We are pleased to announce that writer/director Yule Caise has been selected as this year’s Fox Writers Intensive (FWI) Fellow. Caise has inked a development deal with FX Networks, in conjunction with Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television Studios, and will pitch a new original script to FX Networks. In addition, Caise’s referring organization, the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, will receive a $15,000 FWI grant to be earmarked for its writing program.
Launched in 2011, the Fox Writers Intensive is an advanced writer’s program designed to nurture experienced scribes who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences and create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox productions. This year, Fox Audience Strategy expanded the FWI to provide opportunities across multiple Fox companies, including 20th Century Fox Film.
The FWI finalists spent four months (February through May 2013) participating in a rigorous curriculum administered by FWI partner Film Independent focused on honing their craft and establishing deeper creative connections across Fox’s television, film and other entertainment businesses. The intensive featured collaborative sessions with writers and producers including Hart Hanson (BONES), Shintaro Shimosawa (THE FOLLOWING, “The Grudge”), Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”) and Zal Batmanglij (“Sound Of My Voice,” “The East”) are among this year’s FWI session participants. In addition, Reggie Rock Bythewood (“New York Undercover,” “Notorious”), Marion Rosenberg (“Revolutionary Road”), Dave Finkel and Brett Baer (NEW GIRL), and Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”).
In addition to Caise, the inaugural Fox Writers Intensive class included finalists Angela Allen, Sal Calleros, Carol Doyle, Sara Endsley, Warren Hsu Leonard, Nick Ozeki, Chitra Sampath, Theo Travers and Marisa Wegrzyn. Following their completion of the Fox Writers Intensive, all of the finalists are being promoted across the Fox creative community and submitted for potential staffing on current and future Fox entertainment productions. To date, 6 of the 10 FWI finalists have been staffed on series for the 2013-14 season, including FOX’s SLEEPY HOLLOW and RAISING HOPE, Showtime’s “House of Lies,” and ABC’s “Killer Women” and “Influence.”
This year’s 10 FWI finalists were selected from more than 400 nominations and submissions by talent representation and arts organizations across the country, including National Hispanic Media Coalition, Sundance Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts, Outfest, Film Independent, NAACP, Women in Film Los Angeles, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Visual Communications.