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May 15 @ 8:00 pm - June 18 @ 5:00 pm


The LA Skins Fest, a Native American arts organization, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity and HBO launched its 2nd TV writers lab, a talent development program that aims to boost the careers of Native American writers.

The lab began May 15th, 2017 with introductions and pilot pitches.
Day One Stills

The lab continued May 17th, 2017 with pilot pitches and on May 18th, 2017 the participants met with TV Showrunner Mike Royce.
Mike Royce Meeting Stills

The lab continued May 19th and 20th, 2017 with pitches. On May 21st, 2017, the participants spoke with TV Staff Writer Chris Encell.
Chris Encell Meeting Stills

May 22nd through May 27th, 2017, lab participants presented pilot treatments and outlines. On May 28th, 2017, the participants spoke with TV Writer Liz Rivera.
Liz Rivera Meeting Stills

On May 30th, 2017, lab participants met with TV Showrunner Ligiah Villalobos. 
Ligiah Villalobos Meeting Stills

On May 30th, 2017, Univision/Story House creative executive Gina Reyes met with the lab participants. 
Gina Reyes Meeting Stills

On May 31st 2017, Echolake Entertainment and United Talent Agency spoke with the lab participants.
UTA Meeting Stills

On June 5th 2017, Creative Artists Agency spoke with the lab participants.
CAA Meeting Stills

On June 7th 2017, lab participants visited with CBS Entertainment Diversity .
CBS Entertainment Diversity Meeting Stills

The participants are taking part in a five week curriculum curated by seasoned writing executives. The lab will consist of daily workshops, seminars and one-on-one mentoring to help each writer develop and complete a pilot in five weeks and hone skills to prepare the writers to move into staff writing jobs.

The 7 participants are:

Efrain Colón (Lumbee/Taino)

Lori J Rowton (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma/Alabama-Coushatta tribe)

Justin Eagle Gauthier (Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin)

Laura Nava (Chichimeca)

Myrone Sumner (Tsimshian)

Dawn Wolf Socha (Mohawk Tribe of the Iroquois Nation)

Bret Quinn (Assiniboine Ft Peck Reservation, Montana)

At the end of the program, each participant will have completed an original television script and will take creative meetings with various executives. The five week total immersion lab will be mentored and guided by Geoff Harris, the program mentor for the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Writers Program and former head of StoryDevelopment at NBCUniversal.

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB was created to expand the amount of Native Americans working behind the camera, as a way to increase fair and accurate portrayals of Native Americans on television. During the 2013-14 television season, Native Americans composed only 0.1% of writers staffed on TV shows, according to the 2015 Writers Guild of America-West TV Staffing Brief.

Ian Skorodin (Choctaw), Founding Director of the LA SKINS FEST, said, “Together with our partners at Comcast NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity and HBO, we are honored to offer this incredible opportunity. This lab is a first step in giving a voice to an overwhelmingly talented but overlooked community.”

The LA Skins Fest is a Native American arts initiative that offers an annual film festival now entering its eleventh year, a concert that showcases contemporary Native musicians and year round development opportunities for emerging Native American actors, writers, and directors. The LA Skins Fest is a project of the Barcid Foundation; a non-profit organization that focuses on multimedia programming in indigenous communities.

The 2017 Native American TV Writers Lab is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity and HBO.

For more information, visit laskinsfest.com


May 15 @ 8:00 pm
June 18 @ 5:00 pm