Friday, September 19, 2008

New Black Playwright Reading Series Each Month at the Cell (NYC)

It's first reading was Stranger In My Body by Garlia Cornelia Jones on Monday, September 8th at 7:30 PM. The next one is Monday, October 13th. For more information please click here.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

2008 OBS Screenplay Contest

2008 OBS Screenplay Contest

OBS Produced Staged Reading of
1st Place TV & Feature Scripts

Writers may enter in one or both

I. Writers MUST print WGA or Copyright registration number on Title page.

II. Scripts must be free of author’s name and contact information. Attached submission forms will contain all contact information.

III. Writers interested in receiving coverage on their submitted scripts should send two copies and add $25 to the entry fee.

IV. OBS will accept a maximum of four scripts per writer. One fee per script.

V. Scripts will not be accepted: Unbound, unregistered, or over 125 pages in length (Features) 60 pages (TV Pilots).

VI. Finalists will be selected by experienced readers. Winners in each category will be selected by a participating OBS board member. Winners will be announced December 1.

Deadline: October 15th Postmark!

Compete in TWO categories: Features & TV


Mail Scripts & Money Orders to:
1999 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Paypal accepted.

$50 OBS Members*

$60 Non-Members

Winners will have their screenplays submitted to Development
Executives at TWO major production companies and one TV NETWORK!

1st Place Winners
Announced December 1st.

During our 20 years in Los Angeles OBS has formed alliances in the motion picture and network television industry in order to open doors for our members. For the 2008 contest season The CW, Our Stories Films, and Overbrook Entertainment are interested in reading winning scripts.

The CW is the new network consolidated from The WB and UPN. UPN provided jobs for the majority of experienced African-American show runners and series producers working in Hollywood today. OBS is grateful that Traci Blackwell, The
CW’s Director of Current Programming, recognizes the quality and talent of writers within the ranks of OBS. Traci is back for the second year, and will again read the TOP TWO original TV scripts.

Our Stories Films, a joint venture between Bob Johnson and The Weinstein Company, previously of Disney/Miramax fame, is dedicated to developing family friendly comedies that cover a broad spectrum of the African-American experience. Our Stories will receive our top feature film submission.

Overbrook Entertainment has produced many international blockbusters. As producers of both episodic television and feature films, we are happy that Overbrook is aware of the talent within OBS. As a result, Holly Brown, of Overbrook Entertainment will read the TOP TWO winning feature length entries, as well as the TOP TWO TV entries!

WINNERS in the FEATURES category will submit their screenplays to; Holly Brown, Film Department Coordinator, Overbrook Entertainment, and to Glendon Palmer, Director of Development at Our Stories Films. They will read the winning scripts and take a general phone or in-person meeting with the writer. (In-person meeting for local writers only).

WINNERS in the ORIGINAL TV PILOT category will submit their scripts to The CW. Traci Blackwell will read the top TWO scripts in the Original TV Pilot category and hold a general meeting with the writer(s).

OBS Call For Submissions for "Night at the Movies - Short Film Showcase"

The Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS) is now accepting entries for its new Night at the Movies - Short Film Showcase which showcases short films created by OBS members and local writer/filmmakers - writer/directors – writer/producers. They have two more showcases scheduled for 2008 – Thursday, September 25th 7 – 10 PM and Thursday, November 20th 7 – 10 PM. Deadline for September showcase is September 15th & for November showcase is November 10th. The Writer/Filmmaker must be able to attend the Night at the Movies for film to be screened. If you have questions or need additional information please contact OBS via email – or call 323.735.2050