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Universal Extends Animation Writers Program Submission Deadline to January 17

Entries for studio’s first-of-its-kind paid writing program, which combines both TV and film content development, now being excepted through January 17, 2020.

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG)’s Global Talent Development & Inclusion (GTDI) department has just announced they’ve extended the period they’re accepting submissions for their Universal Animation Writers Program, a first-of-its-kind animation writing program for both feature film and television content.

As AWN reported last month, the one-year, paid program will partner with business units and production entities affiliated with UFEG including DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Universal 1440 Entertainment. The program identifies and develops an inclusive group of talent who can build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories with unique narratives that appeal to and reflect the vast diversity of its audiences.

The Universal Animation Writers Program marks the first time both film and television content will be combined into one animation writing program. Writers applying for the program have the option to submit writing samples for a Film Track, or one of two Television Tracks catered towards a different audience demographic: Preschool ages 3-5 or Kids ages 6-11. Throughout the program, writers selected for the Film Track will write two feature-length scripts for development consideration, and writers for the Television Track will develop two pilot scripts. All writers in the program will collaborate with GTDI executives, animation creative executives from UFEG and producers as they develop materials.

The application can be found at and will be available through January 17, 2020, with the Program commencing in June 2020. 

Source: Universal Filmed Entertainment Group

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