Aspiring TV Writers! Global media company Turner is partnering up with American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on a new writing contest focused on finding new racially diverse writing talent! Dubbed the ABFF & Turner Writing Contest, writers with no professional television experience are encouraged to submit scripts for a comedy or drama series.

The winners from each genre will win a trip to Miami for ABFF 2017, taking place June 14-18, along with a cash prize and the opportunity to secure a meeting with the original programming development teams for Turner’s TBS & TNT networks.

Executive Vice President of Original Programming for TNT, Sarah Aubrey stressed the importance of diverse voices, noting, “TNT and TBS are fully committed to expanding opportunities for storytellers from all backgrounds. The ABFF & Turner Writing Contest is an excellent way to find and nurture exciting new talent just waiting to be discovered.” This contest is the first step in a new three-year agreement through which Turner will support ABFF as a Premier Sponsor.

ABFF’s Head of Programming, Melanie Sharee, expressed gratitude, “We are thankful to Turner for investing in the future of our storytellers, who in turn help shape and reshape the images projected of Black America. They are committed to providing opportunities for creative talent, as well as for those seeking an executive path within the industry. We are grateful for their partnership and commitment to the ABFF mission.”

The ABFF & Turner Writing Contest is open to U.S. residents who are over the age of 18 and members of a diverse or underrepresented community. Scripts must be submitted by April 5, 2017, in order to be considered. Additional details and contest rules are available at www.abff.com/turner-tv-pilot-contest/.

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