HBO has announced the launch of the HBOAccess Writing FEllowship which will begin accepting applications on March 4, 2015. The program will give emerging writers from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to attend a weekly master class held at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, California focusing on character and story development, pitching TV shows and movies, finding an agent, and networking with Hollywood A-listers.
Each participant will then enter into an 8-month writing phase where he/she will be paired with an HBO development executive and guided through the script development process. At the end of the program, HBO will hold a reception and staged reading for industry professionals where the writers will be introduced to the entertainment industry's most powerful players.
"With the success of our first year of the HBOAccess Directing fellowship, we wanted to expand our focus to other areas of the creative process," said Kelly Edwards, Vice President, HBO Talent Development. "We are looking for emerging writers with a deep passion for storytelling and a unique voice who will want to bring that talent to HBO and Cinemax. In turn, they will be nurtured by some of the best creative executives and showrunners in the business. HBO has a long legacy of supporting writers and we are excited we can begin those relationships at this early stage."
Last year's inaugural HBOAccess Directing Fellowship proved to be a major success. Four directors were selected to go through the masterclass with HBO executives and now 4 short films are set to air in March on HBO.
All submissions must be made through the online portal, Without A Box, and will require a resume, a writing sample, a completed release form and a personal essay in 400 words or less explaining how his/her backgroun has changed their filmmaking and storytelling.
For more information on eligibility, visit Hbo.com
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