UNIVERSAL ANIMATION WRITERS PROGRAM
Universal Animation Writers Program
The Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) animation writing program for both film and television identifies and develops an inclusive pool of talent with unique points of view that build upon UFEG’s commitment to telling stories and creating narratives that appeal to and reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. During the one-year paid program, Global Talent Development & Inclusion (GTDI) will partner with business units and production entities affiliated with UFEG including DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Universal 1440 Entertainment.
Writers have the option to submit writing samples for a Film Track, or one of two Television Tracks, Kids 6-11 or Preschool 3-5. Writers selected for the Film Track will write two feature-length scripts for development consideration in collaboration with GTDI executives, animation creative executives and/or producers. Although the goal is for projects to move into development, studio development and production are not guaranteed. Additionally, writers can potentially contribute to active studio projects in development and/or production.
Writers interested in animated television may submit writing samples for either Kids 6-11 or Preschool 3-5. Each track is catered to the sensibility of the specific audience demographic, match UFEG creative executives’ varying sensibilities, and both carry equal weight in the selection process. Writers selected for either Television Track will be considered for potential staffing opportunities, though staffing is not guaranteed. Writers will develop two pilot scripts in collaboration with GTDI executives, animation creative executives and/or producers. Pilots written in the program may be considered for development, but development is not guaranteed.
Those selected for the Program will be hired under a writing service agreement requiring the participant's exclusive, full-time commitment.