This summer, we launched our biggest project yet: The PlayStation Emerging Filmmakers Program. The idea was to give undiscovered talent a chance to create their own TV pilot. In a partnership with PlayStation and We Make, we set out to find the best and the brightest creative minds that no one knew about yet. We were so excited to give filmmakers an opportunity like this, and we were overwhelmed with the incredible response.
After receiving hundreds of submissions, we chose ten creators to attend the PlayStation Emerging Filmmakers Pitch Event in Los Angeles. They attended workshops and gained one-on-one insight from luminaries like Jack McBrayer (30 ROCK, WRECK-IT-RALPH), Marco Ramirez (EP and Showrunner on Marvel’s THE DEFENDERS), Justin Spitzer (Creator & EP of SUPERSTORE), Gloria Calderon Kellett (EP & co-showrunner on ONE DAY AT A TIME), and Mark Goffman (former showrunner on BULL, SLEEPY HOLLOW).
The event culminated with the creators pitching their ideas to a judging panel made up of industry experts and PlayStation executives. This week, we announced the top 5 concepts — all of which will now move into pilot production, and be shared with the PlayStation community in 2018.
The winners are…
- Breakthrough by Gordon Freas & Amanda Freas
- Made in Boise by Max Cannon & Brandon Sullivan
- Orthus by Shira Rosenzweig
- The Many Lives of Ayn Winchester by Steve Spalding
- Two Roads by Miranda Sajdak & Vanessa King
Congratulations to everyone involved! We can’t wait to see these ideas come to life.