Following the Black List’s recent expansion into the television and web series arena, TNT and TBS have announced they are partnering with the script database to identify new writing talent for blind script deals and staffing consideration.
Under the initiative with the Turner cablers, the Black List will provide TNT and TBS with a short list of five finalists in each genre of TV writing based on criteria that the nets provide. TNT and TBS will then have the option of offering blind script deals, or sharing the finalists’ scripts with showrunners on the nets’ series.
“As we continue to expand the original programming lineups for TNT and TBS, it’s important that we forge partnerships not only with established producers but also with fresh talent,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’re confident that through this initiative with the Black List, we’re going to find an abundance of exciting, highly creative work from a wide array of emerging writers.”
Since its inception in 2012, the Black List has hosted over 10,000 screenplays in its database, where scribes and industry members can access the scripts and provide feedback and pro writing opportunities. Over 40 scribes have found representation as a result of intros made through the Black List site.