The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment Writing Fellowship Program

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The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment
Writing Fellowship Program

Walt Disney Studios/ABC Writers Fellowship

Deadline Entry Fee
From May 01, 2006 to  June 23, 2006 Free
Award: Up to fifteen fellowships in the feature film and television areas. Fellows will each be provided a salary of $50,000 for a one-year period tentatively scheduled to begin in February 2007...
Other Awards/Prizes: Up to fifteen fellowships in the feature film and television areas. Fellows will each be provided a salary of $50,000 for a one-year period tentatively scheduled to begin in February 2007.
To seek out and employ culturally and ethnically diverse new writers. 
Notification Date:  TBA
Eligibility: This Program is open to all writers. Members with Writers Guild of America (WGA) credits are also eligible for this Program and can apply via Employment Access Department at 323.782-4648
Rules:  Submit a writing sample, writing or work history resume, application form, and a notarized standard letter agreement. Application forms are available on the website. Scripts will not be returned. 
 
Writing Fellowship Program

For the seventeenth year, we are continuing the search to discover and employ creative talent and to employ culturally and ethnically diverse writers. We are looking for up to fifteen writers to work full-time developing their craft at The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment. The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment are equal opportunity employers and it is our policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, handicap or disability, ancestry, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or political affiliation, or on any other unlawful basis in its employment programs.

We will be offering Fellowships in the feature film and television areas through The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment, respectively. No previous experience is necessary; however, writing samples are required. Fellows will each be provided a salary of $50,000 for a one-year period tentatively scheduled to begin in February 2007.

This Program is open to all writers. Members with Writers Guild of America (WGA) credits are also eligible for this Program.

The program boasts an impressive roster of alumni who are now enjoying successful careers in the television and the feature film-writing workforce. As the program's level of prestige has increased, its graduates have been called upon for assignments spanning every studio and network in the industry. Of recent Fellowship graduates, Cindy McCreery (2003) sold her feature comedy pitch "Powder puff Girls" to Disney; Tamiko Brooks (2003) was hired as a staff writer on "Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter;" Sean Diviny (2003) was hired as a staff writer on "Alias;" Monica Zepeda (2002), was hired as one of the writers on the SHREK II video game; Sonya Steele (2002) was staffed on "ER;" Veena Sud (2002) was hired as a writer on CBS's "Cold Case;" Brenda Hsueh (2002), was staffed on Fox's "Oliver Beene;" Nelson Soler (2001) was hired writer/producer for ABC's "Trista And Ryan's Wedding;" Dailyn Rodriquez (2001), is staffed as story editor on ABC's "The George Lopez Show;" and John Marsh (2001), wrote an episode for Disney Channel's "Proud Family."

Former Fellows also include Joan Weiss (1999-2000), Co-Producer for the WB's "Everwood;" Heather Hach (1999-00), wrote the Walt Disney's remake of "Freaky Friday" and "There's a Pop Diva Loose in the Cafeteria" for DreamWorks; Meghan McCarthy (1999-00), sold her feature script "The Bachelorette" to Universal Pictures; Saladin Patterson (1996-97), is Co-Executive Producer on "Bernie Mac;" Don D. Scott (1995-1997) was a writer on "Barbershop" and "Barbershop 2:Back In Business;" Luisa Leschin (1995-1996), is Co-Producer on ABC's "The George Lopez Show;" Peter Murrieta (1994-1995), was Executive Producer and creator of the WB's "Greetings from Tucson" and "All About the Andersons;" Jane Espenson (1992-1993), was Co-Executive Producer on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer;" Malcolm Lee (1992-1993), is writer/director of the film "The Best Man," and director of "Undercover Brother" for Universal Pictures.

Jacquelyn C. Edmonds (1991-92), is Co-Executive Producer on UPN's "Abby;" Laurence Andries (1991-1992) is Co-Executive Producer of "Alias;" Tony Puryear (1990-1991), wrote the feature "Eraser;" Reggie "Rock" Bythewood (1990-1991), wrote and directed "Dancing in September" for HBO and "Biker Boyz" for DreamWorks; Tim Doyle (1990-1991) served as executive producer on critically acclaimed seasons of ABC's "Ellen" and "Grace Under Fire" and is currently the creator of "Stuck In The Middle with You," an NBC comedy slated for mid-season 2003-04; and Gary Hardwick (1990-1991), wrote the feature films " Trippin," " Bring It On, " and wrote and directed "The Brothers," and "Deliver Us from Eva."

Web Address: http://www.abctalentdevelopment.com/
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Organization: The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment
Writing Fellowship Program

500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4016
United States
Phone: 818.560.6894
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