Imagine Impact and Netflix’s Studio Films Division announce a year-long deal to develop new feature films across 4 genres | 06.07.20

Netflix and Imagine Impact — an offshoot of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company Imagine Entertainment — are teaming up develop original content from up-and-coming screenwriters.

Through the open submission process, Imagine Impact will identify and develop feature film ideas in four specific genres over the next year that they will then bring to Netflix. The companies announced Wednesday that they are seeking submissions for large scale action-adventure movies for all audiences with a “well-thought out idea and writing sample” through July 6.

“Netflix is the most innovative content creation and distribution company of the last decade, leading the way in streaming since 2007 and changing the original content game with ‘House of Cards’ in 2013. As Impact continues to evolve the way that global talent is discovered, projects are developed and how the creative industry connects, this partnership demonstrates both companies’ commitment to improving the development system in order to generate more original, quality IP to meet the growing demand,” said Grazer, Howard and Mitchell in a statement.

How does Impact x Netflix work?

Over the course of the next year, Impact will source projects globally across four film genres and then develop select projects chosen by Netflix using our accelerated development system.

The four film genres are:

  1. Large scale action-adventure films for all audiences (Application open now!)
  2. To be announced July 2020 (Application opening in August)
  3. To be announced September 2020 (Application opening in October)
  4. To be announced November 2020 (Application opening in December)

For each genre, Impact will host online open submissions through which writers of all levels from around the world can apply with a well-thought out idea and writing sample. Applications will be vetted via Impact’s review process before a subset of applicants are interviewed by Impact. From there, a group of finalists selected by Impact will have their proposed project presented to Netflix by the Impact team. If Netflix chooses to develop one or more projects, the writer of selected projects (“Creators”) will then sign a writing services agreement with Netflix and be paid the then-current minimum scale set forth in the Writers Guild of America Basic Agreement. Once signed, the writer will be paired by Impact with a Shaper (an experienced industry professional ) who will plan to meet with the writer twice weekly to offer non-writing consulting services, and the writer shall write and deliver a first draft to Netflix in 10 weeks or less in accordance with the signed writing agreement.

You can read the full press release here.

How many projects will be selected and developed?

Impact and Netflix are not pre-determining the number of projects to be developed.

Will there be an in-person program component like Impact’s previous accelerators?

No. Unlike Impact’s previous accelerator programs, selected Creators will not need to relocate to participate and there will be no speaker series or Pitch Day. Selected Creators will work with their Shaper and the Impact team to develop their script either virtually or in-person, subject to their location and health guidelines.

How do I apply?

Applications will be available at application.imagine-impact.com. We encourage those applying to first review the entirety of this FAQ carefully as it is designed to guide applicants towards a strong submission.

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