Fox is offering a development deal to anybody who can create the next great animated holiday special.
They are teaming up with animation studio Aniboom to launch an animation contest where people can submit holiday-inspired short films for cash prizes. The winner will receive a deal with the network that could lead to a show getting on the air.
“Fox has long been the sole primetime animation powerhouse, and we’re searching for a fresh new animated holiday special that could potentially become an instant classic and maybe even a weekly series,” said Fox president Kevin Reilly. “By tapping into Aniboom’s community of undiscovered talent, we hope to find the next original hit holiday concept, like ‘Simpsons Treehouse of Horror’ or ‘A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas.'”
This is not the first contest for Aniboom. The biggest contest for them to date was for a Radiohead music video that drew 1,200 entries from 47 countries.
Remember, shows like Southpark and The Simpsons really blew up after they were launched as Christmas specials. If you are an animator, start thinking now and good luck.