Experienced writers who still need a break, listen up.
Fox’s Audience Strategy division (aka the network’s diversity department) is launching a new writers initiative, the Fox Writer’s Intensive for experienced young minority writers who want to get their foot in the door. The nice catch with this program? Unlike existing diversity writers programs for TV, film and digital content, Fox’s new initiative is also open to writers with diverse backgrounds (LGBT, foreign-born, etc.).
The Intensive is designed to introduce experienced writers with unique voices, backgrounds, life and professional experiences that reflect the diverse perspectives of the audiences we create for to a wide range of Fox staff writers, showrunners, directors, screenwriters and creative executives. These collective individuals will work with the selected writers to build on both their general craft and the business of writing for television, feature films and digital content with an added goal of creating a viable resource of experienced staffing opportunities.
The program is set to launch in February with 10 participants. Upon completion of the initiative, FWI will select one writer as the FWI Fellow whose submitted original script will be purchased and developed by Fox. In addition, the Fellow will receive one-on-one meetings with network heads and senior development executives.
However: You can’t apply for FWI. It’s by nomination only. In cahoots with Film Independent, Fox has rounded out a select number of charitable organizations, agencies and management companies who have been invited to nominate up to five writers affiliated with their organizations.
Below are the nominating organizations:
• Film Independent
• Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)
• National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
• New York Foundation for the Arts
• Visual Communications
• Writer’s Bootcamp
• National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
• Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS)
• East West Players
• Women In Film Los Angeles
• Media Access Awards
To learn more, go here.