US: Disney Channel Storytellers initiative to fuel future programming

A Disney Channel Storytellers initative has been launched to help Disney find new talent for future programming on its cable networks.

The 20-week initiative aims to ‘foster creative ideas and develop the next generation of series creators and screenwriters’.

Disney Channel Storytellers is open to professional writers, who will earn a salary while on the course.

"The unique Storytellers program will create new opportunities for collaboration and inspiration for the series creators of tomorrow," said Jennilee Cummings, VP original series at Disney Channels Worldwide.

"There is nothing more inspirational than watching people with natural, creative gifts grow, and we expect to continue the success of this program on an annual basis."

This first initiative will result in three chosen applicants getting work experience and each will have their live-action script developed for pilot consideration.

Disney Channel Storytellers runs from August 2014 to January 2015 in Burbank, California.

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