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Fox Picks up Burnett, Spielberg Filmmaking Reality Series

Apr 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox is developing a reality series for next season from reality series producer Mark Burnett and Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg that gives undiscovered directors a shot of scoring their own movie studio contract.

The series, “One the Lot,” will conduct a nationwide search to bring 16 finalists to Hollywood. The finalists will be broken into teams. Each week they will have to make a short film in a different genre. Similar to “American Idol,” the competition will air over two nights weekly, with an hour “Film Premiere” episode, followed the next night by a half-hour “Box Office” results show.

A panel of experts-including a film executive and a critic-will critique the short films, with the Fox audience voting from home for their favorite. The director of the film that receives the least number of votes will be asked to leave during the results show, with the process continuing in successive weeks until one filmmaker is left. The winner receives a deal with Mr. Spielberg’s DreamWorks studio.

Premiere dates and the details of the audience voting system were not announced.

“Lot” is being produced by Mark Burnett Productions, DreamWorks Television and Amblin Television. Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg are creators and executive producers. Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Conrad Riggs are co-executive producers.