Sunday, January 22, 2012

TV Writing Fellowships for 2012

The blog post with the most visits since I started this blog has been the TV Writing Fellowships, so I thought I'd update for 2012, as I'm sure many of the links are now broken on the old post.

First up, Nickelodeon, since their deadline is closest:
Nickelodeon TV Writer Fellowship
(description from homepage)
For consideration in the 2012 – 2013 Submit materials between January 2, 2012 and February 28, 2012
Semi-finalists will be notified by the end of August, 2012
Finalists will be notified by the beginning of September 2012
Chosen writers will be notified by the end of September 2012
All others will be notified, by mail, by the end of October 2012
Please note: Notification dates are subject to change.

Developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, the Nickelodeon Writing Program is designed to attract, develop and staff writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences on Nickelodeon Network productions.
Operating in a three-phased structure, the Program 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.
This three-phased structure allows writers an opportunity to nurture relationships with creators, network executives, line producers, head writers, show runners and story editors.
As part of their script writing, each writer will be assigned to an Executive in Charge of Production and have an opportunity to write a spec script for an on-air Nickelodeon show.
In addition, all writers are integrated into the activities of both the development and production departments. This allows the writers an opportunity to attend storyboard pitches, notes meetings, records, table reads, show pitches and show tapings; all while being exposed to top creators and key production crews.

A 2011 Fellow, Kiyong Kim was wonderful to blog about his experience in this program.
Read his blog here:

The CBS Diversity Institute’s Writers Mentoring Program 
All completed application materials must be received between February 1, 2012 and April 1, 2012. Semi-finalists will be notified in September 2012 (or such later date as may be determined by CBS).
The Program is scheduled to begin in late September 2012 and continues through April 2, 2013.
Dates subject to change.
Making an Impact: In its first eight years, a total of 50 emerging diverse writers have graduated from the CBSWriters Mentoring Program. 25 careers have been launched. The goal of the program is to positively impact the presence of diverse writers throughout the industry.

From the webpage
There are many different paths writers can follow to get their first foothold in being hired in television. As part of its ongoing commitment to create additional access for writers of diverse backgrounds CBS' Diversity Institute has launched a different kind of writers program which highlights one of those paths.
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.
The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.
Each participant will be teamed with two different mentors.
  • One is a CBS network or studio executive with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career.
  • The other is a show mentor who is a senior-level writer on a current CBS drama or comedy series. This relationship builds over the course of the Program and is focused on helping the participant with creative feedback on their writing as well as help and advice on career goals.
Once a week, participants will be invited to attend a small workshop-style meeting with various CBS show runners and other industry professionals. Speakers include executive producers, agents, managers, development and current executives and others. The purpose of these gatherings is for participants to gain a better understanding of how the business works from many different perspectives as well as creating the opportunity to make critical networking connections.
Another important part of the Program is the opportunity for each participant to spend time observing in their show mentor's writing room, as well as in the CBS current and development departments.
Each participant will have help in creating a rigorous career action plan and there will be on-going support in evaluating and achieving those goals. Another important benefit of the Program is the development of a close-knit peer support group that will sustain participants through the program and beyond.
The CBS Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to understand the unwritten rules of breaking in and moving up. It is a combination of mentoring and networking opportunities. Program opportunities such as mentoring, workshops, and observing can be scheduled around participants' existing work commitments. In order for a participant to get the most out of the Program a meaningful commitment of time and effort are required.

It's been found that in order to derive the greatest benefit from the Program, participants should be available to 1) attend a once a week (evening) workshop and 2) attend meetings or observe in various situations for a minimum of five full days (not necessarily in sequence) over the course of the six-month Program.
Disney/ABC Fellowship
Materials must be submitted between May 1, 2012 to June 1, 2012
Program runs from January 2013 through January 2014

From the webpage:
Writers become employees of Disney | ABC Television Group and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000.00 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits plans. The program is designed to expose writers to key executives, producers and literary representatives – all essential in the development of a writing career. Additionally, while in the program, writers have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a current programming or development executive to create spec scripts of series from the current broadcast season. The ultimate goal is to prepare the writers for television staffing.

Fox Writer's Residency
So far there are no details for submissions or deadlines.
Below is the description from Fox's webpage:

Thank you for your interest in the Fox Writer's Residency. The Fox Writer's Residency is a program for new and emerging writers with diverse voices and life experiences. New writers in the program will develop their original feature and/or television script(s), be exposed to a wide range of Fox writers, writer's assistants, creative executives, directors and showrunners and participate in a series of initiatives through Fox Writer's Residency customized sessions focusing on the development processes, development of original scripts, as well as the business of writing. In partnership with Film Independent, Fox and a steering committee comprised of seasoned writers and producers will select up to ten (10) writers for this six (6) month program targeted to launch in Fall of 2012. This program will seek to cross-pollinate talent across all Fox Group units, including TV, film and digital. Writers who are members of the following organizations* are encouraged to apply, although all applicants are welcome.
Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment
East West Players

Film Independent
Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting
Media Access Awards
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Association of Latino Independent Producers
National Hispanic Media Coalition 

(NHMC)New York
Foundation for the Arts

Organization of Black Screenwriters
Sundance Institute

Sundance Native American and Indigenous Program

Visual Communications

Women and Hollywood

Women In Film Los Angeles

Writers Boot Camp

*Additional organizations may be added so please check back for periodic updates. If you are not affiliated with one of these organizations and would like more information, please contact the appropriate organization directly to find out how to become a member.
May 30, 2012 - June 30, 2012 (3:00 PM PST deadline) - Submission Period
This program runs from October through January. (*Includes breaks for Thanksgiving & December Holidays)All dates other than the submission period are subject to change.
Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are "almost there" but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

The program will consist of two night classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBC in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating an exceptional spec script and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to showrunners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBC television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including CommunityBurn NoticeWhite CollarIt’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaFriday Night Lights and Chuck.

WB Writers' Workshop

The Workshop will be open for submissions May 1-June 1, 2012. Submissions must be registered online with scripts uploaded and/or postmarked by 11:59pm on June 1, 2012 to be eligible. Writers may submit a maximum of two scripts. Each script counts as a new submission. Writing samples will not be returned. To qualify for the program, you cannot have been staffed on a primetime cable or network show. No recommendation letters, please.
WB has a specific list of specs that will be accepted for the application process!
The Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop consists of three components, all geared towards preparing the writer for a successful career in television writing.
Lectures: Weekly lectures feature guest speakers currently working in television and include a mix of showrunners, directors, actors and agents. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in a writers’ room as a staff writer and beyond.
Simulated Writers’ Room: In the winter, the Workshop participants are divided into smaller groups for an intensive writing experience. Each participant will be required to complete a new spec script under the same deadlines found on a show currently in production. How participants perform during this exercise will determine whether they will be chosen for a possible staffing position on a Warner Bros. show. Yes, the stakes are that high!
Staffing: Upon completion of the program, Studio executives will help participants, who pass the Writers' Room, obtain a staff position on a Warner Bros. television show currently in production. We can’t guarantee you will get staffed, but we will get your material in front of the people who make the ultimate decisions – the showrunners.
The 2012–2013 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop will run October 2012–March 2013, with meetings on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles, California, every Tuesday evening from 7 p.m.–10 p.m. Full participation is mandatory. 

1 comment:

  1. Jaime,
    Awesome job with this post. I'm just now reading Kiyong's blog of his Nickelodeon journey (gonna take a while to finish). Amazing!

    Good luck with your Nick entry. I don't think I'll have time for a spec this year (only 21 days left), but if I get inspired, I will give it a shot.

    chris mueller (@omgchrismueller)