Issa Rae's ColorCreative is partnering with BET Networks for a writing contest to find new voices for a television series.
The first ColorCreative Script to Screen Contest is also launched in partnership with the American Black Film Festival.
Writers interested in participating are tasked with bringing an original comedy or drama pilot script to the table that, if chosen as the winner, will be fully developed and produced.
"ColorCreative's mission has always been to provide opportunities for underrepresented writers by developing and producing their work. With this latest initiative, I couldn't be more excited to be collaborating with BET Networks to help identify a fresh voice and an original idea that highlights the Black American experience," said Deniese Davis, co-founder and chief operating officer at ColorCreative.
ColorCreative says they are looking for "creative ideas that showcase their individuality and unique point of view." The pilot must explore an "important and/or an untapped part of the Black experience that would fit BET’s programming and audience. The series can be about anything as long as you stay true to the culture and are specific about your theme and perspective."
Three finalists will be selected to receive a trip to the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami from June 13-17, where they will have an opportunity to attend roundtable sessions with industry veterans and a private luncheon with BET and ColorCreative executives. After the festival, the finalists will receive script feedback and have time to submit a revised draft. After this, one winner will be given a cash prize and have their pilot script produced by ColorCreative for BET.
Here are the important dates for the contest:
April 20 - Contest launch date
April 20 - May 2 - One page pitch submission window opens
May 2 - Submission window closes (at midnight)
For more details and submission guidelines, visit ABFF.com.