With previous Nickelodeon Writing Program alum Gabriel Garza and Jonathan Butler reveling in a second-season renewal for Bella and the Bulldogs, a new crop of writing program finalists are hoping to strike similar success.
Nicklelodeon has announced seven finalists for the annual program, which offers aspiring television writers hands-on experience for its live-action and animated shows.
Developed to broaden the net’s outreach efforts, the program seeks to attract and develop new staff writers with diverse backgrounds. While in the program, writers spend the year meeting series creators, work in writers’ rooms, attend storyboard pitches, show tapings and more.
This year’s finalists, who were asked to write comedic scripts based on current primetime television series, include Katie Gill (Family Guy), Charlie Neuner (Archer), Michael Salomon (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Jeffrey Trammell (The League) and Robert Woo (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). The two international finalists are Milla Tuokkola (Parks and Recreation) and Adam Lavis (Curb Your Enthusiasm). The winners will be determined following phone interviews.
The Writing Program is not unlike Nick’s Global Animated Shorts Program. Now in its fourth year, the Shorts Program aims to discover and curate creative talent as well as fuel the creation of future programming. Last year, it attracted more than 1,500 submissions and yielded its first 13-episode series greenlight for Chris Savino’s The Loud House, which will premiere in 2016.