Request for Comedy Scripts

 

After a five year break, the award-winning sketch comedy series CAUTION: May Contain Nuts is back for a fourth season! 13 half hour episodes will be filmed right here in Edmonton and then broadcast nationally on APTN.

Think you’ve got some comedy chops? Think you’ve got what it takes to write a great sketch? Think you can follow the simple instructions on this page? Prove it!

We are looking for short (30 seconds to 3 minutes) comedy sketches to be part of this great series. This is an open call for anyone who would like to try their hand at writing a short comedy script or has already written one and would like to see it produced for television.

Please use this webpage to submit your script. Scripts submitted by other means will not be considered. Scripts are only accepted as PDF. Feel free to include storyboards, descriptions, illustrations, anything you think will help! The script can be intended for live action or animation. You may submit multiple scripts but please use a separate submission form for each. Please keep in mind that if selected, production reserves the right to edit, modify, or change your script in any way. The best scripts will be produced this fall and writers of the selected scripts will be credited and paid $300 at production.

Mandatory for all submissions:

1. A CAVCO Personnel Number MUST be submitted for EACH writer (within 10 days of submitting, instructions below).

2. Scripts must be ORIGINAL and submitter(s) must be the sole and rightful owner(s) of the concept. It CANNOT have been broadcast on TV or licensed by another media company at all.

3. Scripts must be submitted BLIND – with no names on the actual creative pages, your name(s) should only appear on your submission form.

4. You must read the release and select Yes I Agree before submitting.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

Scripts Selected By: August 31, 2016

STEP 1

You will need a CAVCO Personnel Number in order to submit a script. It is easy, free and takes a few days to process, so do it now!

1. Go to this website and read the whole page http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455572847624

2. To submit online (highly suggested, much easier) click eSubmission on the left hand menu which will take you to this page http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455571824053

3. Go to the bottom and read the instructions for creating a new account and click “SIGN IN”, then select “CREATE NEW ACCOUNT” and follow the instructions.

4. You will need to provide proof of Canadian citizenship which can be a photocopy of any of these things:

a. Birth certificate from a Canadian province or territory (issued under the applicable Vital Statistics Act)

b. Canadian Certificate of Registration of Birth abroad (issued prior to 1977)

c. Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization (not commemorative issue)

d. Certificate of Indian Status

e. Registered Indian Record (must be certified)

f. Canadian Passport

5. Submit! And watch your email like a hawk for the next few days so you can include your number on your submission form!

6. This is mandatory for each writer submitting a script

7. If you have any questions or concerns please contact info@mosaicentertainment.ca

STEP 2

Watch CAUTION: May Contain Nuts on APTN (Wednesday nights), or have a look at some episodes online (aptn.ca/cautionmaycontainnuts OR youtube.com/nutsontv). Notice any commonalities between episodes? Some “worlds” that we often live in? If you write for one of those, using the existing characters, the chances of your sketch being chosen are much higher. Some examples are: Dungeons and Dragons, Space Trek, Wild West, Heritage Minute, Video Game Parody, Movie Parody, and Music Video. And new this year will be: Speed Walking Dead, Canadian Avengers, Natives and Vikings, Mall Pirates, and 1920s Prohibition.

STEP 3

Submit your script in PDF using this online form. Feel free to include storyboards or descriptions, whatever will help sell your idea. The script can be intended for live action or animation. Please keep in mind that if selected, production reserves the right to edit, modify, or change your script in any way.

STEP 4

If you do not yet have your CAVCO number, don’t fret. Just submit your application to CAVCO as soon as possible and watch for the number! As long as you submit your CAVCO numbers within 10 days of submission to info@mosaicentertainment.ca, then your script can be considered.

Writer(s): (required)

Address: (required)

Email: (required)

Phone Number: (required)

CAVCO Personnel Number(s):
(You must submit all CAVCO Numbers within a 10 days of submission to info@mosaicentertainment.ca. If you do not have one, please apply
now using the instructions below)

Title of Sketch: (required)

Caution World:
(Dungeons and Dragons, Space Trek, Wild West, Heritage Minute, Speed Walking Dead, Canadian Avengers, Natives and Vikings, Mall Pirates,
Video Game Parody, Movie Parody, Music Video, Police Station, 1920s Prohibition, Hoose of Cards, God’s World, Animated)

Brief Description: (required)

Has this sketch appeared anywhere before, please provide details: (required)

SUBMISSION RELEASE

To: Mosaic Entertainment Inc. and its affiliated and related companies and their respective officers, directors, employees, licensee and assigns (collectively, “Mosaic”) In consideration of you reviewing (the “Material”), and for value received, I agree as follows:
1. I have retained a copy of the Material and I release Mosaic from liability for loss or damage to the copy of the Material submitted.
2. I represent and warrant that:
(a) the Material is original with me;
(b) no other party contributed to, or has any right, title or interest in or to the Material; and
(c) I have the right to submit the Material to you.
3. I agree that Mosaic may review the Material and that Mosaic has no obligation to use the Material in any way.
4. I recognize that other people may have independently created or may independently create material similar to the Material and that Mosaic may have already received or independently developed, or may in the future receive or independently develop, materials similar or virtually identical to the Material. I agree that I will not be entitled to any compensation because of use by Mosaic of any material that is similar or virtually identical to all or part of the Material that:
(a) is not original or novel; or
(b) is in the public domain or would be freely useable by any other party; or
(c) was independently created by another party (the “Unprotected Material”).
5. If there is any dispute concerning the Material or this Agreement, the dispute will be resolved by submitting the dispute to arbitration. I waive any and all rights to litigate any such dispute in court. The arbitration will be conducted in Alberta, in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Arbitration Act of Alberta and the provisions of this Agreement, by an arbitrator with knowledge of the industry, to be chosen jointly by the parties. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator, each party will designate a representative and the representatives shall jointly select the arbitrator. Each party will bear its own costs of the arbitration proceeding.
6. If any arbitration is concluded in my favour, the award will be limited to a claim for damages, which will be fair market value for the use of the elements of the Material that are not Unprotected Material, to a maximum of $1000. The fair market value will be as determined by customary practice in the industry, provided that if the then current Writers Guild of Canada Independent Production Agreement sets out minimum fees for such material, the minimum fees will be deemed to be the fair market value.
7. Any decision resulting from the arbitration will be confidential, will be final and binding and may be enforced in the courts of Alberta.

I have read and agree to the above terms:   

Scripts should only be submitted as PDF. Please submit your scripts BLIND with no names or identifiers on the creative pages. Your name should only appear on this submission form. If you have not already done so, please apply for a CAVCO Personnel Number using the instructions below and forward your number to info@mosaicentertainment.ca within 10 days of submission or scripts will not be considered.

UPLOAD DOCUMENTS HERE (only .pdf and under 10MB in size)