A Real TV Writing Talent Search – by a Real Network

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Can you believe it? A genuine broadcast network is actively looking for new writers (and directors too, but enough about them). Talk about good news!

Great Britain’s Channel 4 is launching a talent search for “the next generation of writers…to the small screen. The program is called “4Stories” (hmm, wonder why), and Channel 4 execs are hoping it will encourage writers who “have not had an original single, serial or series broadcast on UK television. Writers who have contributed to episodes on soaps, series or serials are eligible to apply but can have had no more than two hours of broadcast credits.”

The idea here is to choose three writers out of the pile of applicants to work on a new series of half-hour, interconnected films that will tell one main story from three different perspectives.

Channel 4 is especially “encouraging” applications from “talent currently under-represented in television drama,” which is to say women, the disabled, and those from “disadvantaged backgrounds. Which, depending on your own life history, is either a super plus or kind of a disappointing minus.

The positive side (the one this TVWriter™ minion is in full agreement with) is best stated here, by Tash Phillips, Channel 4’s Drama Editor:

It’s vital for television drama to nurture new talent from diverse backgrounds in order to truly represent contemporary Britain onscreen. Through 4Stories, Channel 4 will give new drama writers anddirectors from different backgrounds a unique platform to showcase their most distinctive, authored and ambitious work.

This definitely is an opportunity. A good one. A move we here at TVWriter™ would love to see any major broadcast network make.

The deadline for writers to apply for 4Stories is November 14, 2016, and applications must include an original full-length script for TV, film, radio, or even the stage.

More info, including everything new directors need to know, is HERE

WGAW October 2016 Calendar

Um…better late than never?

Gotta start opening more of our email. Damn!

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FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 42nd Annual HUMANITAS Prize

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It’s down to the wire time, but if you’re a pro writer with a recently produced TV or film script, you absolutely must enter this contest! Now!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 12, 2016


For over four decades, the HUMANITAS Prize has empowered writers with financial support and recognition to tell stories which are both entertaining and uplifting. HUMANITAS encourages writers who create contemporary media to use their immense power to:

* Encourage viewers to truly explore what it means to be a human being.
* Challenge viewers to take charge of their lives and use their freedom in a responsible way.
* Motivate viewers to reach out in respect and compassion to all their brothers and sisters in the human family.

“HUMANITAS exists to recognize, encourage and empower writers who teach us how to embrace our common humanity by way of their unique and powerful voices. It is a noble mission. We believe film and television have tremendous power. By bringing into our living rooms human beings who are very different from ourselves in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs, we can dissolve the walls of ignorance and fear that separate us from one another.” 
– Cathleen Young, HUMANITAS Executive Director

The winners receive both a trophy and a cash award at our annual HUMANITAS Awards Event, which will be held in February 2017.

The HUMANITAS Prize is awarded in the following categories:

  • Feature Film Screenplay
  • Sundance Feature Film Screenplay
  • 60 minute Teleplay
  • 30 minute Teleplay
  • Feature Documentary
  • Children’s Animation
  • Children’s Live Action


Eligibility guidelines:

  • No entry fee nor limit to the number of submissions
  • Teleplay must be written and produced in the English language for U.S. Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Teleplay must have had a national release on Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Feature film screenplay becomes eligible in the year in which it receives a U.S. theatrical release
  • Teleplay or film must be aired or released August 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016


Click HERE to submit.  Please help us celebrate what is right with television and film.

To learn more about the HUMANITAS Prize, please visit our website at http://www.humanitasprize.org

Contact: Cathleen Young, Executive Director
Cathleen.Young@Humanitasprize.org – 310-454-8769

HUMANITAS PRIZE Call for Entries

This one’s for all you pros:
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CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 42nd Annual HUMANITAS Prize

Submissions open September 7. Submission deadline is October 5, 2016


For over four decades, the HUMANITAS Prize has empowered writers with financial support and recognition to tell stories which are both entertaining and uplifting. HUMANITAS encourages writers who create contemporary media to use their immense power to:

* Encourage viewers to truly explore what it means to be a human being.
* Challenge viewers to take charge of their lives and use their freedom in a responsible way.
* Motivate viewers to reach out in respect and compassion to all their brothers and sisters in the human family.

“HUMANITAS exists to recognize, encourage and empower writers who teach us how to embrace our common humanity by way of their unique and powerful voices. It is a noble mission. We believe film and television have tremendous power. By bringing into our living rooms human beings who are very different from ourselves in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs, we can dissolve the walls of ignorance and fear that separate us from one another.” 
– Cathleen Young, HUMANITAS Executive Director

The winners receive both a trophy and a cash award at our annual HUMANITAS Awards Event, which will be held in February 2017.

The HUMANITAS Prize is awarded in the following categories:

  • Feature Film Screenplay
  • Sundance Feature Film Screenplay
  • 60 minute Teleplay
  • 30 minute Teleplay
  • Feature Documentary
  • Children’s Animation
  • Children’s Live Action


Eligibility guidelines:

  • No entry fee nor limit to the number of submissions
  • Teleplay must be written and produced in the English language for U.S. Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Teleplay must have had a national release on Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Feature film screenplay becomes eligible in the year in which it receives a U.S. theatrical release
  • Teleplay or film must be aired or released January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016

Click HERE to submit.  Please help us celebrate what is right with television and film.

To learn more about the HUMANITAS Prize, please visit our website at http://www.humanitasprize.org

Contact: Nicky Davis, Office and Program Manager
nicky.davis@humanitasprize.org – 310-454-8769

Writers Guild of America West Board of Directors Election News

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WGAW Wants Submissions for 2016 Feature Writer Access Project.

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by TVWriter™ Press Service

Gather ’round, TVWriter™ visitors, because TVWriter™ has received a press release we can’t wait to share:

We are now accepting submissions for the 2016 Feature Writer Access Project. The project seeks to identify outstanding minority, female and age 60+ writers and make their scripts available to We are now accepting submissions for the 2016 Feature Writer Access Project. The project seeks to identify outstanding minority, female and age 60+ writers and make their scripts available to entertainment industry decision-makers, including producers, studio executives, agents and managers, in order to help raise their profile and generate potential employment opportunities. This program is modeled on the success of the TV Writer Access Project for Mid-Level Television writers.

PLEASE NOTE: At the time of submission, a Project participant must be a Current Active (including Lifetime Current) or Post-Current Active member of the WGAW. If submission is made by a writing team, both writers must be Current Active or Post-Current Active members of the WGAW.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 5, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

The Feature Writer Access Project guidelines, application and release form can be accessed at: http://www.wga.org/featurewap

Please e-mail or call the Diversity Department if you have any questions about the application process at: diversity@wga.org or 323-782-4589., in order to help raise their profile and generate potential employment opportunities. This program is modeled on the success of the TV Writer Access Project for Mid-Level Television writers.

PLEASE NOTE: At the time of submission, a Project participant must be a Current Active (including Lifetime Current) or Post-Current Active member of the WGAW. If submission is made by a writing team, both writers must be Current Active or Post-Current Active members of the WGAW.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 5, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

The Feature Writer Access Project guidelines, application and release form can be accessed at: http://www.wga.org/featurewap

Please e-mail or call the Diversity Department if you have any questions about the application process at: diversity@wga.org or 323-782-4589.

We have to point out that although the name sounds as though the Feature Writer Access Project is for new writers, it is not. It is, in fact, for three specific groups of established professionals, “minority, female and age 60+ writers” – who have been discriminated against for decades. So if you’re a newb, please pass this info on to anyone you know who’s eligible.

We think you’ll be glad you did.

EDITOR’S NOTE: When we went looking for an image that could illustrate the concept of helping others we found that although there are many online images mocking the concept of helping an older person cross the street, we could only find sympathetic, non-ironic pics set in foreign countries. Food for thought, you know…?

Jeane Wong wins 1st Universal Cable Productions Pitch Fest

by TVWriter™ Press Service

jeane-wong-jpegProving that some execs really do know their shit a good thing when they see it, Jeane Wong, a script coordinator for ARROW and a 3rd Place Winner in TVWriter™’s 2014 Spec Scriptacular and Semi-Finalist in the 2014 People’s Pilot is the overall winner of Universal Cable Productions’ first Pitch Fest.

UCP recently opened its doors to undiscovered storytellers looking to pitch the next great television series to studio executives. Dubbed “Pitch Fest,” the first annual event attracted more than 500 submissions, with 22 finalists given 10 minutes to pitch their idea to UCP’s development team. The winning pitch, “The Thin Line,” was submitted by Jeane Wong and is slated for development later this year.

Wong is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in English literature. She was a semifinalist in Disney’s ABC Writing program and is an alumna of the Producer’s Guild Workshop. Her winning submission, “The Thin Line,” is a revisionist history series set in present-day America where segregation still exists after an unsuccessful 1960s civil rights movement. Against the backdrop, a man goes undercover for the FBI, setting himself on a collision course with his estranged brother, who happens to be the leader of a violent underground group.

According to Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, the UCP team was impressed with Wong’s original pitch and further intrigued by her talent after reading the script.

“The theme of Jeane’s script immediately caught our attention because it’s compelling, timely and its themes resonate with what’s going on in our world today,” said Olmstead. “We look forward to helping her bring her vision to life.”

 

Wong is repped by Gotham.

Yay, Jeane!!!