HBO reinstating “Project Greenlight” after 11 years

The filmmaking docuseries is returning to the U.S. net with actors Matt Damon (pictured, left) and Ben Affleck (pictured, right) coming back as executive producers.
April 30, 2014

After 11 years, the filmmaking docuseries Project Greenlight is returning to U.S. net HBO with actors Ben Affleck (pictured, right) and Matt Damon (pictured, left) coming back as executive producers.

The series, which aired in 2001 and 2003, follows a first-time director who must take a project from pre-production to final product. They are given a Hollywood-vetted script and a team of industry professionals, but must learn to cope with on-set politics and working within a specific budget.

Project Greenlight was ahead of its time,” said Affleck in a statement. “Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away. It is really great having Project Greenlight back at HBO.”

Damon added: “Project Greenlight works. Careers have been launched and sustained as a direct result of this contest. Pete Jones, John Gulager, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan are just a few of the Project Greenlight alums who’ve gone on to do great things in Hollywood, and Ben and I are really proud of that.”

The new season is produced by Adaptive Studios, Affleck and Damon’s Pearl Street Films and Miramax. Also serving as executive producers alongside Affleck and Damon are Marc Joubert, TJ Barrack, Perrin Chiles, Marshall Lewy and Zanne Devine.

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