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Screamers clear throats for VH1 competition

VH1 is looking for actresses who aren't afraid to scream. mThe cable network has greenlighted "Scream Queens," a series from Lionsgate that will gather 10 unknown actresses to compete for a "major" role in a horror movie from Lionsgate Films. The contestants will compete in challenges and be schooled by acting coach John Homa. Their progress will be judged by an unnamed director from Lionsgate's roster.

"Horror films have dominated the pop culture landscape for decades and along the way have produced some of the biggest names in Hollywood," said Jeff Olde, VH1 executive vp original programming and production.

The series, consisting of eight hourlong episodes, is set to premiere in the fall.

Said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's president of TV programming and production, "VH1 has had a tremendous track record in launching alternative programming that captures viewers' imaginations — it's the perfect home for 'Scream Queens.' "

Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate's president of production, added that "discovering new talent is always exciting."

Executive producers are Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina for Joke Prods. and Jim Ackerman, Dave Hamilton and Jeff Olde for VH1. (partialdiff)