Universal Writers Program Opens 2021 Applications

NBCUniversal has opened applications for its 2021 writers program.

The initiative, which is operated by the company’s global talent development and inclusion team, will accept submissions via its website through Feb.

21.Universal Writers Program aims to find rising screenwriters who have unique points of view.

Those selected for the one-year, paid program will be given the opportunity to develop two feature scripts under the guidance of Universal Pictures, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation production executives, as well as producers who have first-look deals with the studio.Janelle Monae, Chris Pratt, “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow and “Aladdin” producer Dan Lin served as producers to the current class of writers.

Kasi Lemmons, Will Packer and Amy Pascal joined the 2020 cycle as program ambassadors, a new component to the program.NBCU’s global talent development and inclusion team revamped the writers program in 2017 and has seen a steady increase in submissions in subsequent years.

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