In an effort to discover and nurture talented writers with unique voices and diverse backgrounds, MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau is partnering with major entertainment studios/production companies to develop a series of day-long labs in Los Angeles designed to advance Muslim screenwriters in their careers.
As the entertainment industry works toward inclusion, this series is an opportune time for writers to get your material in front of decision-makers who are looking to increase diversity in writers rooms.
Each lab will focus on a specific genre and will be lead by top writers in that genre. Our labs are designed to be small and intimate to allow instructors to give you the most one-on-one attention. Participants will speak with Hollywood executives, have their script evaluated, learn how to pitch their project, and network with fellow participants.
Our previous labs gave screenwriters an in-depth course in television comedy and drama writing in partnership with Disney/ABC Television Group and Wise Entertainment. Our next labs will be announced in Fall 2019.
The labs are designed for writers pursuing a career in Hollywood.
Applicants must submit an original one hour dramatic television pilot script that captures the writer’s unique tone, style, and point of view.
Have your original dramatic for-television script reviewed by Wise Entertainment, and meet with their top executives at their production studios in Los Angeles, CA.
Principles of Pitching
Learn directly from a Hollywood decision maker on how to prepare and present your pitch to make your project stand out. You will also learn how to interact with Hollywood executives.
Understand the Process
You will leave with a detailed understanding of the TV writing and development process, and develop a network of contacts to guide you in your writing career.
In Partnership with Disney/ABC Television Group
Congratulations to the eight talented screenwriters who have been selected for our TV comedy lab that will be lead by a talent exec and showrunner at Disney/ABC Television Group.
Kashif Pasta, Mariam Abd-Allah, MK Ansari, Nabeel Arshad, Preacher Moss, Yasmeen Mughal, Yusuf Ziddy, Zaki Barzinji
In Partnership with Wise Entertainment
Eight talented screenwriters were selected for our television drama lab that will lead by top executives at Wise Entertainment.
Najla Zaidi, M.K. Ansari, Zeshawn Ali, Faisal Ansari, Gillian Muller, Ali Abbas, Iman Saleh, Ali Imran Zaidi
Do I have to be Muslim to apply?
Yes. The series of labs have been designed in partnership with major entertainment studios who have created this unique opportunity to give Muslims an opportunity to break into Hollywood.
If I apply for this lab, am I applying for your future labs also?
No. Each lab is its own experience and as such, requires that a participant’s submitted material is specific to the lab that they are participating in.
What are your fees?
In the past, Early Bird application fees have typically been around $25. After the Early Bird window expires, the application fee has typically been around $45.
If accepted into the lab, the lab fee in the past has been $149. 2019 Lab fees will be announced in conjunction with the labs.
What does the lab fee cover?
The lab fee covers a full day program. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
You are responsible for your own travel and accommodations.
Why do you charge for applying?
A majority of screenwriting competitions require an application fee to cover the administrative costs associated with evaluating each applicant’s submitted material, and the MPAC Screenwriter Labs are no different.