Berlin, November 15, 2021 – In collaboration with the entertainment technology startup , Netflix is launching an acceleration program for promising screenwriters from German-speaking countries. After Impact’s collaboration with Netflix in Los Angeles, the program is now continuing in Europe for the first time, starting with Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In the submission and application process, up to five promising writers with outstanding film or television ideas are selected and accepted into Impact’s mentorship program. Over the course of eight weeks, they will be paired with experienced professionals from the American industry to develop a script for a live-action film or series pilot. The five selected writers will receive an honorarium from Netflix for the script they develop in the workshop under a writing agreement with Netflix.
The program will run from May 2 to June 24, 2022. German, Austrian and Swiss citizens or permanent residents can apply until January 1, 2022 with a thoughtful idea as well as a writing sample. Further information can be found at .
An opportunity for the next generation of creative talent
The partnership with Impact is a new step for Netflix to discover authentic and unseen talent in German-speaking countries and to counter the shortage of skilled labor in the film industry. It is part of the global Grow Creative initiative, with which Netflix, under the leadership of Chris Mack, is committed to breaking down barriers to access and creating conditions and structures in the film industry in which talent Creatives from underrepresented groups in society can also perform more easily in artistic professions.
In addition to the personal mentorship program, screenwriters will participate with Impact executives, screenwriters, and film and television talent in weekly seminars and Q&As to gain in-depth insight into areas of film development and television and production.
“Impact was founded to create new technologies and systems to democratize access to the entertainment industry, discover global talent at scale, and rapidly generate original intellectual property. Netflix has been our biggest supporter since the very beginning and has purchased 13 original film and series projects from Impact writers around the world, with two of their films currently in production. Their commitment to telling original global stories and investing in new talent is unmatched, and know better than anyone how technology can empower artists and the creative process. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Chris and the team at Grow Creative to discover new and diverse voices in the DACH region and share their stories with the world,” said Impact CEO, Tyler Mitchell.
Sasha Bühler, Director, EMEA Film, and Steffi Ackermann, Director, Local Language Series DACH, Netflix: “We believe in investing in the next generation of creative and diverse talent. As an integral part of the German film industry, we therefore want to increase our commitment here. In doing so, Impact has found innovative new ways to seek out undiscovered talent and stories and further develop them with world-renowned writers and showrunners. The success of the program speaks for itself and we very much look forward to receiving applications from local talent and continuing to work together.”
Founded by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and led by CEO Tyler Mitchell, Impact was created to solve problems in the entertainment industry. Through its acceleration programs, Impact discovers, cultivates and nurtures creative storytellers around the world through its innovative talent identification and mentorship system, which enables promising writers to break into the industry within months. Impact’s talent identification system is capable of quickly evaluating thousands of submissions while ensuring that all creatives have equal access, opportunity and transparency.
Since its inception in 2018, Impact has built a network of over 65,000 creators in over 140 countries and developed 76 original projects, 41 of which have been acquired by leading entertainment companies including Netflix, Sony, FX, Warner Bros., Amblin, Chernin, eOne, Village Roadshow, Legendary, Scott Free, Midnight Radio, Imagine and many more. Last year, 33 Impact alumni sold a new project or were hired as staff for shows on Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Disney+, HBO Max, CW, FX, Nickelodeon, Hulu and BET. The Netflix EMEA deal builds on previous work with Netflix’s US Studio Film division.
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