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TV Writing Programs and Fellowships ft. Andy Mathieson, Jenny Deiker Restivo and Thomas Reyes (PT85)

Alex and Nick invite three fellows of the network TV writing programs to discuss their experiences applying, being selected, and participating in the curricula.

Guests include Andy Mathieson from the 2016 Disney/ABC Writing Program, Jenny Deiker Restivo from the 2018 FOX Writers Lab, and Thomas Reyes from the 2016 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop.

What is the selection process of the TV writing programs? What are the interview rounds like? What are the fellowships’ requirements? What can you learn in the writing programs? What are some common misconceptions about them? How do you get the most out of the experience?

The Paper Team applies themselves…



1 – Speccing, applying, and the TV writing programs’ selection process (00:00:39)
2 – Being in the TV writing programs (00:28:46)
3 – After the TV writing programs (00:48:58)
Resources and Next Week On (01:06:20)


Andy Mathieson on IMDb
Jenny Deiker Restivo on Twitter
Thomas Reyes on Twitter
“TV Writing Fellowships: The Big Six” – TV Calling
Disney/ABC TV Writing Program
FOX Writers Lab
Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop
Nickelodeon Writing Program
Altered Carbon
Hard Sun
Future Man
The Carmichael Show

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.

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