Universal Global Writers ProgramSubscribe
- The Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s (UFEG) Global Writers Program identifies both experienced and up-and-coming writers based in the United Kingdom pursuing a writing career in feature film. In partnership with Working Title, the one-year paid program engages writers to create film content for potential production development consideration. The program seeks to develop storytellers who organically incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in their writing and provides them with creative guidance from executives, producers and/or designated creative consultants to help shape their material. Writers are encouraged to develop feature film ideas that share their own unique perspectives and life experiences through relatable characters in entertaining and captivating ways.
UFEG’s Global Talent Development and Inclusion department is offering three distinct experiences, and we ask that you select the experience for which you are eligible for and most passionate about. Think thoughtfully about your career ambitions and how these programs align. Please apply to ONLY ONE experience. Applicants who apply to more than one will be disqualified. You can learn more about the other experiences here:
- Universal Writers Lab
Universal Animation Writers Program
Writers selected to participate in the program are employed under a writing services agreement. If selected writer(s) will write three (3) treatments and a screenplay. Although the goal is for projects to move into development, studio development/production is not guaranteed. Additionally, writers can potentially contribute to active studio projects in development and/or production via brainstorming sessions.
Ideas and material written during the program term will become property of UFEG. Additionally, Working Title will pre-negotiate a standard writer deal memo setting out terms that will govern writer’s engagement post program term, should a writer’s material be identified for further development content.
At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.
Entertainment industry experience is not required but strongly recommended. Knowledge of screenwriting craft, industry formats, and the development process have also been helpful for those applying to industry writing programs.
Applications are inclusively open to anyone as long as the applicant meets the following requirements:
- Applicants be a minimum of 18 years old prior to the start of the Program which is targeted for Summer 2023.
- Must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
- Applicants must be the sole writer of any material submitted and own the rights. Material from writing teams will not be accepted.
- Applications and submitted materials must be in the English language.
- Any candidate who does not meet the aforementioned criteria will be disqualified.
FAQs should be carefully reviewed to ensure a strong application.
Those applying must submit a complete application package to be considered. If any elements are not included, the application will be disqualified.
The following items are required:
1. Application – Must be completed in its entirety. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
2. Written Material – As written material will be assessed anonymously, please do not provide your name on the title pages or anywhere on the material.
The First Act of a completed feature screenplay - No more than 25 pages and solely written by the applicant. (Please submit this as your primary submission on the first page of the application.)
Treatment - Outlines the entire script that the First Act is based on submitted treatments must include the following elements and adhere to these formatting guidelines: (1) Title (2) Logline outlining clearly the main protagonist, protagonist’s goal, their obstacle and stakes (3) Brief key character descriptions (4) Three-act structure (5) Must not exceed five/5 pages, not including title page (6) 1.5-inch line spacing (7) 1-inch margins all around (8) Nothing smaller than an 11.5 font-size. Treatments that do not include such elements or that deviate from the above formatting guidelines will be disqualified. Treatments must be written solely by the applicant. (Please submit this as your secondary submission on the second page of the application.)
Additional Writing Sample
One or two previously written pieces - These samples can be a play, novel, article, screenplay, teleplay, short story or essay and must be written solely by the applicant.
3. Pitch Video - A 5-minute video of the applicant’s story presentation of submitted treatment. Pictures and video are welcome, but at least 3 minutes of the video pitch must be the applicant on camera (medium shot or close-up). Any pitch videos exceeding 5 minutes will be disqualified. The pitch video should include:
- Introduction (name, where the applicant is from, born/raised, background, and interesting life facts)
- What inspired the story?
- Overview of the whole story (include the twist and any reveals)
4. Personal Essay - 750 words that exhibit a unique voice and background - Essay Topic: What life experiences have informed your multi-cultural perspective as a writer? And what goals have you set for yourself as you pursue a writing career?
5. Release Form - Must be completed, hand-signed, dated, and uploaded in order for submissions to be accepted. Incomplete release forms will result in disqualification.
6. CV – Two pages or less outlining chronological paid employment history (may include entertainment and non-entertainment positions) and any writing-related honors/awards. Only list compensated positions with the exception of entertainment industry internships and full-time volunteer work at non-profits. If listing writing projects, only include projects that were produced and/or optioned. The applicant’s CV will provide us with an understanding of their work history and insight into their individual life experiences.
7. Two Letters of Recommendation - (Optional) from entertainment industry professionals who have read the applicant’s material and can comment on the applicant’s writing ability are strongly encouraged, but not required. Acceptable letters must be on business or personal letterhead, dated in the current calendar year and include the author’s title and/or industry affiliation. No more than two letters per application will be accepted. Letters must accompany the submission and may not be submitted separately via email or mail. Any recommendation letters emailed or mailed to the Program separate from the writer’s application will not be considered for the application.
*Although Working Title has released films based on true stories, real people and/or pre-existing intellectual property, for the purposes of applying to this Program, submissions must be wholly original and fictional. Adaptations, biopics, and screenplays based on real people, underlying materials, or other pre-existing content are not eligible. (Please refer to the FAQs for more information.)
Applications will be accepted now through October 17, 2022. Applications will not be accepted after 11:59PM Pacific Time.
Due to the volume of submissions received, applicants will be notified only if they move forward in the selection process. Please check our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) for updates on the selection process.