The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) has selected four winning projects from the NBPC 360 fund and incubator after its inaugural Pitch Black event.
Yes, the face of television is changing with a slew of popular shows starring African Americans emerging at the top of the ratings. But in order to keep the ball rolling, there has to be new material. Thus, the Harlem-based NBPC recently held its first pitching session. It put a call out to Black writers to come propose their scripted and non-scripted show ideas.
Four winners were selected for the fund and incubator for TV, Web and multimedia projects. The winners—chosen from eight production teams participating in the NBPC 360 intensive, six-week incubator—came out on top after battling it out at the Pitch Black pitching session, which drew the top names in public television, including CPB, PBS, WORLD Channel, ITVS, POV and WNET, but also saw attendance from HBO, A&E, Fox, BET, Tribeca All Access, and Third World Newsreel. The event awarded producing teams between $50,000 and $150,000 toward development funds to produce their pilot.