Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s Global Talent Development & Inclusion group has picked six writers for its 2018 Universal Writers Program, 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.
The program, now in its fourth year, also offers an overview of the studio’s production process through workshops, seminars and executive roundtables. Submissions this year hit a record, nearly tripling past years’ applications, the studio said.
“With the help of Universal’s leadership, creative executives and producers, we’ve identified a blend of new and accomplished talent,” said Janine Jones-Clark, SVP Global Talent Development & Inclusion. “This group of writers offers unique voices, ideas and sensibilities and we’re excited to help them create content reflecting the studio’s diverse slate.”