On October 21, 2014, Universal Pictures will begin entertaining applications for the fellowship’s second year, which is supported by the company’s Diversity Council and the NBCUniversal Corporate Diversity team, and endorsed by Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW).
The Emerging Writers Fellowships is among the studio’s watershed initiatives, aimed at bringing new talent to Universal under co-presidents and program supervisors Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum.
2014-2015 Emerging Writers Fellows Chandus T. Jackson, Margaret Rose Lester, Steve Martinez, Ivy Pruss and Saila Reyes, following an intense application process in May, participated in a number of immersive activities including filmmaker Q & A panels, studio seminars, development meetings and networking events.
The fellows have been paired with both Universal and WGA-assigned mentors that include industry heavy-hitters Will Packer, Chris Morgan, Jeremy Garelick, Cheo Hodari Coker, Suzanne de Passe, David Goyer, Melisa Wallack, Craig Mazin, Melissa Stack and Andrea Berloff. Fellows are also asked to complete writing assignments throughout the program.
More application information is here.