HBO has decided on eight writers for its 2019 HBOAccess Writing Fellowship, an eight-month program that offers master instructions and mentorship with a creative govt as writers broaden a pilot script for the top-class network.

The software, achieved at the side of the WGA, begins with every week-lengthy in-depth workshop covering story shape, character improvement, genre writing, getting an agent, and different topics before fellows turn to their pilots. Previous individuals have gone directly to paintings on HBO collection, inclusive of The Deuce, The Nevers, and the approaching Lovecraft Country.

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“Selecting our fellows is constantly an interesting time for us,” Kelly Edwards, HBO’s SVP Talent Development, stated in a release Thursday announcing this 12 months’ elegance, decided on from extra than three,000 submissions inside the software’s third year. “This technique introduces us to so many enormously talented, emerging writers. We realize they all have bright futures in advance of them.”

The HBOAccess writing application runs each other yr, alternating with HBO’s Directing Fellowship. The next creator utility window opens in February 2021.

Here’s the list of this 12 months’ writing fellows, according to HBO:


The winner of the 2019 Turner/ABFF Writing Contest for his drama script LYZ, Darnell Brown, commenced his storytelling profession by publishing a ebook of idea-frightening, socially aware poetry. Darnell is a local son of Chester, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of The University of the Arts who writes each comedy and drama and directs.


Writer/Director Melody Cooper is a winner of the 2018 Grand Jury Award for Best Screenplay on the Urbanworld Film Festival and her thriller NORTHERN CROSS. A Sci-Fi and Horror creator, she is the recipient of fellowships from AMC Networks Shudder Labs, NY Stage & Film, and the Writer’s Lab, and received the Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship at Stowe Story Labs. Her supernatural characteristic script, THE SOUND OF DARKNESS, was a 2018 Athena List Finalist. Her short documentary, DETAINED, become the Winner of the 2018 IndieFest Award of Recognition.


Danielle is a graduate of the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television MFA application at USC. She became a Grillo-Marxuach Family Fellow and player inside the inaugural Development Master class with Brian Grazer. She’s a 2019 Universal Writers Program Finalist, a 2018 Fox Writers Lab Finalist, a 2018 Austin Film Festival Second Rounder, and has made the 2018 Young & Hungry List and Hit List. Danielle has worked as a Writers’ PA on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and a Writers’ Trainee on the Apple drama series Swagger.


An actor, creator, and director, Elaine’s produced works consist of winning the Grand Prize and Audience Vote of the NewFilmmakers LA On Location Project, an Honorable Mention at the NBCUniversal/YOMYOMF Interpretations contest, and having movies customary to Academy qualifying galas. She is currently writing and starring in the digital series DOXXED which is currently screened at the Women in Comedy Festival and Dances with Films.


Lucy Luna is a Mexican creator and director residing in Los Angeles. While Lucy’s short movie, We’re All Here, is locating fulfillment in the pageant circuit with garnering six awards to date, Lucy maintains to develop feature and television projects, focusing mainly on the horror, mystery, and drama genres. She’s presently penning a script for Mexican producer Gerardo Gática.


Eddie is a Cuban-American author, actor, and Emmy-prevailing manufacturer from Miami, Florida. An alumnus of The Second City in Chicago, Eddie’s credits include the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase, the 2017 NBC Late Night Writers Workshop, and the 2018 NBC Spotlight Showcase. He has produced content material for Broadway Video’s Más Mejor and curates Heraldo Presenta, a month-to-month all-Latinx variety show. His latest quick film, Dreamer, became an Imagen Award finalist and was named considered one of Vulture’s Best Comedy Videos of 2018.


Jessica D. Shields is a multidisciplinary author and filmmaker beginning from Atlanta. She is the recipient of the 2019 HUMANITAS Prize College Drama Fellowship. Jessica changed into a Film Independent Project Involve Screenwriting Fellow (2018), all through which time she penned the fast film Wednesday, currently a finalist for the HBO Shorts Competition at ABFF 2019. She holds an MFA in Screenwriting & Directing from Columbia University and is an alumna of Vanderbilt University.


A local of Toronto, Canada, Ivan Tsang is an MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Screen and TV Writing. Ivan has written for Wong Fu Productions, KevJumba, Jubilee Media, Jeremy Lin, ISA TV. His work has had over a hundred million perspectives. He is also the proud owner of a Pug named Russell.