It’s been a decade since Here TV began delivering LGBT content via its 24-hour subscription service in the U.S. And as channels like Logo veer more toward mainstream programming (even RuPaul’s Drag Race might be considered middle of the road these days) Here has become one of the only major outlets for original (uncensored) LGBT entertainment.
To celebrate, the network in launching the New Frontiers Film Project, a call for newly completed film and TV projects that speak to the LGBT experience. Select programs will air this year on both Here’s cable and online platforms.
The channel currently airs as a linear service in national markets – it can be accessed on Comcast as a premium paid channel in the Philly area. It’s also since partnered with Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and Blockbuster to deliver on-demand programming.
“When we launched the network, a purely LGBT network was met with great skepticism and tremendous resistance,” says Josh Rosenzweig, Here TV’s senior vice president of original programming and development. “The television and film projects that have aired over the past decade have all been part and parcel in entertaining and inspiring our LGBT audiences, and motivating our allies to help us change hearts and minds across the country.”
New Frontiers takes this mission a step further by opening up the broadcast door to emerging talent. Here TV has already started reviewing projects for broadcast. Interested filmmakers should submit their work (on DVD) to New Frontiers c/o Here TV, 120 W. 45th Street, Suite 2300, New York, NY 10019 or as a link to NewFrontiers@heremedia.com.
These days, the most popular shows on Here tend to be focused on music, politics and reality, like For & Against, She’s Living for This, Boom Box, Don’t Quit Your Gay Job and The Dinah Girls, which are in the top five this week.