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April 22 - May 29


Los Angeles, CA – The LA Skins Fest, a Native American film festival, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company, HBO, and Kung Fu Monkey Productions, announced today they have selected 7 participants for the 4th NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB, a talent development program that aims to boost the careers of Native American writers.

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB participants will take part in a five week curriculum curated  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:

Cara Jade Myers (Kiowa/Wichita)

John Timothy (Muscogee Creek)

Shelley Dennis (Choctaw)

William Paul Smith (Eastern Shoshone)

Micah Wright (Muscogee Creek)

Carolina Hoyos (Quechua Inka)

Robert Vestal (Cherokee)

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 Bryan Davidson (Creative Executive/Skydance Media).

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, “We’re excited to bring together this remarkable group of Native American writers with distinctive voices and dynamic stories, Once again we have a stellar group of Native writers who have shown considerable talent and even greater potential. We welcome them to the program to advance their expertise and professional skills with the aim of seeing them build careers as writers.”

The 2019 Native American TV Writers Lab is sponsored by Comcast/NBCUniversal,The Walt Disney Company, HBO, and Kung Fu Monkey Productions.




April 22
May 29