×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sundance Institute to Launch Lab for TV and Digital Series

Sundance Institute is expanding its purview in a big way with plans to launch a development lab for writers and others focused on episodic projects for TV and online platforms.

The move is an extension of the workshop process that has helped nurture indie film artists for 30 years. It’s the latest tip of the hat from the film biz to the quality of the work now being done in TV and digital.

The first Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab is set for the fall at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Writers and mentors will immerse themselves for six days, developing stories and characters that play out over multiple episodes. Both drama and comedy will be featured. The labs for TV and digital are funded by a grant from Sundance Institute trustee Lyn Lear and her husband, famed TV producer Norman Lear.

“Sundance Institute has always worked to develop and support a next generation of independent artists,” said Sundance president and founder Robert Redford. “As more of those artists look to the opportunities in television and online platforms, it is only natural that we expand our labs to address the unique needs of serialized work.”

Participants in the inaugural lab will be selected by invitation only. In subsequent years, the institute expects to establish an open application process.

“Although the opportunities are growing, there are few training grounds for new and diverse voices who want to work in episodic writing,” said Sundance Institute exec director Keri Putnam. “Our lab will offer a rare opportunity for artists to develop unique multi-part projects, working in a setting where they will also learn how to navigate the changing landscape of this field.”

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • PHINEAS AND FERB - "The Fast

    'Phineas and Ferb' Disney Plus Movie Details, Including Title, Revealed at D23

    Five years after summer ended for “Phineas and Ferb,” the show returns with a new movie on Disney Plus in 2020, new details of which were revealed on Friday at the D23 fan convention. In “Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe,” currently in production for the new streaming service, stepbrothers Phineas and [...]

  • Brews Brothers Netflix

    Netflix Orders Comedy Series 'Brews Brothers' from Schaffer Brothers

    Netflix has put in an eight-episode order of “Brews Brothers,” a comedy series from creative sibling team Greg and Jeff Schaffer. The show follows estranged brothers Wilhelm and Adam Rodman, who wind up running a brewery together. According to Netflix, each is a “beer genius,” “but they couldn’t be more different in their beer-making techniques [...]

  • Sinclair

    Sinclair Closes Purchase of Fox Regional Sports Networks From Disney

    Sinclair Broadcast Group and the Walt Disney Company have closed their $9.6 billion deal for Sinclair to buy 21 Fox Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports. The deal was announced in May after Disney bought the networks as part of its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox. The portfolio, which excludes the YES Network, is described [...]

  • Michael Shannon

    Michael Shannon to Play Jerry Buss in HBO's 'Untitled Showtime Lakers Project' Pilot

    Michael Shannon has been cast to play self-made millionaire and former Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss in HBO’s “The Untitled Showtime Lakers Project” pilot, based on the Jeff Pearlman book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.” The series, which chronicles the professional and personal lives of the [...]

  • Luna Nera Netflix Italy

    Netflix Eyes More Italian Productions

    Since Netflix entered the Italian market in 2015, it’s steadily gained ground in terms of subscriptions, which are expected to reach 2 million by the end of 2019, according to independent analyst Ovum. The streaming giant recently announced a €200 million ($222 million) investment in Italian original productions over the next three years. Variety spoke [...]

  • 'Serendipity': NBC Developing Series Inspired by

    'Serendipity': NBC Developing Series Inspired by Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack Movie

    NBC has given a script commitment to a prospective series inspired by the 2001 Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack movie “Serendipity.” The project hails from Miramax Television, whose film division produced the original film, and writer Jonny Umansky. The idea for the show seems like a romantic one, here’s the logline: Harry and Claire fall [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content