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Women in Film, the Black List Launch TV Lab for Female Writers

Women in Film Los Angeles and the Black List have joined forces to create the Women in Film/The Black List Episodic Lab. The television lab will run for eight weeks beginning in August, with eight female writers participating. The final candidates will be selected from script submissions, which open Thursday at noon.

The lab will include master classes with industry executives and established writers, workshopping scripts and script development sessions. At the conclusion of the eight weeks, the writers will be hosted on the Black List website free of charge, and their final pilot will be read by agencies and networks.

“As high-quality television programming grows more popular and prominent daily, so too does the need for women to have an inclusive voice, to be equally represented in the creative process,” said WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer.

Franklin Leonard, CEO and founder of the Black List, says he couldn’t be more pleased with this new partnership because the underrepresentation of females in the industry, although not as bad as in previous years, is still “unconscionable.”

“This lab hopes to support more women in their pursuit of creating and writing the television that will define our culture for generations to come,” he says.

The applications are available at the Black List website and Women in Film website.

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