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Do you have an idea that you think could be the next Tali’s Wedding Diary, or a worthy successor to The Girl From St Agnes? Here’s how to submit an unsolicited proposal for a Showmax Original. At Showmax, we’re dedicated to nurturing great African talent, but remember that we receive many proposals for programming, and some of them may be similar to or even identical to the idea you have. Your idea may also be similar to proposals that Showmax itself is already developing, or has previously developed and/or produced.

Closing date 30/05/2023

Showmax is a streaming service that offers a variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, Showmax Originals, kids’ shows & sports. We continuously strive to grow the film and TV industry by developing talent in front of, and behind the camera, and propel the launch of local and international careers.

What we are looking for:

Stories come in different forms, oral, written and visual. There are many stories in our literature deserving of a place on the screen; many characters imagined but not yet seen, places dreamt of but not travelled to. Showmax is welcoming exciting proposals for a literary adaptation series based on or inspired by a Kenyan book. The proposed series should be made up of 8 episodes.

Proposal Requirements

Logline: summary of the series (no more than 30 words).
Summary of Book: its story, appeal, and publisher information.
Character bios of main key characters – not more than 4 characters. (Their goals, needs, desires and weaknesses)
Episode Breakdowns: Highlight the beginning, middle, and end of each episode in a couple of sentences.
Series Lookbook and Moodboard: Picture collage that gives us a glimpse of how the series will look like in terms of cinematography and production design, mood, and tone.
Company profile &Team: Who are the filmmakers behind the project? What have you done previously? Who will be doing what?
Publisher Agreement: Letter of Intent from publisher confirming option rights to the said book.
Preliminary Budget: How much will it cost to produce each episode?
Showreel: A link to your showreel or sample of your work, no longer than 3 minutes.
References: Please include contact details for three references. References cannot include M-Net personnel.
Completed scripts are not necessary at the stage of submission.

The presentation must not be more than 15 slides.

Technical and editorial standards required will be set out in the production agreement.

Showmax will have the final editorial and creative control over all aspects of the Commissioned Movie.

The Evaluation/Selection Process

Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email notification. Only shortlisted applications will be invited for pitches.

Our selection process will take roughly 12 weeks. If you don’t hear from us within 90 days after the submissions deadline, consider your application unsuccessful.

Deadline for Submissions: 30th May, 2023.

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