Black-Owned MACRO and Beats By Dre Host HBCU Film Pitch Competition

Black-Owned MACRO and Beats By Dre Host HBCU Film Pitch Competition

Students and recent alumni of four historically Black colleges and universities in Atlanta have the chance to pitch projects to Hollywood executives. 

MACRO, a Hollywood development and production studio founded by Charles D. King, and Beats Electronics, owned by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will host a film pitch competition for students and recent graduates of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morris Brown College. 

Current students and 2020-21 graduates can apply to pitch their passion projects to Hollywood executives, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Applications open Aug. 16 and close Sept. 7. Winners will be announced at the third annual MACRO HBCU Entertainment Summit on Oct. 28. 

“I’m so excited to be partnering with Beats on this incredible initiative. Discovering and empowering Black and brown creatives is at the core of the mission of MACRO and I know this effort is just one more step in how we work to increase access and opportunity for the next generation of innovators,” MACRO Chief Brand Officer Stacey Walker King said, according to Women and Hollywood. 

Big opportunities are in store for the competition’s winners. The winning team will have the chance to attend the inaugural Beats Black Creators Summit later this year. On top of that, winners will attend the fifth annual MACRO Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival this coming January.

MACRO brought viewers Dee Rees’ Mudbound and Fences starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington. Both films were nominated for Academy Awards, with Davis winning best supporting actress.  

The production studio most recently released the award-winning film Judas and the Black Messiah, which became the first best picture Oscar nominee from an all-Black producing team.

The production studio will soon be releasing the Netflix science fiction film They Cloned Tyrone, starring John Boyega and Jamie Foxx, that marks the directorial debut of Creed 2 writer Juel Taylor.