NHMC TV Writers Program

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 Latino Scene Showcase.

 

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Apply before August 6th, 2017

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 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.

How to Apply

Applications are open: April 3 – August 7, 2017

Complete an online application, an ABC and NBC Release form, submit one writing sample of any type to include, plays, pilots, specs and books in PDF format. Television scripts are preferred.  Please note that writing teams are ineligible. You must be able to show proof of U.S. employment  eligibility at the time the program begins. You must be 18 or over to apply.

Fill out the online application, but before you do that you must have the following documents prepared to upload:

  • Writing sample in .pdf format (only one can be uploaded)
  • Resume or Bio in .pdf or .doc format
  • Statement of interest: Why do you want to write for television? in .pdf or .doc format
  • Signed ABC and NBC release forms in .pdf or .doc format (be sure to download the forms from this page, complete, sign, scan and upload to your application)

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Your Questions Answered

Do I have to be Latino to apply?

No, the program is open to people of all races and ethnicities.
No, you must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the program.
Yes, but if you are accepted into the program you must be residing in the U.S. and have valid U.S. employment eligibility to participate. NHMC does not sponsor visas.
We accept ANY original writing sample, but television scripts are preferred. This includes plays, pilot scripts, spec scripts, books, etc. There is no length restriction and only ONE writing sample can be submitted.
NHMC only provides Southwest Airlines vouchers. Those who reside outside of Southwest’s flying regions will have to fly to an airport that flies Southwest, AT THEIR OWN COST, and then catch a Southwest flight to Los Angeles or Burbank.
No, the judges will not provide feedback to individuals that are not accepted into the writers program.
No, any materials submitted will not be returned to the owner.

 

An NHMC commissioned poll national poll showed that non-Latinos primarily learn about our community from what they see on television. Currently, Latinos make up only 2.8 percent of writers staffed on TV shows. We need more Latinos behind the camera to achieve balanced and accurate portrayals of diversity in the U.S.

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Current Sponsors of the next generation of Latino TV writers

For more information on sponsoring Latino students working toward fair media representation, please email Brenda Rivas at brivas@nhmc.org