When Lena Waithe won the Emmy for her “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” last year, she became the first black woman to win a writing Emmy for comedy. The weight of the moment was not lost on Waithe, who said backstage, “There’s so many other funny women of color. I hope they will now have an opportunity because this door has been opened.” Waithe is doing her part to make that vision a reality, as she announced today that she and her team would read any script that received an 8 or higher from The Blacklist.
“If you put your script up on the @theblcklst site • pay to get an evaluation • and get an 8 or above • my team will read your script,” Waithe tweeted Tuesday morning. She kindly asked that no one ask her the price of an evaluation, but assured folks that it would be “Less than your phone bill.”
Hey guys if you put your script up on the @theblcklst site • pay to get an evaluation • and get an 8 or above • my team will read your script. (Don’t ask me how much an evaluation costs that’s on the site. Let’s just say this – It’s less than your phone bill :)
— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) March 6, 2018
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Founded in 2005 by Franklin Leonard, The Blacklist is a platform where screenwriters can upload their scripts to be read by producers. The voting pool, made up of a select group of Hollywood executives, ranks and evaluates the scripts. Screenwriters must pay to upload their script to the site, and then pay for an evaluation on top of that. Every year, The Blacklist releases a list of the top scripts of the year.
In an industry where access is king, The Blacklist provides an invaluable resource to those who may not have the connections to get a foot in the door. To the screenwriters out there wondering how to get noticed, go upload your script so Waithe and her team can discover you.