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Episodic

Program

Offering one of the few training grounds for independent voices to develop an original series and pilot script, the Sundance Institute Episodic Program provides artists with the tools, training, and industry access to move their projects and careers forward.

Episodic Lab

The Sundance Institute Episodic Lab is a six-day program at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah that offers writers the opportunity to workshop a pilot script, while developing their writing and pitching skills. Working with accomplished showrunners, nonwriting creative producers, and executives, the Fellows participate in one-on-one story meetings, craft workshops, and simulated writers’ rooms, which together provide an elevated creative strategy for their material from key industry players in positions to advance their projects and careers.

Episodic Lab: Idea to Pilot

The Episodic Lab: Idea to Pilot is designed to identify emerging independent voices, with the goal of developing an original episodic project from its inception. The program focuses on the craft of outlining, writing, and revising episodic material. During the lab, fellows participate in workshops with accomplished showrunners to sharpen their episodic storytelling skills. After the lab, fellows receive strategic and creative support from Sundance Institute staff and creative advisors. Part one of the Episodic Lab: Idea to Pilot will take place November 11– 14, 2021.

For part two of the lab, fellows will reconvene in April with a new writing sample to participate in one-on-one story meetings, simulated writers’ rooms, and group conversations with industry mentors about project development, pitching, and the episodic landscape. Part two will take place April 9–12, 2022.

Year-Round Continuum of Support

Following participation in the labs, fellows receive customized, year-round support from Sundance Institute staff with a focus on project development, securing representation, and staffing. This includes ongoing creative and strategic advice from the Episodic Program team targeted introductions to agents, managers, writers, producers, and executives; inclusion in our alumni program,the Sundance Institute Collective opportunities to observe the writers’ rooms of shows currently in production; and ongoing mentorship with episodic writers, directors, and producers.

Support for the Sundance Institute Episodic Program

As of September 2021

The Sundance Institute Episodic Program is made possible by founding supporters Lyn and Norman Lear and Cindy Harrell Horn and Alan Horn. Leadership supporters are AMC and SundanceTV, Comedy Central, Netflix, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, STARZ, and WarnerMedia.

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