Hey, these folks are serious about comedy. The major advertisers who helped make sure the "Gilmore Girls," "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Friday Night Lights" get on-air are looking for the next great family comedy script.
The group, the Association of National Advertisers’ Alliance for Family Entertainment, are running a contest for an aspiring TV writer to "submit their original, half-hour comedy format script for a chance to win $5,000," an announcement says, continuing, "But there’s mentoring as well as money at stake. The winner will also receive creative guidance and direct input from acclaimed producer/director/writer John Wells, executive producer of the television series ‘ER,’ ‘Third Watch,’ ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Shameless’ and ‘Southland.’ "
Furthermore, the announcement says, “ ‘Marketers of family brands are often stymied in finding shows to support that offer smart, sophisticated takes on family life that everybody can watch and enjoy,” says Bob Liodice, president and CEO of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA). ‘So our determination to find and help fund the production of promising family scripts and encourage emerging young talent to write stories about modern family life is good for business.’ "
The announcement adds, "Search for America’s Newest Comedy Writer script submissions [began] October 5 and continue until October 28. Judging will take place October 28 to November 11, and a winner will be announced on or about November 28. For official rules and more information, visit http://www.comedywritercontest.com."