The NHMC Television Writers Program was created in 2003 and is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Latinos for writing jobs at major television networks. Modeled after the previously successful Hispanic Film Project, the program is a direct response to the lack of diverse writers in primetime network TV. To take NHMC TV Writers Program graduates to the next level, NHMC has also created the NHMC Pitching Lab and the Latino Scene Showcase.
2015 Submission Dates: April 6 – Aug. 3
Program Dates: Oct. 5 – Nov. 6
Why the NHMC TV Writers Program:
An NHMC-commissioned national poll showed that non-Latinos primarily learn about our community from what they see on television. For this reason, NHMC works to get more Latinos in back of camera to achieve balanced and accurate portrayals of diversity in the U.S.
According to the “2015 WGAW TV Staffing Brief”:
- Latinos make up only 2.8% of writers staffed on television shows
- Although people of color make up 37% of the U.S. population, they remain underrepresented by a factor of nearly 3 to 1 among television writers
Minorities make up only 5.5% of executive producers in television programming, down from 7.8% in the 2011-2012 season.
Since its inception 12 years ago:
- 120 writers have completed the NHMC TV Writers Program
- 28 writing careers have been launched
- 25% of NHMC Writers have been staffed on shows at the following networks: ABC/Disney, NBC, CBS, FOX, Nickelodeon, CW, BET, LATV, VH1 and NUVOtv.
For the 2015-2016 TV season you can find our writers writing on the following shows:
NHMC Writers are also participating in the following writers programs that serve as direct pipelines to jobs in the business:
- NBC Writers on the Verge
- Warner Bros. Writer’s Workshop
- Disney/ABC Writing Program
- CBS Writers Mentoring Program
For more information about the program and application process, click here.
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