On the Lot

(2007)

This series will feature a cast of 16 undiscovered filmmakers competing to win the support of the show's viewers, who will decide their fate in a weekly audience vote.

After a global search already under way, applicants will be winnowed to a group of 16 talented filmmakers. These finalists will be brought to Hollywood, where they will be divided into teams and will begin the journey toward their "big break."

Every week, the hopeful filmmakers will produce short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, personal dramas to romance, sci-fi to horror. They'll have access to the best resources the industry has to offer -- professional writers, cast and crew, and possibly even Hollywood celebrities.

After the teams have battled time frames, budgets and all the usual chaos that goes along with filmmaking, their films will debut and be critiqued in front of a live audience during the "Film Premiere" episode. Judges will include a high-ranking motion picture executive, a prominent film critic and a succession of well-respected guests, such as directors who are experts in the week's featured genre.

It will be FOX viewers whose votes determine which films should be left on the cutting-room floor. On each "Box Office" results show, the director whose feature garners the fewest votes will be sent home. The competition continues and directors are eliminated until only the most talented filmmaker is anointed the winner and heads to DreamWorks, to be met by Steven Spielberg and shown to his or her new office on the lot.

Will Bigham Is the Winner of FOX's ‘On the Lot’ Reality Competition Series

The final cut was handed in last night as America's votes made aspiring director Will Bigham the winner of FOX's summer filmmaking competition series On the Lot. Bigham, 31, a film editor born and raised in Canyon, TX, and currently living in Glendale, CA, with his wife and two daughters, received the most votes after last week's final "film premiere" show. On last night's season finale, he was awarded a $1-million DreamWorks studio development deal and handed the keys to his new office on the DreamWorks lot by the series' executive producer, Steven Spielberg.

During the competition, Bigham was a consistent favorite of judges Carrie Fisher and Garry Marshall. Bigham directed seven original short films, including Lucky Penny, Glass Eye, Nerve Endings, Spaghetti, Unplugged, Road Rage 101 and The Yes Men.

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Directors Antoine Fuqua and Brad Silberling to Guest Judge on FOX's ‘On the Lot’

Training Day and Shooter director Antoine Fuqua and Lemony Snicket and City of Angels director Brad Silberling will serve as the next two guest judges alongside regulars Carrie Fisher and Garry Marshall on FOX's moviemaking competition series On the Lot. Fuqua will guest on the Tuesday, July 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) episode, which will spotlight five action short films; and Silberling will guest on the Tuesday, July 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) episode, which will spotlight six comedy-themed films.

Ten director finalists currently remain in the competition. On Tuesday's episode, two of five director finalists who premiered a film with the theme "When Two Worlds Collide" will be eliminated based on viewer votes, and the second group of five finalists will each present an original action short film to be critiqued by the judges (including Fuqua) and then opened to viewer voting. The following week, two of these contestants will be told "It's a wrap" and will be eliminated from the competition. The remaining six director finalists then will each present an original comedy-themed short film to be critiqued by the judges (including Silberling) and opened to viewer voting, ultimately leaving the Top 5 director finalists to compete in the July 31 episode.

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EXCLUSIVE: Eli Roth Goes ‘On the Lot’

On this show, 16 aspiring filmmakers compete to become the next big Hollywood director and sign a development deal with DreamWorks.

When doing On the Lot do you think that maybe you feel a little more for these aspiring directors? You're somewhat closer in age to them...

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Eli Roth and Mark Waters to Guest Judge on FOX's ‘On the Lot’

Mean Girls director Mark Waters and Hostel: Part II director Eli Roth will serve as the next two guest judges alongside regulars Carrie Fisher and Garry Marshall on FOX's moviemaking competition series On the Lot. Waters will guest on the Tuesday, June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) episode, which will spotlight six comedy short films; and Roth will guest on the Tuesday, July 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) episode, which will spotlight six horror-themed films.

On June 26, the 13 remaining director finalists will be narrowed to 12 and then spilt into two groups of six. The first group of six finalists will each present an original comedy short film to be critiqued by the judges and opened to viewer voting. The following week, July 3, one of the contestants will be told "It's a wrap" and will be eliminated from the competition, and the second group of six director finalists will each present an original horror-themed short film to be critiqued by the judges and opened to viewer voting.

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Wes Craven to Serve as Guest Judge on FOX's ‘On the Lot’

The competition gets scary when director/producer/writer Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream, Red Eye) serves as the guest judge beside regulars Carrie Fisher and Garry Marshall on the moviemaking series On the Lot Tuesday, June 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Next Tuesday, one of the five will be told "It's a wrap" and will be eliminated from the competition. In addition, the third and final group of five director finalists - Will Bigham, Jessica Brillhart, Jason Epperson, Mateen Kemet and Zach Lipovsky - will premiere their films for the judges' feedback, and viewers again will vote for their favorites after the broadcast.

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Director David Frankel to Guest Host on ‘On the Lot’

15 director finalists remain on the Steven Spielberg / Mark Burnett produced reality series.

Shia LaBeouf and Michael Bay to Guest Judge on This Week's ‘On the Lot’

The FOX reality series created by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg.

Carrie Fisher and Garry Marshall Are Named Permanent Judges for ‘On the Lot’

Director D.J. Caruso added as guest judge for the first week of competition on the FOX reality series.
  • First Aired
    2007