H2 Development Lab

As one of the top emerging brands in cable, A+E Networks’ H2 is now on the lookout for emerging producers.

Thus, H2, along with Realscreen, is launching the H2 DEVELOPMENT LAB CONTEST, awarding a series of development deals of up to US$20,000 each for up-and-coming producers.

Producers MUST submit a 2-5 minute video pitch, or a series paper pitch along with a 2-5 minute video sample of their company's work.

In the spirit of spotlighting the work of up-and-coming producers, only producers or companies who have yet to sell their first series on television are eligible.

The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2014.

Five (5) winners will be selected and then revealed at a special session at the Realscreen Summit on January 27, 2014.

The contest is open to registered delegates to the Realscreen Summit, who are permanent legal residents of the US and are 18 years or older. Full contest rules can be downloaded here.


H2 is collaborating with Realscreen on a new initiative to give up-and-coming producers a chance to develop innovative, unscripted programming for cable’s #1 emerging entertainment network.

About Us:

H2 shows are smart, accessible, substantive, and entertaining. They provide a deep dive into history but are still rooted in the present. Our audience is primarily male with a target age range of 25 – 54. And for the H2 viewer, cool info and takeaways are key.

What we’re looking for:

H2 is open to a wide variety of genres (including HISTORY, SCIENCE, MYSTERY, TECHNOLOGY AND BUILDING/DESIGN) with an emphasis on strong male characters who are passionate about their area of expertise, have a clear personal mission and a fresh pov. All stories should have some modern relevance and provide a secret door into interesting and surprising information and history.

We’re not looking for docu-soaps, game shows, or competition reality. And please also avoid the areas of crime, food and green/environmental subject matters.

To recap:

  • H2 Brand pillars: smart, accessible, fun, substantive.
  • INFORMATION is key: our viewers want to be entertained AND learn at the same time.
  • Characters should have unique expertise and worlds should be new and surprising.

Complete the form below to start the submission process.








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