Comedy

 

Who We Are and What We Are Looking For

We are actively interested in finding, developing, producing, co-producing and offering the strongest and most original comedic properties for conventional and digital delivery. In other words, we are interested in ideas that are unique, compelling, entertaining and, most importantly, very funny.
 
Our current development priorities are scripted half-hour series for 8:00PM and 8:30PM for conventional broadcast during weekday time slots. We are looking to reach a broad 25+ audience.
 
We will consider all forms and styles of comedy, including single-cam, multi-cam, in-studio, sketch and standup. However, our current focus is on finding single-camera, contemporary comedies that are grounded in reality. We want programs with relatable settings, scenarios, themes and stories which feature entertaining but realistic characters. Humour should be generated from small everyday stories and character. We want our comedies to reflect a world that is familiar to, and will resonate with, a broad Canadian audience. Ideally, we are looking for episodic shows that can run for 13 episodes per season, for multiple seasons.
 
TV Comedy has a special responsibility to work alongside independent producers and creators in Canada. To that end, we look forward to having the opportunity to consider your ideas as we work toward making this your first port of call for new, popular, distinct, relevant, and funny Canadian comedies. We have a particularly strong interest in continuing our commitment to regional voices and production.
 

What To Submit

What kind of material do you want to see in my submission?

Submissions may take the form of a pitch document, bible, outline, treatment or script. Proposals should consider the schedule, audience, personality and priorities of the network.
 

What should be included in my submission?

While there is no formal set of requirements on what should be included in a proposal, it is important to ensure that as much information as necessary is provided to portray a complete picture of your vision, while keeping the volume of material to a minimum. Our scripted programming department reviews over 1,000 comedy proposals, scripts and pitches every year, so shorter materials (three to five pages) are preferred. A short document allows us to evaluate as quickly as possible whether the concept is a priority under the current programming strategy, and whether it is a candidate for further discussion and consideration.
 

Submissions can include, but are not limited to:

  • A synopsis of the project, including setup, scenario, story engine and theme;
  • Character descriptions;
  • Sense of tone, style, look, and any setting considerations;
  • An idea of the audience it is targeting;
  • Possible episode ideas;
  • Opportunities for multi-platform content or companion pieces;
  • Bios and CVS of the Key Creative(s) presently attached, if any, including affiliated Canadian or foreign partners and the nature of their involvement.
Please be sure to include a fully executed Submission Release Form. We cannot review materials prior to receipt of this completed form.
 

Diversity

At the CBC, inclusion and diversity are a priority. This means reflecting all of our regions and our country's multicultural and multiracial nature.
 
Please be advised that as part of our commitment to this priority, we have been and will continue to reach out to our business partners in programming production to ensure that a concerted and documented effort is made to represent Canada's diverse population wherever and whenever possible/feasible both on and off-camera.
 
As the national public broadcaster, we want to reflect all of Canada to our many diverse audiences.
 

CBC Submission Release Form

Materials will not be reviewed unless accompanied by a signed CBC Submission Release Form, downloadable here: Submission Release Form (PDF)
 
We will respond to all submissions within 4 - 6 weeks of receiving a signed CBC Submission Release Form. We cannot return materials submitted.
 

Contact Information

All submissions should be emailed to: comedypitch@cbc.ca
 
A hard copy can also be forwarded to:
 
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Attention: Comedy Department
205 Wellington St. W.
Toronto, ON
M5V 3G7
Fax: 416-205-7107
 

Acquisitions

The Scripted Prime Time Department deals solely with the commissioning, development & production of original content, and not the acquisition or pre-buy of completed programming. Independent Producers, Sales Agents and Distributors looking for the network to acquire completed content should send materials to the following:
 

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