LONDON (January 25th, 2017) – SkyVision, the production and distribution arm of Sky, has signed a deal with writer/actor/producer and Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae’s ColorCreative.TV, to become the commercial partner on ‘FRESH WAVE!’ a new initiative for diverse and under-represented writers.
‘FRESH WAVE!’, is a writing competition to find the next break out series for the young adult market. This is the most recent initiative for ColorCreative.TV (co-founded by Issa Rae and Deniese Davis),which aims to discover and support emerging voices who can explore the experiences of life for young and marginalized people today.
New York-based production company TalosFilms, founded by Elli Hakami and Julian P. Hobbs, will partner with ColorCreative.TV to co-produce projects resulting from the initiative.Sky Vision will handle international sales and commercial strategy.
Finalists in ‘FRESH WAVE!’will receive development expertise from ColorCreative.TV, Talos Films and top industry mentors including: Jermaine Johnson (Manager, 3Arts), Sarah Shapiro (Creator/Writer, “unREAL"), Justin Simien (Director/Writer, "DearWhite People"), Dayna Lynne North (Co-EP/Writer, “Insecure”),Dan Powell (Executive Producer,“Inside Amy Schumer” & “Ugly Americans”) and Sara Benincasa (Comedian, Actress & Young Adult Novelist).
The winner will produce a pilot with ColorCreative.TV and Talos Films, funded by Sky Vision. The project will be taken to market in fall 2017. Runners-up will have their ideas optioned and represented by the initiative.
Issa Rae said: “Giving a platform for under-represented voices to be heard and seen is extremely important to me. With so many polarizing views and rhetoric dominating the mainstream right now, it’s crucial that stories and perspectives by people of color, and women, are given an opportunity to be a part of the narrative. My hope is that by collaborating with such world-renowned and respected brands like Talos Films and Sky Vision, we will be able to magnify those stories.”
Co-Presidents of Talos Films, Elli Hakami andJulian P. Hobbs, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with ColorCreative.TV and Sky Vision to find the next, break-out talent in the young adult market. With Issa and Deniese’s ability to identify new voices that resonate with mass audiences, coupled with the industry know-how of our partners and mentors, we are excited to discover both a unique and timely project.”
Managing Director of SkyVision, Jane Millichip said: “The support Issa and Deniese give to new writers is admirable. With their writing expertise, the production skill of Talos Films,and the commercial and strategic guidance of Sky Vision, we believe this is a truly dynamic partnership.”
Media contact for Talos Films
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Media Contactfor Issa Rae & ColorCreative.TV
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FRESH WAVE! Submission Criteria
Link to the contest page here: http://www.cocre.tv/freshwave
The competition submission window starts January 12thand runs for three weeks. The winner will be announced early June. Pitches and scripts will be submitted via the competition platform hosted by Submittable. The incoming submissions and scripts will be narrowed down to three semi-finalists who will spend one month developing and refining their scripts with hand-picked industry mentors. One winner will be chosen to produce a pilot with guidance from ColorCreative.TV and Talos Films, and the two runner-ups will also have their scripts optioned.
Issa Rae and Deniese Davis founded ColorCreative.TV to raise awareness for writers from diverse backgrounds, and provide a spring board for their careers by producing and selling their work to digital,network and cable platforms. Last year, ColorCreative.TV launched the “NewNormal” contest with Adaptive Studios for their Project Greenlight DigitalStudios. The resulting series, “Minimum Wage,” is currently in post-production and is expected to be released by Spring 2017.
About Talos Films
Talos Films is a full service production company that develops and produces scripted and unscripted content that can be viewed on all media platforms around the world. Talos Films principles are Julian P. Hobbsand Elli Hakami, creative executives with extensive experience and a proven track record of success. Talos Films has a bold and diverse slate of programming for numerous program buyers, informing and entertaining a wide-ranging audience. The company is backed by Sky Vision and OctoberFilms.
About Sky Vision
SkyVision is the production and distribution arm of Sky. The distribution arm represents around 5,000 hours of quality primetime programming from SkyOriginal Productions and independent third party production, across all key primetime genres (drama, entertainment, factual entertainment and factual). The business also has equity investments in seven production businesses in the UK and US; Love Productions, Blast! Films, Sugar Films and Sky Vision Productions in the UK; and in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, Talos Films and Znak &Co.
In addition to its equity investments, Sky Vision works extensively with independent producers in the UK and US and has development deals with a number of production companies including Asylum Entertainment andPeacock Alley in North America; and Avanti Media, Bohemia, Chalkboard,LittleRock Pictures, Merman Films, and Spring Films in the UK.