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2020 Native American Showrunner Program – Selections

April 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

     The Barcid Foundation is proud to announce its selections for the inaugural Native American Showrunner Program, sponsored by Bad Robot, Comcast NBCUniversal and Walt Disney Television, in partnership with Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Sugarshack Animation, Crunchyroll and Owen Dennis.

  “We are excited to launch a new and robust program that offers genuine opportunities for experienced Native American writers,” announced Patricia Gomes, Programs Director. “The goal is to provide fellows, who have been through our programs and have grown their careers, a new level of support from the entertainment industry.”

     The Native American Showrunner Program is a nine-month intensive that offers mentorship from television showrunners and series creators to experienced Native American writers. Program fellows take part in meetings with assigned showrunners who will offer guidance on furthering the fellows’ writing careers and to provide creative feedback on current projects. The program consists of weekly one-on-one mentoring to develop the writers’ abilities, offer advice as it pertains to producing for television and overall insight into running a television series.

     The Native American Showrunner Program is a unique program designed to propel experienced Native American writers to higher levels of television. This initiative continues the Barcid Foundation’s drive for inclusion and focuses on new points of access for the Native American community. The fellowship is a direct extension of the Native American TV Writers Lab as it equips the next generation of Native American writers with the skills and professional network to break into the television producing positions.

The 2020 Native American Showrunner Program fellows:

Siena East (Choctaw)

Shelley Dennis (Choctaw)

Anthony Florez (Paiute)

John Timothy (Muscogee/Creek)

     The Native American Showrunner Program was created to expand the number of Native Americans working behind the camera to increase fair and accurate portrayals of Native Americans on television. Native Americans continue to maintain the lowest representation of writers on current television series.

     In addition, participants will author a new pilot and series bible with the artistic support of their respective mentors. Participants will also have group meetings with their fellows participants and showrunners from other television series. These components offer additional creative and business oriented opportunities. Participants will also receive a small stipend, writing software and additional resources to help bolster their career.

The 2020 Native American Showrunner Program is sponsored by Bad Robot, Comcast NBCUniversal, and Walt Disney Television.



April 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am
November 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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