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.


  • 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.


    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%!

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  1. 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.

    1. kiyong

      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.

  2. Kate M.

    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?

    1. kiyong

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

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

  4. sd

    Hey Kyong,

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

    1. kiyong

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

  5. Js

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

    1. CB

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

  6. Greg

    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?

    1. CB

      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.

      1. CB

        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.

        1. kiyong

          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.

      2. SD

        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.

      3. CB

        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).

  7. anon for reasons

    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.

    1. sd

      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.)

      1. anon for reasons

        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.

  8. Paul P

    Any info on the NBC Late Night Writers Workshop?

  9. BVD


    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?


  10. bernard

    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?

    1. CB

      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.

  11. Kris W

    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.

  12. 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?

    1. kiyong

      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.

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

      2. 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.

      3. BH

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

  13. BH

    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.

      1. K A Petentler

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

  14. 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.

    1. JMGolden

      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?


      1. 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.”).

  15. Machacha

    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.

    1. billywilly

      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…

      1. Jus

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

  16. Sam

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

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

      1. 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.

  18. Tiffany Harrison

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

    1. Anonymous

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

  19. Anna

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

  20. Tiffany Harrison, MBA, MEB, MFA

    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!

    1. Elfi Martinez

      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!

      1. Tiffany Harrison, MBA, MEB, MFA

        Thank you. Good Luck to you Elfi!

      2. Anonymous

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

  21. billywilly

    Has anyone heard anything new from ABC?

      1. billywilly

        So weird… wonder if anyone has…

  22. Laura

    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!”

  23. Tiffany Harrison, MBA, MEB, MFA

    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.

    1. Sam

      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?

  24. Bubba

    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.

    1. go

      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?

      1. Kris

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

      2. Bubba

        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.

      3. Tiffany Harrison, MBA, MEB, MFA

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

      4. elfi martinez

        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.

  25. CB

    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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