Whoa!  When Fox said they were looking for established writers for its Writers Intensive, they weren’t kidding: Among the ten finalists is none other than Academy Award-nominee Iris Yamashita — much loved by this reporter.

Oscar nominee Iris Yamashita


Also on the list are Scrubs writers Alessia Costantini and Mark Valadez, writer-director Jan Eliasberg, Friday Night Lights writer and WGA-nominee Jason Gavin, and writer-director Nicole Jefferson Asher, along with Nick Citton, Eric Nazarian, and Thomas Wong.

Fox Audience Strategy, the retooled diversity department, says the chosen then will work for four months with notables including Bones creator Hart Hanson, Davey Holmes (Awake), Patrick Massett (Friday Night Lights), Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family Guy), Virgil Williams (Criminal Minds), Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Eli Dolleman (The Cleveland Show), Laurence Andries (The Pacific), Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story) and Roy Lee (The Departed). While community organizations were invited to submit, all ten were submitted by reps with the exception of writer-director Tina Mabry, who gained notoriety for her film Mississippi Damned.



–Ken Choy

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