Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fox's Cartoon Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing for the next Family Guy? That's right! Fox (the network that produces The Simpsons, Family Guy, and King of the Hill) is crowdsourcing through Aniboom to find the next great cartoon hit.

Submissions are accepted from May 27-August 31; users must create a 2-4 minute animated holiday short on Aniboom, a virtual animation studio with a mission as follows, "to cultivate animated content by leveraging the web, providing online animation opportunities such as animated competitions and free online animation software".

Click here to visit Aniboom and browse through other competition entries.

Beginning September, online viewers will get to vote on the submissions, with their choice representing one of the final five spots (I assume the other four spots will be filled by a jury assembled by Fox). Finalists then will be announced around the beginning of November, and will receive $5K each. The winner will receive an additional $10K and a development deal with Fox. It will be interesting to see the results of this competition and whether it generates media attention and/or a hit.

Click here to read an article on this topic by Erick Schonfeld on TechCrunch.

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