The Universal Writers Lab identifies up-and-coming and experienced screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The only feature film lab sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Lab develops storytellers who organically incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.
The one-year paid Lab engages writers in writing exercises to demonstrate their ability to generate theatrical and commercial concepts. Concepts may be considered for further development by the studio but it is not guaranteed. Writers selected to participate in the Lab are hired under an agreement requiring a non-exclusive but full-time commitment during the term of the Lab. Additionally, should a writer’s material be identified as potential development content, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) will have the option to acquire the writer’s material after the term of the Lab ends. From pitch to final draft, writers are afforded creative guidance from executives, producers and designated creative consultants. In addition to the writing exercises, writers participate in a curriculum designed to strengthen their creative and professional development, as well as overall knowledge of the Studio production process from pitch to premiere. The Lab also provides access to agents, managers and various industry professionals through meetings and/or events.