SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
BET Networks and Paramount Players are giving aspiring, undiscovered
filmmakers the opportunity to produce an original film with the launch
of a nationwide competition titled, "PROJECT CRE8." The search
was announced today during Blackhouse's panel "Killer Creativity: The
New Breed" at Sundance. Mentored by a team of industry
professionals, the filmmaking-hopeful must deal with the pressures of
delivering a viable movie -- on schedule and on budget. BET will
purchase the winning screenplay and work with the winner and Paramount
Players to produce a feature film with a million dollar budget. The
Network will follow and document the winner's journey in a one-hour
companion special. Submissions can be made through BET.com/Cre8.
"As an established brand in the entertainment space, it is our
responsibility to give new voices an opportunity to create engaging and
provocative stories," said Connie Orlando, Head of Programming and
Production, BET Networks. "This partnership with Paramount Players opens
this door and displays our ongoing commitment to the expansion of
diverse voices within the creative community."
"In a world where the barriers to the craft of filmmaking are less than
ever before, we are thrilled to be part of this opportunity to find and
nurture the next great filmmaking talent," said Paramount Players
President, Brian Robbins.
January 20, 2018- Submissions Open
March 3, 2018- Submissions Close
Top fifty (50) screenplays determined
After judging, only
fifty (50) submissions will advance to Round Two.
Top ten (10)
BET and Paramount Players narrow down
the top fifty (50) submissions to the top ten (10) for Round Three.
The top ten (10) will be given $2,500 and one month to create a 2-3
minute scene for their screenplay.
Voting: Public Voting on the produced scenes by top ten (10)
The scene receiving the greatest number of votes from
the public will automatically advance to the next round. Judges from
BET, Paramount players, and other independent judges will determine four
(4) additional contestants for the Final Round, to complete the
top five (5).
The top five (5) finalists pitch their film to
multiple panels of successful filmmakers, writers and executives.
Summer 2018 - Winner Announced
For more information on "PROJECT CRE8" and for contest rules go
to BET.com/Cre8. Join the conversation on Social Media by using and
following the hashtag #ProjectCRE8.
About BET Networks
Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA)(NASDAQ:VIA.B), is the
nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and
public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be
seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom,
sub-Saharan Africa, France and South Korea. BET is the dominant
African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business
extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black
entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a
24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET
Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home
Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile,
which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices;
and BET International, which operates BET Networks around the globe.
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Source: BET Networks
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