NICKELODEON WRITING PROGRAM
INFO: Nickelodeon’s global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films. While in the Program, writers meet series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. Basically, they write a lot and do cool things, all while being provided a salary!
There are two creative avenues to pursue: the General Track (12-months) and the Preschool Track (6-months). The Preschool Track was created to develop writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the preschool demographic. You bring the smart, funny, engaging stories and characters, and they’ll help you bring the preschool.
GENERAL TRACK: The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers.
While in the Program, writers hone their skills, build a professional network and gain real-world experience in writers’ rooms for our critically acclaimed live-action and animated shows. The General Track is a 12-month commitment.
Your submission must include a spec script based on a show from the General track's Accepted Shows List.
PRESCHOOL TRACK: Introducing the new PRESCHOOL WRITING TRACK. If you’re interested in writing for an audience who’s smart, funny, and likes to laugh and play this is the opportunity for you!
The Preschool track offers talent development opportunities with a focus on Nick Jr. content.
The Preschool Track is a 6-month commitment.
Your submission must include a spec script based on a show from the Preschool track's Accepted Shows List.
- Submission Period: January 2 – 31, 2018
- Semi-Finalists Notified: July 31, 2018
- Finalists Notified: August 31, 2018
- Chosen Writers Notified: September 15, 2018
SESAME STREET WRITERS’ ROOM
INFO: Sesame Street Writers’ Room is a writing fellowship opportunity from the creators of Sesame Street. And they are looking for YOU! Fresh new writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders.
Seven to ten writers from underrepresented racial backgrounds will be selected. Weekly sessions will take place at the Sesame Street NYC offices in Summer 2018. Includes eight, three-hour sessions on creating children’s educational media content. Participants will learn from industry writers, producers, agents and executives and complete at least one script during the program. Up to two participants will have the opportunity to receive creative development deals and further mentorship
SUBMISSION PERIOD January 2 – February 4, 2018
2018 HIGH SCRIBE COMPETITION: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS & TV PILOTS
Sun Valley Film Festival
INFO: The Screenwriters Lab is highlighted by the High Scribe Competition, which provides an opportunity for finalists to receive one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work. The High Scribe winner is announced during the lab and a scene from their script is brought to life with professional actors. The Screenwriters Lab is a high-profile event for seasoned professionals, aspiring writers and film fans alike that draws crowds, generates buzz and has directly led to employment and representation opportunities every year.
The top three High Scribe finalists will enjoy exclusive residency at the SVFF where they are housed and mentored by established screenwriters, included in parties, and provided a Filmmaker's Pass to the Festival.
AWARD: The High Scribe winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and invaluable career mentoring from top industry experts.
SUBMISSION FEE: $40
DEADLINE: January 10, 2018