The Creative Board of Fusion, the cable network of Fusion Media Group (FMG), has issued an open call for original television projects.
The initiative will search for projects that cater to both the scripted and unscripted genres and further enforce Fusion’s central mission to provide resources and a platform to creators who span a variety of ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, genders and religions.
The open call is aimed at helping to level the playing field for underrepresented creative talent, with or without agency representation, who want to tell stories that are otherwise going unheard.
Submissions are being accepted on a rolling basis and should center on authentic stories that represent the shared values and passions of America’s diverse youth.
Fusion’s Creative Board, which was founded in May with an eye toward creating greater diversity in media, will review all submissions. Those selected will receive funded development deals with the network.
Collectively, Fusion’s founding board members have been recognized with seven Academy Awards, five Emmys and 25 Grammy Awards, among other prestigious honors. They include Academy Award-winning documentary director Ezra Edelman; Oscar winning actors Viola Davis, Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep; and Nobel Peace Summit Award winning rapper Residente.
Interested writers, filmmakers and producers are asked to submit pitches by following this link.
“Fusion programming is about celebrating perspectives, raising voices, and showcasing passions through authentic, entertaining storytelling,” said Daniel Eilemberg, president and chief content officer of Fusion, in a statement. “There’s no better way to tell those stories than to engage with creators who are living them and we’re thrilled by the Fusion Creative Board’s Initiative to bring those creators to our network.”
“The Fusion Creative Board’s Open-Call Initiative is an exciting and impactful demonstration of our organization’s commitment,” added Felipe Holguin, president and COO of FMG. “We look forward to seeing great, original stories from talented creators on the Fusion network.”