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fox21 and Slamdance Announce Finalists In Teleplay Competition
Date: 12/28/06

Los Angeles, CA — Slamdance received over 600 entries for its teleplay competition, which included both one-hour and half-hour dramas and comedies.

Slamdance is celebrating its 13th year and has become the pre-eminent film festival. The festival has established a unique reputation for premiering new films by first-time writers and directors who work with limited budgets. This viewpoint extends to television scripts, or teleplays, as well.

The three Slamdance Teleplay Competition finalists will attend the Slamdance Film Festival, where the first place winner will be announced at the awards ceremony. Also, at the festival, the three finalists will participate in a roundtable discussion with fox21 executives and Slamdance representatives. Afterwards, the finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for a pitch session with fox21 at the company’s headquarters, where each of them will have an opportunity to showcase their ideas and television writing potential. The teleplay competition winner is guaranteed to have one of his or her ideas developed into a pilot by fox21.

fox21 is an alternative television production arm of Twentieth Century Fox Television. The division is devoted to helping writers realize their “passion projects.” Ideas that might be considered too personal or unconventional for other studios are championed.

"At fox21, we're dedicated to giving a platform to fresh, untapped talent with great ideas and unique voices,” said Jane Francis, Senior Vice President, fox21. “The Slamdance Film Festival has been a fantastic partner, and this teleplay competition is an opportunity for us to access the next generation of writers and creators."

In the Slamdance Teleplay Competition, the top three finalists and their teleplays are:

American Standard

By Scott Burgin, David Robinson & Kerry Lambert

Explores the question "What does it mean to be an American?" by examining the lives of four families spanning the gamut of American diversity.

Ghost Towns

By Marcus Clay Carmouche & Seamus Kevin Fahey

After the Civil War, two disillusioned veterans lead a small, secret government agency charged with preventing a confederacy of supernatural creatures from taking control of the western frontier.


By Latrisse Goffigan

Catherine Morgan is brought in to lead the National Special Victims Task Force, a Federal law enforcement agency set up as a response to escalating violent crimes of a sexually based nature. The NSVTF captures the nation’s most violent predators — repeat killers, serial rapists, etc.

The Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 18-27, 2007 in Park City, Utah. For more information and for a complete listing of films in the festival, visit or call 323-466-1786.

All 2007 Festival tickets and passes will be available for purchase online at A percentage of proceeds from each Slamdance ticket purchase will go to the Utah Food Bank.

CONTACT: Steven Zeller (, Susan Steeno  (, or Nubia Flores ( of GS Entertainment Marketing Group at 323-860-0270.

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