Disney Channel has launched a new initiative, Disney Channel Storytellers, designed to inspire and develop the next generation of series creators and screenwriters of original programming for kids and families.
Each participant will have one live-action script commissioned as a series pilot. They will be mentored from concept ideation and writing to network pitching and pilot production.
Candidates must submit two half-hour, live action comedy writing samples. Ten semi-finalists will be interviewed and three finalists will be chosen based on their scripts and interviews.
The 2014 program will also provide the three successful applicants with daily work experience and the opportunity to improve the skills necessary to write and develop programming for Disney Channel and Disney XD-branded platforms.
“The unique Storytellers program will create new opportunities for collaboration and inspiration for the series creators of tomorrow. There is nothing more inspirational than watching people with natural, creative gifts grow, and we expect to continue the success of this program on an annual basis” said Jennilee Cummings, vice president, original series, Disney Channels Worldwide.
The Disney Channel Storytellers program will provide participants with WGA membership eligibility credits.
The initial program will run from August 2014 through January 2015 in Burbank, California.
Applicants can visit DisneyChannelStorytellers.com for more information.