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Storytellers Initiative

The Storytellers Initiative aims to discover and celebrate bold new series with a strong point of view and bold characters from the next generation of storytellers. The Storytellers Initiative cultivates lasting relationships between emerging creatives and industry executives, focused specifically on supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, unique storytelling, and pushing independent projects into production. Writers are invited to submit their pilot script for a chance to participate in a writers workshop, a live read of their script with professional actors, and a year-long development deal.

Key Dates and Fees

  Early Bird
Dec 18, 2020
Jan 22, 2021
Feb 26, 2021
Standard $40 $55 $70
Fees are paid through the submission process.

Entry Materials

Pilot Script


Episode runtime between 15–30 minutes (minimum 15 - maximum 30 pages)

Series Format Deck


The Series Format Deck is a 2-15 page document that includes a logline, series regular and recurring character descriptions, and Season One story arch or future episode descriptions. 

Entry Fee

See fee schedule above for details.

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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