Fox Names Writers Intensive Fellow

8:30 AM PST 07/31/2013 by Lesley Goldberg
Courtesy of FOX
Yule Caise

Writer-director Yule Caise earns a development deal with FX Networks for his work in the program.

Fox Writers Intensive has selected a winner for its 2013 program.

Writer-director Yule Caise has been selected the Fox Writers Intensive Fellow, earning a development deal with FX Networks, Fox Audience Strategy announced Wednesday.

Caise was selected from the sophomore class of 10 FWI finalists and via his new FXP deal, will pitch a new original script to FX Networks under the deal in conjunction with Fox and 20th Century Fox Televison Studios.

Additionally, Fox will award Caise's referring organization -- the NAACP Hollywood Bureau -- a $15,000 FWI grant to be earmarked for its writing program.

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Created in 2011, the FWI is designed to nurture writers with diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences in a bid to create a pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox projects.

This year, Fox Audience Strategy expanded is program to provide opportunities across multiple Fox companies including Harper Collins and 20th Century Fox Film.

"The Fox Writers Intensive program is an incredible resource for discovering new talents,” said Eric Schrier, president of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions. "We're pleased to have recruited Yule as our first FWI fellow, and are eager to have him join the team of gifted writers who've made FX the home of so many critically acclaimed programs."

Finalists in the FWI spent four months participating in a rigorous curriculum, administered by FWI partner Film Independent, honing their skills. The program featured sessions with writers and producers, including Hart Hanson (Bones), Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men), Dave Finkel and Brett Baer (New Girl) and Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead).

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