On the Lot Names First Set of Judges
As always, Mark Burnett is a busy man.
The other one, On the Lot, teams Burnett with director Steven Spielberg. And the pair has tapped several big-name film vets to help launch their upcoming FOX reality competition.
Carrie Fisher, Brett Ratner, Garry Marshall and Jon Avnet will serve as judges on the first round of the show which debuts May 22 (behind the penultimate American Idol), and continues on May 24.
The program will start with a group of 50 applicants, who are sent to Los Angeles to attend a "Hollywood Boot Camp." They'll meet with the four judges and screen their personal submission film; as well as pitch their project; show and edit a short film within 24 hours; and then shoot a one-page scene within an hour.
The judges then will select the top 18 finalists, who will move on to the first "film premiere" episode May 28.
Fisher's credits, besides her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, include the book and resulting screenplay Postcards From the Edge. Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand) most recently helmed the upcoming Rush Hour 3. Marshall's next film, Georgia Rule, opens May 11. Avnet's upcoming projects include directing the thriller, 88 Minutes, as well as cable mini The Starter Wife.
Spielberg and Burnett created and exec produced On the Lot, which is offering a $1 million DreamWorks development deal to its winner. Series comes from DreamWorks TV, Amblin TV and Mark Burnett Prods.; David Goffin also exec produces. Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Conrad Riggs are co-exec producers.