Saturday, June 12, 2010

A useful post? What the #$%&?

Whoa. How did this sneak in under the radar? Yesterday I came across yet another U.S. network writing program and this one blows the others out of the water. The Disney/ABC Writing Program runs from February 2011 until February 2012 and, get this -- it actually pays! $50,000 for the year! But hang on now. As a wise gangster rapper once said, "mo' money mo' problems." See, the presence of money means I'd have to get a U.S. visa, which is not easy to come by these days. The bonus of the WB and NBC programs is that since they don't pay, and since they're under six months in length, I can head south visa free. Except that other Visa, of course. That card will be BUSY.

Like the other programs, the competition for Disney/ABC spots will be stiff as a dead man. Here are some interesting and intimidating facts that I’ve cobbled together about this, the most prestigious of all the U.S. network writing fellowships:

- in 2010, there were 1,268 applicants. Eight were selected as fellows.

- 22 professional readers read the scripts

- Applicants who make the cut will be contacted for a phone interview. If the phone interview goes well the applicant proceeds to the three-day interview process. Here’s what that process consists of:

Day One: There will be a mixer with finalists and executives. When the night is over executives will discuss their perception of the finalists individually. They will be asking questions like; did he or she treat everyone at the mixer with respect? Can he or she work on a staff? Could he or she function within a writing room?

Day Two: ABC Disney Executives will interview finalists individually.

Day Three: Mostly panel sessions consisting of producers from different shows who will ask further questions of finalists.

If you want more details about what you can expect once you -- you lucky mother$%cker -- get into the program, click here.

The deadline is July 1, 2010, so I'd better get my act together. And you too.

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