86% of TV writers are white. The problem is systemic.
Mentorship Matters is an intensive year-long mentorship program with a simple goal: to help place emerging writers of color inside television writers' rooms and change the landscape of who gets to tell stories in our industry.
Whether we like it or not, success in this business has always had to do with who you know. That’s how the “old boy’s club” worked—and why it stubbornly survives to this day. And that is why the majority of white-led writers' rooms still have no writers of color.
Mentorship Matters is changing that from the inside, by trying to staff more writers of color and making sure they have mentors who help them advance.
To apply, click here!
What do you need to apply?
Letter of Interest (1 page, double spaced, 12pt font)
Brief background, including:
- Where are you from? How does your background influence your writing?
- How long have you been writing?
- What kinds of stories are you most interested in telling?
- Do you have a favorite genre—or a specific strength as a writer?
- What steps have you taken/are you taking now to pursue a career in television?
- What existing shows could you see yourself writing for?
- How do you think your unique voice/perspective will contribute to a Writers Room?
Relevant education and work experience.
Original comedy or drama pilot.
Video Introduction, 1 Minute (file size < 1GB)
- What do you want the program to know about you?
- What do you hope to get out of the program?
Now just apply! Best of luck to you!
Of WHICH color? All ''colors'' can apply or is it reserved to only some? Do they need DNA samples or is it enough external appearance?
January 21, 2021 at 9:45PM
I fixed the headline for you: “Take a Look at This Mentorship Program That Discriminates Based on Skin Color”
January 22, 2021 at 2:08AM