Fox Launches Diverse Writers Program

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. (more…)

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