UP TV partners with the American Black Film Festival

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 18 May 2015

UP TV is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on a new initiative designed to generate content as part of the network's expansion of original scripted and unscripted series for multicultural audiences.

Called UP Flips the Script to Series: Remixing the Development Pipeline, the new initiative replaces the five-year run of the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition, which generated five feature-length films for UP.

"It's a natural transition to shift the focus of our ABFF partnership from screenplays to series development since we have ramped up our production of high quality, entertaining original scripted series, like our first original scripted series Ties That Bind, and our unscripted hit reality series, Bringing Up Bates," said Amy Winter, executive vice president and general manager at UP. "Based on the tremendous response and high quality of work that we saw in the screenplay competition, we are extremely confident this new partnership will generate some outstanding series ideas and scripts. We are looking for content that will resonate with our audience and their desire to see highly entertaining series they can feel good about watching whether by themselves or with their whole family."

Content creators with unique and original series concepts that entertain and uplift are invited to submit ideas. All submissions made by that time will be reviewed and three submitters will be selected to meet with management.