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Writers FAQ - General

What is the Universal Writers Program?

The Universal Writers Program develops up-and-coming and experienced storytellers with commercial sensibilities and cultural perspectives, with the goal to create material for potential UFEG development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed.

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Will writers be compensated?

Yes. If selected, writers will be compensated with a non-negotiable salary of $75,000.00 annualized. 

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What is the Program’s time commitment?

Writers selected to participate in the one-year paid program are hired under a writing service agreement requiring an exclusive, full-time commitment of a minimum of 40 hours per week. 

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Are there extensions past the one-year Program commitment?  

Yes.  Should material written in the Program be identified as potential development content, UFEG has the option to extend a writer’s contract for a term of up to one additional year. 

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May writers hold other forms of employment or be enrolled in school in concurrence to the Program?

No.  The Program is a full-time commitment.

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What are the application requirements?

Applicants are required to submit the following: a Universal Writers Program application, an original screenplay, an original treatment for a project other than the submitted screenplay, a signed release form for submitted material, a current résumé, and a personal essay.  Letters of recommendation are not required but are optional.  Please review the FAQ section on letters of recommendation for more information.

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Can I email, hand deliver or mail my application and material? 

No.  Only online applications will be accepted. Applicants who are unable to upload their application online may contact us for further information.

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Is there an application fee? 

No.  However, there is a cost in registering your script and treatment with the Writers Guild of America (WGA).  Visit www.wgawregistry.org  for more information such as registration rates.  Registration may take more than 24 hours to process.

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When will the Program begin and end? 

The one-year Program typically starts in May and runs through the end of April of the following calendar year.

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How many writers are selected each year?

The number of writers selected can vary from year to year.

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If selected for the Program, what types of writing assignments will I receive?  

Writers will be required to complete two feature-length scripts based on selected genres designated by UFEG’s various divisions including but not limited to Universal Pictures and Focus Features.

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If selected for the Program, will I be guaranteed that my material will be developed and/or produced?   

No.  Concept development is not guaranteed. 

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Where is the Program located? 

Universal Studios, Universal City, CA. You must reside in Los Angeles to participate in the program.

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If I’m selected as a finalist to participate in the in-person interview, will UFEG reimburse my traveling expenses?

No.

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If I’m selected into the Program but do not live in Los Angeles, will UFEG reimburse my relocation costs?

No.

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May writers participate in the Program remotely from other locations?

No.

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Is there an East Coast version of the Program? 

No.

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How do I know my submission has been received? 

An on-screen message will appear verifying confirmation.  If the message does not appear, the application is incomplete and must be resubmitted.

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Will you personally contact me about the status of my application? 

No.  Please check our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for periodic updates on the selection process. 

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