By Sahil Patel
The Canadian Film Centre and CBC have launched a new digital development program to help online video creators make a TV show.
The Jumping Screens Comedy Workshop, described as a “pre-development lab for online creators,” will start in January 2015. Through a five-month process, the lab will look to workshop up to four story ideas from four different creative teams, and provide each of them with creative, business, and production mentorship and services.
The creative teams will work in tandem with the lab’s lead production company to develop 10, five-minute sketches or episodes starring YouTube creators and other online talent. Once produced, these videos will air on CBC’s comedy video portal, Punchline, as well as the creators’ online channels — including YouTube.
Ultimately, the goal of the initiative is to select one of the four properties for development on CBC Television.
“As new talent, distribution platforms, and content creation models continue to emerge and mature, CBC is eager to branch out and experiment with groundbreaking programs like this, and comedy is a natural fit. We’re really looking forward to this process, and what emerges from it,” said Michelle Daly, senior director of comedy at CBC, in a statement.
The announcement was made by CFC and CBC during the second Buffer Festival in Toronto.