Have a Movie Idea? Netflix is Now Looking for Aspiring Writers

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Have a movie idea? Netflix is now looking for aspiring writers.

Imagine Impact from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company, is looking for submissions as part of their deal with Netflix. The open submissions are looking to identify and help develop feature film ideas in four different genres, over the next year. The first four genre-specific application windows open Wednesday. The first round of projects is considered “large scale action-adventure movies for all audiences.” Applications will be accepted now until July 6th.

What is Imagine Impact?

Imagine Impact is founded by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Tyler Mitchell in 2018. It is a content accelerator program, which has held three sessions so far. Content creators apply in an open application process and those admitted to the program take place in an eight-week program that looks for unknown unrepresented writers with unique stories and get their projects to be sold by partnering with experienced mentors.

Since 2018, Imagine Impact has helped develop 62 TV and film projects, with 22 sold or set to be in production.

Imagine Impact and Netflix 2020 Program

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This year, Imagine Impact partnered with Netflix. The goal is to give more opportunities to those in the film industry. A group of finalists selected by Impact will present their project directly to Netflix. If Netflix likes the pitch, the streaming company will sign an agreement with the writer and will be paid a WGA-set fee, and then paired with an Impact mentor, who will help the writer deliver the first draft to Netflix. Selected writers will not need to relocate and can work remotely.

“Netflix is the most innovative content creation and distribution company of the last decade, leading the way in streaming since 2007 and changing the original content game with House of Cards in 2013. As Impact continues to evolve the way that global talent is discovered, projects are developed and how the creative industry connects, this partnership demonstrates both companies’ commitment to improving the development system in order to generate more original, quality IP to meet the growing demand,” Grazer, Howard, and Mitchell said in a statement.

The other genre applications will be announced in July, September, and November.

For more information and to apply visit Impact’s website.

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