Screen Nova Scotia has partnered with Netflix to deliver the film commission’s television writing training program, the Screenwriter Internship Program. This program, now in its second year, is designed to help emerging and mid-level Nova Scotian screenwriters grow their network, sharpen their professional skills, and bring new perspectives and ideas to the writers’ rooms of established television series.
“The Screenwriter Internship Program tops out as Screen Nova Scotia’s most coveted talent development program,” said Laura Mackenzie, Executive Director, Screen Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia has always had a deep arsenal of strong writers, and we’re proud to partner with Netflix to showcase this talent in the writers’ rooms of Internationally celebrated showrunners.”
Last year’s program, which saw an overwhelming number of applications, placed three local screenwriters in the writers’ rooms of Canadian series in Toronto, including Mary Kills People (Cameron Pictures; CTV) and Diggstown (Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films, and Waterstar Entertainment; CBC). With Netflix signing on as a presenting partner, the program will expand into the writers’ room of US series in Los Angeles and New York in addition to Canada, connecting Nova Scotian writers with some of North America’s top showrunners and screenwriters.
“Netflix is thrilled to partner with Screen Nova Scotia to expand the acclaimed Screenwriter Internship Program,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Director, Original Series at Netflix. “We look forward to helping Nova Scotian writers grow their networks and are excited to provide them with opportunities to work with world-class talent across North America.”
Participation in these two-week internships will offer local screenwriter’s hands-on training, industry insight, invaluable experience and practical knowledge to help them advance as writers of compelling scripts for television. Their experience will also make them ideal candidates for local producers who are looking for talent to develop projects within Nova Scotia.
The Screenwriter Internship Program will launch its first call for applications in Fall 2019.
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About Screen Nova Scotia
Screen Nova Scotia is a member-based industry association and film commission that promotes and advocates on behalf of Nova Scotia’s screen industry. Our membership includes producers, service providers, local cast and crew, unions, and industry organizations. Screen Nova Scotia is dedicated to building a strong and sustainable future for the province’s production sector. We’re the first point of contact to find out more about locations, production partners, industry resources and infrastructure, and financial incentives.