National Latino Media Council/National Hispanic Media Coalition
Television Writers Program Fall 2013
Program Dates: October 14 - November 15
About the NLMC/NHMC TV Writers Program:
The NLMC/NHMC Television Writers Program was created in 2003 and is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the 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. The NLMC/NHMC Writers Program was created in accordance with NHMC's mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer's table, more diversity will be reflected on TV.
How it Works:
The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, *total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry.
The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving. A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. **Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state.
*If accepted into the program you must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school as the writers program is a full time commitment Monday-Friday.
**Those who reside outside of Southwest’s flying regions will have to get to an airport that flies Southwest, AT THEIR OWN COST, and then catch a Southwest flight to Burbank.
Who Should Apply:
The NLMC/NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.
When to Apply:
The submission period for the writing program opens in the Spring of every year. Please check back in April for specific dates.
Complete an online application, an ABC and NBC Release form, submit one writing sample of any type to include, plays, pilots, specs(preferred) and books in PDF format. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. You must be able to show proof of U.S. employment eligibilty at the time the program begins. You must be 18 or over to apply.
How to Apply:
Fill out the online application here, but before you do that you must have the following documents prepared to upload.:
1. Writing sample in .pdf format (only one can be uploaded)
2. Resume or Bio in .pdf or .doc format
3. Statement of interest: Why do you want to write for television? in .pdf or .doc format
For more information please contact Nilda Muhr at email@example.com.
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