Published January 8, 2019
LOS ANGELES — The LA Skins Fest, a Native American film festival, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal and Kung Fu Monkey Productions announced today they are accepting applications for the fourth NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB.
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is an intensive TV writing workshop that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks. This lab is designed to address the lack of Native American writers in primetime network TV.
The lab has had numerous successes within it’s short history. Lab participant, Will Garroutte (Cherokee), was a recent Disney | ABC Writing Program and NBC’s Writers on The Verge participant. Will remarked, “The Native American TV Writers lab was great and prepped me for writing in TV. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I owe my newfound opportunities to the LA Skins Fest Native American TV Writers Lab.”
Other lab fellows have been staffed on current series, obtained writer assistant positions and have acquired representation. During the lab, fellows met with executives from NBCUniversal, HBO, Lionsgate, Bad Robot, FOX, ABC and several more.
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB was created in accordance with the LA Skins Fest’s mission to improve media portrayals of Native Americans and to increase the number of Native Americans employed in all facets of the media industry.
The five-week lab will take place April to May in Los Angeles and will offer six Native American writers an opportunity to participate. The lab consists of panel discussions, one on one meetings and group workshops. The purpose of the lab is to further develop the skills of the writers and prepare them for employment in the industry.
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least on- half hour comedy or one-hour drama television script within a five-week period. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives.
“We have had an incredible three years of the lab that has seen numerous fellows flourish. We intend to grow the ranks of Native Americans in writers rooms throughout the ever-growing television industry. In our fourth year, we look forward to offering unique and rare opportunities to a new group of brilliant and exceptional Native American talent,” announced Ian Skorodin (Choctaw), founding director of the LA SKINS FEST.
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB early deadline to apply is February 1, 2019 (regular deadline is February 8, 2019 and late deadline February 15, 2019). For more information and to submit please visit www.laskinsfest.com.
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is supported by COMCAST NBCUniversal and Kung Fu Monkey Productions.