TURIN, ITALY - 23 October 2013: Participant of talent show Masterpiece Maria Isabella Piana (66) reads her one-page assignment, which was to compose a diary entry from the perspective of someone who had recently gone blind, in front of the jurors at the state TV Rai studios in Turin, Italy, on October 23rd 2013.
Masterpiece is the first talent show for aspiring writers, produced by Rai and FremantleMedia. The show's objective is to find new talents in Italian literature. 4,919 manuscripts were sent to the program and 80 have been selected for the final selections that will be broadcasted from the Masterpiece studio at the RAI headquarters of Turin starting November 17th on Rai3 national TV. The winner will have his novel co-distributed by RCS and Bompiani, two Italian publishers.
The jury is composed of Andrea De Carlo (a Milan based author of 17 novels among which is "Due di due"), Giancarlo De Cataldo (magistrate, screenwriter and author of "Romanzo Criminale") and Taiye Selasi, author of TBK.