Comedy cues online pilot competition

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Comedy Central continues to seek out innovative broadband content with the launch today of its second annual "Comedy Central Test Pilots."

The online competition, a collaboration with fellow MTVN Entertainment group property AtomFilms, calls for participants to upload their one- to five-minute submissions in the form of live action, animation, sketch and hidden camera. The winner will have the chance to receive $5,000, a potential online development deal with ComedyCentral.com and the chance for their creation to air on Comedy Central's late-night series "Web Shows."

" 'Comedy Central Test Pilots' evens out the playing field and lets anyone with a voice, video camera, computer and spark of creativity the opportunity to get their pilots on the desktops of our development executives," said Lou Wallach, Comedy Central senior vp original programming and development, who made the announcement.

Submissions will be accepted from June 1-July 10, with the first round of favorites to be featured on ComedyCentral.com and Atom Films. A panel of judges drawn from Comedy Central and AtomFilms executives then will narrow the search to four semifinalists, with online viewers ultimately determining the winner.

In conjunction with the announcement came the debut of last year's "Test Pilots" grand-prize winner, "Awesome Friends," on ComedyCentral.com. The animated pilot about a superhero dog-and-cat team trying to save the world was among 2,000 submissions from last year.
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