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Sundance Picks 10 Writers for First-Ever Episodic Story Lab

Sundance Picks 10 Writers for First-Ever Episodic Story Lab

Needless to say, episodic storytelling reigns supreme in 2014. Sundance, as announced earlier, has opened up its storied Labs program to include the first-ever Episodic Story Lab. 

Now Sundance has named the 10 writers who will participate in the Lab. Every applicant for the program was required to submit a spec pilot and series overview. The writers are: Desiree Akhavan (“Switch Hitter”); Peter Biegen (“Small Change”); Nate Crocker (“Scar Tissue”); Katori Hall (“The Dial”); Barry Jenkins (“Radical”); Nick Keetch (“Borderline”); Lisa Kron (“The Schaeffers”); Crystal Liu (“The White Sheep”); Heather Marion (“Bury Me”) and Matt Young (“Still”).

Under Michelle Satter, Founding DIrector of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, writers will work closely with seasoned showrunners, executives and producers to hone story skills in multi-episode form. 

Creative advisors include “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley, “Homeland” co-creator Howard Gordon, “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Greg Daniels, “Masters of Sex” creator Michelle Ashford and more. Industry mentors on the docket include Netflix Original Series’ Peter Friedlander, HBO executive Michael Ellenberg, Sundance TV’s Nena Rodrigue and “Breaking Bad” producer Mark Johnson.

The intensive writer’s retreat-style program goes down at the Sundance Institute in Utah from September 27 through October 2. Read about the selected projects in detail via Sundance here.


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