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Mediacorp seeks Singaporean content creators to make ‘the next big series’ from $3m fund

National broadcaster Mediacorp has issued a call for submissions from local production houses to develop Singapore’s “next big series” to “cater for the new generation”.

 

The media giant and the Infocomm Media Development Authority have released S$3 million worth of funding to commission up to 10 pilot programmes from local production companies, with each individual episode costing between S$50,000 and S$200,000 each.

Any Singaporean-registered company “with a good track record in the production of programmes” is eligible to apply for the funding, according to a public brief issued by Mediacorp. Successful pilots will either be distributed on the broadcaster’s seven free-to-air channels and on its OTT platform Toggle.

However, the applicant “expressly waives any and all rights, which he/she may have, either in law, in equity or otherwise”… to their “moral rights of authors”, according to the document. Mediacorp has so far not commented on the clause despite requests for further clarification by Mumbrella Asia.

In addition, the brief stated content will need to focus on the following:

Original, exciting concepts, formats
Thought-provoking storytelling
Engaging content that cuts across platforms
The next big series that has everyone talking

Engage and foster talent development
Discover new faces and promising local talent
Support Singapore’s community of directors, writers and actors

Experiment with new technology and media formats
Explore different and inventive ways to tell a story to stay ahead of the latest trends – for example, Virtual Reality, 360 camera technology, building VR capabilities, Augmented Reality, 4k Ultra-High Definition resolution for TV, new software, etc

The fund will be rolled out over a three-year period. Any pilot shows deemed to be a success by Mediacorp will be turned into fully-fledged series plugged by PSB funding.

Mediacorp’s chief customer officer Debra Soon said: “We are delighted to partner the IMDA and co-invest in raising the bar on local productions. We are looking for fresh, innovative, fun and meaningful concepts to tell real Singapore stories that resonate with different audiences. We hope it will spur experimentation and creativity with new content formats to cater to a new generation.”

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The broadcaster recently commissioned its first virtual reality drama, Missing, which will be broadcast on Channel 5 in February.

Soon added: “Setting this drama apart from what we’ve done in the past are VR web videos produced to complement the main storyline and providing immersive experiences for audiences in the backstories of the characters and the crime scenes. We aim to keep the public service broadcasting content that we create always fresh, always relevant.”

The deadline for proposal submission is 6pm on November 17 2017.

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