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Spielberg, Burnett film based reality show to air on Star World, Star Movies from May

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MUMBAI: Star World and Star Movies will air the upcoming film based reality show On The Lot in May 2007.

The show is being done by reality TV guru Mark Burnett and film director Steven Spielberg.

In the US the show kicks off on Fox from 16 May 2007. The aim of the show is to give aspiring filmmakers from around the world the chance to earn a $1-million development deal at DreamWorks.

16 undiscovered filmmakers will compete to win the support of the show's viewers, as their fate will be decided by a weekly audience vote.

The show will have a one-hour Film Premiere episode, followed by a half-hour Box Office results show.

After a global search, applicants will be winnowed to a group of 16 talented filmmakers. These finalists will be brought to Hollywood, where they will be divided into teams and begin the journey toward their 'big break'.

Every week, the hopeful filmmakers will produce short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, personal dramas to romance, sci-fi to horror. They'll have access to the best resources the industry has to offer -- professional writers, cast and crew, and maybe even Hollywood celebrities.

After the teams have battled time frames, budgets and all the usual chaos that goes along with filmmaking, their films will debut and be critiqued in front of a live audience during the Film Premiere episode. Judges will include a high-ranking motion picture executive, a prominent film critic and a succession of well-respected guests, such as directors who are experts in the week's featured genre. But the filmmakers ultimately will be judged by the harshest critics of all ? the public.

Fox viewers votes will determine which film should be left on the cutting-room floor. On the next night's Box Office results show, the director whose feature garners the fewest votes will be sent home. Reports indicate that Fox will use American Idol as a vehicle to create awareness for this show.

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