The Fox Writers Intensive, now in its fourth year, has partnered with the non-profit Young Storytellers Foundation to provide mentoring support for YSF’s program targeting elementary students in Los Angeles-area public schools.
The FWI sifted through more than 500 applicants recommended by such orgs as the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Sundance Institute, Outfest, Film Independent, Women and Hollywood, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and the Fox HBCU Media Alliance. The participants will take part in a four-month curriculum, curated by Film Independent, consisting of workshops, seminars and one-on-one mentoring to help them work on scripts and hone skills to allow them to move into staff writing jobs.
“The growth of the Fox Writers Intensive over the past four years was a distinct goal, but even more gratifying is how the Fox businesses and shows have recognized and engaged in FWI as the creative resource it was designed to be. Our commitment to authentically engaging broader and diverse talent is stronger than ever,” said Nicole Bernard, exec VP audience strategy at 21st Century Fox. “Partnering with such a respected organization as Young Storytellers not only gives our finalists a deeper connection with the community, but also helps Fox build a future pipeline of dynamic storytellers.”
The 10 participants are:
Ahmadu Garba (represented by Epicenter)
Peter Chen (Independent)
Jamila Daniel (Circle of Confusion and Don Buchwald & Associates)
Julia Fontana (Circle of Confusion)
Leon Hendrix (Independent)
Ann Kim (Independent)
Jasmine Elist & Benjamin-Shalom Rodriguez (Independent)
Jamie Rosengard (CAA & Management 360)
Ester Lou Weithers (Independent)
Jake Zebede (Independent)
Tricia Johnson (Kaplan-Stahler Agency)
Jorge Rivera (Independent)
At the end of the program, one participant will be named the FWI Fellow and receive a development deal with a Fox-affiliated entity and the chance for creative meetings with various execs.
FWI participants will serve as mentors for Young Storytellers’ programs that send mentors into public schools to work with a handful of students on an eight-week writing course in which each student writes a short script. Those scripts are then brought to life in staged readings with volunteer actors. Among the founders of the Young Storytellers Foundation is Brad Falchuk, exec producer of Fox’s “Glee” and FX’s “American Horror Story” and “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”