While beloved old Nickelodeon series are being brought back to life and others are spawning spinoffs, the network has its eye on the future of animation as well. To help develop the next generation of talent (who knows, maybe there’s an untapped talent just sitting on the next series destined to run for 20 years), Nick is launching their new Intergalactic Shorts Program.
Overseen by Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon’s Executive Vice President, Animation Production and Development, the new program is designed to “identify original, comedy-driven content and nurture the voices and passionate storytellers behind them in a creative-led environment,” according to a press release. Joining Naito in the search will be Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) as the program’s executive producer, along with Derek Evanick (Harvey Beaks) and Diana Lafyatis (Adventure Time) as part of the program’s creative braintrust. Nina Hahn, Senior Vice President International Production and Development, Nickelodeon will oversee International pitches.
“Our shorts program is intergalactic because we want to create a universe of new stars ready to make the next big animated hits of the future,” said Naito. “Our doors are open to the best ideas out there and around the world, and we can’t wait to get started building this new home for visionary talent.”
Like the best Nickelodeon content, the ideal pitch will appeal to the whole family. The target demo for content submitted to the Intergalactic Shorts Program is Kids 6-11, with a secondary focus on content appealing to Adults 18-49. Creative talent from all areas of animation, including artists, designers, writers, directors and comedians, are encouraged to participate. The necessary artistic and production support teams will help creators complete their fully animated short, with the finished shorts having the opportunity to air on different platforms or be developed for potential long-form animated series.
More details on how to submit ideas to the Intergalactic Shorts Program will be available this summer.