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The submission period for the 2018-2019 Universal Writers Program is CLOSED. The submission period for the 2019-2020 Universal Writers Program will open Summer 2018. For updates and additional information about the program and Global Talent Development & Inclusion, please visit http://www.universaltalentdevelopment.com or follow us on Facebook @UniTalentDev and Twitter @UniTalentDev.
The Universal Writers Program identifies experienced and up-and-coming 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. Created under terms approved by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program inclusively develops storytellers with a specificity to incorporating multi-cultural and global perspectives in screenwriting. The sought-after program seeks writers who tonally match the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s (UFEG) various divisions including, but not limited to, Universal Pictures and Focus Features.
The primary goal for the one-year paid program is for writers to create material for development consideration; however concept development is not guaranteed. From pitch to final draft, writers will be afforded creative guidance from executives, producers and designated creative consultants. In addition to penning two (2) feature-length scripts, writers will participate in a curriculum designed to strengthen their creative approach, personal presentation skills and overall knowledge of the studio production process. The Program also provides access to agents, managers and various industry professionals through meetings and/or events designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a screenwriting career.
Writers selected to participate in the Program are hired under a writing service agreement requiring a full-time commitment of a minimum of 40 hours per week. Additionally, should a writer’s material be identified as potential development content, UFEG has the option to extend the writer’s contract for a term of up to one additional year.
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