Out of a record 1,200 applicants, six pilots from eight authors have been selected to participate. In a professional development-focused lab, which includes master classes, pitch coaching, mentoring, and introductions to television industry representatives to help build a writing career. Over the past six years, the laboratory’s previous advisors and instructors have led Monica Beletsky (paternity), Carly Ray (watchman), Sono Patel (crazy ex girlfriend), Glen Mazara (the dark tower), Kira Snyder (story of the maid), Erica L Johnson (The Good Lord Bird), and Lauren LeFranc (impulse)
Lab alumni have successfully worked in television with 80% representation In the industry, more than 80% have representation during or after the lab, 44% are employees in television shows, and most continue to work in entertainment.
“We are extremely proud of our participants, past and present, who continue to thrive in an incredibly competitive landscape. And we have had the privilege of supporting them not only during their time in the lab, but throughout the years, because A predictable component to success in this industry is sticking to it,” says Michiko James, female film director and episodic lab co-manager.
Megan Halpern, who runs the lab with James, said, “We are thrilled to build not only a community of writers, but mentors and mentors who return year after year to support these emerging writers, and Can’t thank them enough for making the lab, especially during the last year the pandemic changed the schedule. We couldn’t have done this without them.”
The lab is launching this week, and will run a hybrid model of in-person and virtual sessions until November 2021.
Here is information about the participants and their projects.
polite society by Lydia Carradine
An ambitious, wealthy young woman balances being young, talented, and black at the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance with the unfortunate realities of racism, colorism and gender inequality in the early twentieth century. Colette is about to roar, ’20 or not’ 20.
that woman by Kristen Leonard and Mads Gauger
After ten years of an affair with a married congressman ruined her life, Zoe Bauer decides to back down on her, the way she knows how, by running against her for office.
founders by Marissa Hardwick
After a top VC firm announces that they have set aside money to fully fund a lucky woman-founded tech venture, two ex-Stanford roommates and former business partners find themselves at odds once again as they Compete to fully fund their products.
Lost Hope Hotel by Alex Rubin
The world’s most haunted hotel is in Lost Hope, Pennsylvania, which has been haunted by spirits since the death of Crazy Laney ten years ago. But Katie, the hotel manager and daughter of the great Lani, has kept the secret for a decade… that’s all.
rowdy by Nalini Sharma
A successful Indian-American diplomat returns home to Atlanta to find his uber-disabled family in ruins, forcing him to stay and fix his life, while possibly getting his life… He had to deposit his eggs and dirt.
Dark Horse by Hannah Stoddard and Jenny Ulmer
Life in the ’80s goes from glam to gore when a washed-up circus star accidentally kills the ringmaster. Packing up her family—and the corpse—she flees to her estranged mother’s lavish estate, only to find that when it comes to disposing of bodies, the mother knows best.