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NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission Update

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We wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for applying to the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Summer 2020 is almost here. All entries for the grant that supports independent filmmakers must be submitted by June 30th.

Offered by non-profit From the Heart Productions, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant seeks projects that are unique and that make a contribution to society. Winner will receive $3,500 cash and thousands more in film production services. Grant is open to documentary films, narrative features, short films, and web series. Student films are welcome. Projects must be budgeted under $500k.

Filmmakers Get Help with Their Projects by Just Applying

What sets apart the Roy W. Dean Grant from other film grants is that every applicant has the opportunity to receive a 15-minute consultation on their film. Filmmakers can get advice on how to find funding, build up a database of donors, market their film, and more.

The $3,500 cash prize is supplemented by donations from companies and individuals that support independent filmmakers. This includes a $1,295.00 scholarship to Writers Boot Camp, a LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle 8TB from Lacie, $600 in closed captioning from NetCaptioning, $500 in expendables from Filmtools, and much more from heartfelt donors.

Filmmakers can apply for the grant at

For more information, please email or call 805-984-0098

Contact: Michelle Baxter-Schaffer
May 19, 2020

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Announces CARES Act Funds for Arts Organizations Federal Funds Help Support Nonprofit Arts Industry Statewide Impacted by COVID-19

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts will distribute $492,700 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to help preserve jobs and stabilize arts organizations statewide. The announcement was made at the Arts Council's public meeting held virtually earlier today.

"My office is working closely with the Council board and staff to understand the ongoing impact of the crisis on the arts," said Secretary of State Tahesha Way. "With the release of these federal CARES Act funds, the Council continues its dedication to providing impactful and thoughtful service to New Jersey's arts sector. The Council is grateful to the Murphy Administration for recognizing that art matters in New Jersey, and for the inclusion of the arts as we look to the future and develop strategies to reopen and rebuild."

"The nonprofit arts industry, like so many others, is reeling from the financial and societal impacts of the current crisis," said Council Chair Elizabeth Mattson. "Health and safety remain the highest priorities as organizations that exist to bring people together, attempt to adapt to restrictions, cancelations, layoffs, refunds and mounting expenses. The innovation we've seen from artists and arts organizations speaks volumes about the resiliency to come. And while their creativity may know no limits, these community anchors need support now to be able to weather this storm and survive."

Council Executive Director Allison Tratner remarked, "This CARES Act funding comes at a critical time, and we are grateful the federal government continues to include the arts sector in strategies for recovery. With our partners at the National Endowment for the Arts we will continue to work to get resources out the door quickly. The financial need is tremendous, and our goal is to provide meaningful relief for as many organizations as is responsibly possible."

Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded nearly $30 million in CARES Act funds to the nation's states and territories to ensure broad distribution throughout the country. The Endowment instructed State Arts Agencies, like the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, to regrant the funds to help arts organizations endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19.

As an essential part of our state's economy and overall quality of life, New Jersey's arts sector, when it is stable and thriving, employs thousands of people, engages millions, and provides irreplaceable value for communities, families, residents and visitors.

The Council has identified nearly 60 nonprofit arts organizations and 21 County Arts Agencies as eligible to receive the CARES Act funds. This swift and strategic distribution will ensure the funds reach organizations of varying sizes, touching communities throughout the state. View the list of organizations and county arts agencies here.

Chair Mattson expressed gratitude for the Murphy Administration's ongoing, clear guidance and support. She commended essential workers and pointed to the 24/7 resources for health and safety available at thanks to the thousands of public service sector professionals.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit

NJ State Council on the Arts, 33 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608

Created to help independent filmmakers get their films started or completed, the 2nd Roy W. Dean Grant of 2020 is now open for applications. Grant winner will receive $3,500 cash as well as $20,000 more in film goods and production services.

Founded in 1993 by Carole Dean, President of top rated non-profit From the Heart Productions, the Roy W. Dean Grant is awarded to filmmakers with a unique film that makes a contribution to society. It is open to documentaries, features, short films and web series budgeted under $500K. Students are welcome to apply.

Every filmmaker that applies receives a free consultation on their project.

The $3,500 cash prize is supplemented by donations from companies and individuals that support independent filmmakers. This includes a $1,295.00 scholarship to Writers Boot Camp, a LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle 8TB from Lacie, $600 in closed captioning from NetCaptioning, $500 in expendables from Filmtools, and much more from heartfelt donors.

You can apply for the grant at

The deadline for the Roy W. Dean Summer Grant is June 30, 2020.

For more information, please email or call 805-984-0098

Seeking Documentary Filmmakers & Photographers in New Jersey for "PBS American Portrait" Project

Apply for for "PBS American Portrait" Project

Hello! We are currently seeking 2 artists with a documentarian mindset to help tell the stories of New Jersey for a national storytelling project called PBS American Portrait. This project is aligned with PBS’s 50th anniversary celebration, and seeks to define what it really means to be an American today. By inviting audiences across the country to be heard and share their stories through their own words and images, PBS American Portrait will ultimately capture the state and spirit of our nation.

Everyday American people will answer specific American Portrait prompts with their own unique thoughts, words, beliefs and experiences. We will ultimately begin to find that we, as a nation, have much more in common than we realize. A few example prompts include:

  • I was raised to believe…
  • The tradition I carry on is…
  • What keeps me up at night is…
  • When I step outside my door…
  • Most days I feel…
  • I took a risk when...

Following the UGC portion of the campaign, PBS will create a multi-episode documentary set to air in early 2021 that will highlight the PBS American Portrait project and what it means to be an American today. The top submissions will be integrated throughout the documentary. This project has no political affiliations and will be focused on the American people, their beliefs, their traditions, and their experiences.


PBS American Portrait is seeking storytellers with a documentarian mindset to help capture stories, images, and footage that represent authentic diversity within the communities they have access to. Each storyteller has the opportunity to turn in up to 5 submissions, using their creative discretion to represent their subjects in as authentic a manner as possible. We are looking for artists who want to represent the way they see America through the people they know: utilizing image, sound, and story to capture compelling narratives and untold American stories.

This is work for hire and paid on receipt of 5 submissions ($150 total). You will be connected with a team of 100 storytellers (total) across the country: 2 in every state.

Kelsey Petersen
PBS American Portrait Outreach Team
C: 630-903-9821

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2020 CONTACT : Ned Donovan,

THE NEW JERSEY WEBFEST EXPANDS ITS 2020 FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE FICTION PODCASTS The Festival creates the Fiction Podcast Planning Committee of experienced creators to build an unprecedented crossover of creators for its September Event.

MONTCLAIR - The New Jersey Web Festival ( NJ WebFest ) announces the expansion of its festival to includefiction podcasts, which will join web series, music videos, pilots, and trailers to be celebrated by NJ WebFest.

“In our inaugural year our message was #MakeHistoryWithUs. We quickly became one of the highest rated film festivals on,” said NJ WebFest founder and director Neem Basha . “Each year we have strived to open doors for web content creators to have their work recognized and celebrated by the creative community. This year I’m delighted to open our doors even wider to an amazing community of artists who are making some of the most exciting fiction content on the web. The Venn diagram between web series creators and fiction podcast creators is, in essence, a circle. And so it made perfect sense to bring these vibrant, passionate, and supportive communities together. In the memory of Michael Ajakwe Jr. and his rallying cry of ‘Don’t Wait, Create!’ we decided to create a space to jointly celebrate both these creative movements.”

In honor of NJ WebFest’s creator-first focus and ideals, the Festival is creating the New Jersey WebFest Fiction Podcast Planning Committee. The committee features two NJ WebFest alums and Fiction Podcast creators, Adam Berley ( Sheriff Death , 2018 NJWF Best Writing in a Comedy Winner) and Ned Donovan ( Encounter Party! , 2 time NJWF award winner for The Hunted: Encore ), in partnership with Hug House Productions ’s ( VALENCE , Scoring Magic ) team of long-time vocal advocates of fiction podcasting: Anne Baird , Katie Youmans , and Wil Williams.

“Our mission since the inception of Hug House has been to educate people about the wonderful medium of podcasts. When Neem reached out to us about a collaboration, we knew that this was something we needed to make happen,” said Hug House co-founder and COO Anne Baird . “Our hope is that, by opening up this space for fiction podcasters and web series creators to meet and collaborate, we can increase visibility for the ever-growing fiction podcasting community and create new opportunities for both groups of artists.”

Creators of fiction podcasts who are interested in submitting their work can learn more at . All shows accepted will be showcased at the festival, be eligible for exclusive Fiction Podcast Awards determined by independent industry judges, attend industry panels, and have the opportunity to network with other fiction podcast creators and with the Web Series community that NJ WebFest continues to support and celebrate.

In 2018, the NJWebFest made history by bringing the first Web Series Festival to New Jersey. In 2019, the festival opened its doors to music videos and trailers, and joined the Web Series World Cup to further solidify its standing in the international web festival community. In 2020, the festival continues to grow with this new, amazing group of artists joining our community.

Now Casting - A New Season of Supernanny on Lifetime! The original host, Jo Frost, returns as the charming, no-nonsense supernanny ready to help moms and dads everywhere learn the ins and outs of parenting. If you wish that your children would listen better and you could calm the chaos in your household, please email with the names and ages of parents and children, the issues that you would like Supernanny to address, your email, best contact phone number, location, and a few recent pictures of your family. *Must be U.S. resident.

Day 28 Films Liberty, LLC is currently in production for the feature film Gimme Liberty, and we are accepting resumes for experienced Production Assistants and Office Assistants, (must have some prior experience working on a movie or television set, and all applicants must have a valid drivers license). Must have a positive attitude, be highly motivated, organized, good communication skills, able to multitask, work flexible hours indoors/outdoors, and able to work alone and with a team.


Assist producers and production team in a supporting role to various departments on set or behind the senses during production.

Assist producers with general office duties of the production, including answering phones, arranging travel, data entry, ordering and maintaining supplies.

Must be available to work (Monday-Friday) in Ramsey, NJ and Newark, NJ. Positions are currently available for Winter and continuing to Spring of 2020.

Serious applicants can apply by emailing your resume and experience to:
Attn: Jeff Billingsley

NOTE: Only submit resumes for the Production Assistant and Office Assistant positions mentioned above.

Day 28 Films Liberty, LLC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is represented at all job levels. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Showman Fabricators offers full assistance for your production needs.

Our background is 33 years of building scenery for Television, Stage and Industrial locations.

We have invested time and money into creating a top of the line fabrication facility with fully supported CNC machinery. We have created "ShowCut", which is a segment of our company that focuses on making parts for set construction needs. Whether it is plywood ribs to build structures of fully carved foam sculptures, we can handle it. We have the space and capability to build things for you or to just manufacture parts so that you can build it on set.

We offer:
- Hot Wire Foam Cutting - (molding profiles, sculptured shapes, fluted columns)
- 3D Foam Milling - (statues, textured panels, props)
- Water Jet Cutting - (decorative panels, various materials, metal grates)
- Plate Laser Cutting - (steel brackets, laser engraving, tight details)
- Laser Tube Cutting - (parts for roll cages, structural elements, extreme precision)
- Break Forming - (custom angle, metal cabinets, custom brackets)
- Roll Bending - (handrails, curved pipe headers, structural elements)
- 3 Axis Routing - (plywood parts, decorative panels, multiples)
- Large Format Printing - (laser cut shapes with location points, laminations, custom direct printing)
- Storage - (daily, weekly, monthly)
- Mod Truss Rental/Sales - (Mod Truss structure to rent or purchase for custom support elements)

We want to make your concepts come to life with an understanding of tight budgets and aggressive timelines.

Mention you found us on this bulletin board and we will extend a 5% discount on any of the services we provide.

See our capabilities at or call Patrick @ 201.705.2986 for any questions or requests.

The classic game show Press Your Luck, where players take big risks for big bucks, is back for Season 2!

We're looking nationwide for outgoing and knowledgeable contestants that want to press their luck for the chance to win lots of money! If you are interested in trying out, please apply as soon as possible at...

We also highly recommend checking out a few clips of the show online so you become familiar with it. You can check it out at:

Note: You must be 21 years or older and a legal US resident to apply. Other eligibility requirements apply.


Are you ready to hit the open road for the trip of a lifetime? Tastemade is searching nationwide for people who have NEVER LEFT the state where they were born. A few lucky people will be selected to go on the ultimate all American road trip.

They want to learn your story!

If you would like to apply or nominate someone, please send name, age, city, dream destination, why you have never left your area, photos or social media profiles, and phone number to

There is payment for participating!

Princeton Productions

New Jersey’s Leading Below-the-Line Service Company Princeton Productions helps productions get done.

Our business offers a rebate of 35% back to producers and we seek to service any size production throughout the Garden State.

We offer the following equipment and services for your production:
1) Camera Gear - full Alexa Mini Package
2) G&E - have a 10 ton Grip and Electric Package that is the most affordable in NJ
3) Location Services - understand south New Jersey better than anyone and can find locations that maximize a production spend
4) Food & Craft Services -- will create a package that feeds large and small crew. Our food truck will get people fed well and back to work refreshed
5) Budget Management - will review budgets and work with producers to maximize their qualified production spend
6) All Post Production / VFX work

Our prices are the lowest in the New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia Markets. We will match any price and our packages will give you an even better deal with a 35% production rebate from the state.

Our goal is help productions to maximize every dollar.

Packages require ½ the money paid upon signature and we must be paid in full before completion of principal photography. We request every production to share their Day Out of Days and we seek to have a complete understanding of the most important aspect of any production, the schedule.

We are producers as well and we want to work with great producers.

Interested productions should use the email or via telephone at 310-483-8550 and we will get back to you quickly.


Did you finally purchase your dream home, only to find that it’s truly a ‘money pit’!?!
Have things you thought would be simple cosmetic fixes proven to be anything but?
That small bulge in the ceiling, the knocking sound coming from the wall, the constant drip you’re hearing?!
Have these roadblocks created a budget sucking nightmare?!
Would you benefit from two bonafide experts – who’ve seen and fixed it all – creating premium spaces on a shoestring budget?

If so, a major cable network is looking for you! Our experts will come in and help you whip that lemon into lemon drop martini’s. We’ll track your progress on camera and show you how to make your dream home a reality once again.


The Creators of Botched and So You Think You Can Dance are launching "It Runs in the Family," on which a series of dermatologists, surgeons and experts will help multiple family members (3 or more, nuclear and/or extended) who all experience the same bothersome or unhealthy condition and who all do not have access to help or the financial means to get help.

Examples of said physical conditions that each family member are experiencing would be obesity, cleft lip or palate, alopecia, cystic acne, keloids, and more - essentially all physical treatable conditions that with help could offer relief and less inhibited lives for those desiring it.

If interested, please send your contact info to *Must be at least 3 family members, but can be more, any age and US only.

Betty TV is transforming the most popular pastime of gardening into a high stake TV competition. We are searching for American's top landscapers to compete in a brand new project for a U.S network. Contestants much work in pairs to grow the gardens of their lives; designing, building, & planting spectacular landscapes.

Apply Today!

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Premiere Residences
7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Affordable units available for qualifying households with annual incomes from $19,097 - $59,150

@TheActorsFund is excited to spread the word about affordable apartments now leasing at Premiere Residences. The newly constructed building contains 42 affordable and 165 market rate apartments perched above New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Some of the units have been reserved for those applicants that qualify as Artists, please see application for full details.

With panoramic views, this majestic tower looks out over downtown New Brunswick. The contemporary studio, one and two bedroom apartments feature stainless steel appliances, spacious closets, and stunning views. Community amenities include: rooftop pool and sky lounge complete with an outdoor fire pit and kitchen, a fitness center, co-work and meeting space and karaoke room. The building is pet friendly, has bike storage and is secure with a 24-hour lobby attendant. Apply Now!

The Commissioners and Staff of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission extend our sympathy to the family of Governor Brendan Byrne, who passed away on January 4th. Our Commission was created in 1977 under Governor Byrne’s leadership, thanks to his remarkable vision, and with his unwavering support. Governor Byrne’s wisdom, knowledge and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed. His many accomplishments, including the establishment of the NJMPTVC, have improved the state in ways that are immeasurable.




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