2016 Funded Projects
Chef Ricky by Shirlette Ammons is a hybrid cooking/reality series following former “Iron Chef” contestant Ricky Moore, who moves his wife and two kids from the big city of Washington, D.C. back to his home state of North Carolina to turn the gems of his rural raising into an urban culinary enterprise in Durham.
So Young, So Pretty, So White
Examining the lives of several compelling men and women from across the globe, So Young, So Pretty, So White by Chanelle Aponte Pearson and Christiana Mbakwe is a window into the often-secret world of skin bleaching, unmasking what drives people to lighten their skin. The series delves into the lives of those who adhere to the practice—the lure of lighter skin and the challenges to sustain it transcend national borders—and exposes multinational corporations who exploit regional discrimination against people with darker skin tones.
Read Awakening by Dominique Taylor and Stephanie Fields blends entertainment and education for adults to continue a love for reading beyond our formative years. This imaginative, intellectual series encourages mature audiences to share the gift of reading with each other.
2015 Funded Projects
My Africa Is
My Africa Is by Nosarieme Garrick and Hassatou Diallo is a broadcast TV series spotlighting an Africa beyond the headlines, and offering a balanced view of the continent. We meet a new generation of African innovators, technologists and entrepreneurs who are making a difference. (Pilot had its broadcast premiere on AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange on February 15, 2016.)
Street Cred by Sultan Sharrief and Oren Goldenberg is a broadcast TV series and reality competition show challenging Detroit high school students to learn entertainment producing skills in order to vie for a chance at a dream internship. (In production — scheduled for fall release.)
POPS + Life
POPS + Life by Garland McLaurin and Jason Samuels is a documentary web series that offers a humorous, enlightening and engaging exploration of fatherhood as experienced by three African-American men living in Miami, Atlanta and Detroit, who differ in backgrounds and lifestyles. (In production — scheduled for spring release.)
Pixie Dust by Damon Colquhoun and Shertease Wheeler is a scripted web series about a teen girl, Faye, with magical powers to quell the mental illness in her mother. (In production — scheduled for spring release.)
About the 360 Program
NBPC’s 360 Incubator and Fund was established in 2015 to help launch non-fiction multi-part (two- to three-part) projects for broadcast, as well as webisodic stories and interactive/transmedia projects that reflect the rich diversity of stories about the Black experience. We seek projects produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles about travel, current affairs, contemporary stories on social issues of importance to African Americans, lifestyle or DIY, highlighting unique, larger-than-life, unforgettable subjects with specific points of view. Up to 10 projects are selected through an open call process. Two members of each producing team are invited to a three-day boot camp orientation retreat leading up to a six-week incubator held from September to October in New York. During the incubator, the producers receive additional training in fundraising, audience engagement, business development, pitching and a funding stipend to produce or refine their proof of concept. Also, each producing team is assigned a mentor who helps to fine-tune their project concept in preparation for the Pitch Black Forum. At the Pitch Black Forum, the producing teams present their projects before a panel of public media and industry executives, and an audience of public media, cable, commercial and VOD professionals. The panel recommends three or four projects for pilot funding. The selected projects receive $50,000 to $150,000 in development funds for their pilots and return to their home base to produce them over the next six months where they are also embedded with a public television station partner.
The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) is committed to enriching our democracy by educating, enlightening, empowering and engaging the American public. We support diverse voices by developing, producing and distributing innovative media about the Black experience and by investing in visionary content makers. NBPC provides quality content for public media outlets, including, among others, PBS and PBS.org and BlackPublicMedia.org, as well as other platforms, while training and mentoring the next generation of Black filmmakers. Founded in 1979, NBPC produces the AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series and manages the 360 Incubator and Fund, a funding and training initiative designed to accelerate the production of important Black serial and interactive content.