Issa Rae, Project Greenlight Digital Studios Join Forces For Screenwriting Contest

By 02/12/2016
Issa Rae, Project Greenlight Digital Studios Join Forces For Screenwriting Contest

Issa Rae’s Color Creative TV and Project Greenlight Digital Studios are looking to promote a new class of creators. The two companies have joined forces for the New Normal Writing Contest, which asks each entrant to submit a pitch for an anthology series based around the theme “trophy.”

Writers who are interested in New Normal can enter the contest by putting together a one-page pitch for a series that shows, as Rae puts it, “at what lengths people will go to obtain that symbol of victory.” From that pool of pitches, Project Greenlight and Color Creative will select a pool of 60 semi-finalists that will be whittled down to 12 finalists and, eventually, three winners. Those winners will each be matched with showrunners, directors, and line producers to bring their pitches to life; they’ll also take home $5,000 prizes.

New Normal continues Project Greenlight’s quest to shine light on unheralded voices within the digital media world. The studio’s previous contest, Get The Greenlight, ultimately selected Joshua Jean-Baptiste and Edson Jean’s #Josh as its grand prize winner.

From Color Creative’s point of view, New Normal is an opportunity to bring underrepresented groups forward. The startup, co-founded by Rae, promotes diverse writing, and it continues Rae’s multifaceted work as a creator and producer.

Submissions for New Normal are due by 11:59 PM PST March 1st, 2016. Additional rules for the contest can be found here.