Fox’s Audience Strategy division, the successor of the network’s diversity department, is launching a new writers program, the Fox Writer’s Intensive. Unlike existing diversity writers programs at TV networks and studios designed to help young minority writers get an entry into the industry, Fox’s initiative targets more experienced writers and is not limited to ethnic minorities but open to any scribes with diverse backgrounds — LGBT, foreign-born, etc. (For newcomers, there will be a separate, entry-level Fox writers program in the fall of 2012). Per the network, the initiative “is designed to nurture experienced writers with diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences and create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing as writers, story editors or showrunners on Fox productions.” The program will kick off in February 2012 with an inaugural class of 10 participants who will undergo intensive training under the tutelage of Fox showrunners, screenwriters, directors and creative from TV, feature films and digital entertainment. The four-month curriculum will be focused on 1) developing original material, 2) learning and honing writing skills for multiple mediums, and 3) exploring the business of media and entertainment. Selected writers will have the opportunity to receive feedback and guidance on their scripts through interactive “master classes” and will attend guest-speaker sessions with experienced writers, show runners and directors to discuss case studies of their films and television shows.
At the end of the four months, Fox will select one participant as Fox Writer’s Intensive Fellow, who will get one-on-one meetings with network and studio heads as well as priority staffing opportunities across all Fox divisions. In addition, Fox commits to buying and developing the winning participant’s original submission. As for the others, Fox will also look to staff them, and the company will have first look on their original scripts. “Through the Fox Writer’s Intensive we are, for the first time, actively investing in experienced talent to bridge the gap between the emerging writer and showrunner,” said Nicole A. Bernard, SVP Audience Strategy for The Fox Group.
The deadline for submissions is November 9. Candidates can’t apply directly. They have to be nominated through one of the program’s partnering organizations (list below) or submitted through a talent agency/management company. Candidates must have published/produced material “or other accomplished presentation of their work” in TV, film, literature or theater. For more information, go to www.fox.com/audiencestrategy and click on Fox Writer’s Initiative under the Fox Writers Programs menu. Here is the list of participating organizations:
- Film Independent
- Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- New York Foundation for the Arts
- Visual Communications
- Writer’s Bootcamp
- National Association of Latino Independent Producers
- Organization of Black Screenwriters
- East West Players
- Women In Film Los Angeles
- Media Access Awards