Writer's Intensive to launch in February

Fox is launching an advanced writers program designed to develop diverse voices for film, television and digital productions.

Fox Writer’s Intensive will offer a four-month curriculum beginning in February that will train participants in the development of original material across the different mediums, while also shedding light on the business of media and entertainment. Fox will then aim to staff graduates on Fox projects as well as give first looks on original scripts.

The top graduate from each session will be chosen as the Fox Writer’s Intensive Fellow and will receive one-on-one meetings with Fox brass and priority staffing across the company’s projects. Fox will also acquire and develop an original submission from the fellow.

“Through the Fox Writer’s Intensive we are, for the first time, actively investing in experienced talent to bridge the gap between the emerging writer and showrunner,” said Nicole A. Bernard, Fox senior veep of audience strategy. “We’re providing multi-platform learning experiences and, equally important, higher levels of access to top creative professionals and senior executives — an invaluable benefit both to the writers and our entertainment businesses.”

Candidates can be nominated by agencies, management companies or one of the program’s partnering organizations, such as Film Independent (which is administering the program), the NAACP, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the East West Players, the National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers and Women in Film Los Angeles.

Deadline for nominations is Nov. 9. For less-experienced writers, Fox has created a Fox Writer’s Residency program that is targeted for a fall 2012 launch.

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