Gonzalez (pictured left) and Haft (pictured right) were chosen for the fellowship positions after participating with 12 others during the past four months in the third annual Fox Writers Intensive program. The program, administered by the Fox Audience Strategy unit and Film Independent, involves seminars and mentoring sessions with industry leaders and execs from various Fox film and TV divisions as well as HarperCollins in an effort to nurture promising writers.
As part of the fellowship, Gonzalez and Haft have joined the writing staff of the upcoming Fox/20th TV drama series “Empire,” from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong.
“Three years in, the Fox Writers Intensive continues to excel in finding fresh creative voices for our TV, film, literary and digital productions,” said Fox Broadcasting COO Joe Earley. “Ed and Jeremy are two incredibly talented writers who impressed us with their original work throughout the program, and we’re very excited to have them join the staff of ‘Empire.’ ”
The Fox Writers Intensive finalists were selected from a pool of more than 400 nominees. Five of those who participated in this year’s program have landed staff writing jobs on series including ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and USA Network’s “Royal Pains.”
Nominations for the FWI program come from talent reps as well as arts orgs from around the country. Nominations this year came from such orgs as the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Sundance Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts, Outfest, Film Independent, NAACP, Women in Film Los Angeles, and Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Visual Communications.
The fellowship for Gonzalez and Haft comes with a $15,000 grant to an arts org. The pair selected the Media Access Awards, which is a FWI nominating org.