Fox expands talent development program

Under Writers Intensive program, participants will join network shows

Fox is expanding its Fox Writers Intensive talent development program, committing to funding for one staff writer position for participants on all new and returning Fox Broadcasting Co. series.

FX and 20th Century Fox TV will join the Fox network, film studio and HarperCollins publishing unit in the program, which began last year.

The Writers Intensive program, administered by Film Independent, aims to nurture the careers of experienced writers from diverse backgrounds with a series of workshops and mentoring seshes with execs within News Corp. Fox aims to transition participants into staff writer positions on shows. They will also be eligible to apply for the Fox Writers Studios’ yearlong think tank that develops feature film projects.

In addition, one participant will be selected as the Fox Writers Intensive fellow, whose script will be developed jointly by Fox, FX and 20th Century Fox TV.

Candidates for the Writers Intensive program need to be nominated by one of Film Independent’s partner orgs in the initiative or through recommendations by a talent agent or manager.

“We were absolutely thrilled by the level of engagement and enthusiasm we saw in our inaugural Fox Writers Intensive class this past year — the caliber of writers who applied for and ultimately participated in the intensive was incredible — and we cannot wait to bring 10 more up-and-coming writers into the Fox fold,” said Nicole A. Bernard, senior veep of Fox Audience Strategy, the unit that oversees talent development programs. “By expanding the opportunities for staffing and professional growth to the participants, we are building the most robust, multiplatform engaging experience for writers as well as an extremely valuable pipeline of talent for our film, television, publishing and digital entertainment businesses.”