Keely MacDonald Named Fox Writers Lab Fellow

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Fox Inclusive has named a fellow for its Fox Writers Lab.

Writer Keely MacDonald has been selected from the sixth annual group of finalists and has received a script development deal with Fox Broadcasting Company. A 2012 grad of Duke University, MacDonald became an intern on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow in 2013, eventually graduating to full-fledged writer on show with the season four episode, “Insatiable.”

Launched in 2011, Fox Writers Lab (formerly known as the Fox Writers Intensive) is an initiative designed to nurture writers who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences in an effort to create a strong pipeline of talent for potential staffing on Fox television shows and films.

During this year’s program, the Lab writers each developed and wrote an original pilot script, working with producer Sheila Hanahan-Taylor of Practical Pictures and Kelly Kulchak, head of current programming at Dreamworks Animation. The writing culminated in a “Pitchfest” in which writers pitched their original ideas to network and studio executives.

Other writers who participated in the lab were Arielle Diaz, Brad Marques, Elizabeth Oyebode, Erick Castrillon and Esteban Arango, Jennifer Graham Imada, Lauren Tyler, Mellori Velasquez, Nicky Young, Pilar Valdes, Tania Lotia and Yasemin Yilmaz.

All the writers are being promoted throughout the Fox creative community and submitted for potential staffing on current and future Fox Entertainment productions. This year’s 12 writers were selected from a pool of nominations submitted by showrunners, talent representation and arts organizations across the country, so if you aren’t already a kind of junior showbiz insider, be aware that this may not be the program for you.

Attn LA Writers: Opportunity is a’Knockin’ at ‘theOffice’

Announcing the 2017 Fellowship to theOffice
by TVWriter™ Press Service

Know how we’re always saying that if you want to be in the Biz you should live in L.A.? Well, here’s an example of what we’re talking about.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to leave the distractions of life behind and kick your productivity into overdrive, enter now to win a FREE 6-Month Premium Membership to theOffice. (Yep, that’s the name. We’d put a (sic) after it, but that just makes us feel pompous.)

theOffice is a quiet, communal workspace on 26th Street in Santa Monica. It’s one of the country’s premiere co-working spaces, fostering creativity and productivity in a zen, distraction-free environment for over 13 years.

The membership roster consists of A-list screenwriters, authors, journalists and other creatives. Current and charter members include JJ Abrams, Paul Feig, Chris Weitz, Matthew Carnahan, Clark Gregg, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Jen Celotta and many more.

Dozens of screenplays and novels have been written there. No conference rooms. No phone calls. No conversation. It’s where serious writers go to get it done.

Wade Gasque, manager at theOffice, says:

As a writer myself, I’ve done the coffee shop shuffle. I know how hard it is to find somewhere dependable to work, somewhere without the distractions of home, somewhere quiet and inspiring where I can quickly get into the zone and get words on the page. That’s precisely what we offer here at theOffice. But because many up-and-coming writers might not have the dedicated funds for a monthly writing space like theOffice, we started offering a free fellowship a few years back. The fellowship is essentially a 6-month Premium Membership to theOffice. You get your own door code to access the space at all hours so you can get as much done as you can for the next six months. We’re looking for up-and-coming writers of talent who are dedicated to their craft.

This fellowship is completely free to enter, but the deadline is drawing near. Apply by August 8th or you’re out of luck. All of the details are at www.theOfficeFellowship.com including info on this year’s judges – Mark Cullen, Nicole LaPorte and David Scarpa.

Send submissions and inquiries to: theOfficeFellowship@gmail.com

Website: www.theOfficeOnline.com
Twitter: @theOffice_LA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theOfficeinLA/

Indie Video: ‘Ace and Anxious’


NOTE FROM LB: Boy, life sure is funny. Just yesterday, we were lamenting that one of our favorite contributors, Ms. Bri Castellini, was no longer writing a regular column here at TVWriter™, and lo and behold, along came the following info.

It’s a press release, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also well-written and interesting and true. Especially since it plugs one of the most talented young creatives we know. Who, in that self-same article yesterday was heard to question her ability to self-promote. Way to overcome, Bri!

Take it away, Undead Burrito Productions:


 ACE AND ANXIOUS
the new award-winning short film about asexuality and anxiety
is now available for online viewing
by Undead Burrito Productions & TVWriter™ Press Service 

Undead Burrito Productions is proud to present the brand new award-winning short film, Ace and Anxious, written and directed by Bri Castellini, which is now available for online viewing thanks to St. Lawrence International Film Festival Online. The film will be available throughout June 2017 here while the judges make their decisions, and if it wins an award, it will be available on their “Filmmakers to Watch” page and shared with their industry database.

About the Film

After a resurgence of her panic attacks, Emma (played by Dana Shiree), an asexual graphic designer, panics, because her mental health care costs are already so high. When a condom company hires her to make an infographic on the benefits of sex, however, she discovers that one of those benefits is decreased anxiety and stress. She shares this discovery with her therapist, Jenny (played by Rachel Casparian), and announces her intention to try out this unconventional treatment option. With her roommate Kevin (played by Colin Hinckley) as a bouncer, she sets up a series of interviews via a Craigslist ad to test her hypothesis that sex will cure her panic attacks.

The screenplay won “Best Short Screenplay” at the New York Short Film and Screenplay Competition in 2016 and the London Indie Fest in 2017, and was an official selection in the screenplay category at the Silver Screen Film Fest, 2017, the Freedom Film Fest, 2016, and Paris Art and Movie Awards, 2016.

The film won “Best Comedy” at the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival and is an official selection at both the St. Lawrence International Film Festival and the Howling Wolf International Short Film Festival.

About the Director

Bri Castellini has an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television and a BA in Creative Writing, studying in New York and Oregon, respectively. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her partner and works as the Community Liaison for Stareable.com. Outside of Ace and Anxious, she is the creator, writer, producer, and star (among other things) of the award-winning comedic zombie web series Brains, the executive producer (among other things) for the web series Relativity,  the producer and assistant director for the web series Stray and the web series The Mother Lode, and the associate producer for the web series History.

Don’t Miss This Screenwriting Community Event

LB and TVWriter™ have a soft spot for ISA.Com, one of the best sites on the web for screenwriters to hang out at.

Last week, the ISA gang joined up with The Script Lab to create what they’re calling “30 Days to a Finished Screenplay.”

So we’re telling you, from the heart, that you’ve really gotta check this baby out!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DEETS

2017 College Television Awards Nominees Announced

by TVWriter™ Press Service

This just in from the Television Academy Foundation about an award more commonly known as “The Student Emmys:

Nominations for this year’s Awards have been announced!

The 38th College Television Awards will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center.

You can see a video of the full announcement HERE

Press background explaining what the heck these awards are all about is HERE

And here’s a list of all the nominees:

COMEDY
Dollar King
Trevor Smith
American Film Institute

Magic Mouse
Annie Bravo
Austin Brown
Full Sail University

DRAMA
DeKalb Elementary
Reed Van Dyk
University of California-Los Angeles

Snowplow
Joshua Valle
American Film Institute

Viola, Franca
Marta Savina
University of California-Los Angeles

ANIMATION
Taijitu
Dylan Hoffman
Brigham Young University

Unmasked
Christina Faraj
Alice Gavish
School of Visual Arts

The Wishgranter
Kal Athannassov
Ringling College of Art and Design

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
A Taylor Story
Becky Prolman
Camille Houphouet-Boigny
Chapman University

The monkey king is in town
Shamola Kharkar
Chapman University

Pick Your Own
Amanda Domuracki
Andrew Fewsmith
Wes Palmer
Luke Shields
Boston University

COMMERCIAL
The Aussie Bean 30 Second Spot
Noah Rashba
Chapman University

Lost Chocolate: A Skateboard Story
Caleb Heller
Jane Hollon
Andrew Pollins
American Film Institute

The Plumber
Yoni Klein
Andrew Pollins
American Film Institute

DIRECTING FOR DRAMA
Ernie
Hadley Hillel
Chapman University

It’s Just a Gun
Brian Robau
Chapman University

The Other Side
Daniel Abatan
American Film Institute

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWSCAST
Head Games
Erika Orstad
University of Miami

LOREEN ARBUS FOCUS ON DISABILITY
Slow Angels
Ying Lu
New York University

MISTER ROGERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Estefania de la Chica
Development
Columbia University

Kevin Wong
Research
New York University

MUSIC COMPOSITION
For Old Time’s Sake
Robert Mai
Chapman University

Icarus
Ryan Stratton
Chapman University

Parchment Wings
Benjamin Hoff
University of North Carolina – School of the Arts of Filmmaking

NEWSCAST
Carolina Week – April 13, 2016
McKenzie Bennett
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

WUFT News First at Five: September 2nd, 2016
Dani Hurtado
Ryan Roberts
University of Florida

WVU News “Special Edition” Heroin and Opioids: When Addiction Hits Home
Megan Saporito
West Virginia University

SERIES-SCRIPTED
The Buzz
Shasta Ford
Matt Nickley
Savannah College of Art and Design

Con
Audrey Emerson
Jen Enfield-Kane
Joelle Jacoby
Jenn Kuan
Noah Suarez-Sikes
Amy Suto
University of Southern California

Sanity
Helga Bryndis-Ernudottir
Allison Hartel
Andrea Massaro
Will McCance
Linda Riedman
Junyi Zhang
University of California-Los Angeles

SERIES-UNSCRIPTED
Learn to Count in an Endangered Language
Eli LaBan
Temple University

MCBCtv
Brad Parsons
Central Michigan University

Show-Me Chefs
Chelsea Eichholz
Ryan Gilyard
Daan Jansen
Missouri State University

VARIETY
2016 University of Florida Homecoming Parade Pre-Show
Danielle Frew
Jack Kramer
University of Florida

Brooklyn’s Best
Amina Ebada
Michael Irgang
Kevin Keating
Salomeya Lomidze
Jeremy  Norris
Michael Zhonga
City University of New York – Brooklyn College

Routes TV-Oklahoma: The Natural Disaster State
Trevor Slack
University of Oklahoma

WRITING FOR COMEDY
The Buzz
Matt Nickley
Savannah College of Art and Design

Dollar King
David Brent
American Film Institute

Trying to Fuck: A Modern Day Romance
Matt Gibson
Chapman University

WRITING FOR DRAMA
Lockdown
Daisygreen Stenhouse
American Film Institute

No Way Back
Michael Kongshaug
Eileen Shim
American Film Institute

Snowplow
Christopher Greenslate
Mia Niebruegge
American Film Institute

TVWriter™ congratulates all of the Television Academy Foundation’s 38th College Television Awards Nominees!

BritBox is Here!

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Netflix, Amazon, you guys over there at Acorn TV, brace yourselves because BritBox is here!

BBC Worldwide, U.K. TV giant ITV, and AMC networks have launched subscription VOD service BritBox in the U.S. with a price tag of $6.99 per month after an introductory free trial period.

Billed as “the most comprehensive collection of British television, across all genres, available anywhere in the U.S.” BritBox features new and established dramas, classic British soaps, comedies, and a myriad of other programs in a steadily increasing library of BBC and ITV shows, and will be offering new episodes of current shows as little as 24 hours after they appear in the UK.

Among the shows offered are New Blood from writer Anthony Horowitz, Tutankhamun from Guy Burt, The MoonstoneCold Feet, Silent Witness, the original version of The Office, Absolutely FabulousBlackadder with Rowan Atkinson, Gavin & Stacey with James Corden, Miss Marple starring Joan Hickson, Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett.

The service will be available on responsive web, AppleTV, iPhone, iPad and Android mobile phones and tablets, with Roku and Chromecast following shortly after launch.

 

“BBC and ITV are known for a vast array of diverse and award-winning programming that fans in the U.S. love and want to watch,” said BritBox president Soumya Sriraman. “Those fans now have a one-of-a-kind SVOD service option that offers a single point of access to an extensive collection of outstanding British programming to discover and enjoy.”

Does this mean that BBC and ITV shows will be vanishing from their current streaming haunts as mentioned above? That’s going to depend on a number of factors, especially on how well BritBox does in its first quarter or two online.

Will you be giving Britbox a try? We’d love to hear from all visiting Brit TVophiles.

Time to Enter the Turner Writing Contest

by TVWriter™ Press Service

The American Black Film Festival has joined with Turner Broadcasting to launch a TV Writing Contest for new diverse writers and invites them to submit an original drama or comedy (or both) pilot script.

Five finalists will be selected in each category, and the two winning entrants will receive a trip to the 2017 American Black Film Festival in exotic Miami Fla June 14th through June 18th of this year. Each will receive a cash prize of $500 and a meeting with Turner Original Programming execs.

This looks like a good chance for talented people to make some excellent contacts and take home a bit of $$$ while they’re at it. The only catch is that entries close April 5th…oh, and “only the first submissions will be accepted for review.”

In other words – Hurry!

Click here for the official contest rules.

Click here for the submission agreement.