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TV One Announces Second Annual American


Screenplay Competition Sponsorship


Last Year’s Winning Screenplay “Deadbeat Dad Rehab,” Written by Kiki McKnight,

Set to Debut as a TV One Original Movie at This Year’s June Festival and On-Air in July


SILVER SPRING, MD – MARCH 30, 2016 – Offering budding writers the chance to showcase their talent and win the opportunity to see their project come to life, TV One announces its second annual sponsorship of the American Black Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition. Created to encourage and promote the production of creative, site contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays, the 2016 TV One Screenplay Competition will highlight three new writers who will vie for a $5000 cash prize and a chance to have their screenplay produced into an original, made-for-TV movie, which will debut in 2017 on TV One and at the 21st American Black Film Festival (ABFF).


“Renewing our Screenplay Competition with the American Black Film Festival, an organization dedicated to showcasing quality content which reflects and appeals to African-American audiences, aligns beautifully with TV One’s commitment to represent all facets of the Black cultural experience,” said D’Angela Proctor, TV One’s SVP, Original Programming & Production. “We are looking for a contemporary story that is entertaining and heartfelt; one that is especially relatable to the Black community.”


The three 2016 TV One Screenplay Competition finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to this year’s festival in Miami (June 15-19) and will observe a scene from their script being performed by professional actors in front of a live audience during TV One’s “Celebrity Scene Stealers” event on Friday, June 17. This year’s winner will be announced at “The Best of ABFF” Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 18. Applicants have until Friday, April 22, to submit their screenplays for consideration. Official rules and submission information is available on ABFF’s website.


TV One’s 2015 ABFF Screenplay Competition winner Kiki McKnight will debut her original film Deadbeat Dad Rehab (working title) at this year’s festival on Saturday, June 18. The film, which will also premiere on TV One in July, centers around four men who are in denial of their poor parenting skills and attend a rehab for deadbeat dads that uses unusual methods to help them become true fathers and real men.


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