2013 writing program notifications

11/25/13
it’s that time of year again!. i’ll update this post as i hear more. if you have any news to share, let me know.

congrats to those who already got good news, and best of luck to those who are still waiting.

WRITING PROGRAMS

  • Nickelodeon
    the writers have been chosen.
  • WB
    the writers have been chosen.
  • NBC
    the writers have been chosen.
  • CBS
    the writers have been chosen.
  • ABC/Disney
    the writers have been chosen.

CONTESTS

  • NYTVF
    winners announced on their site. congrats to beau who was finalist!
  • Austin
    they just posted all the semifinalists and second rounders (top 10%) on their website. my pilot made the top 10% for the 2nd year, but i’m more excited that 2 of my students had their specs place in the top 10%!
  1. caitlinscharacters left a comment on August 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for tracking, Kiyong!

  2. Beau left a comment on August 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks, Kiyong!

    • kiyong left a comment on August 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      hire me when you’re a showrunner!

  3. Asmin Pathare (@AP_Oz) left a comment on August 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    For the WB contest, are the top 5% all semi-finalists? I received a rejection email saying they were unable to include my submission in the “final round,” so I’m just wondering if I made it to an intermediate round.

    • kiyong left a comment on August 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

      i’m not sure what terminology they use, but i think you either 1) get a phone call to submit more material, 2) you get a letter/email saying you’re top 5%, 3) you get a rejection letter.

  4. Kate M. left a comment on August 30, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Kiyong, thanks for posting this!
    What do you think it means if I haven’t gotten a rejection letter from WB, but also haven’t been called?y Does this maybe mean I’m a backup or something? Or that I just haven’t received a rejection letter/email yet haha?

    • kiyong left a comment on August 30, 2013 at 11:31 am

      hmm, not sure. i’m guessing you haven’t received the email yet, but who knows. let us know what happens!

  5. Sarah C. left a comment on August 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks so much for this Kiyong! I’ve just been obsessively checking twitter and the WOTV Facebook page, but this is so much better!

  6. sd left a comment on August 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Hey Kyong,

    Does NBC ask for additional material if you move on to the next stage? And what is the phone interview like?

    • kiyong left a comment on August 31, 2013 at 1:04 am

      i don’t know if this year is different, but last year, they did not ask for more samples.

  7. Js left a comment on September 3, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Does WOTV call everyone at once or do they split it up over a couple of days? Thanks!

    • CB left a comment on September 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      It’s over. WOTV announced the chosen writers on the WOTV Facebook page today.

  8. Greg left a comment on September 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Kiyong,
    Got a call and set up a phone interview for Fri. What are the chances finalists get called and don’t get selected? And what happens in the phone interview?

    • kiyong left a comment on September 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      thanks for the info caitlin! good luck!

    • CB left a comment on September 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Calls have already started going out to semifinalists. A friend of mine’s pilot was in the top 10 for her category. She got her call early this afternoon.

      • CB left a comment on September 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        All Austin calls and letters have gone out. Emails have also started going out. Everyone who advanced should have their answer at this point.

        Has anyone heard a peep from ABC? I’m really surprised that no one has posted anything yet. They are usually one of the first to notify semifinalists–and those calls usually go out in mid-August.

        • kiyong left a comment on September 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

          really? a couple years ago, i got an email from them requesting more materials in the first week of oct. but no, i haven’t heard anything regarding abc this year.

      • SD left a comment on September 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        From the Disney website:

        Notification Periods
        Writing Program semi-finalists are contacted in November. Those who are selected to move on to the finalists’ round are typically notified in December, and will be required to participate in an in-person interview with a panel of Disney|ABC Television Group executives, and established television producers. The Writing Program commences in January and concludes in January of the following year. Please note that time frames are subject to change.

      • CB left a comment on September 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        Far as I know, that was the case last year and the year previous (though I know in past years they’ve staggered calls over about a month or more). Last year I had two good friends who were notified that they advanced in Mid-late August. One became a fellow. The other went on to win the Austin Film Festival (he had been a finalist for ABC the year prior as well).

  9. anon for reasons left a comment on September 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

    As a former reader for Disney ABC, we were asked to list all the shows we were familiar and not familiar with and in what degree. We were also told to omit those shows that were canceled. Happy Endings was on the bubble during the entry period. While your WOV participation may earn you a bye, it’s really important that applicants pay attention to industry news and spec shows assured another season.

    • sd left a comment on September 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Do you think that directive would apply to shows that were on the bubble and canceled a couple of weeks before the fellowship deadline (I’m specifically talking about Southland.)

      • anon for reasons left a comment on September 6, 2013 at 1:49 am

        I don’t think its absolute but also when readers get it, it has been several months in processing which would be early August. Thats when readers submit their lists so they can get shows they know.
        There’s been changes to the dept so much is now unknown.

  10. Paul P left a comment on September 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Kiyong,
    Any info on the NBC Late Night Writers Workshop?
    Cheers

    • kiyong left a comment on September 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      i saw on facebook that they contacted the semifinalists.

  11. BVD left a comment on September 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Hi,

    I applied for the NBC Late Night Writers Workshop.

    The folks at NBC asked me to provide more info on my release form and resubmit it to them. Is this is a good sign that they’re considering my work or just legal stuff they have to do even if they aren’t interested in you?

    Thanks,
    BVD

  12. bernard left a comment on September 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Hey Everyone,

    I’ve been waiting for the Disney/ABC call too and was surprised to see that on their website it says that semi-finalists will be contacted in November. Is this changed from previous years, Kiyong?

    • CB left a comment on September 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      In the years that I’ve been following the program, they’ve given a later date on their website than the dates that they actually make the calls…I assume they want to leave some wiggle room in case the reading period runs longer than expected.

  13. Kris W left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I just received an email from ABC with an attached release form saying that “in the event we need additional material” to send an original spec in by Tuesday.

  14. Emily Brownell left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I just got an email from ABC that said this:
    “Thank you for applying to the 2014 Disney ABC Writing Program. We are in the process of reviewing applications and reading material. In the event we need additional material, please send us your original specby Tuesday September 24th, 11:59 pm PST, with a completed release form (attached).”
    Does this mean I made it to a second round or did they send this to everyone?

    • kiyong left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      ooh, interesting. i have no idea what that means! the one year i heard from them, i had to send 2 scripts back within 24 hours along with a release.

      • Emily Brownell left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm

        Thanks Kiyong. Well I have my fingers crossed it means good things and now I got to get to redrafting my pilots!

        • kiyong left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm

          good luck to you! let me know what happens!

      • Emily Brownell left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        Someone on Twitter (from #TVwriterschat) said that they ask for 2nd samples for the 1st round and then do a phone interview if you make it to the 2nd. I guess a little different this year cause we get almost a week and only have been requested one spec but maybe more made it to this step. Who knows? But I think its a good sign.

      • BH left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        How many applicants received this? The wording lead me to believe that this was sent to everyone who applied.

      • Jon Gutierrez left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

        I got one – And yeah, from the way it was phrased, I bet it was sent to everyone who applied.

  15. BH left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I think everyone received this email from ABC as a heads up. Five of my friends and I have all gotten it. Only one person, that I know of, hasn’t been notified.

    • kiyong left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      i have not, but i have several friends who did. good luck everyone!

      • K A Petentler left a comment on November 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

        I applied to Abc and never received an email; congrats to those who did!

  16. Khari Wyatt left a comment on September 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    In 2011 ABC/Disney asked for two additional samples at the end of August. Then in late October I got a phone call saying I had made it to the semi-finals and would be doing a phone interview the following week, which came in early November.

    • JMGolden left a comment on September 19, 2013 at 7:51 am

      This thread is exactly what I was looking for. I received that exact email from ABC last night, and I’m a bit confused by the phrasing:

      “please send us your original spec”

      This can be interpreted a couple different ways. Do they want another spec script, or an original pilot? Can someone with previous experience with the ABC program help clarify this?

      Thanks!

      • Jon Gutierrez left a comment on September 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

        Every writing program I’ve submitted to has defined “original spec” as an “original pilot.”

        Especially since the original first round submission for ABC called for “a spec script of a broadcast or cable network series that is in production for broadcast during the current television season” so it’s unlikely they’d change the phrasing but mean the same thing (i.e. an “existing spec.”).

  17. Machacha left a comment on September 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I know several people who did not get that email from ABC/Disney. I think there’s just more awareness now with Facebook and all the blogs. I heard about 100 people got that email. I don’t know of it’s out of 1000? 1500? 2000? I have no idea what the percentage is.

    • billywilly left a comment on September 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Where did you hear 100 people got the email? Just wondering since I know a few people who received the email, so that number seems low…

      • Jus left a comment on September 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

        Compared to the mountain of submissions that was posted on their facebook page…?

  18. Sam left a comment on September 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I heard it was 160. But yeah, I was surprised at the number too.

  19. thegoodfan left a comment on September 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    No rejection notification from CBS. No email at all seems strange – is that far for the course?

    • speakallmirthandnomatter left a comment on September 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      I was wondering the same thing! I mean, they said they’d let us know either way, right…?

      • thegoodfan left a comment on October 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        That was my understanding. Then again, I’ve lined up materials, letters of rec, specs, etc. in order to submit to programs and then had them cancel the program the day we were meant to submit before (ABC Production Program, that was lame!), so I don’t hold out hope about clear communication from anyone any more.

  20. bryanmora513 left a comment on October 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Great post with some great insight! Good luck to everyone! I hope it turns out well.

  21. Tiffany Harrison left a comment on November 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Was wondering if anyone got there phone interview yet for abc writing fellowship?

    • Anonymous left a comment on November 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Haven’t heard of anyone getting a phone interview yet.

  22. Anna left a comment on November 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Have all the notifications for Disney/ABC gone out? Congrats to those who made it!

  23. Tiffany Harrison, MBA, MEB, MFA left a comment on November 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Gosh I haven’t heard anything yet from ABC about a phone interview. I am so excited. I hope that I am still in the running. Maybe they are just backed up this year. Still Hopeful!

    • Elfi Martinez left a comment on November 8, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Hey Tiffany. I’m in the same boat – no word yet. On a related note, Frank Gonzalez, the longtime manager of this program, has moved on. Based on my talks with previous selectees, they’re doing things differently this year. Good luck!

      • Tiffany Harrison, MBA, MEB, MFA left a comment on November 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

        Thank you. Good Luck to you Elfi!

      • Anonymous left a comment on November 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

        I’m in the same boat. No call yet, but SOOOO excited to hopefully get one!

      • Jon Gutierrez left a comment on November 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

        Same boat here, too. Haven’t heard anything since that call for second scripts.

  24. billywilly left a comment on November 14, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Has anyone heard anything new from ABC?

    • Bubba left a comment on November 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I still haven’t heard anything.

      • billywilly left a comment on November 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        So weird… wonder if anyone has…

      • Chris left a comment on November 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        Still nothing yet as far as I know

  25. Laura left a comment on November 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I haven’t heard from ABC/Disney either– I’m hoping we’ll hear something in the next few days. I did message the Disney/ABC facebook page asking if they had notified semi-finalists at this point, and I received a message in return saying:

    “We can’t comment on the status of anyone’s application. Those who make it to the semifinals will be contacted. Thank you for your interest and good luck!”

  26. Tiffany Harrison, MBA, MEB, MFA left a comment on November 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Still nothing yet for ABC! I know from what I heard in previous years they have contacted semi-finalist by now for their phone interview. I haven’t seen that anyone has been contacted, so I am still hopeful.

    • Sam left a comment on November 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      I heard they were not making decisions till December. I don’t know if that means final decisions or next round decisions. I also heard that they are doing things completely different this year. Maybe that means no phone interview stage?

  27. Bubba left a comment on November 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    On ABC Writing Fellowship Facebook page, they just posted the following message:

    Congratulations to all of our 2014 Semi-Finalists for the Writing Program! From the thousands of submissions we have narrowed it down to nearly 100 based upon information provided in the application and an average of multiple scores earned from Disney-ABC executives and readers who reviewed script submissions. We won’t list names, but those selected have already received an email explaining the next step in the judging process. Stay tuned for a post letting you know who made it to the finals.

    Again, congrats to all and a thank you to all who applied! If you didn’t make it this time around….we hope you start prepping to apply again in Spring 2014.

    • go left a comment on November 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Pretty sure this kills all my hopes, but did anybody get an email.
      Anybody think maybe they’re talking about the email they sent in September?

      • Kris left a comment on November 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        I got one of these, it said they would call to do an interview this week.

      • Bubba left a comment on November 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        I was hopeful that was what they were talking about, but after seeing Kris’ comment below about receiving an email scheduling a call, it looks like another year down the tubes.

      • Anonymous left a comment on November 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        Me too!!! So excited!

      • Tiffany Harrison, MBA, MEB, MFA left a comment on November 20, 2013 at 7:08 am

        Was wondering if you guys could elaborate on what your second email said about the phone interview?

      • elfi martinez left a comment on November 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

        Hi Tiffany,
        The 2nd email basically stated that a rep from ABC Creative Development will call sometime over rest of the week for a 10 minute phone interview.

  28. CB left a comment on November 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Jen Grisanti congratulated three ABC finists on her Facebook page…so it sounds like calls have gone out–or are goin out now.

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