Jennifer Derwingson and Lakesha Walker have become the newest scribes tapped to participate in the Walt Disney Studios and Writers Guild of America West’s fellowship.
As part of the year-long writing program, Derwingson and Walker will work closely with executives at the studio, who will mentor two as they participate in workshops and seminars, working full-time penning features.
Two scribes were selected from over 1,400 applicants. This is the 19th year of the program, started in 1990.
Derwingson has worked as a writer’s assistant on USA Network’s “The Dead Zone” and sold the spec script “The Yellow Wood” to Spyglass Entertainment and Stephen J. Cannell. She’s also landed writing assignments including the adaptation of the Richard Bach book “Illusions,” set up at Warner Brothers with Zack Snyder attached to direct, and the remake of “And Soon the Darkness,” currently in production in Argentina for Canal Plus and Abandon Pictures.
A former development assistant, Walker was a staff writer on ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money.” She’s also completed the 2006 Cosby Screenwriting Fellowship Program.
Past graduates of the Disney fellowship include Dave DiGilio (“Eight Below”), Heather Hach (co-writer of the “Freaky Friday” redo), Jordan Cahan (“My Best Friend’s Girl”), Tiffany Paulsen (co-scribe on “Nancy Drew”), and Amy Snow (“Kept Men”).
“This program is an opportunity for us to share our expertise with a younger generation, a generation that will play an important role in our ever advancing and expanding entertainment industry,” said Jason Reed, executive VP, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production.