Do you have a television or film project that you want to pitch directly to BRIC TV? If your project is selected for this opportunity, you will have 5 minutes to pitch your idea, and then the panel will ask questions and give you feedback on your pitch. Several past projects have been chosen to be funded for the BRIC TV programming lineup! 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 or give feedback on the selection process.
MEET OUR 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 a 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: Brooklyn Made, Neighborhood Beat, B-Side, 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 and ABFF including: They Charge for The Sun, Sole Kings, All Hail Beth, The Future Is Then, Sauce, Eighty-Sixed, The United Space of America (animated), The Memories Trilogy and the forthcoming Inspector Ike (feature film), along with several other scripted series currently in production. 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 with experience in scripted and documentary series. Formerly the Head of Development and Production, she is currently the General Manager of the BRIC TV network. Her responsibilities include creative development from script to screen, managing a team of dynamic filmmakers, and sourcing distribution opportunities for new film works. Her EP work has screened at Tribeca, Sundance, New Voices in Black Cinema, Hot Docs, ABFF, UrbanWorld, Bentonville, Bushwick Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, & Seattle International Film Festival among others. Original series include The Show About The Show, Brooklynification, Dinette, All Hail Beth, the Inspector Ike feature film and the animated series United Space of America. She’s been a speaker and mentor at SXSW, a juror with SeriesFest, and a producer/moderator for IFP panels. She was also Series Producer for Neighborhood Beat, a show about her hometown of Brooklyn!
Skye MacLeod, Senior Director of Media Education at BRIC, is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, designer, and former puppeteer. MacLeod has over two decades experience producing films and developing media education initiatives in New York City and abroad. MacLeod is successful piloting and leading complex educational projects, leading production teams, and forging sustainable educational partnerships. He has extensive experience educating teachers to integrate digital media and filmmaking in a wide array of contexts. MacLeod holds degrees in Music from Skidmore College, as well as Instructional Design and Filmmaking from Columbia University. He is also an avid jazz clarinetist, runner, and a father of two incredible Brooklyn daughters.
Tony Gerber is an Emmy and PGA 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 on Ellesmere Island 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. For CNN Films he directed, and co-wrote with Meryl Streep, We Will Rise chronicling former First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa to raise awareness of the importance of girl’s education, featuring Meryl Streep, Isha Sesay and Freida Pinto. The film was a recipient of an American Television Academy Honor and a Cine Golden Eagle. His independent films include Full Battle Rattle (Berlinale premiere and SXSW Special Jury Prize) and The Notorious Mr. Bout (Sundance, 2014). In 2005, Gerber co-founded NY-based production company, Market Road Films, with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Gerber produced Emma Francis Snyder’s Oscar short-listed documentary Takeover about the Young Lords 1970 take-over of the failing Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, which made affordable healthcare a topic of national debate. The film is a recipient of support from Ford Just Films and Open Society Foundation. Gerber and Nottage Executive Produced Deep South, a 10-part podcast for Stitcher investigating an unsolved 1950s lynching and the conspiracy of silence in a small southern town. Gerber is an professor at the Fierstein Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios in New York City.
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