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April 03, 2012

'Small Town City' wins 20th annual pitch competition

Toronto, CA – On March 28, six student teams pitched their dream projects to a panel of industry insiders before a full audience in the Eaton Lecture Theatre. The six teams had to sell their creative vision, business savvy, and financial acumen and answer one big question: which of their proposed television series most deserved to be greenlit?

The Adjudicators of the competition were Kathleen Meeks, Manager, Original Programming Astral Television Networks (TMN);  Tom Hastings, Creative Head of CBC Drama; Maria Pimentel, President Firvalley Productions; Ira Levy, Executive Producer/Partner, Breakthrough Entertainment; and, Steve Levitan, Owner/CEO, Protocol Entertainment. They listened to the pitches, asked tough questions and gave terrific feedback. RTA School of Media and the students thank the Adjudicators for contributing to a lively evening. “It was an excellent experience,” said Wil Noack one of the competitors. “I learned a ton and think that this course should be required for everyone at RTA.”

'Small Town City' is a late night animated comedy about two Gen-Y roommates brought together by the magic of Craigslist. Its “heroes” try to cope with the inanity of life in their small town city and, if possible, escape. 'Small Town City' was created by Alex Tomaszewski and Dan Knight. Additional presenters for the winning pitch included Lana Maclin, Jacob Morris, Alex Hajduk, Stéphane Paré, Chelsea Howard and Divi Chand.

The six pitch projects were developed in the BDC 909 Business Aspects of Independent Production course taught by James Nadler. Prizes will be provided by Summit Crescent Productions.

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