EXCLUSIVE: Fremantle and HBO Max Nordic are getting behind the inaugural European version of The Writers Lab (TWL), this system devoted solely to script growth for girls and non-binary writers over the age of 40.
Based and produced by Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, the lab expanded from the U.S. into the UK in 2021, and its first European model is now open for submissions (till February 7) forward of a six-month digital program that may begin in April.
Manufacturing and distribution powerhouse Fremantle will sponsor a number of writers throughout this system, whereas HBO Max Nordic will sponsor one Nordic author to take part within the lab.
New mentors added for the European version embody Valeria Golino (Portrait of a Woman on Fireplace) and Zackary Drucker (Clear). They be a part of friends and mentors Susanne Bier (The Night time Supervisor), Jasmila Žbanić (Quo Vadis, Aida?), Christina Ham (Them), Jantje Friese (Darkish), Isabel Coixet (Secret Lifetime of Phrases), Ameenah Ayub Allen (Rocks), and Nadine Labaki (Capernaum).
As much as 15 writers will likely be chosen to take part. Submissions of each options and pilots (each 1-hour and ½-hour) will likely be accepted for consideration in English language (on writers and financiers’ discretion they could be later translated into authentic language).
“It’s our obligation and our duty, to empower others, and we’re delighted to again girls and non-binary writers over 40 via this unbelievable artistic initiative, giving them the chance to inform their tales inside a supported house,” mentioned Jennifer Mullin, Group CEO, Fremantle.
“Our (HBO Max Nordic Native Unique Manufacturing) dedication to fee and create various and compelling native content material for HBO Max and the Writers Lab’s impending quest to seek out and nurture beforehand undiscovered writing expertise is a match made in heaven,” collectively added : Camilla Curtis, Inventive Government, Scripted Manufacturing, and Christopher Haug, Head of Drama Sequence Growth, HBO Max EMEA.