The Fox-affiliated YouTube channel WIGS, which focuses on producing female-oriented episodic drama for the digital space, has announced it will be partnering with screenplay database The Black List in order to find fresh talent to develop a new series for them.
“We’re very excited to leverage The Black List to open up our development process to a new group of writers, and hopefully discover our next great series creator,” said WIGS Chief Operating Officer Jake Avnet. Avnet, a prominent producer whose credits include “Risky Business,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Black Swan,” co-founded WIGS with son Jake Avnet and “In Treatment” creator Rodrigo García in 2012. Since then, WIGS has produced more than 150 episodes of scripted content.
The WIGS-Black List initiative is the first of its kind. The BlackList will be accepting submissions through Tuesday, May 6. Following evaluation, they will present WIGS with a shortlist of five writers for consideration to receive said development deal.
While certainly a unique and exciting equal opportunity for those aspiring to write in the episodic realm, its curious that WIGS and The Black List have not explicitly tailored the initiative specifically for female writers — especially given the fact that debate surrounding the lack of female voices in Hollywood is more alive than ever.
To begin the submission process, as well as read up on all the guidelines, click here.