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The Comedy Network producer guidelines

This guide is designed for independent producers who want to pitch ideas to The Comedy Network.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for funny: scripted or unscripted series including single-cam or multi-cam sitcoms that appeal  to our target demographic of adults (aged 18-34) and have broad comedic appeal. Simply put, we’re looking for ideas with comedy at the forefront.

Note that our licence currently restricts us from airing feature-length films and documentaries. Additionally, we are limited in the amount of animation we can air, so while we will consider animated projects, they better rock our world.

We actively support Canadian writers and independent production companies, and commission only Canadian-based productions, Canadian treaty co-productions and co-ventures. Currently we are only commissioning English-language projects.

Pitch process

All submissions must be accompanied by a Bell Media submission form signed by you (or all parties as the case may be).

In addition, we require the following:

– A clear, concise and easy-to-read description of the project (3-5 pages)
– Any support materials including character descriptions or episode breakdowns
– An explanation of why our audience would want to watch your show
– A list of key creative players (producer, writer, talent)
– A general description of each of the following: type of program (series or one-off), number and length of episodes, production timeframe, financing plan, budget top-sheet, and contact information (email address, mailing address, phone numbers)
– If you have an agent or other representation, please have them contact us

Only completed submissions along with a signed submission form will be acknowledged and reviewed.

If there is interest in your project, it may be placed into development where we will require you to further flesh out the idea. The initial review process takes up to six (6) weeks from receipt of your submission and submission form.

We receive hundreds of submissions each year and only a few will be selected. If your submission is not selected for development during the six-week review period, it is deemed withdrawn and we will not have any rights or claims to your submission. We do not retain copies of your submission and it will be returned to you or deleted. Hardcopy submissions will be returned if you provide us with a stamped self-addressed envelope; otherwise, it will be shredded. Electronic submissions will be deleted from our system.

Contact information

Please send all proposals to:

Alison Rheaume
Coordinator, Independent Production, Bell Media
alison.rheaume@bellmedia.ca
(416) 384-2920
299 Queen Street West
TORONTO (ONTARIO) Canada M5V 2Z5

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