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Application Instructions

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  • Contact information for writer-creator(s) (up to 2 per project).
  • Bios of writer-creator(s) and other key creatives (up to 2) (may include the director, producer and/or cinematographer).
  • Series logline: 2-3 sentences that summarize your project concept and story.
  • Project description: a brief description (no more than 500 words) of the story, genre, central character(s) and world of the project.
  • Short essay responses (no more than 200-300 words per question) in answer to the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in telling this story? What is your personal connection to the material and/or why are you the best person to tell this story? What specific theme you are exploring?
    • Why are you developing this story as a short-form episodic series? What is the intended platform (e.g. – personal website, digital platform or aggregator, mobile device, social media, etc.), length of the project/series (i.e. – number of episodes), and approximate duration for each episode? If your project includes any interactive or VR components, please detail those here. Is there a specific approach to format, tone, aesthetic, narrative, production or distribution that is central to the execution of this series?
  • Samples of previous work: provide 1-3 URL links to samples of your previous work (not to exceed 10 minutes total in length). Samples may include short films, vlogs, web series episodes or other digital content. Please be sure to include passwords as needed.  
  • The first five pages of a pilot script for the first episode of your proposed short-form series (in pdf. form).
  • $20 non-refundable processing fee payable by credit card via the online application.
You will receive notification VIA EMAIL about whether or not you have advanced to the second round of our online application process by June 7, 2017. Applicants who advance to the second round will be required to submit the following materials by 6:00PM PST ON JUNE 28, 2017:
  • A full script for the first three episodes (including the pilot) of a short-form series (not to exceed 40 total pages in length).
  • Project overview (2-3 pages in length, between 1000-1500 words). This should be an in-depth description of the world, tone, themes, characters and story arcs for your project. If you are envisioning your project as a continuing series, please focus on what you see as the first season. You don’t need to break down the project episode by episode, but you should describe the primary storylines that will propel your characters forward over the course of the series.
  • A short video pitch (no more than 5 minutes in length) that gives us an overview of your project. This is your opportunity to show off your video-making skills, tells us a little bit about your background, and let us know why you are interested in telling this story. It should include your name(s), the title of your series, and a short description of the project, including the story, world, setting, tone, genre and main characters.
You will hear back from us VIA EMAIL on or before October 13, 2017 letting you know whether or not you have been selected for the Lab.

  • Applicants must be permanent legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at time of application.
  • The project must be the applicant’s original creation.
  • The project must be written in the English language.
  • The project must be new: not already produced, not already sold to a third party, and not distributed online or otherwise.
  • The project shall not infringe the copyright or any other proprietary right of another individual or entity. The Creator/Applicant is responsible for all rights pertaining to the project.

The email address you provide us with today will be the one we will use to contact you months from now, and email will be the only mode of communication we will use to contact you. Co-creators must designate one person as the primary point of contact, and list that person first (as “Primary Applicant/Creator 1”). All communications regarding your application will be sent to the Primary Applicant. All email notifications will come from If you have a "spamblocker," please allow emails to be sent into your inbox from this address.

Unfortunately, due to the amount of submissions, we cannot provide individual feedback.

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