of storytelling that drove him toward animation. Self-taught in this field, he was able to showcase his talents to thousands simply by uploading his tales to the internet.

His passion for music can be heard in every project he is involved in. Whether it’s scoring his animated skits with exclusive music he has written, produced, and recorded himself, or working with and coaching local talent, he is humbly striving to become a dominant force in both industries.

View the animated series Side FX.

Runners-Up

My Dad is a Dragon (kids/animated) by Matt Linsky

The Quitter (dramedy) by Alec Whittle

Tiffany Rules (comedy) by Hannah Carrillo & Miki Ball

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From left: Simon Chong, Toots and Cornelius (obviously), and Andy Farrant

Grand Prize Winner

Cornelius & Toots: Paranormal Investigators (Animated Comedy)
by Simon Chong and Andy Farrant

Simon Chong was born in Wales but now lives in London, where he is creative director of his own animation studio, Headspin Media. Also a London resident, Andy Farrant writes, hosts, and produces videos for his YouTube channel, Outside Xbox, which has hundreds of thousands of subscribers.

Long-time friends, Simon and Andy’s first collaboration is Cornelius & Toots: Paranormal Investigators and the project is a very hands-on production, with Andy writing, Simon animating and directing, and both of them providing many of the voices throughout.

They intend to keep making episodes for as long as there are people who want to watch them. View more Cornelius and Toots episodes.

Finalists

Full Court Press (Drama) by Erica Clethen

Mr. Doom (Animation/Comedy) by Nick Watson

Spaceship Earth (Sci-Fi) by Corey Spanner