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HBO Sets Scribes For 2019 HBOAccess Writing Fellowship

by Lisa A. Yeager

HBO has decided on eight writers for its 2019 HBOAccess Writing Fellowship, an 8-month application that gives grasp lessons and mentorship with a creative government as writers increase a pilot script for the top-class network.

The software, achieved in conjunction with the WGA, starts offevolved with per week-lengthy intensive workshop protecting tale shape, person development, style writing, getting an agent, and different subjects earlier than fellows flip to their pilots. Previous individuals have gone on to work on the HBO series, which include The Deuce, The Nevers, and the upcoming Lovecraft Country.

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“Selecting our fellows is always a thrilling time for us,” Kelly Edwards, HBO’s SVP Talent Development, stated in a release Thursday announcing this 12 months’ magnificence, decided on from more than three,000 submissions inside the software’s third yr. “This technique introduces us to such a lot of distinctly proficient, emerging writers. We know all of them to have vibrant futures ahead of them.”

The HBOAccess writing program runs every different year, alternating with HBO’s Directing Fellowship. The subsequent writer utility window opens in February 2021.

Here’s the listing of this yr’s writing fellows, in step with HBO:


The winner of the 2019 Turner/ABFF Writing Contest for his drama script LYZ, Darnell Brown, started his storytelling profession by publishing an ebook of thought-frightening, socially aware poetry. Darnell is a native son of Chester, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of The University of the Arts who writes each comedy and drama and directs.


Writer/Director Melody Cooper is the winner of the 2018 Grand Jury Award for Best Screenplay at the Urbanworld Film Festival and her mystery NORTHERN CROSS. A Sci-Fi and Horror writer, she is the recipient of fellowships from AMC Networks Shudder Labs, NY Stage & Film, and the Writer’s Lab, and gained the Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship at Stowe Story Labs. Her supernatural feature script, THE SOUND OF DARKNESS, turned into a 2018 Athena List Finalist. Her short documentary, DETAINED, became the Winner of the 2018 IndieFest Award of Recognition.


Danielle is a graduate of the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television MFA application at USC. She turned into a Grillo-Marxuach Family Fellow and player within the inaugural Development Master magnificence with Brian Grazer. She’s a 2019 Universal Writers Program Finalist, a 2018 Fox Writers Lab Finalist, a 2018 Austin Film Festival Second Rounder, and has made the 2018 Young & Hungry List and Hit List. Danielle has labored as a Writers’ PA on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and a Writers’ Trainee on Apple drama collection, Swagger.


An actor, author, and director, Elaine’s produced works encompass triumphing the Grand Prize and Audience Vote of the NewFilmmakers LA On Location Project, an Honorable Mention on the NBCUniversal/YOMYOMF Interpretations contest, and having movies accepted to Academy qualifying fairs. She is currently writing and starring within the digital collection DOXXED, currently screened at the Women in Comedy Festival and Dances with Films.


Lucy Luna is a Mexican author and director dwelling in Los Angeles. While Lucy’s short film, We’re All Here, is finding success inside the competition circuit with garnering six awards so far, Lucy maintains to expand characteristic and television initiatives, focusing broadly on horror, mystery, and drama genres. She’s currently penning a script for Mexican manufacturer Gerardo Gática.


Eddie is a Cuban-American writer, actor, and Emmy-triumphing producer from Miami, Florida. An alumnus of The Second City in Chicago, Eddie’s credits encompass the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase, the 2017 NBC Late Night Writers Workshop, and the 2018 NBC Spotlight Showcase. He has produced content for Broadway Video’s Más Mejor and curates Heraldo Presenta, a monthly all-Latinx range show. His latest quick movie, Dreamer, turned into an Imagen Award finalist and named one in every of Vulture’s Best Comedy Videos of 2018.


Jessica D. Shields is a multidisciplinary author and filmmaker beginning from Atlanta. She is the recipient of the 2019 HUMANITAS Prize College Drama Fellowship. Jessica was a Film Independent Project Involve Screenwriting Fellow (2018), throughout which era she penned the fast film Wednesday, currently a finalist for the HBO Shorts Competition at ABFF 2019. She holds an MFA in Screenwriting & Directing from Columbia University and is an alumna of Vanderbilt University.


A local of Toronto, Canada, Ivan Tsang is an MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Screen and TV Writing. Ivan has written for Wong Fu Productions, KevJumba, Jubilee Media, Jeremy Lin, ISA TV. His paintings have had over 100 million perspectives. He is also the proud owner of a Pug named Russell.

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