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The Sundance Episodic Program is an entry point for emerging scripted fiction writers that includes alumni like Katori Hall (Starz's PVALLEY), Barry Jenkins (Amazon's UNDERGROUND RAILROAD), and Heather Rae (Amazon's OUTER RANGE). We provide artists with the tools, guidance, and industry access to move your projects and careers forward. The Lab is the cornerstone of the program, an immersive six-day opportunity to develop original series under accomplished showrunners, creative producers, and development executives at the Sundance Mountain Resort. Pitch Parlor, is a separate event held in Los Angeles, to showcase alumni and their projects in front of the wider Hollywood industry. So how will your submission cut through and bring you into the fold? Join us for a direct Q&A with the program director and recent alumni who will give you all the pro tips when you're ready to apply! Submissions Open FEBRUARY 9th & Close MARCH 9th.

Find out more about the Sundance Institute Episodic Program here.

Shaped by his years teaching middle & high school in the South Bronx, Corey Dashaun's work explores coming-of-age teen experiences and their corresponding adventures, tribulations, and triumphs. In addition to being featured in Sundance's inaugural Pitch Parlor, Corey has been awarded Fellowships from Starz, Film Independent Project Involve, Black Magic Breakthrough Initiative, and Village Roadshow. Corey is the winner of the 2021 Seriesfest Storytellers Initiative, which garnered him a development deal with Propagate Content. He recently wrapped on Peacock's ONE OF US IS LYING and is currently story editor on a new young adult series for Amazon. Raised in Rochester and now based in Los Angeles. more...
Jandiz Estrada Cardoso is the newest director of the Sundance Institute Episodic Program, previously, the Sr. Director of Global Talent Development & Inclusion division for film, tv, and streaming at NBCUniversal. Working directly with the development and programming teams for scripted and alternative, she scouted and designed creative pipelines for emerging writers, directors, actors and comedians for immediate hire. As an executive producer, Jandiz spearheaded countless events including the bicoastal NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, The YATU SABES MONOLOGUE SLAM, and the national search and tour of StandUp NBC awarding talent holding deals to their champions. In her freelance career, she has worked with over a dozen features for studios including Disney, Warner Brothers, Working Title, Paramount, Universal, New Line Cinema, and Screen Gems and over 2 dozen pilots and series with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, Spike TV, MTV and very proudly on NBC's Emmy Award winning series, 30 ROCK. She is a member of Casting Society of America, Hollywood Radio & Television Society, voting member of the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, and newest board member for LA's acclaimed The Groundlings Theatre. As an instructor, she has led master classes across the US and Brazil and was voted Backstage Magazine's Reader's Choice Award for Audition Coach of the Year. She is a recent recipient of the Golden Eagle Award for Diversity Impact in Television. more...

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