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WGA Launches Showrunner Training Program

Jul 28, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The WGA has joined with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers to offer the Showrunner Training Program, a class that teaches television writers how to become showrunners. AMPTP companies and networks will fund the program, which is an offspring of the 2004 WGA contract negotiations.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work together with the guild to support this innovative program, developing the future showrunners of our industry,” said Leslie Moonves, chairman of CBS. “The lifeblood of our business lies in its ability to train the most promising of its professionals into people capable of turning a creative vision into a real television program that pleases viewers week after week.”

The six-week program will begin in January. Twenty writers will be selected to participate. The program is open only to WGA television writers employed on shows or involved in active network or studio pilot development.

The program was developed by Jeff Melvoin (“Alias”), John Wells (“ER”), WGAw Executive Director John McLean and program administrator Carole Kirschner.