Pilot Accelerator

Polish your pitch and pilot

A three-week intensive virtual program with sessions that includes critiques, legal information, and pitch coaching.

Pitch to major studios

Companies including HBO, Warner Horizon, Broadway Video and many more will take meetings with our fellows.

Get read by industry insiders

Our panel of prestigious judges are producers and writers on your favorite shows and they want to read your work!

In this highly competitive virtual accelerator program for TV writers, 6-8 fellows will receive three weeks of industry training before having the opportunity to pitch to major studios, production companies and producers. The entire accelerator, including training and pitching, will occur online.


The goal of this program is to launch the careers of our fellows, which could take the form of selling their TV pilot; securing follow-up meetings with executives; getting hired as a freelance writer, staff writer or writing support staff on an existing series; and/or making valuable industry contacts.

Fellows will be selected with the help of industry judges.

See below for the timeline. If you have any questions not answered here or on our FilmFreeway page, visit our FAQ. All applicants must submit through FilmFreeway.

Who is hearing pitches
 

The 6-8 selected fellows will have the opportunity to pitch their pilots to an elite group of studios, productions companies and producers. These pitches will happen in the beginning of October over Zoom.

In addition to the companies listed below, the following individuals will be hearing pitches: Clifton Campbell (executive producer of "Sleepy Hollow,"  "White Collar," "The Glades" ), Leonard Dick ("The Good Wife," "House," "Lost"), and Kevin Fox (co-executive producer "Law & Order SVU". "Lie to Me").

HBO

"Big Little Lies," "Game of Thrones," "Insecure"

Berlanti Productions ("Riverdale," "The Flash," "You")

"Riverdale," "The Flash," "Supergirl"

Warner Horizon Television

"Queen Sugar," "Pretty Little Liars," "You"

Fabel ("Bosch")

"Bosch"

Element Pictures ("Normal People")

"Normal People"

Tornante Company ("NOS4A2," "BoJack Horseman")

"NOS4A2"

HBO max

"Made for Love," "The Flight Attendent"

Broadway Video ("Shrill," "30 Rock," "Kenan")

"Shrill," "30 Rock," "Kenan"

Jax Media ("Broad City," "A Black Lady Sketch Show," "Emily in Paris")

"Broad City," "A Black Lady Sketch Show," "Search Party"

Who is judging the submissions
 

Semi-finalists' pilots will be read by an incredible group of judges, including showrunners and TV writers. This panel of judges will help us select the finalists, who will then go through a virtual interview before the 6-8 fellows are selected. Even if you are not selected as a fellow, there is still a chance you might be contacted if one of these judges likes your script enough to interview or refer you for a writing position.

Elle Johnson

Elle Johnson is a writer, producer and showrunner. Most recently, she served as a co-showrunner on Netflix’s limited series "Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker" starring/produced by Octavia Spencer. In addition, Johnson wrote, produced and/or executive produced on shows including "CSI: Miami," "Law & Order," "Ghost Whisperer," "Saving Grace," "The Glades," "Finding Carter," "The Fosters,” "Homicide," "Any Day Now," and "Bosch.”

Nicole Mirante-Matthews

Nicole Mirante-Matthews is a producer and writer, known for co-ep of The Walking Dead, co-ep of Luke Cage, supervising producer of NCIS, and writer for Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She began her career as a TV news reporter, graduating from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, USA.

Kristina Thomas

Writer on the upcoming Bad Robot/HBO Drama “DEMIMONDE”, Writer-Director Kristina Thomas first showed her potential in the documentary side of filmmaking by winning awards that led her to win $50,000 to direct a pilot TV show in New Orleans, Louisiana for MTV/Endemol. After paying her dues as script coordinator for such shows as Greenleaf, Lovecraft Country and The Haunting of Bly Manor (S2), her feature "WORTH IT" received recognition as a semi-finalist for the Women in Film/ The Blacklist.

Jasmine Russ

Australian born, Jasmine Russ immigrated to the US in 2014 to work in casting before transitioning to development under Fabrik Entertainment. Currently she is the Director of Development at Fabel Entertainment where she specializes in genre blending, horror, comedy and first time creators. As an executive at Fabel, Jasmine has set up multiple projects at Netflix, Amazon and IMDb TV, as well as working with the team to shepherd and grow the development slate.

Charise Castro Smith

Charise Castro Smith is a writer, producer and actor originally from Miami. Her playwrighting credits include EL HURACÁN, FEATHERS AND TEETH and THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE. Her television credits include THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (Netflix), THE EXORCIST (Fox) and SWEETBITTER (Starz). Charise is also a graduate of the M.F.A Yale School of Drama.

Obehi Janice

Obehi Janice is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor and comedian. Her credits include Dicktown (FXX), Castle Rock (Hulu) and an upcoming show on HBO. She’s currently developing a pilot with Hillman Grad and Big Beach for Amazon Studios. You can see her face on a screen at The National Museum of Natural History talking about the lessons learned from dinosaur extinction.

Timeline
 

The virtual accelerator runs from Sept. 16 to Oct 8, 2021. The 6-8 fellows who are accepted into this program will spend several weeks polishing their pilots and pitches through sessions with guest speakers and peer review before a week of pitching to studio executives and production companies. All sessions and pitches will take place through Zoom.

Fellows are required to attend every session. Here are the dates (note these dates and times are subject to change):

June 17, 2021:

Applications open.

July 1, 2021:

Regular deadline

July 21, 2021:

Late deadline

Mid-August:

Semi-finalists announced. Semi-finalists' scripts will be read and scored by industry judges.

Late August:

Finalists announced. All finalists will be interviewed virtually.

First week of September:

Fellows are announced. Fellows will have assigned work to complete before the beginning of the program, including reading other fellows' scripts, watching several virtual workshops and polishing pitch materials.

Sept. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30, and Oct. 1, 2021, 3 - 6 p.m. PT / 6 - 9 p.m. ET:

Fellows attend virtual meetings led by WWFC and industry insiders to strengthen their scripts, polish their loglines, prepare pitch materials, practice pitching, and learn about navigating emails they might come across in the entertainment industry. Industry guests include “Self Made” co-showrunner Elle Johnson, speech coach Samara (dialect coach for Gal Gadot and Rachel McAdams), and entertainment lawyer Anuj Gupta.

Wednesday - Friday, Oct. 6-8, 2021:

Pitch week! Prior to this week, we will send the fellows' loglines to the companies and individuals signed on to hear pitches. They will each select three pitches they would like to hear based on those loglines. Fellows will be notified with the exact dates and times of their pitch meetings a few days in advance. 

 
Press

Learn about our new pilot accelerator on Variety and Women and Hollywood:

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