Project Greenlight

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Project Greenlight
Genre Documentary
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 34 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Original channel HBO (2001–03)
Bravo (2005)
HBO (beginning 2015)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release Original run:
December 2, 2001 (2001-12-02) – May 12, 2005 (2005-05-12)
Revived run:
beginning September 13, 2015 (2015-09-13)
External links
Official website

Project Greenlight is a television series focusing on first-time filmmakers being given the chance to direct a feature film. It was created by Alex Keledjian, developed by Eli Holzman and produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Sean Bailey, and Chris Moore through their production company LivePlanet, along with Miramax Films. Project Greenlight first aired on HBO for two seasons before moving to Bravo for season three.


Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale Network
1 12 December 2, 2001 (2001-12-02) February 10, 2002 (2002-02-10) HBO
2 13 June 22, 2003 (2003-06-22) August 24, 2003 (2003-08-24)
3 9 March 15, 2005 (2005-03-15) May 12, 2005 (2005-05-12) Bravo
4 8 September 13, 2015 (2015-09-13) TBA HBO

Season 1 (2001–02)[edit]

The script contest ran from September 2000 to March 2001. Over 7,000 screenplays were submitted, and Pete Jones was selected as the winner for Stolen Summer, which he then filmed on location in his hometown of Chicago during the summer of 2001. The first season of Project Greenlight, chronicling the selection of Jones's script and the filming of the movie, aired on HBO from late 2001 through early 2002. Stolen Summer premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2002, then went on to a limited theatrical release which brought in just under $140,000.

Season 2 (2003)[edit]

For its second run, the contest was split into two categories: writing and directing. The winners were chosen on January 18, 2003. Erica Beeney won the writing contest for her script The Battle of Shaker Heights, and Kyle Rankin and Efram Potelle won the directing contest. The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Elden Henson, Amy Smart, and William Sadler. The series aired in the summer of 2003, detailing the production of the film in Los Angeles. The Battle of Shaker Heights opened in limited theatrical release on August 24, 2003, earning just under $280,000 during its box office run.

Season 3 (2005)[edit]

Script submission began and ended during February 2004. After two seasons on HBO, the series moved to Bravo and season three began airing on March 15, 2005.

The selected screenplay was a horror script entitled Feast written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. The director was John Gulager. The film stars Balthazar Getty, Krista Allen, Jason Mewes, and Eric Dane and was produced by Dimension Films and Neo Art & Logic.

The film ran for a special late night showing on September 22 and September 23, 2006, almost a year after its premiere. The DVD was released on October 17, 2006, earning just under $690,000 during its box office run. The film spawned two sequels: Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds and Feast 3: The Happy Finish

Season 4 (2015)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Original air date U.S. viewers
35 1
September 13, 2015 (2015-09-13)[1]
36 2
September 20, 2015 (2015-09-20)[1]
37 3
September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)[1]
38 4
October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)[1]
39 5
October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11)[1]
40 6
October 18, 2015 (2015-10-18)[1]

On October 3, it was announced that The Farrelly Brothers would serve as mentors to the director or directing team chosen by the judges to win the reality competition of the remaining finalists.[2] Originally, ten finalists were to be chosen for the final round, but due to ties in voting and judging, there are now thirteen finalists remaining.[3]

On April 2, Project Greenlight announced the first annual Greenie award winners. [4]

  • Best Comedy: Heist – Director: Brianna Lux and Tony Lazzeroni
  • Best Drama: A Room for Aden – Director: Douglas Yablun
  • Best Action: Stan Lee Parkour – Director: Tom Grey
  • Most Unique: Listen – Director: Joshua Ortiz
  • Best Horror: The Table – Director: Shane Free
  • Most "WTF": Pink Shorts – Director: Jeff Huston

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2002 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality) Ben Affleck, Sean Bailey, Liz Bronstein, Billy Campbell, Matt Damon, Tina Gazzerro, Eli Holzman, Chris Moore, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Tony Yates Nominated
2004 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Reality Program Ben Affleck, Sean Bailey, Dan Cutforth, Matt Damon, Eli Holzman, Jane Lipsitz, Chris Moore, Bob Osher, Randy Sacks, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Tony Yates Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Reality Program Ben Affleck, Sean Bailey, Jennifer Berman, Frances Berwick, Rich Buhrman, Andrew Cohen, Dan Cutforth, Matt Damon, Gayle Gawlowski, Eli Holzman, Marc Joubert, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Alexandra Lipsitz, Chris Moore, Kevin Morra, Bob Osher, Barbara Schneeweiss, David Serwatka, Larry Tanz, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein Nominated


According to the Weekend Australian,[6] Affleck and Damon have "always talked about exporting the concept" of Greenlight to other countries, with the United Kingdom, India, and Australia lined up as possible destinations.

Series 1[edit]

In 2005, Project Greenlight Australia was launched with Pay-TV Movie Network in partnership with Screentime producing the show and offering the A$1,000,000 financing to the winning film. The entries were received online with last entries being accepted on February 14. The screenplay selected from the 1200 submissions was Solo[7] by Morgan O'Neill.

Series 2[8][edit]

In 2006, Comedian and filmmaker Paul McDermott hosted the series. The screenplay selected from the 700[9] submissions was The View from Greenhaven[10] by The MacRae Brothers.


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