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CBS Diversity Institute

CBS Diversity Institute

Deadline Entry Fee
May 01, 2009 Non
Award: The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.
Other Awards/Prizes:  Each participant will be teamed with two different mentors. One mentor is a show runner on a current CBS drama or comedy series. This relationship builds over the course of the program and is focused on helping the participant with creative feedback on their writing as well as help and advice on career goals.

The other mentor is a network executive with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career.
As part of its ongoing commitment to create additional access for writers of diverse backgrounds, CBS' Diversity Institute has launched a different kind of Writers program, which highlights one of those paths.

The focus of this five month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed.

Notification Date:  TBA
Eligibility: Aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds.

The primary focus of The CBS Diversity Institute’s Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers with a focus on writers of color. Aspiring diverse writers with a strong desire to write for CBS television series are encouraged to apply. You must be 21 or older to be eligible.

Rules:  Each submission must be complete in order to be considered. Application Materials

Each submission must be complete in order to be considered.

A complete application packet includes:

  • Application
  • Letter of Interest
  • Work Resume or Bio
  • Two (2) Writing Samples: one (1) original piece of work which can be a screenplay, a stage play or a short fiction story (no original television pilots will be accepted) and one (1) half hour or hour episode based on a current, primetime television series that aired new episodes on any network or cable channel during the 2008/09 season
  • A signed and notarized Submission Release form for the writing samples.
    • WRITING SAMPLES MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PDF File FORMAT (Acceptable digital formats: "Thumb drive", "flash drive", "USB drive", or CD).
  • Contact information must include an e-mail address for further communication from CBS.
  • Applications cannot be processed until they are complete.
  • Writing samples will not be returned.

See website for additional guidelines.

Web Address: cbsdiversity.com/writers_program.shtml
Contact & E-mail: CBS Diversity Institute
Contact Title: Writers Mentoring Program
Organization: The CBS Diversity Institute
CBS Broadcast Center

Writers Mentoring Program
4024 Radford Avenue, 3rd Floor
Studio City, CA 91604
United States
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