Fox is looking for their next Matt Groening or Seth MacFarlane…

…Or Mike Judge. Better include him as Fox animation royalty since King of the Hill is somehow still in their Sunday animation block. Although I think this is the last season. As much as I like Mike Judge, I couldn’t get into that show. Anyway, now Fox wants to make you as rich as those guys. They want you, yes YOU, to submit an animation which might lead to a development deal.  Other prizes include, cash-money!  And the deadlines are pretty manageable (Aug 31), so you’ve got 2 months to put something together. And you’ll notice on their competition site that the example videos they are showing all look pretty Flash-made (i.e. just okay), so they probably aren’t expecting something that polished. And as much as I’d love to be supremely sarcastic about Fox, and them possibly screwing over finalists in the way that big mean companies usually treat the little wussy creative guys,  that might not be the case. I think I remember hearing that Matt Groening pitched The Simpsons to Fox with scribbles on a napkin. Of course its worth reading the fine print if you do submit your precious work. I’m sure if Fox’s lawyers could they’d make it so that just by thinking about submitting to this contest you forever give up all rights to any characters you’ve ever thought of. Oh wait, there’s that sarcasm I said I’d avoid. Anyway, here’s a link…

Fox animation competition

And whoa wait! CartoonSmart sells animation tutorials doesn’t it! This whole article is a pretty good segway to those now that I think about it.  =)

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3 thoughts on “Fox is looking for their next Matt Groening or Seth MacFarlane…

  1. V1SH says:

    Ummm…

    Are the following typical:

    Aniboom may revise the Submission Agreement and Official Rules, at its sole discretion and without advance notice to you,by updating this document and posting the update on this website. Unless otherwise provided below, the revised terms will take effect when they are posted.

    — So they can change the agreement without notifying you

    AND

    Subject always to Section 1 hereof, I hereby retain all rights to and in my Content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, commencing upon my submission of Content and continuing during the Contest Term, I hereby grant Aniboom and Fox an exclusive, irrevocable, sublicenseable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, distribute, edit, reproduce, display, perform, transmit, publish, store and encode, and the option to further develop the Content in and for any and all media and channels of distribution now known or hereafter devised including without limitation all forms of television and all forms of internet and wireless protocol, and to exercise the foregoing rights in the Content, and to further make excerpts and derivative works thereof, as well as my name, likeness, quotes and biography, to promote the Content, Contest and Website in any and all media and channels of distribution. During the Contest Term, the Contest Entities shall have the exclusive right to enter into negotiations with any Contestant to further develop the Content or other projects created by such Contestant, and in this regard, such period may be extended for up to 60 additional days to complete such negotiations. Following the Contest Term, such license shall become perpetual and non-exclusive.

    — Sounds like if they pick you and you don’t like the terms, they can still use your ideas

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