SUBMISSIONS FOR OPEN PITCH 2021 ARE NOW CLOSED. Thank you!
Do you have a television or film project that you want to pitch directly to BRIC TV? BRIC’s two Community Media TV Networks—Brooklyn Free Speech and BRIC TV—come together to bring you a unique opportunity: the BRIC TV Open Pitch. Now in its fourth year, the opportunity was created with one goal in mind— to turn media dreamers into media makers. You will have 5 minutes to pitch your project, and then the panel will ask questions and give you feedback on your pitch. Please complete the application to be considered and note that due to the high volume of applications we may not be able to accept every pitch.
Meet your panelists
Anthony Riddle is senior vice-president of community media at BRIC. Riddle has served in a variety of national leadership roles prior to joining the staff at BRIC in February 2013, including a long and celebrated association with Public Access television. He has served as executive director for three major market Public Access organizations— Atlanta’s People TV, Minneapolis Telecommunications Network, and Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Riddle represented the field in Washington, DC as the executive director of the Alliance for Community Media and later served as general manager for WBAI FM in New York. Riddle also served on a panel set up by President Carter to assist the former Soviet states in establishing democratic media.
Kecia Élan Cole is 5 time NY Emmy-nominated executive producer, series producer, series creator, supervising producer, content creator, showrunner, director, video editor, writer and development team member. She currently serves as the Director of Fiction at BRIC TV where she executive produces several docu-series including: Neighborhood Beat, B-Side, Brooklyn Made, Touré Show, Brooklyn Is Masquerading As The World and Waxing Cinematic. She is an Executive Producer on several original scripted series/films that have premiered at noteworthy film festivals such as TriBeca, SeriesFest and UrbanWorld including: They Charge for The Sun, Sole Kings, All Hail Beth, The Future Is Then, Sauce, Eighty-Sixed and the forthcoming Inspector Ike (feature film), and The United Space of America (animated). She curates and moderates numerous panels on topics ranging from pitching for TV to Afrofuturism. Kecia is pro-active, creative and curious about the world.
Kuye Youngblood is an Emmy award-winning producer who has worked in both independent and corporate media. She is currently the head of development & production at BRIC TV. Her responsibilities include creative development of new series including The Great Pretender with filmmaker Nathan Silver (Tribeca) and collaborating with teams of dynamic media makers. She oversees scripted series, was the Executive Producer for the Miami Web Fest nominated Brooklynification and part of the management team for The Show About The Show (Tribeca). She was also Series Producer for Neighborhood Beat, a show about Brooklyn’s amazing neighborhoods. Prior to BRIC, she worked in the corporate sector, producing content for television networks including BMW and MINI USA. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Kuye still lives, works, and occasionally whips-up gluten-free treats there!
Skye MacLeod is a filmmaker and educator team leader with over 15 years of experience working in New York City and abroad. MacLeod is successful directing production teams, piloting and leading complex educational projects, and forging partnerships. He has extensive experience training teachers to integrate digital media in a wide array of educational contexts. MacLeod is a graduate of Skidmore College (B.A. Music, 1999) and Teachers College of Columbia University (Ed. M, Instructional Technology, 2009). MacLeod is passionate about helping others tell their stories through civic engagement, education, and collaboration.
Tony Gerber is an Emmy award-winning writer, producer and filmmaker. He has written and directed over a dozen documentaries for National Geographic, shot in some of the most remote and dangerous regions of the world. Most recently he directed and executive produced Kingdom of the White Wolf, a 3-part natural history series for National Geographic, filmed on location in the Canadian High Arctic. He is a producer of the critically acclaimed, PGA award-winning film Jane about the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. His documentary Explorer: Battle for Virunga, about the fight to protect mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo (National Geographic Channel), was a 2017 recipient of a Genesis Award, the Humane Society’s top honor for bringing critical animal protection issues to the public. In 2005, Gerber co-founded NY-based production company, Market Road Films, with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Nottage and Gerber are currently developing a feature film, Everlasting Yea! for Amazon Studios. Gerber is an adjunct professor at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios.
PREPARING YOU FOR SUCCESS
We’re here to help you learn, create, and elevate your film and TV game. We want you to succeed and we know that you want to succeed but great success comes with great preparation. Here are some great resources to ensure that you walk into your next pitch prepared and ready for success.