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CANNES — London-based ScreenHits, an online platform for the screening and selling of TV and film content, has partnered with Universal Publishing Production Music for its Pilot Showcase, which is in its second year.

The Pilot Showcase will review and rank over 500 titles that have not yet been picked up for season production, and will also help to fund a pilot for a full season. The winning pilot will be determined based on factors from ScreenHits’ online social and distribution platforms.

The call for entries to the showcase opened on Jan. 28, and the official selection of 50 pilots will be announced during L.A. Screenings on May 17.

ScreenHits said that through the partnership with UPPM, composers have the ability to be discovered by allowing producers to have access to the music for their pilot showcase.

Rose Adkins, CEO of ScreenHits, said: “There is content out in the world that has value and we believe, along with UPPM, that giving a pilot a home and pickup is important in our untethered viewing worlds.
“We partnered with UPPM because of their great music catalog crafted specifically for media use as well as their dedication in providing quality music by working with hugely talented artists and composers around the globe.”

John Clifford, general manager UPPM UK, stated: “It is our intent to support the great composers we work with, all of whom are the backbone of our exceptional music catalog, and with how ScreenHits support our great composers by promoting their music via the pilot showcase. By working so closely with them, we have a great opportunity to match the best music with the TV content that is being created.”

ScreenHits, which launched in 2012, has partnered with producers and distributors to create an online venue for consumers as well as broadcasters to discover shows from around the world. Content partners include Fox International Channels, Telemundo, eOne, Relativity, Caracol, Venevision, Keshet, Studio Hamburg and DHX.

In addition, ScreenHits is securing sales for producers. BBC America and NBC Universal picked up independent film “Blackwood,” followed by Canal Plus acquiring “Time Lapse,” and A&E Network acquired the series “True Pulp Murder.”