The Disruptors TV Screenwriting Fellowship Applications Now Open For The Third Year

Application for troublemakerThe annual fellowship for emerging television writers of color who identify as trans, gender non-binary, undecided/formerly undecided, or disabled is now open for the 2022 program season.

Taking place from August-November this year, The Disruptors will offer mentorship, compensation, community and a virtual and in-person space, when it is safe to do so, to create the content Fellows need to enter the industry.

according to annenberg inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, 91 percent of television show producers are white, and 81 percent are male. The Disruptors began this landscape in 2020 to include creatives of color from diverse backgrounds and normalize narratives that have historically been underrepresented in television, beginning their careers in these screenwriters. Have already started investing.

Co-produced by Julio Salgado and Kat Ivasco, The Disruptors is a program of The Center for Cultural Power and is designed to address a critical gap in the Hollywood talent pipeline and provide training, support, time and connections for Black, Indigenous and was designed for. Writers of color who otherwise may not have access to these vital resources early in their careers. Shantira Jackson at Masterclass Instructors and Mentors (Big Mouth, The Amber Ruffin Show), Zachary Alexander Stephens (Our flag means death, Q-Force), Victor Duenas (East Los High, Bunk’D), Zenzel Price (we crashKind), and Jennifer Yale (dexter, outlander) This year’s partners supporting the program include Final Draft, PopShift and Young Entertainment Activists.

“We are thrilled to announce our third iteration of The Disruptors Fellowship. As new research continues to provide insight into the lack of diversity in media – highlighting the demand for underrepresented content creators in front of and behind the camera, The Disruptors seeks to bridge the gap to build a sustainable pipeline of talented emerging television writers of color. Provide those opportunities for success,” said Julio Salgado, program manager for The Center for Cultural Power.

In its third iteration, 10 LA-based television screenwriters will be selected to participate in the three-month-long program. Each partner will receive a $6,000 stipend. During the program, each partner will:

  • Get paired with a consultant who is currently working as a writer in the industry.
  • Attend masterclasses with experts in playwriting, comedy writing, crime drama writing and pilot pitching.
  • A pilot workshop for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Receive writing structure and storytelling coaching to aid in their pilot development.
  • Pitch your pilot to a panel of industry experts.
  • Participate in a two-day virtual showcase that includes audiences, producers, agents, representatives and other industry experts.

“Diversified communities often struggle to enter the industry, which is why we equip our peers with the tools for success – paired with a mentor who will help them become a pilot of their own, one of the BIPOC voices. Supportive community, and a workshop will help. Stipend Over the years, we have seen how beneficial this program has been to peers as they provide tools for professional and personal development and to improve the representation and portrayal of BIPOC communities in the media Walk away,” said Julio Salgado, program manager. Center for Cultural Power.

Applications are open till June 3, 2022. Application and more information can be found here,