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Nickelodeon is setting out to develop its next generation of animation talent through the launch of its new Intergalactic Shorts Programme.

nick 11 june 2019With new leadership at Nick Animation, and a newly installed team driving its search for new talent, the Intergalactic Shorts Programme is designed to identify original, comedy-driven content and nurture the voices and passionate storytellers behind them in a creative-led environment.

Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon EVP, Animation Production and Development, will oversee the programme. Newly hired Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) has joined Nickelodeon as the programme’s executive producer, with Derek Evanick (Harvey Beaks) and Diana Lafyatis (Adventure Time) serving as part of the programme’s creative braintrust. International pitches and ideas will be welcomed by Nina Hahn, SVP, International Production and Development, Nickelodeon.

“Our shorts programme 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.”

In line with Nickelodeon’s co-viewing strategy  to offer content appealing to all members of the 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. Ideas will be accepted from a broad pool of creative talent from all quarters, including artists, designers, writers, directors and comedians, the producer said.

Creators will be provided with the necessary artistic and production support teams to help them complete their fully animated short. These shorts will have opportunities to air on different platforms and be developed for potential long-form animated series. Details surrounding submissions will be available later this summer, Nick said.