The program’s eligibility criteria require its participants to be eligible to work in the United States, be 18 years of age or older, and have not participated in more than one season of episodic television. Writers from historically under-represented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
An advisory board made up of established producers (Sara Hess, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, Sarah Schechter, Bird Runningwater, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sonya Winton-Odamtten, Jonathan Kidd, Bill Lawrence, Mindy Kaling and Ben Stephenson) and executives (Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer, HBO and HBO Max and Channing Dungey, President of Warner Bros. Television Group) within WarnerMedia will help conduct a rigorous interview and selection process to select up to 20 writers from different genres for the program seven-month inaugural. This effort aims to more than double the size of the cohort from previous years. Attendees will learn about the television industry from in-house executives and attend master classes on storytelling and collaborative creative writing with showrunners and other established special guests.
“We realize that there is a continuing need for representation from a greater variety of perspectives, and we are deliberately seeking to discover, develop and support writers who reflect the spectrum of our global audience,” said Karen Horne, Senior Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at WarnerMedia. “We intentionally expose talented writers to our ecosystem in order to change the landscape behind the television camera.”
Access Writers will be mentored by senior WarnerMedia writers who will offer their perspective on their creative growth and professional advancement. The completed documents will be distributed to internal programming teams, agents and managers before the start of the staffing season.
The Access Writers Program is an essential component of WarnerMedia’s overall recruitment and development process. The company has several access programs under development, including initiatives for various directors and crew below the line. These programs are part of WarnerMedia’s development, advancement and succession planning strategy to create a more inclusive and welcoming work culture. Apply here.