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Extra: Neon takes “Apollo 11″ rights; BPM calls for submissions for funding program

Neon takes rights to Apollo 11 Indie film distribution studio Neon has acquired the worldwide theatrical rights to Todd Douglas Miller’s feature-length documentary Apollo 11. Currently in post-production, the space event film ...
July 20, 2018

Neon takes rights to Apollo 11

Indie film distribution studio Neon has acquired the worldwide theatrical rights to Todd Douglas Miller’s feature-length documentary Apollo 11.

Currently in post-production, the space event film will feature never-before-seen, large-format film footage of mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin’s 1969 moon landing.

Apollo 11 is executive produced by CNN Films, which will retain the U.S. television rights. The film is produced by Miller’s Statement Pictures, with Miller and Thomas Petersen as producers. CNN Films’ Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton are executive producers.

The distribution deal was brokered by Submarine’s Josh Braun; Stacey Wolf, VP of business affairs at CNN; and Evan Krauss of Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP, along with Matt Burke and Ben Braun of Submarine.

BPM issues call for 360 Incubator+

Black Public Media (BPM), the non-profit dedicated to media content about the Black experience, has issued an open call to producers for the third round of its 360 Incubator + Lab.

The incubator will award up to US$150,000 in funding to help produce pilots or funding reels of non-fiction broadcast projects and scripted or non-fiction digital web series.

Successful participants will receive tailored training and mentorship in proposal development, script writing, fundraising, distribution options, outreach, and more, while also working to complete a pilot or funding reel, a full project proposal and a robust fundraising strategy.

Producers with projects currently in the pre-production phase—on areas in BPM’s current content priorities of health in Black communities, environment, mass incarceration, LGBTQ issues and immigration—can also compete in the current round of funding.

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m ET, with fellows announced on Nov. 30. To apply, click here.

Fellows will need to be available for the boot camp and incubator lab from Jan. 11, 2019, through to Jan. 25, 2019, in New York. Producers will then return home where they will work for nine weeks under mentorship to prepare for the Pitch Black pitching session, which takes place April 4. Winners will be announced at an awards reception on April 5.

Edinburgh TV Fest selects Ones To Watch ’18

The Edinburgh International Television Festival has unveiled its selection of 30 successful applicants for its Ones to Watch (OTW) talent project.

Founded in 1994, OTW looks to “identify and nurture the next generation of talent from all backgrounds” from across the UK and develop their careers in the television industry.

The scheme aims to mentor those who already have three or more years of experience in TV and are looking to make the next big step in their career.

The final 30 participants were whittled down from a list more than 400 applicants. The final selectees represent a diverse range of backgrounds, with 80% identifying as females, 27% as BAME backgrounds and 17% as disabled. Half of the chosen applicants are freelancers, while the other half has been chosen from leading prodcos and broadcasters, including BBC, ITV Studios, Nutopia, Stellify Media and Vice.

The OTW candidates will enjoy receive 12 months of mentoring from leading television executives, as well as five days of sessions, creative debate and networking opportunities at the TV Festival in August, which runs August 22-24 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The full list of the successful applicants can be found here.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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