News Release

Native American Media Alliance

The Native American Media Alliance announced its selections for the Second Annual Native American Showrunner Program, sponsored by WarnerMedia, Bad Robot, Comcast NBCUniversal and the Cherokee Nation Film Office, in partnership with Kung Fu Monkey Productions.

“We are so proud to be supporting the Native American Media Alliance with this incredible program,” said Karen Horne, Senior Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, WarnerMedia. “Amplifying underrepresented voices is a major priority for our company, and the implementation of the Native American Showrunner Program is a key effort toward achieving that goal.”

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 several meetings with assigned showrunner mentors 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 provide overall insight into running a television series.

The Native American Showrunner Program is a unique endeavor designed to propel experienced Native American writers to the highest levels of television writing and producing. This initiative continues the Native American Media Alliance’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.

“Television and media are the strongest ways to enlighten communities and engage with audiences on every level,” stated Ian Skorodin, Director of Strategy for the Native

American Media Alliance. “The Native American Showrunner Program not only recognizes and supports excellence in writing for television, it also acknowledges the unique voices of Native America and address the desire to reach the highest positions in this industry.”

Pictured: Native American Media Alliance announces its selections for the Second Annual Native American Showrunner Program.

Pictured: Native American Media Alliance announces its selections for the Second Annual Native American Showrunner Program.

The 2021 Native American Showrunner Program fellows:

Doane Tulugaq Avery, Inupiaq, is a filmmaker whose stories focus on feminine, queer, and Indigenous character-driven narratives. She was the recipient of the LA Skins Fest Emerging Filmmaker Award and the imagineNATIVE Jane Glassco Award for Emerging Talent. Her short films have also screened at Outfest, Oaxaca Film Fest, Seattle Queer Film Festival, Māoriland, the Hamilton Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, and the Cinematheque in Winnipeg. She was selected as a fellow for the Sundance Institute + IAIA Native Writers Workshop, the Barcid Foundation’s Native American TV Writers Lab, and the 2nd Annual Native American Writers Room sponsored by the Pop Culture Collaborative. She received an MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. Currently, she is working with Topple Productions as a co-writer on the forthcoming film MOTHERTRUCKER, and as co-writer for an unannounced queer western horror film. She is from the Pacific Northwest, is of Iñupiaq decent, and lives in Los Angeles.

Carlee Malemute, Athabascan, born and raised in an Alaskan village of 500, is a graduate from USC’s Screenwriting MFA Program and a participant in the 2016 Native American TV Writers Lab and the 2018 Native American Features Lab. She co-wrote three movies for Lifetime, was staffed on Hallmark’s Good Witch, co-ran the writers’ room for a digital Native American series, and is currently staffed on Netflix’s Spirit Rangers. She enjoys writing stories about complicated families.

Jason Marcus is a writer and comic from Boston whose writing blends realistic characters with absurdist premises by exploring the uniquely human experience in ways that are universally relatable. Most recently, he has written for an upcoming series on Netflix. Among his accolades, Jason is a Native American TV Writers Lab fellow and an NBC Late Night Writers Workshop alum. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, their twin toddlers, and a pug named Macho Man. Jason is a Libra and an above average bowler, living in Los Angeles with his wife and their adopted pug, Macho Man.

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.

The 2nd Annual Native American Showrunner Program is sponsored by WarnerMedia, Bad Robot, Comcast NBCUniversal and the Cherokee Nation Film Office, in partnership with Kung Fu Monkey Productions.

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