The nine-episode series will be a battle between 20 documentary filmmakers, competing to win financing and distribution for their feature documentary films. Contestants will be expected “to not only prove the validity of their idea for a documentary but also their film-making abilities,” the series website says. Casting applications are being accepted until Jan. 31, 2013, and the show will debut on Beck’s TheBlaze TV in the spring.
Joel Cheatwood, President and Chief Creative Officer for TheBlaze, said the judges will be “looking for stories that simply need to be told,” according to a post on Beck’s website.
On his radio show, Beck explained some of the sort of documentaries he would like to see. “I’d love to see something on the Federal Reserve, the game that’s being played there,” he said. “I would love to see something on why capitalism is actually a good thing, why it’s not a bad thing.”
While some might be surprised by a team-up between an outspoken conservative such as Beck and a Hollywood elite like Vaughn, the actor actually publicly supported Rep. Ron Paul in the 2012 election. And while Beck said he wants the TV series to support documentaries done “without conspiracy,” it will be interesting to see if a political tone creeps into the show.