NBCUniversal is teaming with super-producer Will Packer (Girls Trip, Straight Outta Compton) and one of the best stores in the world, Target to launch the inaugural Scene in Color Film Series on June 10 (that’s today!). Miguel Rodriguez, SVP, Production Operations, Creative Partnerships, Advertising & Partnerships, NBCUniversal and Steven Rummer, SVP, Strategy and Creative Partnerships, Advertising & Partnerships, NBCUniversal made the announcement via a blog post.
Hosted by Packer, the event kicks off NBCUniversal’s summer movie nights and will amplify BIPOC creators across their various networks and digital properties including the NBC One App, Rotten Tomatoes, and Fandango Movieclips, and on Peacock. Tune-in tonight at 9pm on SYFY as this summer’s movie nights kick off and celebrate the incredible moviemakers of the future.
Scene in Color spotlights three talented emerging Black filmmakers and their work throughout the summer. Packer, NBCU and Target along searched the internet through festivals, YouTube and forums for rising BIPOC talent.
The three filmmakers to be showcased include Chicago’s Addison Wright who spotlights Black ballerinas that are blending hip-hop with classical pointe in Hiplet: Because We Can. In Ewurakua Dawson-Amoa’s To the Girl that Looks Like Me, the activist and filmmaker shows Black women that there is space for them in the media industry. And last but certainly not least is Brooklyn-based Kristian King’s Twice As Good which tells the story of an overachiever readying to chart her own path—much like King herself. The film explores the immense pressure for Black people to meet an exceptionally high level of achievement compared to their peers.
In addition,NBCU has committed to blind script deals for all three creators, giving them a national platform where they will work with NBCU executives and have the mentorship of Packer. The Scene in Color Film Series is the start for NBCU utilizing their resources to identify diverse talent early on and giving them the tools and platform towards success.