Parallel Entertainment and YayBig announced “Dump” was named the winner of the Storyteller’s Initiative at SeriesFest: Season One.  Scriptwriter Reggie Henke will receive a development deal with Parallel and YayBig.

"Dump”, written by Reggie Henke, is an animated comedy about a vast and fantastic landfill populated by filthy creatures with filthier mouths.  

“We were very impressed with all the finalists, but Reggie’s unique voice and freakishly imaginative mind jumped off the page, and it became clear we had something special,” said Liz Bartels of Parallel Entertainment.

Parallel Entertainment and YayBig partnered with SeriesFest for the inaugural Storyteller’s Initiative to discover creative, fresh comedy writers.   SeriesFest received hundreds of script submissions, which narrowed to 35 semi-finalists with a group of four finalists competing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Denver on Saturday, June 20th. The event included creative workshops with established industry professionals and a reading of their pilot done by professional actors in front of a live audience.

Joining “Dump” in competition was “Delivered,” written by  Scott C. Reynolds and  “Eastern Block,“ written by  Zack Phillips & Natasha Vaynblat. 

For additional information on this year’s SeriesFest and Storyteller’s Initiative, please visit

Founded in 1992 by CEO JP Williams, Parallel Entertainment is a production, management, and publishing company with locations in Los Angeles and Nashville. Parallel manages writers, directors, actors, musicians, and comedians and works with them to achieve their goals in feature films, television, music videos, and branded content. Parallel originally made its mark with the establishment of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy tour and brand and is now recognized as a successful production company selling projects across media platforms

YayBig is a Los Angeles based creative and production services company led by partners Sherwin Shilati and Benjamin Friedberg. YayBig works with a variety of partners on commercials, branded content creation, and music videos. YayBig's client roster includes both emerging and established brands including EA Sports, Google, Disney, and GMC. They are dedicated to developing projects with a unique voice across film, television, and digital mediums. YayBig’s directorial roster also spans multicultural, narrative, music video, and documentary content.

SeriesFest is an international celebration dedicated to showcasing the best new pilots from established and emerging content creators. At a time when entertainment is expanding and evolving across multiple platforms, the need for a diverse range of programming is greater than ever.  As trailblazers in independent content development, we aim to create a global marketplace for episodic storytelling. The annual SeriesFest takes place in Denver, Colorado—the birthplace of cable television—and brings together industry luminaries, emerging artists, and passionate audiences.  

SeriesFest is presented in partnership with the Denver Film Society and receives generous support from Comcast, STARZ, Parallel Entertainment and YayBig. 

For more information, visit and follow @seriesfest on Twitter.