As part of an ongoing effort to increase diversity across its television, film, digital, and publishing platforms, Fox Audience Strategy has announced the 10 writers chosen for its second annual Fox Writers Intensive, a program designed to develop writers of diverse backgrounds and experiences for potential employment on Fox productions.
This year’s 10 participating finalists—chosen from more than 400 submissions and nominations—are Angela Allen, Yule Caise, Sal Calleros, Carol Doyle, Sara Endsley, Warren Hsu Leonard, Nick Ozeki, Chitra Sampath, Theo Travers, and Marisa Wegrzyn.
“I couldn’t be more impressed with the caliber of this year’s 10 FWI finalists,” Nicole Bernard, the Fox Group’s senior vice president of audience strategy, said in a statement. “Not only are they unbelievably talented, accomplished writers, but they all have really fresh, unique creative perspectives that we would like our entertainment businesses to tap into and grow. Reflecting a broad range of viewpoints—both in front of and behind the camera—remains a top priority for our company, and we’re fortunate to have so many of our writers and producers supporting us in these efforts.”
The 2013 intensive, administered by Film Independent, spans 13 weeks of professional seminars and workshops that focus on developing original material, learning and honing writing skills for multiple mediums, and exploring the business of media and entertainment. One finalist will be selected as the 2013 Fox Writers Intensive Fellow, whose original script will be purchased and developed by Fox.
All of the writers will work closely with various Fox staff writers, showrunners, screenwriters, directors, and creative executives. Fox announced that Hart Hanson (“Bones”), Shintaro Shimosawa (“The Following,” "The Grudge"), Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”), and Zal Batmanglij (“Sound Of My Voice,” “The East”) are among the writers and producers who will work with this year’s finalists to offer script guidance and writing feedback in collaborative master classes, focus sessions, and more.
In addition to receiving support from the Fox Broadcasting Company, 20th Century Fox Television, and FX—which together will purchase and develop the winning fellow’s original script—the intensive is expanding in its second year to include opportunities for book and movie deals across multiple Fox companies. At the conclusion of the program, one finalist will pitch their script to HarperCollins for potential development and publishing opportunities, and one finalist will be able to apply for the Fox Writers Studio, a yearlong screenwriting think tank that hires salaried writers to produce original feature films for 20th Century Fox Film.
“We share a major goal of increasing diversity in all aspects of the entertainment industry,” said Film Independent Co-President Josh Welsh. “The writers selected truly have strong, creative visions that will be further helped along with this program, and we can’t wait to see their work shared with a larger audience.”