Three writers will join Nickelodeon’s Fellowship for Diverse Writers, a program that offers hands-on experience in writing both animated and live-action TV series.
The three additions are Jonathan Butler, a published poet and songwriter, Stacie Craig, a former public school teacher, and Gabriel Garza, a film school graduate from Chapman University.
The program is now in its 10th year and is designed to attract, develop and staff new and experienced, culturally and ethnically diverse writing talent on Nickelodeon network productions.
‘Jonathan, Stacie and Gabriel are all incredibly talented writers and we’re thrilled to have them in the fellowship,’ said Karen Kirkland, executive director of the program. ‘The program gives us an opportunity to nurture those in our industry whose cultural experiences have traditionally remained underrepresented in television and film. We’re excited that their voices and perspectives will be included in Nickelodeon programming and the world of family entertainment.’
Operating in a three-phased structure, the fellowship provides a salaried position for one year, and offers first-hand experience writing spec scripts, pitching story ideas in both live-action and animation television. Fellows have the opportunity to nurture relationships with creators, network executives, line producers, head writers, show runners and story editors.