News Release

Native American Media Alliance

The Native American Media Alliance, a Native American advocacy organization, in  partnership with A+E Networks, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Kung Fu Monkey Productions announced January 11 they are accepting applications for the 6th Annual  NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB. 

“We have had an incredible five years of the lab that has seen numerous fellows  flourish. We intend to expand the ranks of Native Americans in writers rooms throughout the ever-growing television industry. In our sixth year, we look forward to offering unique and rare opportunities to a new group of brilliant and exceptional Native American talent,” announced Ian Skorodin (Choctaw), Barcid Foundation CEO and NAMA Director of Strategy. 

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is an intensive TV writing workshop  that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks. This lab is designed to address the lack of Native American writers in primetime network TV. The most recent WGA inclusion report found Native/Indigenous screenwriters still have "almost no representation at all.”

The lab boasts numerous successes that has had several fellows go on to staff on current series on Netflix, Amazon, ABC, and others. Other lab fellows have sold pilots, obtained writer assistant positions and have acquired representation. During the lab, fellows meet with executives from our corporate partners and industry personnel.

6th Annual Native TV Writers Lab postcard.

6th Annual Native TV Writers Lab postcard.

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB was created in accordance with the Barcid Foundation’s mission to improve media portrayals of Native Americans and to increase the number of Native Americans employed in all facets of the media industry.

The five-week lab will take place April to May on a virtual platform and will offer seven Native American writers an opportunity to participate. The lab consists of panel discussions, one on one meetings and group workshops. The purpose of the lab is to further develop the skills of the writers and prepare them for employment in the industry.

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least one half hour comedy or one-hour drama television script within a five-week period. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives.

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB early deadline to apply is February 1st, 2021 (regular deadline is February 15th, 2021 and late deadline March 1st, 2021). For more information and to submit please visit www.nama.media.

The Native American Media Alliance (NAMA) advocates for Native American representation in the entertainment industry. This initiative functions as a resource for industry personnel to work with Native Americans who have an authentic voice for film, television and new media. The Native American Media Alliance is a project of the Barcid Foundation; a non-profit organization that focuses on multimedia programming in Indigenous communities.

For more information please visit our website nama.media or email contact@nama.media.

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