BET partners with Paramount Players to search for America’s next Black writer/director
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 1/26/2018, 11:10 a.m.
BET Networks and Paramount Players are looking to provide aspiring, undiscovered filmmakers the opportunity to produce an original film with the launch of a nationwide competition titled Project Cre8. The search was announced during Blackhouse’s panel “Killer Creativity: The New Breed” at Sundance in Utah. 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.” Added Paramount Players President Brian Robbins, “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.”