ABFF Comedy Writers Competition

The American Black Film Festival has announced the 1st annual truTV Comedy Writers Competition. his competition is designed to find the next generation of comedy writers with a distinct point of view. The goal is to identify an outstanding content creator who will be given the opportunity to develop a project in partnership with truTV.

What is truTV looking for?

truTV is a comedy network, so it’s all about leaning into the comedy first.
Show formats that are highly repeatable and easily produced, while still maintaining high production values and smart, clever writing.
When talent (or group of talent) is attached, that Talent has a genuine and authentic POV on that subject matter.
Topics that are sticky and relevant to the truTV audience
Men/Women 50/50 split
18-49, median age 34
A premise that lends itself to a solid beginning, middle, end with real stakes.
The brand experience on truTV shows is that you’re always getting “something” at all times, whether it’s laughter or something informative to walk away with.
Submitters are encouraged to check out existing truTV’s original programming, including Impractical Jokers, Adam Ruins Everything, Talk Show The Game Show, The Carbonaro Effect, Hack My Life, The Chris Gethard Show, Comedy Knockout, and Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks.
One winning content creator will receive a trip for two (the winner and a guest) to attend the 2018 American Black Film Festival in Miami June 13-17, where they will be presented an award before the festival audience, a development prize of $5,000 with an opportunity to receive an additional $10k for a total potential development prize of $15k along with and the potential to further develop an original project in partnership with truTV.

Please review general submission guidelines below, along with the official rules.

Submission criteria and deadlines:

Be members of a diverse or underrepresented community
Submit a written overview of an original comedy series (3 pages max) inclusive of:
A logline of the show premise/concept
Type of format
Is there Talent (or a group of talent) at the lead of the show? Why this talent?
Show overview, which consists of:
A description of the concept.
Who is participating in the show? And where does the show take place?
If it’s a game show format – What are the rules of the game and how does it work? What are the stakes? What are you driving towards and what’s the end goal?
Show breakdown – briefly describe each of your 4 acts.
Option to submit a 2-minute sizzle reel of an original comedy series
Submit headshot, one (1) page bio and one (1) page resume.
Read, complete, and sign the submission agreement.

Submission period: March 30, 2018 to April 18, 2018

Click here for more details and to enter!