Free Webinars For Web Series Producers and Filmmakers

National Black Programming Consortium helps artists take projects to the next level

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The nation’s only nonprofit dedicated solely to media content about the black experience is offering a series of free webinars for producers seeking to create broadcast and Web series.

The National Black Programming Consortium is offering webinars designed to prepare producers for their next project. The next one is this Wednesday, on interactive projects by Senior Director, Interactive Programs, Tribeca Film Institute, Opeyemi Olukemi. Webinars are free to producers signed up for its portal on www.BlackPublicMedia.com. Only 100 seats are available for each webinar; as participation is first-come, first-served.

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“Offering workshops online has allowed NBPC to reach and engage with producers more efficiently and frequently with the vital information and the skills training they need to be competitive in this constantly shifting media landscape,” notes NBPC Director, Programs and Acquisitions, Kay Shaw. “In response to demand, next year we plan to expand our webinar productions to offer master classes and a series of online professional development media courses.”

NBPC, the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to media content about the black experience, has been bringing stories about the global black experience to public television since its founding in 1979. The group has gone on to be a leader in the digital space, producing Web series and training the next generation of Web producers of color.

The group recently awarded each of four producing teams between $50,000 and $100,000 in funds to complete pilots of new broadcast and Web series through its NBPC 360 program. NBPC 360 works to identify innovative storytellers and to help them produce quality serial, digital, and multi-platform content for public media outlets, including the Web.

These webinars include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Thinking Interactively: From Concept to Platform with Senior Director, Interactive Programs, Tribeca Film Institute, Opeyemi Olukemi on Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. EST. The session will ask: What is a digital story? What are some of the wider opportunities being made available for media makers today,  who are no longer restricted to traditional modes of storytelling?
  2. What Does Impact Have to Do with It? with Dot Connector Studio Founder and Director  Jessica Clark, on Wednesday, November 18, at 7 p.m. EST. The session will help prepare attendees to be able to show funders how their work connects to a real-world audience; Clark will also identify tools participants can use to accurately reflect the impact their stories are having in the real world.
  3. Where Is Your True Target Audience? with Borderline Media Founder Jennifer MacArthur, on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. EST. The session will help content creators find and engage their true audience.