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Monday, January 18, 2010

Call For Entries

Create a hit web show of any kind - comedy, prank, reality, lifestyle, doc, drama - it's up to you.

Map out season one of your series. Shoot your pilot episode. Upload it here with your series proposal by May 1st, 2010. If you're a hitvidi winner, you'll get a production deal worth $10,000 to produce the first season of your series

http://www.hitvidi.com/cfe/CallForEntries.php

11 comments:

  1. It's interesting to me that $10,000 seems to be the magical number for these "produce your own web series!" contests.

    I mean, it's a good base to start from and depending on how you structure your show, it IS a workable budget...but it's still on the very low end.

    Of course, the fact that anyone is investing 10 grand on a web series is pretty impressive. Though I'm wondering how much of that gets eaten up by taxes, fine print, etc.

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  2. I think $10,000 is the magic number where you have to declare it in your taxes.

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  3. I think ten grand is a workable budget. Especially if an idea is low production cost, six or eight episodes, with each episode clocking in around ten minutes each. And the fine print on the site says it's $10,000 Canadian dollars, which is about $9,500 USD.

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  4. CANADIAN DOLLARS!!!!! Why bother

    Although I did win a lot of money the last time I went to the casino in Montreal.

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  5. Are you kidding me? This contest is a total scam.

    Look here:

    11. FIRST RIGHT OF REFUSAL

    By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees to give Contest Sponsor a First Right of Refusal to produce or develop a series based on the Entry with the Entrant. The First Right of Refusal entails that, upon submission of the Entry, Entrant will not allow the Show to be produced or developed by anyone, except for Contest Sponsor. Entrant further warrants that upon submission of the Entry, Entrant will not submit the Show idea or the Pilot for marketing or contest purposes. Entrant may display the Pilot on his/her own personal blog, website or networking page, as long as the display of the Pilot or the discussion of the Show is not for the purposes of marketing the Show or entering the Show/Pilot for another contest.

    Entrant may be released from this First Right of Refusal upon written request via email. Requests to be released may be sent to [email protected] Contest Sponsor may choose to release Entrant at its absolute and sole discretion and will provide a written response via email to Entrant.

    This First Right of Refusal will expire the earlier of: one (1) year from the last day of the Entry Period or upon the Entrant receiving notice in writing via email that Contest Sponsor agrees to release the Entrant from this First Right of Refusal.

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  6. So all entries are basically locked up for one year unless you get specific approval but after that the first right expires. That may be pretty rigorous but why is it a scam.

    The proposals are due by May 1 so I assume that means it expires May 1, 2011. I guess if you don't want to be locked up that long for the chance to win, then you don't enter.

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  7. No, they're calling it a right of first refusal, but it's not. Read here:

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    The First Right of Refusal entails that, upon submission of the Entry, Entrant will not allow the Show to be produced or developed by anyone, except for Contest Sponsor.

    Contest Sponsor may choose to release Entrant at its absolute and sole discretion and will provide a written response via email to Entrant.
    ==========

    That is not a right of first refusal, that is a scam.

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  8. But it expires in one year from the date of entry so u are free to do anything you want after that.

    No?

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  9. Its basically a one year lock up. Now some people might not be willing to do that and the terminology may not be quite right, but not quite sure what you mean by "scam". Could you define your use of the word "scam" a bit more clearly?

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  10. Modelmotion,
    If you take the 'S' from sponsor, the 'C' from contest, the 'A' from absolute and the 'M' from email. It spells 'SCAM'. I guess robots have a hard time noticing the obvious.

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  11. Brilliant Joe.... that totally makes sense.

    Thanks!!!!

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