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Fox Writers Intensive Expands Opportunities

Fox Writers Intensive Expands Opportunities

The Fox Writers Intensive is returning in early 2013, and this selective program is expanding to offer even more opportunities for the established and aspiring screenwriters who are chosen to participate.

In addition to receiving support from the Fox Broadcasting Company, 20th Century Fox Television, and FX—which together will purchase and develop the winning finalist’s original script—Fox Audience Strategy announced today that the second annual intensive will provide potential book development and publishing opportunities with HarperCollins, plus an opportunity to join yearlong screenwriting think tank the Fox Writers Studio, which hires salaried writers to produce original feature films for 20th Century Fox Film.

And beginning next fall, funding for one staff writer position on all new and returning Fox network series will be earmarked specifically for FWI finalists.

The 2013 intensive runs from February through May in Los Angeles. The four-month curriculum, which is administered by Film Independent, focuses on developing original material, learning and honing writing skills for multiple mediums, and exploring the business of media and entertainment.

According to Fox, “The Fox Writers Intensive is designed to nurture the careers of experienced writers with diverse voices, backgrounds, and life experiences and create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox productions across television, feature films, and digital entertainment.” The goal of the program is to create a resource for both writers and Fox to develop new original programming that will be reflective of diverse audiences.

FWI is only for trained, experienced, and published writers “who have a strong command of their craft and who are deeply committed to pursuing that craft as a profession,” according to the network. Writers from other literary mediums outside of film and television who have an interest in broadcast, film, and new media are also encouraged to apply.

Writers who successfully complete the program will be placed on staff for Fox projects, and each writer will be given a first look on their original scripts. Fox will select one finalist as the Fox Writers Intensive Fellow, whose original script will be purchased and developed jointly by Fox Broadcasting Company, 20th Century Fox Television, and FX. The winner will also receive one-on-one meetings with network and studio execs. In addition, one finalist will be able to apply for the Fox Writers Studio on a first-look basis, and one finalist will be chosen to pitch their script to HarperCollins.

The Fox Writers Intensive launched last year. In June, Thomas Wong was chosen from 10 finalists to be named the first Fox Writers Intensive Fellow and sign a development deal for his original project “Queen.”

“We were absolutely thrilled by the level of engagement and enthusiasm we saw in our inaugural Fox Writers Intensive class this past year—the caliber of writers who applied for and ultimately participated in the intensive was incredible—and we cannot wait to bring 10 more up-and-coming writers into the Fox fold,” Nicole A. Bernard, senior vice president of Fox Audience Strategy, said in a statement. “By expanding the opportunities for staffing and professional growth to the participants, we are building the most robust, multi-platform engaging experience for writers as well as an extremely valuable pipeline of talent for our film, television, publishing, and digital entertainment businesses.”

The application deadline for the 2013 FWI is Monday, Nov. 19. Candidates cannot apply directly and instead must be nominated by one of the program’s partner organizations, or by a talent agent or management company. Nominating organizations include (but are not limited to) the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), East West Players, Film Independent, Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program, HOLA Film Festival, LA Skins Fest, Media Access Awards, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts, National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), New York Foundation for the Arts, Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS), Outfest, Sundance Native American and Indigenous Program, Sundance Institute, Visual Communications, Women and Hollywood, Women In Film Los Angeles, and Writers Boot Camp. The referral organization of the winning writer will also be awarded a grant for its writing program from Fox.

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