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Teletoon Pilot Project, part DEUX

Teletoon has just announced a new version of their Pilot Project.  We’ve yapped on and on about the first go around on this, let’s see what the new one has to say for itself.

Here’s the press release:


TELETOON at Night Pilot Project Launches Contest Giving Animators a Chance at $10,000 CDN and Attend North America’s Largest Animation Conference & Festival

Submissions Accepted Sunday, February 6 to Friday, July 15, 2011

(Toronto, ON, February 7, 2011) TELETOON Canada inc. is taking the original TELETOON Pilot Project concept and turning it into an online, user-generated contest called the TELETOON At Night Pilot Project beginning Sunday, February 6, 2011. This initiative calls on aspiring and professional animators to put their creative skills to use for a chance to win $10,000 CDN and the opportunity to attend North America’s largest animation conference and festival, the Television Animation Conference and Ottawa International Animation Festival.

The TELETOON at Night Pilot Project is an important initiative which offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for animation enthusiasts,” said Russell Ward, Vice President, Marketing, TELETOON Canada inc. “As an active player in the animation industry, this project gives TELETOON the opportunity to recognize and open a door of possibility to raw and undiscovered creative talent.”

From Sunday, February 6 to Friday, July 15, 2011, contestants are invited to submit original, funny and unique animation or animation-related short films. Eligible submissions must be no more than five minutes in length and can either be entered through the English-language contest on or the French-language contest on The winner of each English and French contest will be awarded:

  • $10,000 CDN
  • Two roundtrip airline tickets from the closest Canadian commercial airport to the winner’s residence to Ottawa
  • Four nights accommodation in Ottawa
  • Two delegate passes to the Television Animation Conference and Ottawa International Animation Festival

All eligible submissions will be featured in a video gallery on and, where the public can select their “Fave of the Week” each week. The five final contenders selected by a TELETOON jury for each of the English and French contests will be revealed on Sunday, July 31. The public can then vote for their favourite video until Saturday, August 28. The video that receives the most votes by the end of the voting phase will be crowned the winner and revealed on-air and online on Sunday, September 18.

For contest rules and more information on the TELETOON at Night Pilot Project, please visit or

The original TELETOON Pilot Project launched in fall 2007, exclusively inviting Canadian producers to submit proposals to produce a pilot in either English or French to be broadcast on TELETOON. Ten projects were selected as finalists from over 200 submissions, straddling a wide range of topics, animation styles and comedy sensibilities. TELETOON recently announced that the first TELETOON Pilot Project winner, Fugget About It, has been officially greenlit for production into a 13-part series in English and French.

TELETOON At Night is a special programming block on TELETOON for older teens and adult audiences who have an appetite for smart and culturally topical comedy shows. Available in both English and French, TELETOON Canada inc. brings kids, youth and adults the best in animated and animation-related entertainment with four nationwide specialty television channels – TELETOON, TÉLÉTOON, TELETOON Retro and TÉLÉTOON Rétro – and select programming is also available On Demand, Mobile TV, iTunes and Founded in 1997, TELETOON Canada inc. is owned by Astral (50{f2e86ea6af82e2bb048871abf045622abf0ed27fb513932dc1ee8c05a54cbefd}) and Corus Entertainment (50{f2e86ea6af82e2bb048871abf045622abf0ed27fb513932dc1ee8c05a54cbefd}). For more information, please visit

So if you head on over to the site, you can hit a link on the side and take you to a submissions page.  I didn’t get any further, since it starts with a release:

Please read and agree to this release form before uploading your video.


To upload your video submission: (1) please read the following video submission agreement; (2) only if you agree to the terms and conditions of the video submission agreement, indicate your agreement by clicking the “agree” button below; (3) confirm that you are of the age of majority; and (4) click the “upload” button and follow the directions.

Please be aware that if you click the “agree” button, you are entering into a binding agreement with TELETOON Canada Inc. regardless of whether you read the agreement.

For good and valuable consideration:

1. You hereby grant TELETOON Canada Inc., its affiliates, agents and each of their successors and assigns (collectively ,”TELETOON”) the unlimited, irrevocable and royalty-free licence and right to use, display, exhibit, edit, modify licence, sub-licence and otherwise exploit the video (“Video”) you upload to (“Website”) without notice or compensation to you or any third party, in perpetuity throughout the world, in any and all manner, media or technology now known or hereafter devised including, without limitation, TELETOON’s television services, websites, or in any promotion or programming for TELETOON.

2. You represent and warrant to TELETOON:

(a) the Video is your original work;

(b) you own or control all of the rights in and to the Video;

(c) you have secured or cleared all rights in and to any music, persons, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property contained in the Video and such rights are free and clear from any and all claims, rights and obligations;

(d) neither the Video nor TELETOON’s exercise of the rights granted to it under this agreement, do not and will not defame any person, constitute libel or slander, violate any rights of privacy or publicity or any other right of any person or entity;

(e) you have the right to grant the rights granted to TELETOON under this agreement and do not require the consent of any third party;

(f) there is no contract with any third party that could in any way interfere with TELETOON’s rights under this agreement or require any payment to be made to anyone by TELETOON; and

(g) the Video is compliant with the video specification listed on the Website and in the official rules for the TELETOON at Night Pilot Project Contest (“Contest”).

3. You agree TELETOON has the right, in its sole discretion, to alter, modify or edit the Video in any way whatsoever. You hereby waive any moral rights in the Video and represent and warrant that all moral rights relating to the Video have been waived.

4. You fully discharge, release, indemnify and holdharmless TELETOON and its respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives and advertising and promotional agencies (collectively, “Releasees”) from any or all claims, demands, damages, losses, expenses (including any legal fees and expenses) actions or causes of action whatsoever incurred by or asserted against Releasees arising out of or in connection with: (a) any breach or alleged breach of any representation, warranty, promise or agreement made by you in this agreement; or (b) TELETOON’s use of the Video in accordance with the rights and licences you granted to it under this agreement.

5 You understand that TELETOON is running the Contest and you may not be eligible to enter. You are not eligible if you are not a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) or are under the age of majority in your province. You acknowledge that you have read the official rules for the Contest and agree to abide by the official rules regardless of your eligibility. If you are not eligible to enter the contest you may still submit the Video to TELETOON and TELETOON may post it on the Website or on (“French Website”) or use it in accordance with the rights and licence granted to it hereunder.

6. If the Video is posted on the Website or the French Website, you agree that visitors may click on buttons indicating that they like or dislike the Video and such results may be seen by any visitors to the Website or the French Website. The Video with the highest number of visitor “likes” may be showcased as the “Fave of the Week”.

7. You agree that TELETOON may use your name, city of residence, photograph, voice, image, any information you provide in the submission form, and any other information that appears in or is associated with your Video, in connection with the Video and the rights and licences granted to TELETOON hereunder for any publicity, promotional or other purposes, commercial or otherwise.

8. You agree that TELETOON is not responsible for any loss, damage or corruption to the Video.

9. You acknowledge and agree that TELETOON is under no obligation make use of the rights and licences granted to it hereunder, including no obligation to exhibit the Video on its television services or websites.

10. This video submission agreement is made in the province of Ontario and shall be construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable in the province of the Ontario. You agree to irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in the city of Toronto, Ontario.

I am of the age of majority in my province, state or country.

I don’t like the words, “in perpetuity”, but that’s just me.


  1. Grant Grant February 7, 2011

    Sounds like a good opportunity, except for the legal parts… I’m not sure I’d want to give up that much of my creation with no guarantee of compensation.

  2. Murray Bain Murray Bain February 8, 2011

    I posted it on facebook, and I’ll post it here:

    I’m saddened that our CRTC envelope holding conglomerated monopoly animation broadcaster doesn’t even have the wherewithal to invest in development. I guess it’s a sign of the times.
    but an older sign is also appropriate, “A sucker is born every minute”

    I have half a mind to get a bottle of bourbon, a pair of scissors and a pad of construction paper and show what a “free” pilot looks like. Oh wait even that would have a budget of 40 bucks.

  3. Murray Bain Murray Bain February 8, 2011

    in my opinion a 10 grand “prize” from a contest isn’t investing, it’s baiting the legal trap. If your concept “wins” then teletoon gets a potential hit series idea, and all the merch,worldwide distribution and publishing rights that may entail, and you get a trip to the ottawa festival and less than half the yearly salary of an office temp!
    Sure, Teletoon’s nice friendly laywers might come back to you and give you a piece of the pie, much like Marvel did with Steve Ditko and Spiderman.Oh wait. He’s penniless and crazy. My bad.

  4. sir warren b leonhardt sir warren b leonhardt February 8, 2011

    Well, I guess it’s up to those reading this to decide between:

    a) the legalese restrictions and betting on the chance to win $10k for a film they’ve already spent their own money making

    b) the cost of buying their own TAC delegate pass for $500, crashing in the hostel for $55 or on a buddy’s couch for the cost of a dinner, and betting on their own talent to score themselves a better deal, adding about $650 to their completed film’s budget.

  5. Grant Grant February 8, 2011

    c) You could always go independent and try to make a living creating your own entertainment. Equally as tough, but at least you`d retain all the rights.

  6. Mark Mayerson Mark Mayerson February 8, 2011

    I’m with Grant.

    Why would you give anybody the right to use your submission in any
    way they please, forever, with no compensation?

  7. Ron Ron February 8, 2011

    WOW! I had to read all that legal jargon twice to believe what I was reading.
    What total BS!
    Teletoon owns your concept, here’s $10,000 ??? They could stand to make millions!!! It’s just their way to screw over the creator.
    I hope young animation students and writers don’t fall for this.

  8. Grant Grant February 10, 2011

    To be fair, they don’t own your IP. They simply have the right to take your pilot (ONLY the pilot) and broadcast it, package it, sell it, whatever they want, indefinitely, as soon as you submit it. You still own your IP and can do whatever you want with it.

    What would be fair is for them to state that if you are selected as part of the contest, you THEN agree to give them permission, for a limited time (duration of contest + 6 months) to have a licence to do whatever they want with it.

  9. Rob Rob February 10, 2011

    Too bad so many are pissed off at teletoon for taking advantage of them and their hard work.

    It would seem it’s their reputation destroying the contest, and not the contest itself.

    It’s feels like an opportunity, but from the sounds of how the last contest went, it feels more now like people taking advantage of other people, in a sneaky fashion.

    For that I say “shame”, and thanks to everyone for the warning.

  10. Mark Mayerson Mark Mayerson February 13, 2011

    Grant, they may not own your IP completely, but they might as well own whatever you’ve submitted. If, for instance, you sell the film somewhere else, there’s nothing to stop Teletoon from competing against you with your own film. If you put the film on DVD, they can too, and they can keep all proceeds from their sales. If you sell to another broadcaster, they can program your film against your new series.

    This doesn’t even cover what damage they can do to your film by editing. They could redub the entire film with burp and fart noises and you have no legal recourse whatsoever.

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