How To Get Into Television Fellowships

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Rebecca Windsor

Webinar hosted by: Rebecca Windsor

Vice President and Head of Television Workshops at Warner Bros.

Rebecca Windsor is the Vice President and Head of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to launch their television careers. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed SNATCHERS, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, and SPECIAL, which premiered on Netflix and garnered four Emmy nominations. Previously, she was the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, playing a key role in coordinating the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Episodic Story Lab, and Creative Producing Lab and Summit. Prior to Sundance, Rebecca was Manager of Development at Samuel L. Jackson’s television company, UppiTV, and at Mandeville Films. Full Bio »

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A New Exclusive Webinar!

Find out what it takes to get into the elusive Television Writing Fellowships from ABC-Disney, NBC, Warner Bros., and more from the Vice President and Head of Warner Bros. Television Workshop!

It might not be spring yet, but Fellowship season is coming for television writers! Now is the time to prepare your samples, essays, resume, and application so that you’re ready when the submission windows open very soon!

These writing fellowships (hosted by NBC, Paramount, ABC-Disney, WB, and others) are one of the best ways for you to break into a television writers’ room and launch your episodic career.

But what are these programs looking for?

How can you stand out?

What mistakes should you avoid?

In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll go behind the scenes and find out how to get into one of these elite TV writing fellowships directly from the Vice President and Head of Warner Bros. Television Workshop, Rebecca Windsor.

In addition to her work with the WBTV Workshop, Rebecca launched the Warner Bros. digital brand Stage 13, where she oversaw SPECIAL, which premiered on Netflix and garnered four Emmy Nominations.

Previously, she was the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. She was pivotal in coordinating the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Episodic Story Lab, and the Creative Producing Lab and Summit.

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding what it takes to get into these fellowships, but Rebecca will provide accurate insight based on her many years of experience working in this arena.

She’ll take you through what you need in your portfolio to apply, how to choose what to write, what makes a great personal statement stand out, the selection process, how to nail your interview, and more.

Plus, if you attend the live webcast, you’ll have the opportunity to ask Rebecca any questions you have surrounding your fellowship application.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn directly from someone who has significantly shaped the fellowship process and knows what you need to stand out from the crowd in your application!

Praise for Rebecca's Stage 32 Next Level Webinar: 

 

Rebecca was fantastic and her advice was so helpful. She obviously knows this topic well and was able to provide meaningful instruction. - MacKenna V.

 

Great insight on details involved in compiling and completing applications and how to be prepared. - Angelique W.

 

It was awesome and informative. Rebecca is so incredibly knowledgeable about this industry and really chisels away at script structure. Great learning from her! - Greg P. 

What You'll Learn

An Overview

  • What is a fellowship program
  • Reasons a fellowship could be good for you
  • Things to keep in mind as you consider applying

Spec vs. Original Pilot

  • Do you need both?
  • Choosing what to write
  • What fellowships are we looking for in both kinds of samples
  • Tips and tricks to writing these items
  • Mistakes to avoid

Personal Statement and Resume

  • What these items really mean to your application- Their importance
  • The elements that make a writer stand out (or not)?
  • Tips and tricks to writing these items
  • Mistakes to avoid

Selection Process

  • Understanding the Timeline
  • The Process behind the scenes

Interviews

  • What Fellowships are looking for in meeting you
  • Tips to nailing your interview
  • Mistakes to avoid

Final Advice

  • The Art of Persistence

Q&A with Rebecca

About Your Instructor

Rebecca Windsor is the Vice President and Head of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to launch their television careers. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed SNATCHERS, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, and SPECIAL, which premiered on Netflix and garnered four Emmy nominations.

Previously, she was the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, playing a key role in coordinating the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Episodic Story Lab, and Creative Producing Lab and Summit. Prior to Sundance, Rebecca was Manager of Development at Samuel L. Jackson’s television company, UppiTV, and at Mandeville Films.

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