Nickelodeon has named three new participants for its 11th annual Fellowship for Diverse Writers. It was announced Monday by Karen Kirkland, executive director, Nickelodeon Fellowship for Diverse Writers.
Kevin Arietta, a New York University graduate and former NYPD cadet; Kiyong Kim, a writer, director and illustrator graduate of Massachusetts School of Art; and Brian Stampnitsky, a sketch comedian and film school graduate of Vassar, will join the 2010-2011 Nickelodeon fellowship program that offers hands-on writing experience on current live-action and animated series.[ Also Read: So You Think You Can Write Romance ]
Additionally, two of last years fellows were recently placed on staff of Nickelodeon’s animated hit series Fanboy & Chum Chum and The Penguins of Madagascar.
“Kevin, Kiyong and Brian are an amazing addition to our successful roster of writing fellows,” said Kirkland.
“The program gives us an opportunity to develop talent whose cultural experiences have traditionally remained underrepresented in television and film. We’re excited that their voices and point of view will be included in Nickelodeon programming and the entertainment industry at large.”[ Also Read: Shakira Gets Animated for Children Storybook ]
Created to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, the fellowship is designed to attract, develop and staff new and experienced, culturally and ethnically diverse writing talent on Nickelodeon network productions.
Operating in a three-phased structure, the fellowship provides a salaried position for one year, and offers first-hand experience writing spec scripts, pitching story ideas in both live-action and animation television.
Fellows have the opportunity to nurture relationships with creators, network executives, line producers, head writers, show runners and story editors.
The Nickelodeon Fellowship for Diverse Writers was established in 2000 and receives over 1,000 applications each year.
The three new fellows join an alumni group of 31 who have gone on to freelance and staff positions at various networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Disney, Kids’ WB!, PBS, Cartoon Network and the CW.
For more information, go to www.nickwriting.com.
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is a leading entertainment brand for kids.