Up Network Provides Leg Up Aspiring

As Up expanded its search for sources of original programming, the cabler also has opened doors for aspiring writers through its annual Faith and Family Screenplay Competition.

For the past four years, the network has teamed with the American Black Film Festival to host a screenplay competition, winners of which see their scripts turned into an Up telepic.

PURPOSE: Variety‘s Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit

The most recent entry, “Comeback Dad,” a father-daughter drama penned by Kimberly Walker, premieres June 12, and stars Charles S. Dutton, Loretta Devine and Tatyana Ali. Another of last year’s winners, “Mary Jo’s Candy,” by Keronda “Kiki” McKnight, goes into production this month.

The 18th annual American Black fest runs June 19-22 in Gotham. The top three finalists in this year’s screenplay competish will be presented June 20 at a table reading, with the grand prize winner announced two days later.

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