"The Chair" (TV show) is a reality film directing competition series on Starz that follows two directors through the process of bringing their first feature to the screen. The up-and-coming directors, who have unique backgrounds and skill sets, will be provided with an identical screenplay which they must craft as their own film.

The series will document the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both adaptations, which will also air on Starz. Both directors will be given the same budget, and both versions will use locations in the same city. Through multiplatform voting, the audience will determine which director will be awarded $250,000.

Filmmakers Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci will adapt "How Soon is Now," a coming-of-age feature length comedy that chronicles the first homecoming on Thanksgiving weekend by a handful of college freshman who are fumbling towards adulthood, written by Dan Schoffer and produced by Josh Shader.

While they are both first-time feature film directors, Dawson is an internet superstar whose YouTube comedy channels boast more than 10 million subscribers and over a billion views. Martemucci is a writer, actor and filmmaker who most recently received critical recognition for her independent film "Breakup at a Wedding," which she starred in and wrote. Both directors will have creative leeway to develop their film using their own ingenuity and distinct experience. Screenplay rewrites, the casting of actors, hiring of crew members — even the name of the film — will be up to the directors and documented in the series.

Actor Zachary Quinto ("American Horror Story," "Star Trek," "Heroes") and his producing partners Corey Moosa, Neal Dodson and Sean Akers will be featured in "The Chair" as they join producer Chris Moore ("Good Will Hunting," "Project Greenlight") and the script's original producer, Josh Shader, to serve as mentors to Dawson and Martemucci in their quest to develop the winning adaptation.

"The Chair" is executive produced by Chris Moore and Anthony B. Sacco, in partnership with Starz, and in association with Steel Town Entertainment Project and Point Park University in Pittsburgh; and Quinto's production company, Before the Door Pictures. The project is also supported by Animal, Inc. and Allegheny County.

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Network: Starz
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: September 6, 2014
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
Steel Town Entertainment Project
Point Park University
Before the Door Pictures

Filmmakers Compete in 'The Chair' — Due this fall, the new Starz reality competition series from Emmy-nominated "Project Greenlight" producer Chris Moore will feature two first-time feature film directors adapting the same script for theatrical release. Read more...

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