Independent Film Makers Lead Trend in Using Online Technology as They Submit Entries in WGBH's Open Call: 6:55 Shorts

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Respected Video Competition Receives 100% of Entries Online Using Open Media Network; Entries Are Being Accepted Until May 26, 2006

Last Updated: May 19, 2006 4:31 pm GMT
(BOSTON & PALO ALTO, Calif.--BUSINESS WIRE--May 18, 2006) Independent producers are choosing to use new digital distribution methods to submit proposals for WGBH's well-respected short video competition. According to WGBH, all entries to date submitted to the public broadcaster's 6:55 Shorts video competition have been sent via the Internet, using the nonprofit Open Media Network.

WGBH's Open Call: 6:55 Shorts is a competition which gives independent video producers a chance for funding and to gain exposure with a wider audience than ever before. Successful applicants will receive financial and editorial support from WGBH, input during the production process from renowned media makers and a place to showcase their work. Details and entry information can be found at http://www.wgbh.org/producingfortv . Deadline for submission is May 26, 2006.

"Forward-thinking movie studios are beginning to experiment with content distribution via the Internet, and so are independent producers," said Denise DiIanni, Executive in Charge of WGBH's Boston Media Productions. "So far, all the entries we've received have been sent using the secure uploading submission process from Open Media Network. The new technology enables us to extend the Open Call as widely as possible. We hope independent media makers across the country will join us in building the public media of the future."

Open Media Network is already providing its free services to PBS affiliates, schools, and non profit institutions. OMN lets content producers and viewers upload, tag and distributes legal content to the online mainstream audience in addition to helping partners host video on their own sites using OMN technology. For more information regarding OMN, or to begin viewing high quality content that you can take with you anywhere, visit them at www.OMN.org.

About WGBH
WGBH informs, inspires, and entertains millions of people throughout New England. Boston's last remaining independent TV station, WGBH is the leading producer PBS prime-time programs and online content, a major producer for public radio, and a pioneer in educational multimedia and services that make media accessible for people with disabilities. www.wgbh.org.

About Open Media Network
Open Media Network is a non-profit focused on making it easier to find high-quality video programming created by non-commercial networks, educational institutions, non-profits and community-based organizations. OMN is the place to go to find and showcase video of subjects you care deeply about -- subjects that inform, educate and engage the public. More information can be found at www.omn.org.

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