Par’s bonding with scribes

Writers to meet execs, film pros, screenwriting mentors

HOLLYWOOD — The Chesterfield Writers’ Film Project, sponsored by Paramount Pictures, has announced a June 21 submission deadline for the yearlong fellowship program.

The WFP, which originated at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to create a bridge between the industry screenwriters, selects up to five writers to receive a $20,000 stipend to cover living expenses during the program. Paramount Motion Picture Group vice chairman John Goldwyn and senior VP Dede Gardner oversee the program.

The scribes will meet with Par execs, film professionals, screenwriting mentors and guest speakers, including Stephen Gaghan, Daniel Pyne, Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski, Bruce Joel Rubin, David Arata and Robin Swicord. WFP alums include David Auburn (“Proof”), Karen Janszen (“A Walk to Remember”) and Matthew Carnahan (“Fastlane”).

WFP’s Industry Board includes writers Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess and Ed Solomon; producers Donald DeLine and Gary Lucchesi; and directors Michael Lehmann and Jerry Zucker.

Program is run by writer-producer Ed Rugoff.

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