Universal is Now Looking for Aspiring Writers

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Universal is now looking for aspiring writers for the Universal Writers Program.

The Universal Global Talent Development & Inclusion has launched a program for aspiring and experienced screenwriters with different points of view.  The one-year paid program helps writers create material for development consideration. From the first pitch to the final draft, writers are given creative mentoring from executives, producers, and creative consultants.

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From Universal:

The Universal Writers Program identifies up-and-coming and experienced screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program develops storytellers who organically incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.

The one-year paid program engages writers to create material for development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed. From pitch to final draft, writers are afforded creative guidance from executives, producers and designated creative consultants. In addition to penning two (2) feature-length scripts, writers participate in a curriculum designed to strengthen their creative and professional development, as well as overall knowledge of the Studio production process from pitch to premiere. The Program also provides access to agents, managers and various industry professionals through meetings and/or events.

Writers who are selected will be hired under a writing service agreement requiring a full-time commitment of a minimum of 40 hours per week.

For more information, check out the details below.

Writers selected to participate in the Program are hired under a writing service agreement requiring an exclusive, full-time commitment of a minimum of 40 hours per week. Additionally, should a writer’s material be identified as potential development content, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) has the option to extend the writer’s contract for a term of up to one additional year.

Visit here for detailed requirements and the application. Deadline to apply is October 1st.


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