For the writer in you...here are some entertainment industry diversity and fellowship program opportunities that recently came through our in-box. Take advantage and spread the wealth!
Established by Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby in 1993, at
the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The fifteen-week intensive workshop was
designed with a two-fold purpose: To assist writers in the completion of a film
or television script and to deepen the participant’s appreciation for and
comprehension of African American history and culture.
Disney Writing Fellowship | www.abctalentdevelopment.com
Begun in 1990 in partnership with the Writers Guild of
America, west, this has become one of the industry's best known and most
respected writing fellowships. Fellows receive a weekly salary for a one-year
period (currently amounting to $50,000/year plus benefits). The program is an
intensive, hands-on experience that involves workshops, seminars and
mentorships with creative executives from ABC, ABC Television Studio, Disney
Channel, ABC Family, Lifetime and Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group.
Fox Diversity Program | www.fox.com
The Fox Entertainment Group again invite submission of
original television pilot scripts in the multi-camera comedy,
single-camera comedy, animated and drama formats. Writers selected this
year will be invited to attend a six week session at Writer's Boot Camp with subsequent consultations with WBC mentors during which
their scripts will be rewritten and improved. The goal is to achieve scripts at
a level of professional execution that may be submitted to Fox programming executives.
CBS Television Program | www.cbscorporation.com
This program links aspiring writers with mentors from the
ranks of CBS Network and CBS Paramount Studio executives. Also, writers are
mentored by producer mentors from series airing on CBS. Additionally, there are
weekly sessions with successful writers, producers and show runners examining
in very specific and practical terms many aspects of the experience of being a
television writer in Hollywood.
The Nickelodeon Writers' Program | www.nickwriting.com
Developed to broaden Nickelodeon's outreach efforts, the
Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship is designed to attract, develop and staff writers
with diverse backgrounds and experiences on Nickelodeon Network productions.
Operating in a three-phased structure, the Fellowship provides a salaried
position for up to one year and offers hands-on experience writing spec scripts
and pitching story ideas in both live action and animation television.
Warner Brothers Comedy and Drama Writing Program | www2.warnerbros.com
For over 30 years, Warner Bros. TV has committed to
fostering new talent and providing opportunity for aspiring television
writers. The Writers Workshop is the premier writing program for new writers
looking to start and further their writing career. The Workshop teaches every
aspect of spec script writing and features exposure to Warner Bros. TV's top
television writers and executives, all with the goal of staffing graduates on a
Warner Bros. TV show.
NBC Diversity Initiative for Writers | www.nbcunicareers.com
Cosby Writing Fellowship | www.cosbyprogram.com
NBC is proud of the existing diversity of the writers who
pen its Primetime Series. In order to further encourage diversity
among our writers, NBC provides funding for a minority staff writer
position for all scripted NBC Primetime Series. These positions are
filled with writers selected and hired by the show runner/producers
of each show, with the guidance of the network and studio(s). Scripts are
accepted year-round for screening, however, positions are generally filled
during the March - June staffing season.
The Writers Guild of America | www.wga.org
The WGAW's Diversity department works with producers,
studio and network executives, and writers to increase employment
opportunities and to develop access/talent development programs and also hosts
events, panels, and seminars to promote a more positive image of historically
underemployed writers, to increase the industry's awareness of the unique
obstacles often faced by these writers, and to encourage positive change in