Writing partners Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft have been selected as this year’s Fox Writers Intensive Fellows. Chosen from the third annual class of 10 FWI finalists, Gonzalez and Haft have inked a script development deal with Fox Broadcasting Co and 20th Century Fox Television. In addition, the writing duo have been staffed on Fox’s new drama, Empire, co-created by The Butler team of Danny Strong and Lee Daniels and directed by Daniels. Along with Gonzalez and Haft, the 2014 FWI class included finalists Nazrin Choudhury, Tze Chun, Nate Clark, Sonay Hoffman, Johanna Lee, Katherine Nolfi, Gabby Revilla, Bernadette Rivero, Kevin Seccia, Erik Shapiro and Debby Wolfe. Following their completion of the FWI, all of the finalists are being submitted for potential staffing on Fox entertainment productions. To date, five of the FWI finalists have been staffed on series for 2014-15, including Fox’s Empire, ABC’s Once Upon A Time and USA Network’s Royal Pains. In addition, four previous FWI participants have been staffed on 2014-15 series. Launched in 2011, the Fox Writers Intensive is an advanced program designed to nurture experienced writers who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences and create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox productions. Last year, Fox Audience Strategy expanded the FWI to provide opportunities across multiple Fox companies, including HarperCollins and 20th Century Fox Film. The FWI finalists spent four months (February through May) participating in a rigorous curriculum that featured collaborative sessions with writers and producers including Hart Hanson (Bones), Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family Guy), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Cheo Coker (Notorious), Valentina Garza (The Simpsons), Nkechi Okoro Carroll (Bones) and Christal Henry (Gang Related). In addition, senior executives from 20th Century Fox Film, Fox Broadcasting Co, FX Networks, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Searchlight, Fox Television Studios, Fox 2000, Fox Digital Studio and HarperCollins participated in this year’s FWI sessions.
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