Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s Global Talent Development & Inclusion group has picked six writers for its 2018 Universal Writers Program, a one-year track that gives writers the opportunity to develop two feature scripts under the guidance of Universal and Focus Features production executives and producers.
The program, now in its fourth year, also offers an overview of the studio’s production process through workshops, seminars and executive roundtables. Submissions this year hit a record, nearly tripling past years’ applications, the studio said.
“With the help of Universal’s leadership, creative executives and producers, we’ve identified a blend of new and accomplished talent,” said Janine Jones-Clark, SVP Global Talent Development & Inclusion. “This group of writers offers unique voices, ideas and sensibilities and we’re excited to help them create content reflecting the studio’s diverse slate.”
Here’s the list of this year’s participants:
A Baltimore native and graduating senior of USC’s John Wells Writing for Screen and Television program, who is the youngest writer ever to be featured on The Black List.
A Universal Pictures employee from the Visual Effects department, the Atlanta native was recently awarded the top prize in the Napa Valley Film Festival, where she participated in a weeklong Artist in Residency Program.
A long-time Atlanta resident, who began writing comedy screenplays in her spare time while practicing health care and administrative law. Prior to being accepted into the Program, she was an attorney for the Georgia Department of Community Health.
A graduate of the MFA program at UCLA, the New York native most recently served as a production assistant on Hollywood Babble On featuring Kevin Smith.
With a degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC, the San Francisco native recently worked as an unscripted producer for television shows such as Top Chef and Big Brother.
Previously a beauty editor for BET.com and contributing beauty expert for Ebony.com, the Michigan native recently wrote the film Comeback Dad, which was picked up by UPtv and later purchased by Netflix.