The Native American Media Alliance announced its selections for the inaugural Native American Showrunner Program, sponsored by Bad Robot, Comcast NBCUniversal, National Endowment for the Arts Pop Culture Collaborative and A+E Networks, in partnership with Kung Fu Monkey Productions.
“We are excited to usher in another year of incredible writers for this unique intensive,” said Cara Jade Myers (Kiowa/Wichita), director of outreach for the Native American Media Alliance. “We look forward to the new work they develop with their showrunner mentors throughout the program.”
The 2022 Native American Showrunner Program fellows:
The Native American Showrunner Program is a multi-month intensive that offers mentorship from television showrunners and series creators to experienced Native American writers. Program fellows take part in one-on-one meetings with assigned showrunners who offer guidance on furthering the fellows’ writing careers and to provide creative feedback on current projects. The program consists of comprehensive mentoring to develop each writer’s 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 initiative designed to propel experienced Native American writers to higher levels of television. 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 an 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 television producing positions.
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.
In addition, participants will author a new pilot and series bible with the artistic support of their respective mentors. Participants will also have group meetings with their fellows participants and showrunners from other television series. These components offer additional creative and business oriented opportunities. Participants will also receive a small stipend, writing software and additional resources to help bolster their career.
Check out the past showrunner fellows here: