Nickelodeon has admitted three scribes to its Fellowship for Diverse Writers program: NYU graduate Kevin Arietta, Massachusetts School of Art alum Kiyong Kim and Vassar U. grad Brian Stampnitsky.
Emerging from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants, they will each receive a salaried position for one year with numerous networking opportunities plus the chance to write and pitch live-action and animated concepts.
“Kevin, Kiyong and Brian are an amazing addition to our successful roster of writing fellows,” said program exec director Karen Kirkland. “The program gives us an opportunity to develop talent whose cultural experiences have traditionally remained underrepresented in television and film. We’re excited that their voices and point of view will be included in Nickelodeon programming and the entertainment industry at large.”
Two fellows from 2009-10 have been placed on staff on Nickelodeon series: Jonathan Butler (“Fanboy and Chum Chum”) and Gabriel Garza (“The Penguins of Madagascar”). Overall, the 10-year-old program has sent 31 writers to staff or freelance work for networks including Nick, Comedy Central, Disney, Kids’ WB, PBS, Cartoon Network and the CW.