- By Neely Bardwell
For the second year, Native writers will receive grants and professional opportunities through the Native American Writers Accelerator Grant as part of the effort to increase Native representation in media. Each of the writers chosen will receive $10,000 and professional support to help the writers develop their skills, and pitch their projects.
Each of these grantees also participated in the 7th Annual Native American TV Writers Lab, an eight-week TV script writers workshop that is sponsored by Netflix, Amazon Studios, Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Cherokee Nation Film Office and Snowpants Productions.
“This initiative is an incredible opportunity that gives Native American writers the ability to develop their work, strategize their careers and, most importantly, to write new material,” Ian Skorodin, Director of Strategy for the Native American Media Alliance, said in a statement. “Our first cohort of grantees found staffing positions, produced films and took the necessary next steps in their writing journey.”
The Native American Accelerator Grant is part of a larger collaboration with Netflix. This grant is part of the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity which is an initiative to address representation disparities–Natives represent the largest disparity in all spheres of entertainment. Through this, Netflix is investing $100 million over the next four years in organizations whose goal is to close this representation gap and set up underrepresented communities for success in the entertainment industry.
Recipients of the Native American Writer Accelerator Grant:
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