EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel is looking for the next generation of kids programming talent. A new program introduced today will give writers an opportunity to inspire and develop original shows for Disney Channel and Disney XD-branded platforms. Disney Channel Storytellers, which is open to professionally represented writers, is a 20-week salaried program in which three participants will have a live-action script commissioned as a series pilot, with mentoring from concept and writing to network pitching and pilot production. Other work experience in the program includes pitching ideas to programming execs, writing original scripts and polishing other scripts, and the creative development of digital content for multiple platforms. It’s A Laugh Productions, the production company owned by Disney Channels Worldwide that’s behind such live-action shows ranging from The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana to Austin & Ally and Dog With A Blog, will engage the writers and launch the Disney Channel Storytellers program. The inaugural program will run from August to January in Burbank.
“The unique Storytellers program will create new opportunities for collaboration and inspiration for the series creators of tomorrow,” said Jennilee Cummings, VP Original Series at Disney Channels Worldwide. “There is nothing more inspirational than watching people with natural, creative gifts grow, and we expect to continue the success of this program on an annual basis.”