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Starz moves into original unscripted programming

US cable net Starz has ordered its first original unscripted series, The Chair.

The show will pit two first-time directors against each other as they craft a film from the same screenplay. It will document the filmmaking process through to theatrical release of the two movies.

Audience voting and interaction will determine which of the directors wins a US$250,000 prize.

The screenplay in question is coming of age comedy How Soon is Now. The two filmmaker contestants are Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci.

The ten-part series has wrapped and will launch as part of Starz’ fall line-up. It will be executive produced by American Pie and Good Will Hunting producer Chris Moore.

The Chair will be produced by Starz, Steel Town Entertainment Project, Point Park University and Before the Door Pictures.