“Project Greenlight” expands into digital studio

Adaptive Studios, Pearl Street Films and Miramax are teaming up to launch a 24/7 digital community for filmmakers based on the HBO docuseries Project Greenlight (pictured).
November 4, 2015

Project Greenlight wrapped its fourth season on HBO last weekend but the series is living on in digital form.

Production company Adaptive Studios has launched Project Greenlight Digital Studios, a 24/7 creative community, in partnership with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films and Miramax.

The platform will give viewers and emerging filmmakers such opportunities as the chance to vote on greenlight concepts, production resources, and the chance mingle with Hollywood and digital native filmmakers. Eventually, they will be able to produce a slate of digital projects.

The first initiative is a contest called Get The Greenlight, which is offering the winner US$25,000 to make a digital series. Entrants must submit a three-minute pitch video by November 25 and the submissions will be voted on. Finalists will be named on December 7.

The next contest, due to launch early next year, will be co-hosted by Issa Rae’s ColorCreative TV and seeks to find emerging and diverse writers.

The upcoming slate is heavy on scripted content and comedy but will include a project by The Jungle newsletter creator and digital video consultant Sarah “Sully” Ullman, who will explore the creative process of making Snapchat content.

Last year, HBO ordered a fourth season of docuseries Project Greenlight from executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The series originally aired on the premium cable network in 2001 and 2003 before moving to Bravo in 2005. The show follows a fist-time director – selected through a contest – who must learn to cope with the realities of making a Hollywood project, from pre-production to final cut.

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