Filmmakers, content developers, and producers looking to up their game online can take advantage of free weekly webinars now being offered by the National Black Programming Consortium. The series teaches various aspects of producing serial content on public television and the Web. Only 100 seats are available for each webinar on a first-come, first-served basis.
Successful producers and experts lead the sessions, including Deniese Davis, COO of Issa Rae’s ColorCreative.tv and producer of the hit Web series Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, who will discuss how to find and keep your audience. Other webinars include: “Many Rivers to Cross: How Do You Make an Engaging Multi-Part Series?” with Leslie Asako Gladsjo, senior story producer for The African-Americans; and “Marketing + Measuring Impact: What are Vanity Metrics?” with social media strategists Ann Nguyen and George Weiner of Whole Whale social media firm.
“NBPC aims for the program to be a game changer by creating an army of content makers, particularly those from diverse backgrounds, who bring thought-provoking, enlightening programming to the fore,” says NBPC Interim Executive Director Leslie Fields-Cruz. “To that end, any TV or Web producer, whether participating in the NBPC 360 program or not, may participate in the webinars.”
Webinar Wednesdays are all a part of NBPC 360, the Harlem, New York-based nonprofit organization’s new incubator program offering winning producers training and development funds of between $50,000 and $150,000 for their series pilots.
NBPC 360 is an incubator designed to identify innovative storytellers and to generate quality serial, digital and multiplatform content for public media outlets, including the Web. Producers will compete for funding and the chance to work with veteran producers to develop their series pilots.
The program launched on Wednesday, October 1. The webinars, which will help prepare producers to apply for the program (application deadline is January 9, 2015). Interested artists can sign up now at www.blackpublicmedia.org.