Universal Launches Fellowship for Aspiring Scribes

Universal Launches Fellowship Aspiring Scribes

Year-long program offers an inroad to the studio

Emerging writers, rejoice! Universal Studios has created a new program just for you.

With terms approved by the Writers Guild of America West, the studio announced a fellowship for new scribes on Thursday. Participants will work with U execs and other staffers to get inside knowledge and hone their skills. It’ll also give U a way to scope out young talent: Selected applicants will work with the studio exclusively, pitching ideas and working on the studio’s internal slate.

A Universal spokesperson confirmed participants would be paid, but declined to say how much.

U plans to select up to five aspiring scribes for the year-long program, and will begin accepting applications Sept. 3. Aspiring scribes will have to submit a screenplay and other background materials.

Exec VP of production Scott Bernstein brought the idea of a fellowship to the studio’s diversity council and developed it in collaboration with SVP and CFO of film production Arturo Barquet. Bernstein. The council, led by U co-chairman Donna Langley, has made the program a top priority.

U isn’t the first studio to offer a program for aspiring scribes. 20th Century Fox launched its Emerging Writers program back in 2011 to find talented young film scribes, while both Fox and WB have programs geared toward TV writers.

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  1. eqquesz says:

    I had my writing ambitions crushed by a Professor in College that was known for giving ‘F’s and enjoying it, and, by the fact that I have been pronouncing Dr. Suess’s name wrong for all of these years. Money, prestige nor Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t make this any better.

    • Robert Hastings says:

      Don’t be defeatist, use it to motivate you. Rejection happens all the time. If you keep at it and work hard, you could write a masterpiece. Also, keep in mind that it’s not possible to make everybody happy all the time. Ignore the snobs. You get out there and you write that zombie space opera!

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