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Sky calls for Fresh Wave entrants

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has issued a final call for entries to its Fresh Wave! script competition, which has been launched with Issa Rae’s ColorCreative.TV and New York-based prodco Talos Films.

Jane Millichip

Jane Millichip

Fresh Wave! is attempting to find the next breakout series for the young-adult market, with US writers encouraged to submit pitches and scripts for consideration before the February 5 deadline.

Finalists in the competition, which aims to discover under-represented creatives, will receive development expertise from ColorCreative.TV, Talos and industry mentors including Jermaine Johnson (manager, 3Arts) and Sarah Shapiro (co-creator, UnREAL).

The winner will produce a pilot with ColorCreative.TV and Talos Films, funded by Sky Vision. Sky Vision will take the project to market in the fall, while runners-up will have their ideas optioned and represented by the initiative.

Rae said: “With so many polarising views and rhetoric dominating the mainstream right now, it’s crucial that stories and perspectives by people of colour, 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.”

Sky Vision MD Jane Millichip added: “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.”

The winner will be announced in early June. Further information can be found here.

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