• App deadline: Friday, June 22 (midnight PST)

  • About the Lab series

    In an effort to discover and nurture talented writers with unique voices and diverse backgrounds, the MPAC Hollywood Bureau is partnering with major entertainment studios to develop a series of day-long labs in Los Angeles designed to advance Muslim screenwriters in their careers.

     

    As the entertainment industry works toward inclusion, this series is an opportune time for writers to get your material in front of decision-makers who are looking to increase diversity in writers rooms.

    Each lab will focus on a specific genre and will be lead by top writers in that genre. Our labs are designed to be small and intimate to allow instructors to give you the most one-on-one attention. Participants will speak with Hollywood executives, have your script evaluated by a showrunner, learn how to pitch your project, and network with fellow participants.

     

    Our first lab is on TV comedy writing. Other genres will follow in the coming months.

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  • July 26, 2018 // Los Angeles, CA

    Our first lab will focus on half-hour TV comedy writing and will be lead by a talent exec and showrunner at Disney/ABC Television Group.

  • Takeaways

    “First 10” script review

    When an exec or producer reads your screenplay, you only have the first 10 pages (or less) to make a lasting first impression. Your instructor will coach you through your first 10.

    Principles of pitching

    Learn directly from a Hollywood decision maker on how to prepare and present your pitch to make your project stand out. You will also learn how to interact with Hollywood executives.

    Understand the process

    You will leave with a detailed understanding of the TV writing and development process, and develop a network of contacts to guide you in your writing career.

  • Fees

    There are two separate fees: an application fee and a lab fee. Applicants will be chosen based on the caliber of their projects. Applying does not guarantee acceptance into the lab.

    Standard application

    Fee: $25
    Deadline: June 22, 2018

    TV Comedy Lab

    Lab fee: $149
    Date: July 26, 2018

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    Requirements

    Your Career

    The labs are designed for writers pursuing a career in Hollywood.

    Your Script

    Applicants must submit a half-hour comedy spec script of a broadcast or cable network series that is in production for broadcast during the 2018 season OR an original pilot script that captures the writer’s unique tone, style, and point of view.

     

     

     

     

  • FAQs

    Do I have to be Muslim to apply?

    Yes. The series of labs have been designed in partnership with major entertainment studios who have created this unique opportunity to give Muslims an opportunity to break into Hollywood.

    What are your fees?

    The application fee is $25. If accepted into the lab, the lab fee is $149.

    Why do you charge for applying?

    A majority of screenwriting competitions require an application fee to cover the administrative costs associated with evaluating each applicant’s submitted material, and the MPAC Screenwriter Labs are no different.

    What does the $149 lab fee cover?

    The lab fee covers a full day program from a Disney/ABC executive and showrunner. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. You are responsible for your own travel and accommodations.

    If I apply for this lab, am I applying for your future labs also?

    No. Each lab is its own experience and as such, requires that a participant’s submitted material is specific to the lab that they are participating in.

  • “You don’t write because you want to say something.
    You write because you have something to say.”

    – F. Scott Fitzgerald

     

  • Contact Us

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    323-258-6722