The Next MacGyver Winners Look Everywhere For Inspiration

On July 28 the twelve Finalists in The Next MacGyver competition pitched their programs at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills.  Five winners were selected, and they each received $5000.  In addition, the winners were paired with experienced Hollywood producers (some of whom you’ve heard of) to expand their pitch into something that could (possibly) be sold to a studio and produced for broadcast.

The competition is intended to encourage television projects that showcase female characters using engineering to solve problems.  The inspiration is the MacGyver television program that premiered nearly 30 years ago in the United States.  The lead, Angus MacGyver, used science and engineering in his adventures around the late-era Cold War world.

You can read about the winners and their programs online (including videos of their pitches).  The programs represent several different genres: legal mystery, 19th century science fiction, high school drama, and World War II drama.

Whether or not any of these programs see production is a crap shoot, even with the assistance of the producers involved here.  But if you do see a show featuring a female working with technology in the next year or two, it may have started here.

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