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In its 18 years, over 100 emerging diverse writers have graduated from the ViacomCBS Global Inclusion Writers Mentoring Program. Over 80 careers have been launched. The goal of the program is to positively impact the presence of diverse writers throughout the industry.

There are many different paths writers can follow to get their first foothold in being hired in television. As part of its ongoing commitment to create additional access for writers of diverse backgrounds, ViacomCBS' Office of Global Inclusion has launched a different kind of writers program which highlights one of those paths. 

The focus of this eight-month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and showrunners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed. The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and the decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television. 

Each participant will be teamed with a CBS network or studio executive with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career. 

Once a week, participants will be invited to attend a small workshop-style meeting with various CBS showrunners and other industry professionals. Speakers include executive producers, agents, managers, development and current executives and showrunners. The purpose of these gatherings is for participants to gain a better understanding of how the business works from many different perspectives as well as creating the opportunity to make critical networking connections. 

Another important part of the program is the opportunity for each participant to spend time observing in a writers' room, as well as in the CBS current and/or development departments. Each participant will have help in creating a rigorous career action plan and there will be on-going support in evaluating and achieving those goals. Another important benefit of the program is the development of a close-knit peer support group that will sustain participants through the program and beyond. The ViacomCBS Global Inclusion Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to understand the unwritten rules of breaking in and moving up. It is a combination of mentoring and networking opportunities. Program opportunities such as mentoring, workshops, and observing can be scheduled around participants' existing work commitments. 

In order for a participant to get the most out of the Program a meaningful commitment of time and effort are required. It has been found that in order to derive the greatest benefit from the program, participants should be available to: 

  1. Attend once a week (evening) workshops and,
  2. Attend meetings or observe in various situations for a minimum of five full days (not necessarily in sequence) over the course of the eight-month program. 

The primary focus of the ViacomCBS Global Inclusion Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. Aspiring diverse writers with a strong desire to write for CBS television series are encouraged to apply. 

You must be 21 or older to be eligible. All completed application materials must be received between March 1, 2021 and May 1st, 2021 11:59 PM PST. Any submissions received before March 1st or after May 1st, 2021 11:59 PM PST will not be considered. 

No hand-delivered submissions will be accepted. Finalists will be notified in mid-September 2021 (or such later date as may be determined by ViacomCBS). The program is scheduled to begin in October 2021 and continues through April 2022. ViacomCBS reserves the right to make adjustments to program schedule as necessary. 

For application requirement details, visit the FAQ section at: https://www.viacbs.com/writers-mentoring-program

Additional questions can be e-mailed to: CBSEntertainmentDiversity@CBS.com




 
 
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Dear Sir or Madam:

I wish to submit to VIACOMCBS Entertainment (“you,” “your,” and/or “VIACOMCBS”), in support of my application for the VIACOMCBS Writers Mentoring Program, the material identified on the preceding page. Such summary and all materials and documents that may be submitted to VIACOMCBS with respect thereto, including all ideas, elements and their expression contained therein, are hereinafter referred to as "the Material".

In consideration of your examining the Material, I hereby represent, warrant and acknowledge and agree as follows:
My submission of the Material to VIACOMCBS is voluntary, not solicited by VIACOMCBS and not in confidence. There are no materials submitted to VIACOMCBS other than those described on the preceding page.

I represent and warrant that I am either the author or owner of all rights to said Material, or the duly authorized agent of the lawful owner of the Material. I also represent and warrant that I have full power and authority to submit the Material to you on the terms and conditions hereof and that no further consents from third parties are required. This agreement shall inure to your benefit and to the benefit of your parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations and to each of their respective officers, employees and agents.

The Material has been, and is hereby, submitted with the understanding that it may be used by you in connection with the VIACOMCBS Writers Mentoring Program. If I am selected for the VIACOMCBS Writers Mentoring Program, I agree either: (a) to give VIACOMCBS a right of first look/first negotiation with respect to any concepts, ideas, etc. arising out of or related to the Material; or (b) you shall determine in good faith that you have the right to use all of any part of the Material without obtaining clearance, either because the Material, or any part thereof, so used is not new or novel, or were not originated by me, or is in the public domain, or is otherwise not legally protected or protectable, or was not reduced to concrete form, or was obtained by you from other sources, including without limitation, your own employees, or from any other person, it being understood and acknowledged that this submission is not being made in confidence.

For any and all services I provide to VIACOMCBS in connection with the VIACOMCBS Writers Mentoring Program (“Services”), I agree that VIACOMCBS shall be the sole and exclusive owner of all results and proceeds of such Services and all rights therein, whether now or hereafter existing, worldwide, in perpetuity as a “work made for hire” specially ordered or commissioned by VIACOMCBS and as defined in the United States Copyright Act of 1976, including, without limitation, all literary and musical material and/or any ideas, compositions, arrangements, translations, creations and products resulting from or incidental to the same, for all purposes in connection with the distribution, advertising and exploitation of such results and proceeds or any part thereof in connection with the VIACOMCBS Writers Mentoring Program. I hereby waive all so-called "moral rights" or any similar rights or principles of law, which I may now or later have in the results and proceeds of my Services to VIACOMCBS. In the event that any of my Services arise from or are related to the Material (including without limitation, to any derivative works, spin-offs, formats, etc.), I hereby irrevocably grant and assign to VIACOMCBS, for good and valuable consideration (receipt of which is hereby acknowledged), all rights of every kind and nature (including, without limitation, all copyrights and all extensions and renewals of copyrights) in any and all media whether now known or hereafter devised, in and to the Services and the results and proceeds of the Services rendered in connection with said Material forever and throughout the universe, with the exclusive right to change, adapt, modify, use and otherwise exploit said Material and the results and proceeds of my Services rendered in connection therewith as VIACOMCBS, in its sole discretion, may desire.

VIACOMCBS shall have the right, without the obligation of any additional consideration to me, to use and permit others to use my name, photograph, likeness, voice and biography in connection with the advertising, publicizing and exploiting the results and proceeds, the Services, the VIACOMCBS Writers Mentoring Program, the Material or any part thereof through any means or medium and all forms of interactive media, now known or hereafter devised.

Should VIACOMCBS elect to proceed under 3(a) above, then VIACOMCBS shall have one hundred and eighty (180) days following end of the VIACOMCBS Writers Mentoring Program (e.g., the last date of final workshop) to elect to proceed with the development of such Material. If Studio elects not to proceed with the Material, I may take such Material to a third party without further obligation to VIACOMCBS. If VIACOMCBS does elect to proceed with the Material, the parties will negotiate in good faith on an exclusive basis with respect to the terms and conditions of an agreement in connection with such Material. If the parties are unable to enter into an agreement after negotiating for sixty (60) days, I may take the Material to a third party; provided, however, that I may not enter into any agreement for the development or any other exploitation of the Material with any third party on terms less or equally favorable to me than those last offered to VIACOMCBS without first giving VIACOMCBS the opportunity to match the third party’s offer. Should VIACOMCBS proceed under 3(b) above, and I should dispute your right so to do, I undertake the entire burden of proof of originality, access, copying and all other elements necessary to establish your liability, and agree that my submission of the Material shall not give rise to a presumption or inference of copying or taking, or a presumption or inference that anyone, other than the particular individual to whom such material is delivered by me, had access to the Material or examined the Material.

Should I bring any action against you for wrongful appropriation of the Material or any part thereof, such action shall be limited to an action at law for damages, which shall not in any event, and under any theory, exceed the fair market value of material on the date hereof, and I specifically waive statutory damages and attorneys’ fees under Sections 504 and 505 of Title 17 of the U.S. Codes 1976, and I agree that in no event shall I seek or be entitled to any injunctive and/or other equitable relief and that I have neither the right to rescind or terminate this release or any of VIACOMCBS’ rights hereunder. Should I be unsuccessful in any such action, I acknowledge and agree that I must pay your court costs, costs of depositions and other discovery, attorneys’ fees and the fees and charges of any experts engaged by you to ascertain originality, public domain status, or any other facts or factors deemed necessary or advisable by you in the defense of such action. As a condition precedent to any such action, I will give you written notice of my contention that you have no right to proceed under 3(b) above, stating the particulars in complete detail, and any such action shall be, and is hereby, waived and barred unless filed within six (6) months after your first public release or use of the Material, or thirty (30) days after you notify me in writing that you deny liability to me, whichever is earlier.
I acknowledge that I have retained a copy of the Material, and that any copy of the Material that I submit to VIACOMCBS will not be returned to me and will be destroyed at the end of the selection process. I assume full responsibility for any loss, theft, destruction, or any other disposition of any such copy while it is in VIACOMCBS’ possession or in transit.

I hereby release VIACOMCBS from, and covenant not to sue VIACOMCBS for, any claim or cause of action, whether known or unknown, based upon or relating to the use of my Services and/or the Material (except as detailed above in Section 7) or the exercise of any of the rights referred to in this agreement.

This agreement constitutes the entire understanding among the parties hereto. Any modification or waiver must be in writing, signed by all parties hereto. The invalidity of any provision of this agreement shall not effect the remaining provisions.




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​Applications for the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program are currently closed. Please check back in March 2022.
Applications will be open Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 at 12:01 AM PST and will close on June 2nd at 11:59 PM PST.