Monday, May 26, 2014

POST GRAD: A List of the Most Famous Writing Fellowships

So you want to be a TV Writer? There are a ton of programs that studios have created for discovering new talent. These applications are due throughout the year.

Most of these programs are half a year or a year long and include workshops, representation, an inclusion in WGAW (the writer's union), and the possibility of being staffed on a show at the end of the program. They are also PAID, averaging $50,000 a year.

This could be your big BREAK!

Requirements: Most require a spec script (or two), an orginal pilot, a resume (production/development experience wanted), a short bio, and often recommendations from people in the industry.

  • 1. CBS Diversity (March 3-May 1st): 
    • App, Letter of Interest, Work Resume/Bio, One Spec Script, And One Orginal Work of Writing, Submission Release form- MAIL. 
    • 6 month program. Career development program/ networking opportunity, unpaid. Get two mentors (show and an executive). 
    • "The focus of this six month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed."

  • 2. Disney ABC Writing Program (May 5th- June 13th):
    •  Must be 21 to apply, App, Bio, Resume, 2 Letters of Rec, One Spec, One Orginal Pilot, Submission Release- MAIL
    • 1 year program to staff on a DATG . Writing Development, paid $50,000 annually. You will be staffed on a DATG series as a staff writer. You also are provided acess to execs, workshops, etc. 
  • 3. Disney Channel Storytellers (March-End of April):
    • Two 30min comedy examples (one must be original), Bio -submitted by Agent/Manager
    • 3 Writers will be selected: Must already have professional representation! 
    • 20 Week Writer Intensive for Half-hour Comedy for Tweens. Pilot consideration, not staffing! Salary of $77,000.
  • 4. NBC Universal Writers On the Verge (May 1st-May 30th): 
    • Spec Script, Application, Short Essays, Release form
    • 12 Weeks long, 2 Night Classes a Week. Writers work on creating writing samples, meet execs, and may be staffed on a NBC show at the end of the program. 
  • 5. Universal Picture's Emerging Writers Fellowship (September 3rd-End of October): 
    • Orginal Feature lenght script (must be Comedy/ Romantic Comedy, Action, Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi), Resume, Legal Release form, App, Two letters of Rec from Industry Professionals, 2 Essays/ Statement of Purpose. SUBMIT ONLINE. 
    • THIS IS THE ONLY PROGRAM FOR MOVIES! 5 people will be choosen. 11 month-long program. 65,000 salary.
  • 6. NBC Universal Late Night Writer's Workshop (Jan 10-24)
    • 1-2 pages of topical monolouge jokes, 1-2 pages of 'desk bits', 2 SNL Sketches, App, Release form, One letter of rec. 
    • NYC Based- Workshops + Improv + Keynote Speakers. Create new sketch material. May gain writing assignments on late night/alternative programs at end of program. 
  • 7. Warner Brothers Writer's Workshop (May 1st-May 31st)
    • Writing Sample, Current Resume, Essay, Application Fee ($30), Submission Agreement
    • Lectures, Simulated Writer's Room, Staffing on a Warner Brother's Show. Runs October- March with meetings every Tuesday. 
    • "Every year, the Workshop selects up to 10 participants out of almost 2,000 submissions and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television’s top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros. produced television show"
  • 8. FOX Writer's Intensive (Late September- October)
    • NOMINATION ONLY. "These ORGANIZATIONS, as well as AGENCIES AND MANAGEMENT companies, have been invited to nominate up to five (5) writers affiliated with their organization, or respective agency/management company, who are representative of the criteria required by FWI and who they believe will most benefit from participation in the initiative."
    • 2 Days a Week Jan-May Master classes with showrunners, directs, execs, etc. Feedback on scripts. Unpaid.



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