If you’re a would-be show creator with a golden idea and nerves of steel, Adult Swim wants to know. The broadcaster is doing what networks rarely (if ever) do: taking pitches from amateurs — in public.
Adult Swim has been live-streaming pitching sessions which anyone can apply to participate in, and which are viewable to all. These “Development Meetings” take place almost every Thursday at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. Anyone can join: they just need to submit a one-page pitch outline along with any other materials they wish to show — animatics, art portfolios, whatever — then log into the session, ready to talk.
Selected contestants get feedback from the Adult Swim team, which includes current and former executives like Mike Lazzo, Walter Newman, and Cameron Tang. Creators such as Genndy Tartakovsky and Eric Andre sometimes join too. Every week, the strongest pitch is awarded $500. Some receive more than that: in the case of Skeleton Landlord, a cgi-live action hybrid, the pilot episode shown in the pitch ended up on Adult Swim’s Youtube channel.