Sesame Workshop has awarded creative development deals to two emerging TV writers who have completed the organization’s inaugural Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship program.
Monique Hall and Keion Jackson have each received a development deal with continuing mentorship from Sesame Workshop’s creative development executive team. Hall recently completed a Master’s degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her winning script follows a young girl and her father moving to an otherworldly bed and breakfast in the country. Jackson is an author, playwright and filmmaker, and his concept centers on a teenage boy and his best friend as they prepare for the first day of school.
Launched in March. the intensive six-week program fosters underrepresented talent in children’s media. Eight fellows with backgrounds ranging from early education to sketch comedy were chosen from more than 800 applicants. all of whom were required to be over 21 and new to network or cable series exceeding 13 episodes. The fellows attended six writing sessions, including workshops led by Emmy-nominated television writer Susan Kim (The Octonauts) and meetings with agents, producers and other industry professionals.
Sesame Workshop will run another Writers’ Room Fellowship in 2018, with more details to be announced soon.
The Writers’ Room initiatives comes as Sesame Workshop continues to look for the next generation of creators—a task the company has actively taken on over the past two years.