Gearing up for 2020? So is the latest class of NBC’s Writers on the Verge initiative.
The Writers on the Verge program provides a platform for emerging TV writers of diverse backgrounds to gain exposure and interact directly with executives and other industry professionals. This year’s class of eight, selected from a pool of over 2,300 applicants, was announced yesterday and includes four Asian American writers: drama writer Mitali Jahagirdar, and comedy writers Rishi Chitkara, Shirin Najafi and Min-Woo Park. Writers Andi Delott, Maya Houston, Lira Kellerman and Shani Am. Moore make up the other half of the class.
Over the course of the six-month program, these writers will work on developing pilot scripts and increasing their pitching skills, with the end goal of booking a staff writing position on a series. Last year’s graduates have gone on to write for shows like NBC’s “Council of Dads” and Netflix’s “Sentient,” so hopefully we’ll soon see this class’ graduates behind the scenes of our favorite shows.