EXCLUSIVE: The Black List and Google on Monday unveiled the co-creation of the Black List x YouTube Originals Black Voices Creator Fellowship.
The inaugural fellowship will provide financial grants and creative support to four television writers who can write exceptionally and authentically about the black experience, developing proofs of concept for a television show pitch.
“We are thrilled to partner with The Blacklist on a program that aims to identify and nurture the next wave of creatives from underrepresented communities. As part of Google’s commitment to help build a world where everyone can belong, our team looks forward to providing these talented artists with equitable access to resources that can serve as the key to unlocking a world of opportunity.” , said DeMira Pierre, Creative Executive, Impact and Racial Justice, YouTube Originals.
Each chosen writer will receive $40,000 to produce a proof of concept and develop a pitch for their television series that authentically reflects the black experience. For six months, the blacklist and Google will also pair each fellow with a showrunner mentor.
“It’s no small thing for writers to have access to substantial financial resources to further realize their artistic ambitions without sacrificing their ownership of that work in order to obtain them,” said Black List founder Franklin Leonard. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with YouTube Originals to provide just that to four writers who tell these kinds of stories. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Starting today, writers who have not had paid screenwriting work previously produced in their film or television careers will be able to choose to be considered through the blacklist website until to December 15. At that time, the blacklist will choose up to 15 pre-selected. writers whose work and initial pitches for the series will be shared with YouTube Originals, who will decide on fellowship recipients in February 2023.
The partnership was brokered by UTA Entertainment & Culture Marketing, the brand consulting arm of UTA, which represents Google.
Additional information is available here.