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Native Scriptwriters Program, Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal & Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Open for Submissions

A talent development program that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks is now open for submissions.

The 4th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and Kung Fu Monkey Productions, is a five-week intensive scriptwriters program. Taking place mid-April through late-May of 2019, the lab offers seven Native American writers an opportunity to participate. Each participant will complete an original pilot during the five-week program and receive feedback from peers and an experienced writing instructor.

Past participants include William Garroutte (Cherokee) who was recently in the Disney | ABC Writing Program and NBC’s Writers On The Verge program, Carlee Malemute (Athabaskan) who is currently a staff writer on Hallmark Channel’s the Good Witch and has sold two projects to Lifetime. Other fellows are currently working as writer assistants and have acquired representation.

“The Native American TV Writers lab was great and prepped me for writing in TV. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I owe my newfound opportunities to the LA Skins Fest Native American TV Writers Lab,” Garroutte said.

During the lab, fellows have met with executives from NBC, CBS, FOX, Lionsgate, and several of our industry sponsors and partners. Scripts from the lab were read by Amazon Studios, Echolake Entertainment and several of our networks and studios.

The Native American TV Writers lab will culminate in a pitch workshop during the 13th Annual LA SKINS FEST in November 2019.  Each Native writer will pitch their scripts to creatives executives from numerous production entities. Past executives have come from Bad Robot, HBO, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and literary managers.

The seven participants in 2018 included: Jason Marcus (Iroquois), Siena East (Choctaw), Vladimir Perez (Taino), Sonya Oberly (Nez Perce), Riley Page (Lakota), Jade Puga (Guachichil/Huastec/Lipan Apache), and Erik Fritts-Davis (Ojibwee).

2018 Native American TV Writers Lab participants

Application Deadline: 

Early Deadline Feb 1st: $25
Regular Deadline Feb 8th: $35
Late Deadline Feb 15th: $50

Learn more here.

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