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Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship

Fellowship Program Administrator/Walt Disney Studios/ABC Writers Fellowship

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500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-0705
818-560-6894 (voice)

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Email: abc.fellowships@abc.com

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Objective

To seek out and employ culturally and ethnically diverse new writers.

The annual submission period for the Writing Program opens during the month of May. Specific dates vary year to year.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 06/02/2017

Rules

Submit a writing sample, writing or work history resume, application form, and a notarized standard letter agreement. Application forms are available on the website. Scripts will not be returned.

Awards

Fellows will each be provided a salary of $50,000 for a one-year period.

Fellowship Program Administrator/Walt Disney Studios/ABC Writers Fellowship

Contact

500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-0705
818-560-6894 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: abc.fellowships@abc.com

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Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
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Fellowship Program Administrator/Walt Disney Studios/ABC Writers Fellowship

Contact

500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-0705
818-560-6894 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: abc.fellowships@abc.com

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 7    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Interview with Disney Fellowship Winner Keith Davidson

MovieBytes interviews screenwriter Keith Davidson, who won a Disney Fellowship with his script, My Husband The Dick. "I can't remember how long it took to write. It was so much fun to write that it didn't seem like a long time, but I imagine it was many, many months. I lost track of how many drafts I wrote. I always write outlines before diving into a script."

Updated: 10/23/2009

ABC Talent Development Announces 2004 Fellowship Winners

Twelve writers and three directors have been chosen from among thousands of applicants to participate in the 14th year of The Walt Disney Studios/ABC Entertainment Writing Fellowship program and the third annual ABC/DGA Directing Fellowship program.

Updated: 01/30/2004

Disney Announces 2002 Television/Feature Fellows

The 2002 Disney Television and Feature Fellows were welcomed at a reception hosted at the Writers Guild of America on February 21st, 2002, and will be presented at The Walt Disney Studios on April 3rd, 2002.

Updated: 04/21/2002

Disney Fellowship Winners 2000-2001

Updated: 02/10/2001

Disney Fellowship Winners Announced

Updated: 11/18/1999

Fellowship Program Administrator/Walt Disney Studios/ABC Writers Fellowship

Contact

500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-0705
818-560-6894 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: abc.fellowships@abc.com

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 7    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Ruth Campbell

An interview with screenwriter Ruth Campbell regarding the Disney/ABC Fellowships Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: "THE KISS OF DEATH" - In Chicago during the early 1930s, a beautiful young woman dates only gangsters...and, as soon as she starts going out with them, they die. When the Chicago police force notices this, they decide to try to match her up with one of the town's deadliest gangsters in the hope that he, too, will die. The undercover policeman who is supposed to make sure that the two get together winds up falling in love with the girl, too. Then the gangster's rival falls for her. Chaos ensues, and the big question is: will all of these men wind up dead, or will love finally triumph after all? (It's a very broad comedy, to say the least.)

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I'd tried entering the Disney contest two or three other times, and never had any luck. I'd given up on it, then I heard about a friend-of-a-friend who won a fellowship with a comedy script. I'd just finished writing "THE KISS OF DEATH" and figured that, since it was a comedy and there wasn't any entry fee, I had nothing to lose. It wound up being the only feature comedy selected in the year that I won.

Yes, I've submitted "THE KISS OF DEATH" to several other contests. The only other contest it did well in was the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowships. It made it to the semifinals in that one.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I think that I got the call saying that I was a finalist about 2 weeks late -- but who cares?! I wound up winning and that's all that mattered to me!

I certainly did receive the promised award. At that time, winners won $34,000 and were under contract to Disney for 1 year. I think that the pay has been raised to about $50,000 now. On top of the pay, you get to meet with all sorts of professional writers and others in the industry -- and you get free food at all of the events! We also were given free books on scriptwriting and free computer scriptwriting software. Best of all, we were all treated like we were real, talented, honest-to-goodness writers. It was the happiest year of my life.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: No, there wasn't any feedback on that particular script, but we worked with Disney advisors who gave us feedback and notes on the projects we wrote for Disney during our fellowships. I thought it was extremely helpful, AND it made me more confident that I could successfully respond to executives' notes.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: "THE KISS OF DEATH" wound up being the script that Disney sent out to about 18 agents/managers. I heard back from one manager, who said he didn't handle period pieces. One agent called to say he wasn't looking for new clients. I wrote to and called the other companies. That resulted in one agency calling to "pass on" (aka "say no to") me. At another agency, I was told that period pieces and mob stories don't sell. They requested another writing sample, which I quickly sent, and I never heard back from them. None of the other agencies responded to my letter or would return my call.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I have a master's degree in scriptwriting (a word of advice to others: don't waste your time or money getting a degree in scriptwriting; you don't need it). I worked as a secretary "in the industry" for 13 years. When I asked one of my bosses for help in sending a script out to agents, he reported me to personnel and they wrote me up for being "inconsiderate of his time" (I'd worked for him for 7 years before I asked for help). I've written a lot of scripts and, in addition to winning the Disney Fellowship, I've been a finalist and double-semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival contest, a three time semifinalist in the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowships, a three time semifinalist in the Chesterfield contest, a Christian Screenplay quarterfinalist, and recently had two scripts in the quarterfinals of the Writer's Network Scriptwriting Competition. This past summer, I was a Scriptapalooza runner-up, and the president of Scriptapalooza optioned that script. I still can't find an agent or manager to represent me.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Yes, I live in L.A. I've lived in California my whole life.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm working on a new script but am probably going to have to go back to being a secretary, since my money is running dangerously low. At least, as I surrender, I know that I tried as hard as I could. Good luck to everyone else who dreams of being a writer! I wish you great success.

Posted Thursday, December 18, 2003