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Universal Renews Emerging Writers Fellowship for Third Year

Universal Pictures renewed for a third year its Emerging Writers Fellowship, the homegrown program designed to identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling.

Supported by the film group’s Diversity Council, led by Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley and the NBCUniversal corporate diversity team — and endorsed by Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) — the Emerging Writers Fellowship is one of the studio’s key initiatives designed to bolster the diverse talent within the Universal Pictures workforce and entertainment industry at large.

“The Emerging Writers Fellowship has not only been an invaluable experience for our fellows, but for those of us within the executive ranks who have had the opportunity to work with aspiring writers to develop their own unique style and perspective,” said Universal President of Production Peter Cramer. “These fellows continue to exceed our expectations and we are excited to be part of their journey.”

The 2015-2016 Emerging Writers fellows — Zelle Bonney, Kristen Davila, Tom Hanada, Salim Lemelle and Carlos Rios — began their year-long program this June after an extensive application process that included multiple writing submissions and interviews with the program’s official selection committee.

Under the approved guidelines of the WGAW and directed by Program Manager Heather Washington and Vice President of Production Sara Scott, the fellows have participated in a number of activities designed to immerse them in the film business, including filmmaker Q&A panels, studio seminars, development meetings and networking events.

Application will be accepted beginning November 30 and more info can be found at http://www.nbcunicareers.com/universal-pictures%E2%80%99-emerging-writers-fellowship.

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