Skydance Television Partners With Impact for Emerging Writers Program

Joe Otterson
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Skydance Television and Impact are joining together to launch a new emerging writers program.

The program is part of a first-look deal Skydance TV has signed with Impact, under which they will source content from writers around the world. Through the open submission process, writers will submit ideas in four categories that Impact and Skydance will seek throughout the year – the first two of which are “Premium Dramas” and “Elevated Grounded Sci-Fi.” The application process kicks-off February 11. Writers can learn more and apply online at http://www.impact.net/skydance.

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“We are thrilled to partner with Impact in discovering the next great storytellers to further enhance and diversify our television slate,” said Skydance president and COO Jesse Sisgold. “This innovative approach to utilize the benefits of both technology and taste-making in order to amplify the voices of creators – whatever their geography, background, or connectivity to the traditional studio system – builds on Skydance’s goal of discovering emerging talent from all over the world and bringing their stories to global audiences.”

Skydance TV also recently announced a first-look deal Exile Content Studios to develop and produce premium scripted, Latinx-based series for a global audience. Earlier in 2020, Skydance partnered with South Korea’s CJ ENM, the studio behind “Parasite,” and its subsidiary Studio Dragon to collaborate across both studios’ libraries of Korean-based content, which followed a similar arrangement with Tencent and its China-based IP.

“Skydance is one of the most forward-thinking companies in the industry, who continually challenge the status quo by exploring new business models and paths to create premium content across genres and mediums,” said Impact CEO Tyler Mitchell. “We’re excited to partner with the entire Skydance TV team and open this opportunity to new creatives, as well as our existing community of writers from around the world to discover more incredible voices and stories that deserve to be told.”

Skydance Television is known for producing shows like Netflix’s longest-running hit comedy series “Grace and Frankie,” as well as “Altered Carbon,” “Condor,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “Foundation,” and “Jack Reacher” among many others.

In 2020, Impact inked a first look deal with Netflix Films to source and develop feature film projects across four genres. Additionally, Impact expanded its accelerator model to Australia, in partnership with Gentle Giant Media Group, Screen Australia, and Film Victoria, and launched the Impact Network, an online marketplace and professional networking platform designed specifically for entertainment industry professionals.

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