Notification: December 30, 2012
This program meets two evenings a week for 15-weeks beginning February. It is designed to assist writers in completing a television or feature script, while giving them the opportunity to examine African-American history, culture and iconography. Participation is free to those selected.
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The Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program, aka The Cosby Program, will be accepting applications from July 15th to September 15, 2008. This program was established by Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Unaffiliated with USC, the goal of the Hanks-Miller Program is to develop the pool of qualified African-American writers in the entertainment industry.
This program meets twice a week for 15-weeks beginning February 2009. It is designed to assist writers in completing a television or feature script, while giving them the opportunity to examine African-American history, culture and iconography. Tuition is free to those selected.
Our program is not designed for beginning-level writers. We are seeking writers who have taken the initiative to formally study television or feature writing through workshops or classes; though a degree in cinematic writing or filmmaking is not required. In an industry that is extremely competitive, we have found our greatest success in assisting those who have a strong foundation in television or screen writing and have a body of work to show for their efforts. Writers selected for this program usually have no produced credits, but are on the brink of great success. They are able to use the product and the relationships they create in this unique workshop environment to advance their careers. The Hanks—Miller Program is credited with introducing more successful African-American writers into the entertainment industry than any other program of its type.
Our alumni are highly respected and sought after. They are a primary recruiting source for the Disney Writing Fellowship, the Fox Diversity Program, CBS Television Program, the Nickelodeon Writers' Program and the Warner Brothers Comedy and Drama Writing Program. Our alumni are represented by top agencies including UTA, William Morris, ICM and CAA, to name a few.
Although obtaining employment is not the primary goal of the program, alumni have used scripts developed in the program to secure positions as television and feature writers, producers, directors and executives. Our writers have created, written and produced for top ten shows on televisions, as well as news and reality television shows. They have also completed countless freelance assignments. This past season our writers were staffed on: ''Private Practice,'' ''Ghost Whisperer,'' ''Lincoln Heights,'' ''Saving Grace,'' ''Cavemen,'' ''Dirty Sexy Money,'' ''Just Jordan,'' ''Kyle XY,'' ''About the Girl,'' and ''House of Payne.'' Our Feature writers have received honors through ''Tribeca All Access,'' ''Hollywood Black Film Festival,'' ''Screenplay Festival 2006,'' Austin Film Festival and ''Fade In Magazine.'' They have also completed independent features and short films as well. Our writers have also been recognized by organizations including the NAACP, while the Program itself has been recognized by the California Governor's office, a State Senator and the Los Angeles Mayor's office.
An interview with screenwriter Shequeta Smith regarding the Cosby Writing Competition.