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Universal Writers Program

Universal Writers Program

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Objective

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.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 10/31/2018

Notification: Due to the volume of submissions received, those not accepted will not be notified. Please check our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) for updates. Typically, finalists are contacted in January and selections are announced in March with the Program commencing in April.

Rules

Your submitted treatment should tonally match the Universal Pictures or Focus Features slates and fall into one of the following story areas listed below:

Comedy - Drama - Franchise/Action - Low-Budget Genre - Grounded Sci-Fi

Please see website for guidelines.

Awards

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.

Universal Writers Program

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Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
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Universal Writers Program

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
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Contest News

Universal Names Writers Program Participants

Universal Writers Program has announced their 2018 participants. The program is a one-year track that gives writers the opportunity to develop two feature scripts under the guidance of Universal and Focus Features production executives and producers.

Evan Dodson
A Baltimore native and graduating senior of USC’s John Wells Writing for Screen and Television program, who is the youngest writer ever to be featured on The Black List.

Nancy Duff
A Universal Pictures employee from the Visual Effects department, the Atlanta native was recently awarded the top prize in the Napa Valley Film Festival, where she participated in a weeklong Artist in Residency Program.

Anil Foreman
A long-time Atlanta resident, who began writing comedy screenplays in her spare time while practicing health care and administrative law. Prior to being accepted into the Program, she was an attorney for the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Omid Ghaffarian
A graduate of the MFA program at UCLA, the New York native most recently served as a production assistant on Hollywood Babble On featuring Kevin Smith.

Joelle Luman
With a degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC, the San Francisco native recently worked as an unscripted producer for television shows such as Top Chef and Big Brother.

Kimberly Walker
Previously a beauty editor for BET.com and contributing beauty expert for Ebony.com, the Michigan native recently wrote the film Comeback Dad, which was picked up by UPtv and later purchased by Netflix.

Updated: 04/20/2018
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Universal Writers Program

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
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