Tuesday Is First Imagine Impact “Pitch Day”: 22 TV, Movie Projects By Newcomers

A hedge fund analyst begrudgingly joins a bubbly heiress in a pole dance competition, in hope of winning her investment.
On the night of his brother’s coming-of-age ceremony, a seven-year-old Powhatan boy is kidnapped by Spanish conspirators plotting to colonize his homeland. For ten years he is raised like a prince in the Spanish Empire before returning home and upending his captor’s plans with a plot of his own…
David Cornue
You can say, I like this pitch, I want to set a meeting you want to meet this writer or that writer. Directly after that pitch session, you go to the assigned conference room, meet with the writer and ask follow-up questions, and if the writers are not represented, the agents can meet with them as well. If you’re hearing the pitch and are interested, you can hit a “Set Meeting” button. You hit a button, and it instantly sends you and your assistant watermarked copies of the material.” “The initial pitch is meant to be an overview of their project, who they are in terms of writers and voices, after their shapers introduce them and say why they were attracted to their writing and their project and what the experience was like. After each block of pitches there is a Q&A section. There is also a “Submit Materials” button where you can say, I want to read that pilot or script.
Priscila Garcia-Jacquier
The cream on the cake will be if, out of 22, three or four get bought which would be wonderful when you consider the number of things currently in development at any movie studio, and ratio of what is in development and what gets made. What this team has done has turned that system upside down and allowed for new voices to be heard. We’ve made movies for 30 years at Imagine and the average project probably is in the studio system before green light for four to seven years. Tyler has put together a program, over five months, for people to be heard whose voices are worthy of hearing.” “Think about the traditional development system,” Rosenberg said. “How many of these 22 voice would have ever gotten through the front door of a building to pitch or discuss an idea they had? With a turnout of over 100 people, these talented creators might never have had the chance to expose their idea to the level of people who are coming on pitch day.
FAMILY LAW — TV Half Hour
Matthew J. O'Neill
Linda Ge
A visual memoir about an African-American girl who survives the journey to womanhood with magical realism and empathy.
JAMESTOWN — TV One Hour
Perry Janes
A wayward millennial ends up in a luxury doomsday bunker after an apocalyptic event and has to create space for herself in the community while staying on the good side of its overbearing leader.
– but a couple deals would sure help. Both Mitchell and Rosenberg believe there are reasons already to feel good about the potential of this program at a moment where the industry particularly values inclusion and the introduction of new voices – pitchers in this first go-around hail from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, India, Australia, China and from all over and across the U.S.
THE TIMES — TV One Hour
An inspiring adventure painted on an epic canvas of faraway lands with a 1969 VW Beetle and a honeymoon do-over that proves life doesn’t always come with a map.
The story of a desperate young attorney, Jennifer Lombardi, who through hustle, luck, and sheer tyranny of will, holds together the Family law firm of an legendary, undefeated LA defense attorney.
Imagine co-chairman Michael Rosenberg said the parent company gets no inside track on the 22 projects to be pitched next week, though Imagine Impact takes a passive participation and can benefit on the back end in success. Imagine will have to bid like everyone else, against what is looking like all the usual suspects including production companies, streaming services, networks and film studios.
Set in a futuristic Bay Area – a decade after a civil war between San Francisco and Oakland that left the latter city in ruins – More Human follows SF Police Officer Cameron Mitchell as he infiltrates Oakland’s underground world of cybernetic body modifications in order to stop a series of heists that threatens to ignite another war. But as he comes to sympathize with the people he’s been sent to investigate, Cam finds his loyalties tested and begins to question who the criminals truly are.
John Clark Arends
Stefanie Woodburn
UPTOWN — TV One Hour
Kuamel Winston Stewart
As Grace grows into her new role as an undercover informant, she will be torn between embracing her new destiny in espionage and her unexpected freedom, or betraying the only person she'd ever trade it all away for. The Departed meets Revenge. Seven years in, she buys her freedom in exchange for spying for the FBI on prominent leaders of a Chinese human smuggling ring — who happen to be Kyle's own family. Grace Chen is serving 20 years in prison for a crime she didn't commit so her best friend Kyle Wang could live out the promise of an amazing future.
Paul Marchand
Plans unexpectedly change for high schooler Jason Pierson on his semester abroad when, instead of France, he's sent to Cartoonisia: a country populated by animated creatures. Back in America, his family is surprised the foreign exchange student they received is a cartoon character: Trixie.
Elizabeth Stamp
Also attending will be reps from the major agencies, who might well want to sign these newcomers, most of whom don’t have representation. The program got 4000 applications from around the world, and a selection process ended with the 22 who’ve honed their film, hour-long or half-hour pitch with their shapers that the industry will hear Tuesday.
Said Mitchell: “For me there is success in seeing people who come and read the material that was written in eight weeks. That will be the big win. I said to Ron and Brian, Tuesday we show our first line of automobiles. We’ll have proven this collaborative system, and the way we are discovering and democratizing globally the process. Most contracts, writers have 16 weeks to hand in a first draft. In half that amount of time, if people read the material and respond, we’ll have proven that our system can work. But if we prove we can manufacture these scripts in the time we said we would, that’s a real win. If things get sold or one thing gets made from this, that will be a home run.”
EXCHANGE STUDENTS — TV Half Hour
CANARY — TV One Hour
Godwin Jabangwe
It's about the price of family, and the cost of your chicken dinner. A character-driven drama about an all-American poultry dynasty in crisis, and the diverse blue-collar work force that lives under its feudal rule.
WHATEVER IT TAKES — TV Half Hour
In a last ditch effort to revive her dismal career, an aging actress convinces her reluctant former co-stars to reunite for a revival of the musical that once made them all famous. Through laughter, tears and song, they face their insecurities head-on and watch their lives change in surprisingly wonderful ways.
Brian Corcoran
ONE LAST BOW — Feature Film
MORE HUMAN — Feature Film
EXCLUSIVE: Five months after announcing plans to provide an unprecedented Hollywood gateway for new voices and talent in movies and television, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment offshoot Imagine Impact will hold its first “Pitch Day” on November 13. The daylong event will be held at the WeWork Constellation Theater in Century City, where over 100 industry buyers have RSVP’d to hear 22 film and television series pitches.
FLOCK — TV One Hour
Daniel Bonjour
Times, has their fake news empire rocked when Dorothy Buffum marries in and makes it her mission to bring progress to the family and raise her son, Otis, to legitimize their newspaper. The filthy rich Chandler family, founders of the L.A.
There, they’ll struggle to uphold their urban gay identity as they co-parent alongside his conservative ex-wife, help run his overbearing mother’s popular pie shop, and coexist with the town’s quirky locals. Two gay divorced fathers – one Latino, the other white – decide to move their family from LA to the small town of Yucaipa after discovering the existence of a daughter the Latino husband didn’t know he had.
In the 1920s, a revolutionary writer, a gifted musician, and an innovative gangster each move to Harlem to capitalize on extraordinary opportunities provided by the Harlem Renaissance: an explosive period of African African achievement in the arts, entertainment, and organized crime. But what they don't expect is the price they'll each have to pay for their ambitions.
Funches Jessica L.
A spirited young girl ventures to the mythical lost city of Dzimbahwe to learn how to control her strong-willed animal totem and prove that true communion with totems is still possible.
Lynda Heys and Steve Turnbull
Here are the 22 creators and what they’ll be pitching:
Price Matthew T.
Here’s how it will work.
ROCKET — TV Half Hour
SHYFT — Feature Film
THE TRAITOR's SON: THE BETRAYAL OF PAUL ROBESON — Feature Film
SINLESS — TV One Hour
that he may be the key to saving humanity from a corrupted timeline. In a world where time-travel is outlawed, an elite government agent is sent on a secret mission to the past where he inadvertently witnesses his former self killed and returns to the present timeline, where he hasn't existed for 5 years. Now, on the run from the agency that trained him, he is forced to turn to the underground world of illegal time travel in order to get his life back, and discovers…
They met with their charges twice per week to create a sale-able script, teleplay or presentation. showrunner Saladin K. The initiative was launched last Cannes, where newcomers with an idea and a dream were invited to compete for a small spot in the program, which is run by Imagine exec veep Tyler Mitchell. Patterson; Gaz Alazraki, whose Nosotros los Nobles was a monster hit in Mexico; and Kate Purdy, co-creator of the Amazon series Undone. Those “creators” who got accepted worked with “shapers” or mentors who in the first iteration are the Oscar-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black; sitcom vet and Black-ish exec producer Stacy Traub; Burn Notice exec producer Ben Watkins; The Last O.G.
Dueñas Victor M.
The shapers were really surprised at the level of talent that was in the program. We watched these writers grow and evolve every week. They felt they were almost peers. They didn’t have the experience, but the talent was undeniable.” “The application process was only 16 weeks ago and the app we launched allowed us to process the 4000 applicants and review the submissions to get down to 22. “We’ve come a really long way in realizing an idea that we believed in so much,” Mitchell told Deadline.
To placate their marriage-obsessed parents, an Indian-American woman, Laxmi, marries her gay Indian-American friend. Especially, when she discovers that she is pregnant with her very white ex-fiancé’s baby.” /> It’s the perfect plan — until Laxmi's mother-in-law moves in with them and keeping up the charade of the fake marriage becomes much harder.
THE ENDS OF THE EARTH — TV One Hour
Chris Stevens & Hunter Daniels
“We’ll really leverage the power of technology to development,” Mitchell said. There’s a TV hour-long block of seven pitches, a TV half-hour block of eight pitches, and a feature block of seven pitches. “We’ve built a mobile app that has already been sent out to people who RSVP’d to the event. The day is structured in 90-minute blocks. On there is the schedule for pitches, and names and backgrounds, loglines and who their shapers are.
Vidhya Iyer
Tanya Steele
Kate Oliviero and Kristen Vadas
SLICE OF LIFE — TV Half Hour
David C. White
TUNGA — Feature Animation
POLE BOSS — Feature Film
SILOED — TV Half Hour
Whatever It Takes is not the Gf Experience; it’s a LatinX Insecure. In other words, she finds herself a sugar daddy. When her powerful Colombian family loses everything, Helena engineers a plan to fund her American Dream through an older man’s pockets.
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED — Feature Film
GAME OF THRONES meets THE GRAPES OF WRATH in a grounded, science-fiction landscape. As homesteaders compete for land, each must reckon with their own vision of “home”—and how far they’re willing to go to defend it. In a future beset by climate change, the American government faces an unprecedented refugee crisis and re-opens the evacuated state of Texas for settlement, triggering the first major land rush in almost 200 years.
AMERICAN REFUGEE — TV One Hour
WEDLOCKED — TV Half Hour
Set inside a London psychiatric hospital at the height of the Cold War, a young doctor struggles to piece together the shattered psyche and memories of a mysterious patient being treated by the CIA—only to uncover the astonishing life and treacherous “assassination” of Paul Robeson.
It’s Deadwood meets Game Of Thrones… with penguins. A western set in a near-future, warmed Antarctica, following the residents of an Antarctic frontier mining town as they discover a revolutionary new energy source, sparking a global battle for control of this new and potentially fertile continent that quickly evolves into an unexpected, underdog fight for independence.
A 19th-century television drama inspired by the true story of John Humphrey Noyes, a charismatic preacher who believes he is without sin. When he creates a controversial utopian society founded on “free love,” his Heaven on Earth is condemned by the outside world as a sinful Hell.