Pitch Black names winners

Four projects have won development funding in the inaugural event designed to bring "engaging stories about the black experience to American audiences." (Pictured: National Black Programming Consortium exec director Leslie Fields-Cruz)
April 30, 2015

The Harlem-based National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) has awarded three non-fiction projects with development funding ranging between US $50,000 to $150,000, as part of its inaugural Pitch Black event in New York City.

The winners, which also included one fiction project, Pixie Dust from Damon Colquhoun and Shertease Wheeler, were chosen late last week out of eight production teams that took part in the NBPC’s six-week incubator sessions designed to hone the projects and pitches.

Non-fiction winners include: My Africa Is from Nosarieme Garrick and Hassatout Diallo, a doc series exploring African youth culture; Street Cred from Sultan Sharrief and Oren Goldenberg, a docuseries that gives Detroit high school students a chance to land a dream entertainment industry internship; and POPS from Garland McLaurin and Jason Samuels, a documentary webseries that follows three African-American men as they embark on the journey of fatherhood.

From this point, the winning projects will develop pilots, and will then pursue broadcast and distribution opportunities for them with the support of the NBPC.

“I am extremely excited about the selected projects because they will bring vitally needed fresh perspectives and new voices to public media,” said NBPC executive director Leslie Fields-Cruz┬áin a statement. “At the same time, I’m also incredibly proud of each and every one of the producers who participated in the inaugural launch of NBPC 360, because no matter where their projects land, they will also bring vibrant, engaging stories about the black experience to American audiences.”

Partners for the NBPC 360 initiative, made possible with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, include lead station WNET, WTTW, WYES, KQED, WGBH/World, American Public Television, National Minority Consortia, SCETV, BritDoc, POV, ITVS, IFP Made in New York, Tribeca Film Institute, NYC Media, Silicon Harlem and PGA Diversity.

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