TEN is undergoing a relaunch via a wave of development we’re calling Evolution. As part of this exciting new time, we are developing a slate of new projects to première at time of launch and in the months after!
Note that, though the language below is a little more dry than we’ve been in the past, it’s because we’re trying to make the relaunch as badass as possible, and that includes injecting a little professionalism into our proceedings. Please don’t let it scare you off! We’re excited to work with you on new projects!
We will be looking at proposals for the following types of projects:
- Script Series (Comedy/Drama/Webisode)
- Nonfiction Podcasts (All Genres – Informational, Entertainment, Media, Sports, Talk, etc.)
- Nonfiction Vlogs and Vodcasts (All Genres – Informational, Entertainment, Media, Sports, Talk, etc.)
- Scripted Audio Series (Comedy/Drama/Webisode)
- Scripted Video Series (Comedy/Drama/Webisode)
- Scripted Fanworks/Devworks (Transformative derivative works, for more info see here)
- Webcomics and Visual Storytelling
- Digital Novels and Prose Projects
- Editorial Columns and/or Media Reviews (TV, Movies, Music, Podcasts, Books, etc.)
While we may not commission projects of all of these different formats, we are keeping an open mind to all of them ahead of our relaunch and will consider all proposals equally. ALL NON-FANWORK/DEVWORK PROJECTS MUST BE WHOLLY OWNED BY AUTHOR OF PROPOSAL AND/OR FALL UNDER “FAIR USE” DOCTRINE.
- Submit a max. 300-word proposal for your project, via private message, to our three Network Directors: RJ Alden Lackie (“Alden”), Kyle West (“kwest”), Dan Taylor (“dantay”). Please include the title, format, a brief synopsis, an expectation of your creative team (e.g. will you be creating it solo, do you have a creative partner, will you need to recruit partners/a staff and how many would you need?). Please mention at this stage if there is a sample available – a pilot script, opening video/podcast/etc. pilot, sample article/lesson, etc. but do not send sample with initial proposal.
- The Network Directors will appraise your proposal. At this juncture we will either reject your project outright (likely this will either be because it does not fulfill the proposal requirements or is out of tone with our brand for the relaunch); reject the proposal with the option of reworking for resubmission; request an extended proposal; request a sample/pilot (if available) or excerpted sample (if author hasn’t yet begun working on said project).
- The author will continue in conversation with the Directors, occasionally submitting new material as needed, until ultimately the project is commissioned or rejected.
- If the project is accepted, herein the author of the proposal will be considered Author/Showrunner (henceforth ‘A/S’). The A/S will be given a forum on the ‘backstage development board’ for the site for their use if they wish, or may create one offsite for their purposes.
- When the A/S and Directors are happy with the quality of the project, they will mutually negotiate a release date. For podcasts/vodcasts/video series/audio series, this will often require a specific number of completed episodes; for script series, this will often be a full-season run of scripts; etc.
Project creator owns all copyright to their projects, aside from fanworks/devworks which use creative elements owned by the copyright owner. The TEN team will offer their expertise to help ensure the project’s success at launch, and the project’s acceptance onto the network is intended as a chance for exposure to a passionate audience and to become part of a community; creators retain all right to their work and all right to exploit it for profit, including advertising monies and merchandise. Where we can help with advertising and merchandising, we may share the burden of effort for a share of profits; this will be an ongoing conversation with individual creators.
Upon acceptance of pickup, author will authorise TEN to use the copyrighted material (characters, excepts of works, etc.) in order to market the project and the community. They will also give the website a 12-month exclusive right (excluding personal blogs/YouTube channels) to show the work, after which the author can do what they wish with it, including continuing their relationship with TEN. This will include working with TEN to find a branding strategy that helps both A/S and TEN to benefit form the arrangement. This might include a logo or stinger on video projects, a logo on script series, a ‘brought to you by TEN’ comment on YouTube posts, or other formats.
Thanks so much for your interest in TEN’s #evolution. We are so excited to see the future with you. Please PM any questions or concerns to myself at the username “Alden” and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
Let’s kick some ass!