Episodic Makers Lab

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Episodic Makers Lab

The Episodic Makers Lab is designed to identify exciting independent voices who are taking the initiative to produce their own episodic content. The two-part program focuses on the craft of serialized storytelling over multiple episodes, and targets artists who are already developing their body of work across a variety of creative disciplines.


Saturday, June 27th, 2020

  • 9:30am - 10:15am PT: Creative Advisor Introductions 
  • 10:30am - 11:50am PT:  Individual Story Meeting #1
  • 11:50am - 12:05pm PT: Break
  • 12:05pm - 1:25pm PT: Individual Story Meeting #2

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

  • 9:30am - 12:30pm PT: Simulated Writers Room: fiftyTWO with Creative Advisor Dahvi Waller
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm PT: Social Lunch 

Monday, June 29th, 2020

  • 9:30am - 10:30am PT: Crafting Your Pitch with Industry Mentors Lyle Friedman, Aric Avelino, and Rafael Agustín
  • 10:30am - 10:40am PT: Break
  • 10:40am - 12:15pm PT:  Pitch Workshop Groups (two groups)
            Group 1: Lyle Friedman and Cami Delavigne with VERIFIED, SPACING IN, SCOUTMASTERS, and                    fiftyTWO
            Group 2: Aric Avelino and Rafael Agustín with THE CLINCH, GRIOT, TOO LONG AT THE FAIR, and                  GOOD BOY

  • 12:15pm - 1:30pm:  Break 
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00pm PT: Panel: Producing the Episodic Series with Industry Mentors (Open to Sundance Staff and Summer Fellows)


Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

  • 10:00am - 1:00pm PT: Simulated Writers Room: Verified with Creative Advisor Erica Rivinoj
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm PT:  Break
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm PT: Group Photo and Wrap Meeting

The Sundance Institute Episodic Program is supported by Comedy Central, AMC and SundanceTV, BET Networks, Netflix, STARZ, Amazon Studios, The Horn Foundation, RT Features, The Walt Disney Company, and WarnerMedia.