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New TV Channel To Showcase Competition For Best Indie Films and Web Series
Online Network FirstRun.tv to Feature Top Entries Submitted to NexTV Filmmaker Challenge; Judged by Panel of Hollywood Decision Makers
Entering their fourth year, the NexTv competitions present submitted independent web series, shorts, TV pilots, features, documentaries, and animation to a panel of judges consisting of Hollywood insiders. NexTV panels have included agents from ICM, WME, UTA, APA, TGA, IA, executives from studios such as Disney, Fox, Paramount, and MGM, as well as producers from HBO, NBC, and CBS.
“Our goal is to find the best content from around the web that can be adapted for television,”
Becker notes that filmmakers and animators spend countless hours creating content, most of which lands on shelves or in some obscure corner of cyberspace. The competitions provide an opportunity to infuse value in these productions by framing them as part of a pitch for something bigger, such as a TV series or major motion picture. There have been a number of success stories where a low budget project turned into a successful TV series, such as It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, or a high-grossing feature such as Paranormal Activity. Submissions to past NexTV competitions have been sold to HBO, FOX, Nat Geo, BET, SyFy, BBC and others. In addition, corporate sponsors have donated over $450,000 in cash, goods, and services to competition winners.
“FirstRun.tv and NextTV are the perfect match,” said Gary Kleinman, President and CEO of FirstRun.tv, and former Disney Studios VP. “FirstRun.tv’
Content producers can submit their work for the NexTV competitions at www.mynextv.com/
The NexTV channel can be viewed at www.FirstRun.tv.
FirstRun.tv is owned and operated by Innovation Organization, LLC, a company Kleinman founded in 2010 to develop entertainment and software for new media platforms.
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This press release and photos are available online at: www.FirstRun.tv/