Writers become employees of Disney | ABC Television Group and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000.00 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits plans. The program is designed to expose writers to key executives, producers and literary representatives – all essential in the development of a writing career. Additionally, while in the program, writers have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a current programming or development executive to create spec scripts of series from the current broadcast season. The ultimate goal is to prepare the writers for television staffing.
The submission period for the Writing Program opens in the Spring. Please check our homepage for specific dates. Applications postmarked prior to the application start date or later than the application deadline date will not be considered for the Program.
Application and submission guidelines are accessible during the designated, open-submission period. Please check the homepage for updates.
Writing Program applicants will need to submit a completed application, a spec script of a broadcast or cable network series that is in production for broadcast during the current television season. Among the extensive criteria for spec scripts are: accuracy in character voice; story structure; effectiveness in capturing the series' tone; and innovation. No materials will be returned after the judging process. No previous professional writing experience is necessary, but strong spec script writing samples are required. Individuals selected as finalists will be required to provide additional writing samples. Applicants must be able to legally work in the United States and be at least 21 years of age.
Writing Program semi-finalists are contacted in November. Those who are selected to move on to the finalists' round are typically notified in December, and will be required to participate in an in-person interview with a panel of Disney|ABC Television Group executives, and established television producers. The Writing Program commences in January and concludes in January of the following year. Please note that time frames are subject to change.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we are unable to give feedback; however, information indicating final-application status will be sent via email.