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Universal Taps Five for Emerging Writers Fellowship

Universal Pictures has selected five winners of its annual Emerging Writers Fellowship, now in its third year and aimed at bolstering diverse talent within the studio’s workforce.

Universal Pictures President of Production Peter Cramer, who oversees the year-long fellowship program, announced Friday that Brian Buccellato, Josephine Green, Leon Hendrix, Rose McAleese and Juel Taylor had been selected. “We continue to be thrilled with the extraordinary talent and commitment of these writers, and we are proud that the program continues to serve as a vital launching pad for new voices,” said Cramer.

Universal’s Emerging Writer’s Fellowship was an idea supported by the film group’s Diversity Council, which is led by Chairman Donna Langley. It carries the endorsement of Writers Guild of America West.

Fellows from the inaugural class include Ivy Pruss, who co-wrote an episode of OWN’s “Greenleaf”; Margaret Lester, who was recently hired as a writers’ assistant for FX’s “Snowfall”; and Chandus Jackson, whose script “The Muti Killings,” was selected for Tracking Board’s 2015 Hit List.

Universal has signed up several producers with first-look deals to participate in the program include Brownstone Productions’ Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and Alison Small; Skybound Entertainment’s Robert Kirkman and David Alpert; Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman, Jeb Brody and Sarah Schweitzman; UnbeliEVAble Entertainment’s Eva Longoria and Will Packer Productions’ Will Packer and James Lopez.

To learn more about the Emerging Writers Fellowship, click here.

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