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Sky and Netflix launch writing fellowship for underrepresented talent with Bisha K Ali

Written by on 17 May 2021

Sky is launching a new writing fellowship with Netflix alongside screenwriter Bisha K Ali, to support talent from under-represented communities

The programme has begun accepting applications, and will give those involved the chance to get writing experience at Netflix or Sky, and gain their first TV credits.

There will also be a bursary awarded, and monthly seminars and workshops to attend.

Not only that, but participants will be assigned an industry mentor.

Screenwriter Ali said: “I am thrilled to be working alongside Netflix and Sky to launch our new Screenwriting Fellowship.

“Although my hope is that one day there will be no need for programmes like this to exist, this fellowship serves as an attempt to move toward a more inclusive industry and, ultimately, decrease barriers to entry for those who are often made to feel like outsiders in this field.”

Anne Mensah, vice president of original series at Netflix, said: “The Screenwriters’ Fellowship will provide outstanding writers with the support, networks and tools to find a home in our industry.

“Importantly, we’ve worked to design a programme that not only tries to remove some of the barriers to entering our industry, but provides the space, time and financial security to help writers develop their craft.

“I am thrilled to work alongside Bisha and Sky to support fantastic British voices.”

To apply to the programme, applicants will be required to submit a full script.