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NALIP + NFMLA
STARZ #TAKETHELEAD Writers' Intensive
2022
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NALIP, NFMLA & STARZ are proud to introduce the STARZ #TAKETHELEAD Writers' Intensive for underrepresented writers eager to break into TV writing.
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For the first time, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) have teamed together with STARZ to create the STARZ #TAKETHELEAD Writers' Intensive for emerging underrepresented Writers who are looking to break into a career in TV writing for premium cable. The STARZ #TAKETHELEAD Writers' Intensive creates an opportunity for writers to develop a spec script alongside key mentors, executives, and writers.

The STARZ #TAKETHELEAD Writers' Intensive will select 10 writers to participate in phase one of the program where writers will be mentored by industry professionals to hone their understanding of TV writing and develop an episode treatment and pitch. Following phase one, four writers will be selected by a Jury to move forward to phase two of the intensive where they will write a full episode spec script, receiving support from creatives and executives.

TIMELINE
● Call for entries open date - July 15th, 2022 at 9am PT
● Call for entries close date - July 29th, 2022 at 11:59pm PT
● Participants Announced - August 8th, 2022

PROGRAM DATES
Selected participants must be available for the duration of the following dates:
● Phase 1: August 22, 2022 to September 16, 2022
● Phase 2: October 3rd, 2022 to November 4th, 2022

Benefits

● $5,000USD grant awarded to the four participants who move on to phase 2 of the program
● Opportunity to meet industry professionals and creatives
● Feedback from top executives on your pitch (phase 1 participants)
  1. ● Feedback from top executives on your spec episode script (phase 2 participants only)

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Phase One
(4 weeks for participants at approximately 8 hours each week, Monday - Friday)
● 15 meetings over 3 weeks with industry creatives and professionals
● Participants work with feedback and support to develop an episode treatment and pitch
● Culminates in a STARZ Jury hearing pitches, reading treatments and making final cohort selection

Phase Two
(5 weeks for participants at approximately 6 hours each week, Monday - Friday)
● Meetings with STARZ executives to hone spec script
● Feedback from STARZ mentors to refine spec script
● Final review and final set of notes for spec script
● Pitch of spec script

Announcements

Aug 8th
Today

Rules

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APPLICATION/APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS
● Must be a Writer who has had at least one fully completed short or feature narrative film (must be credited as the sole writer) that has been accepted into a film festival AND/OR must have story department related credit (e.g. writers assistant, staff writer, showrunners assistant, script coordinator, etc.) on a TV show
● Applicant must be or become a member of NALIP and/or NFMLA
● Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application and legally authorized to live, work and participate in the Intensive in the United States
● Applicants must be individuals from a traditionally underrepresented background in the TV writing industry.
● Must accept and agree to program rules, accept program terms & conditions, and sign program release
● Must be available for all program dates outlined in the TIMELINE

APPLICATION/APPLICANT MATERIALS
● All submission materials must be in English. If the project is non-English language, please include a written English translation
● The first ten pages of an original episodic ½ hour or 1-hour script
● Treatment of the original episodic ½ hour or 1-hour script submitted
● Resume (no more than one-page)
● Writer Statement (no more than one-page detailing what inspired you to apply to this program and what your professional goals are)
● Bio of writer (please include any relevant projects, awards, accolades, festival recognitions, etc.)