WIGS Partners with Black List for Next Big Series
Launched in May 2012 by a trio of accomplished director/producers, WIGS hosts original, scripted dramas on the internet…and now it’s found a partner in discovering screenwriting talent. Working with The Black List, a company that helps turn amazing scripts into films, should help WIGS expand its growing online channel with a new writer and, eventually, a new digital series script deal. On May 6, 2014, The Black List will choose between five and ten screenwriters to be reviewed by WIGS executives, so they can judge the writers’ credentials and make one the next to create a series for the network.
So what’s so special about The Black List? Franklin Leonard founded it back in 2005 when he was working at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company. After asking some film executives about the best scripts that never became feature films, he came up with some titles that helped him form The Black List, according to radio show KCRW. Some well-known greats like “Juno” and even “The Social Network” spawned from Leonard’s list.
Now, original pilots and screenplays hosted by Leonard’s creation have a shot at a series on WIGS. Aiming to unearth new talent, the partnership hopes to get a hit out of what they find.
Judging from what’s already on the women-centric WIGS channel, it’s going to have to be high quality to fit in. Among the platform’s most popular include the series “Blue,” which stars Julie Stiles as an escort who has to hide her career from her young son, and “Susanna,” which explores motherhood through stars Maggie Grace and Anna Paquin.
WIGS already finds itself in a multi-year deal with Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) as of February 2013. It has over 1.6 million total subscribers and north of 77 million multi-platform views as of this past March.
“We’re very excited to leverage the Black List technology to open up our development process to a new group of writers, and hopefully discover our next great series creator,” said WIGS Chief Operating Officer Jake Avnet, according to Black List. If it’s anything like former Black List hits like “The King’s Speech” and “Argo,” it should certainly be something to look forward to.Tags: Franklin Leonard, original web series, The Black List, Wigs