Thursday, June 15, 2000
P&G boosts scripts prize
Procter & Gamble's Dreambuilder Celebration, the script contest for African-American writers, will offer a bigger cash prize and expand to a second region this year.
The winning writer will receive $2,500, an increase from the $1,000 awarded the first three years.
The top original script also will be produced as a one-hour TV movie by Jim Friedman for E.W. Scripps' WCPO-TV (Channel 9), the sponsoring station. It could be presented as a play in the Tristate, too, though that did not happen this year for Will J. Sims' Brotherly Love.
The competition is open to African-American residents or students in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Scripts must be original, unpublished and unproduced works submitted by the author. Adaptations are not eligible.
Judges are looking for a story with educational value. Consider what lessons may be gained for high school and college students, the rules state.
The Dreambuilder program was created for blacks and whites (to) join together in brotherhood, education and opportunity ... to share black history, ideas and entertainment with the entire community, the rules say.
Entry forms and rules are available from Channel 9, 500 Central Ave., downtown. The entry deadline is July 7. A winner will be selected by Aug. 15, so casting and filming can begin in fall.
A second Dreambuilder Celebration contest will be launched this year for Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois through Scripps' WXYZ-TV in Detroit. Three to five more regional Dreambuilder competitions are planned for next year, Mr. Friedman says.
No Cincinnati area residents have won the competition. The first two winners were from Cleveland, Howard Simon for Just Passin' Through (1997) and Alex P. Michaels for What Angels Fear (1998).
Hit the road: CNN NewsStand goes behind the scenes of PBS' Antiques Roadshow at 10 p.m. Friday, during a Roadshow stop in Birmingham, Ala. The Birmingham Roadshow episode airs Monday on PBS (8 p.m., Channels 48, 16).
Also tonight, Covington's WCVN-TV repeats a Roadshow taped in Columbus last year (8 p.m., Channel 54), while WCET-TV airs episodes of the English version from Portsmouth (8 p.m., Channel 48) and Ludlow (8:30 p.m., Channel 48).
Sports short: The annual Buddy LaRosa's Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. Saturday on Channel 48. The male and female high school athletes of the year will be honored at the ceremony.
Hometown news: An Hour in your Hometown, the best of Joe Webb's Hometown features, will air 8 p.m. June 21 (Channel 9). It was pre-empted by the Indianapolis 500 overrun on May 28.
Imus update: Support is growing for Don Imus on all-sports WCKY-AM (1360 HOMER). Darryl Parks, operations manager for Clear Channel's AM stations here, says he's interested in adding Imus in the Morning, dropped May 3 by WUBE-AM (1230). Don't be surprised if Imus returns to Cincinnati soon.
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