The people behind web-based projects Pops and Pixie Dust are winners of National Black Programming Consortium’s NBPC 360 Program Fund.
The NBPC is a Harlem-based organization that provides content from diverse voices to public media outlets. This fund was designed to provide resources for Web, TV and transmedia projects.
NBPC 360, according to a press release, awarded producers Garland McLaurin and Jason Samuels $60,000 for their work on Pops, a “humorous, enlightening and engaging exploration” of the Black fatherhood experience. Damon Colquhoun and Shertease Wheeler, who produced Pixie Dust, won $50,000 for their scripted series which follows “a teenage girl whose mother battles mental illness.”
In addition to the mentoring program, two projects — My Africa Is, a public affairs program about young people in Africa, and Street Cred, a reality show set in a Detroit and focused on high school students trying to make their film dreams come true — also received $100,000 each.
On top of the NBPC’s grant, WNET will mentor the winners to help nurture their future projects:
“WNET is committed to supporting diverse voices and telling those stories not often addressed in the media,” said WNET’s Vice President of Programming Stephen Segaller. “We believe the NBPC 360 program fund and incubator are important to the future of public media. We’re pleased to be able to invest time, energy and resources into two very promising projects.”
Under the condition that a New York-based series won, WNET — the parent company of Thirteen, and WLIW21 — agreed to extend a helping hand. And they’re keeping that promise.
WNET will offer the victors a workspace for their projects for four to six months. WNET will also allow the winners access to the senior editorial staff for guidance and feedback as they develop their pilots.
“Inviting Garland and Damon into the station during the development of their pilots demonstrates a sincere desire to support NBPC’s efforts to bring new talent and new content to public media,” said NBPC Executive Director Leslie Fields-Cruz.
NPBC 360, which launched on October 2014 and sifted through 164 applications, also awarded $100,000 to My Africa Is, produced by Nosa Garrick and Hassatou Diallo, and Street Cred, produced by Sultan Sherrief and Oren Goldberg*.
*We’ve corrected the names for the producers of Street Cred. We apologize for the error.