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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Nickelodeon Writing Program

Contact

231 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502

Web: Click here
Email: info.writing@nick.com

Contact: Karen Kirkland, VP, Talent Development & Outreach
MovieBytes Interview: Karen Kirkland

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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Objective

Nickelodeon's Writing Program offers aspiring television writers from around the globe, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the opportunity to hone their skills while writing for our live action and animated shows. Participants will have hands-on interaction with executives writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas.

The Program's General Track, developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year (for Domestic writers) and up to six months (for International writers).

The Preschool Track (Domestic writers only, for up to 6 months) is available for writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the Nick Jr. demographic.

The submission period runs from January 2 – January 31, 2018.

Review the submission guidelines and apply via our website at www.nickwriting.com.

For more info via email: info.writing@nick.com, Follow us on twitter @NickWriting, Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NickWriting

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Final January 31, 2018 Free 71

Submission period opens January 2nd.

Notification: By end of September 2018

Rules

Submit one half-hour comedy spec script based on a show from the "Accepted Shows List" (posted on our website), a one-page resume, a half page bio, a complete application form which includes a submission release form & schedule A. See website for additional details and script guidelines for domestic and international submissions.

Awards

General Track: A salaried position for up to one year (for Domestic writers) and up to six months (for International writers) and the opportunity to write for Nickelodeon live action and animated television shows. Preschool Track: A salaried position for up to 6 months (for Domestic writers only) and the opportunity to write for Nick Jr. television shows.

Nickelodeon Writing Program

Contact

231 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502

Web: Click here
Email: info.writing@nick.com

Contact: Karen Kirkland, VP, Talent Development & Outreach
MovieBytes Interview: Karen Kirkland

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Contact

231 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502

Web: Click here
Email: info.writing@nick.com

Contact: Karen Kirkland, VP, Talent Development & Outreach
MovieBytes Interview: Karen Kirkland

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Nick Announces Semifinalists

The Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship Program has announced their 2011 semifinalists.

Updated: 09/15/2011

Nickelodeon Writing Program

Contact

231 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502

Web: Click here
Email: info.writing@nick.com

Contact: Karen Kirkland, VP, Talent Development & Outreach
MovieBytes Interview: Karen Kirkland

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter D. Colbert

An interview with screenwriter D. Colbert regarding the Nickelodeon Writing Competition.

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

A: I wrote a spec script of "The Bernie Mac Show." It was about Bernie thinking that the teenage girl character, Vanessa, is dating despite his orders not to, so he hires his nephew, Jordan, to help spy on her. Comedy insues.

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

A: Well, believe it or not, this was only the second script I had ever written. I read a lot of interviews from writers about their differing opinions on entering contests and which ones they thought were best. I also did a lot of reading at movibytes.com (plug, plug). The first script I write was an "Everybody Loves Raymond" spec which placed as a finalist in the Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Writing Workshop that takes place at USC. Everybody refers to it as the Cosby program since he and his wife, Camille, are the ones who set it up. Placing in this contest with my very first script gave me the confidence to enter other contests and the Nickelodeon Fellowship seemed right up my alley, so I applied.

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: Well...there were definitely delays in getting the results. It took so long I had almost forgotten about it. Once I did heard from them, it was explained that they were restructuring the program to better fit the production schedule of Nickelodeon shows. Everything else has been going well with the program.

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

A: I was given some feedback, which helped me tremendously.

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

A: Yeah, I've since sent that same script out to an agency where I'm getting some attention. Also, being at the Nickelodeon studio and having access to executives and producers is invaluable.

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

A: I've worked as an assistant and been in the writers room for years before writing a script of my own. I've worked on a lot of productions just trying to take it all in. My experiences at studios around town proved invaluable.

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

A: I was born and raised here in L.A. I even went to L.A. High School.

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

A: The first phase of the fellowship had us working on another spec with the guidance of some executives. I've written a "Scrubs" spec which I think is the funniest thing I've ever written. That's such a smart and funny show. It was a little intimidating to write a spec for that show at first, but once I got started I was really into it.

Posted Monday, January 19, 2004