The Walt Disney Studios and The Black List Team to Discover Diverse Writers

Calling all storytellers: Diversity and fresh perspectives are critical to injecting more creativity into the filmmaking process, and today The Walt Disney Studios and The Black List announced a collaboration to find undiscovered writers with diverse perspectives for the Studio’s Feature Writers Program.

The Black List began in 2005 as an annual survey of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, and has since grown into a comprehensive online script collection with the goal of connecting aspiring writers and producers to create great films.

As part of the collaboration, The Black List will collect submissions over the next two months and compile a shortlist of potential writers to recommend to Disney (since this is for up-and-comers, none of those selected can have made more than $250,000 from their screenwriting work over the last ten years).

Disney will have the opportunity to consider these writers for the Feature Writers Program, a one-year residency in Disney’s live-action filmmaking group that provides invaluable development and mentorship opportunities in the entertainment industry.

“There are countless stories to be told and we’re always looking for new perspectives at every stage of filmmaking, especially during the creation of a script,” Sean Bailey, president, Production, The Walt Disney Studios, says. “Disney is thrilled to partner with The Black List to uncover the next generation of creative and talented writers who will create the classic stories of tomorrow.”

Writers can submit scripts starting today at