Disney Partners With The Black List for Residency Program

1:18 PM PST 03/05/2014 by Borys Kit

The partnership marks the second studio alignment for the script service and database.

Walt Disney Studios is teaming up with The Black List, the screenwriting database, to help populate the studio's Feature Writers Program.

The Black List, which was founded by Franklin Leonard and is behind the annual survey of best unproduced scripts, will cull from its writing submissions for the next two months a shortlist that it will submit to the studio. Disney will then pick and choose "exceptional writers" from that list, according to the joint announcement by the companies, to join its program, a one-year residency that is part of the company's live-action division.

Some of the criteria being looked at seem ephemeral -- "unique and distinctive points of view" -- but those interested can get more info at blcklst.com (no "a" nor "i").

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To be eligible, writers cannot have earned more than $250,000 from their screenwriting work over the previous 10 years.

"There are countless stories to be told and we're always looking for new perspectives at every stage of filmmaking, especially during the creation of a script," said Walt Disney Pictures president of production Sean Bailey.

The partnership with Disney is The Black List's second alignment with a studio. In July 2013, it teamed up with Warner Bros. for a program that's open to minorities, women and other so-called under-served demographics.

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