Imagine Impact Opens Netflix Film Submissions, Seeks “Large-Scale Action” Ideas
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Imagine Impact has started its call for contributions under a new contract with Netflix to develop original films by new screenwriters around the world.
Impact was launched in 2018 and is inspired by accelerators from tech startups like Y Combinator. The aim is to open up new access to the Hollywood system and to find emerging talents. Imagine partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer recently made Hillbilly Elegy and tick, tick… BOOM! for Netflix and have longstanding relationships with the movie director of the streaming service, Scott Stuber. They founded Impact with Tyler Mitchell.
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As part of the open submission process, Impact will identify and develop feature film ideas in four specific genres next year, which will then bring them to Netflix. The first genre that was announced on Wednesday is described as "large-scale action-adventure films for all viewers".
Applicants are asked to submit a “well-considered idea” and a written sample by July 6.
So far, the Impact program has led to 62 developed projects, 22 of which have been sold or set up with large studios, networks and streaming services. Netflix won a bidder war last year for Godwin Jabangwes Tunga, an original animated family adventure musical inspired by the mythology of the Shona culture in Zimbabwe.
“Netflix has been the most innovative content creation and distribution company in the past decade. It has been a leader in streaming since 2007 and changed the original content game with House of Cards in 2013. As Impact continues to evolve the way global talent is discovered, projects are being partnered to show how both companies are committed to improving the development system to generate more original and high quality IP addresses to meet growing demand “Said Grazer, Howard and Mitchell in a press release.
"Brian and Ron are leading one of the most creative and forward-looking production companies in the industry," said Tendo Nagenda, VP of Netflix Films. “We were delighted to extend our partnership to Imagine Impact for this new company. We look forward to being part of this new way of discovering and nurturing stories and talents. "
Imagine Impact has created attachments to Netflix, Sony, Amblin, Legendary, Village Roadshow and Sony since its inception. The creators have been signed by CAA, WME, UTA, Verve, Anonymous Content, Management 360, 3Arts and other agencies and management companies. Managers of over 300 companies use the impact platform, including A24, ABC, Disney, HBO, Netflix and Universal.
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