The application period is now open for the 2019 Universal Writers Program, which aims to find both up-and-coming and experienced creators who incorporate diverse and global perspectives into screenwriting.
The program, overseen by the studio’s Global Talent Development & Inclusion division, said submissions can be made through October 31, with the program kicking off in April 2019.
This year marks the first time that live-action and animation hybrid scripts can be submitted, with the caveat that the work maintains an emphasis on live-action content.
Most recently, 2017 program alum Juel Taylor was tapped to co-rewrite Shooting Stars, based on LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger’s book, with writing partner Anthony Rettenmaier. The movie adaptation is currently in development at Uni.
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“From day one, our biggest goal with the program has been to identify, grow and support a pipeline of talented artists internally, and we couldn’t be more excited to see one of our alumni working on a project in development at our studio,” said Janine Jones-Clark, SVP, Global Talent Development & Inclusion, Universal Pictures.
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