In November 2015, Project Greenlight Digital Studios launched Get The Greenlight, a contest that offered a $25,000 production deal to one winner. Now, that winner has been revealed, and it’s #Josh, a comedy project from creators Joshua Jean-Baptiste and Edson Jean.
#Josh, set in Miami, contains several plot details that will be familiar to people who watch a lot of independent web series. Jean-Baptiste stars as Josh, a digitally-dependent twenty-something Haitian-American struggling to get his footing. Jean will play Wes, whose brash attitude and promiscuous tendencies will set him up as Josh’s comedic foil. A few snippets of the show are on display in Jean-Baptiste and Jean’s pitch video.
“This entire #GetTheGreenlight process has been a roller coaster of emotions, or as our fellow Haitians would say…MEZAMI!” said Jean-Baptiste and Jean in a press release. “We are forever grateful that an organization like Project Greenlight is determined to get stories like ours out there. After receiving an unprecedented amount of support from our community, we are honored to share a story set in Miami that isn’t coated in glitz or glamour.”
Project Greenlight Digital Studios is best known for reviving Project Greenlight, a TV series that first aired on HBO between 2001-3, moved to Bravo in 2005, and returned to HBO for a fourth season in 2015. The series follows first-time filmmakers as they attempt to direct movies, and the Get The Greenlight contest provided a similar opportunity for digital content creators.
More information about Get The Greenlight, as well as a library of the contest’s other top submissions, can be found on the Project Greenlight website.