LONDON: Emirati film production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi has teamed up with Faraway Road Productions, the Israeli banner behind the Netflix series “Fauda” and “Hit & Run,” to launch an open call for emerging TV writers from the region.
The TV Writers’ Lab aims to support aspiring writers by providing them with opportunities and mentorship to develop their TV series and gain exposure in the international arena.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Image Nation Abu Dhabi on this collaboration that aims to empower promising new TV writers,” commented the creators of “Fauda” and founders of Faraway Road Productions, Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff.
“Through this impactful and bold new writers’ lab, we hope to upskill the region’s promising talents, elevate their careers and help share their stories with the world.”
Up to 12 writers from the UAE and Israel will be selected to participate in the four-month program which includes two in-person workshops held in Abu Dhabi, as well as monthly online mentoring and feedback sessions.
The program will offer the selected candidates access to experienced mentors, guest speakers, and international creators who will guide and inspire them in their creative journey.
During the program, which encompasses workshops in October 2023 and March 2024, the participating writers will have the chance to refine their proposals, create pilot episodes, and prepare pitch presentations.
“Image Nation has provided top-class training to aspiring filmmakers, writers and creatives for over 10 years, nurturing an impressive emerging generation of entertainment professionals,” said Ben Ross, chief content officer at Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
“This new Writers’ Lab strengthens our programming even further, offering four months of dedicated feedback, mentoring and industry insights — an invaluable experience for anyone hoping to break into entertainment.”
Speaking about the program, Ross also emphasized the significance of this initiative as a means to fortify the bond between the UAE and Israel, noting that “creative industries are also a vital channel for cultural exchange.”
Aspiring TV writers residing in the UAE and Israel have the chance to apply for this program until June 22.
Submissions should include a comprehensive concept, encompassing a story overview, character descriptions, and a previous writing sample.