Paramount Pictures to Sponsor the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Chesterfield Writer's Film Project

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount Pictures has signed
 a multi-year agreement to sponsor the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project
 (WFP), the prestigious fellowship program which encourages new screenwriting
 talent.
     The WFP originated at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and has
 launched numerous writing careers.  WFP alumni have worked for almost every
 studio and independent production company in Hollywood.  The WFP is supported
 by an Industry Board which includes Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess (Executive
 Producers of HBO's "The Sopranos"), producer Steve Starkey ("Cast Away"), and
 screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Charlie's Angels").  Paramount Motion Picture Group
 president John Goldwyn brought the Chesterfield Fellowship to the studio.
     The Chesterfield Program is run by writer-producer Ed Rugoff, who stated,
 "We couldn't think of a better home for the WFP than Paramount, particularly
 with its respect for the importance of the writer in the filmmaking process.
 Our writers will benefit greatly from this relationship."
     Designed as a bridge between the Hollywood film industry and talented
 fiction, theater and film writers interested in pursuing professional
 screenwriting careers, the WFP has an impressive track record.  WFP alumni
 have written scripts for nearly every studio and major independent in
 Hollywood including Paramount Pictures, Disney, Universal Pictures, Warner
 Bros., DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, MGM, Imagine Entertainment and American
 Zoetrope.  WFP writers are represented by the Creative Artists Agency,
 International Creative Management, the William Morris Agency and the United
 Talent Agency among others.
     WFP writers continue to make their mark on the industry.  In 1999, Variety
 named WFP alumnus Karen Janszen to their annual "10 Scribes To Watch" list.
 WFP alumnus Matthew Carnahan is writing and producing the CBS TV series "The
 Fugitive" and recently signed a multi-year development deal with Jersey Films.
 Chesterfield alum David Auburn's play "Proof" opened on Broadway to rave
 reviews.  Universal Focus is releasing WFP writer Wendy Hammond's "Julie
 Johnson," starring Lili Taylor and Courtney Love, which recently premiered at
 the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
     The WFP winners are chosen by national competition.  Writers are evaluated
 on the basis of prose and dramatic writing samples.  Interested writers may
 submit writing samples in a variety of forms, including plays, short stories
 and novels.
     Up to five writers will be chosen to participate this year.  Each writer
 will receive a $20,000 stipend to cover living expenses during the year-long
 workshop.  Past fellowship winners have included critically-acclaimed
 novelists and short-story writers and award-winning playwrights, as well as
 first-time screenwriters.
     In addition to participating in the workshop, WFP writers meet with
 executives and selected film professionals, providing the writers with
 valuable industry perspective as they develop their ideas into two
 feature-length screenplays.
     Program Director Ed Rugoff can sympathize with the new writer -- he's been
 working as a Hollywood screenwriter for over ten years.  "The film industry is
 constantly searching for new writers with original voices, yet there aren't
 many apprenticeship opportunities for aspiring screenwriters.  Our goal is to
 provide the WFP writers with guidance, support and access to extraordinary
 people and resources so that they can hone the skills and make the
 professional connections essential to a successful career."  In addition to
 developing relationships with studio executives, producers, directors and
 fellow screenwriters, WFP writers are introduced to literary agents at the end
 of the workshop.
     The deadline for applying to the Writer's Film Project is May 15, 2001.
 Interested writers can get more information by visiting the WFP Web site,
 www.chesterfield-co.com, or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to
 The Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, Box 544, 1158 26th St., Santa Monica,
 CA 90403.  The phone number for information is (213) 683-3977.
 
      For more information call: Ed Rugoff, 310-260-6114, for Chesterfield
 Writer's Film Project.
 
 

SOURCE Chesterfield Writer's Film Project
    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount Pictures has signed
 a multi-year agreement to sponsor the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project
 (WFP), the prestigious fellowship program which encourages new screenwriting
 talent.
     The WFP originated at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and has
 launched numerous writing careers.  WFP alumni have worked for almost every
 studio and independent production company in Hollywood.  The WFP is supported
 by an Industry Board which includes Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess (Executive
 Producers of HBO's "The Sopranos"), producer Steve Starkey ("Cast Away"), and
 screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Charlie's Angels").  Paramount Motion Picture Group
 president John Goldwyn brought the Chesterfield Fellowship to the studio.
     The Chesterfield Program is run by writer-producer Ed Rugoff, who stated,
 "We couldn't think of a better home for the WFP than Paramount, particularly
 with its respect for the importance of the writer in the filmmaking process.
 Our writers will benefit greatly from this relationship."
     Designed as a bridge between the Hollywood film industry and talented
 fiction, theater and film writers interested in pursuing professional
 screenwriting careers, the WFP has an impressive track record.  WFP alumni
 have written scripts for nearly every studio and major independent in
 Hollywood including Paramount Pictures, Disney, Universal Pictures, Warner
 Bros., DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, MGM, Imagine Entertainment and American
 Zoetrope.  WFP writers are represented by the Creative Artists Agency,
 International Creative Management, the William Morris Agency and the United
 Talent Agency among others.
     WFP writers continue to make their mark on the industry.  In 1999, Variety
 named WFP alumnus Karen Janszen to their annual "10 Scribes To Watch" list.
 WFP alumnus Matthew Carnahan is writing and producing the CBS TV series "The
 Fugitive" and recently signed a multi-year development deal with Jersey Films.
 Chesterfield alum David Auburn's play "Proof" opened on Broadway to rave
 reviews.  Universal Focus is releasing WFP writer Wendy Hammond's "Julie
 Johnson," starring Lili Taylor and Courtney Love, which recently premiered at
 the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
     The WFP winners are chosen by national competition.  Writers are evaluated
 on the basis of prose and dramatic writing samples.  Interested writers may
 submit writing samples in a variety of forms, including plays, short stories
 and novels.
     Up to five writers will be chosen to participate this year.  Each writer
 will receive a $20,000 stipend to cover living expenses during the year-long
 workshop.  Past fellowship winners have included critically-acclaimed
 novelists and short-story writers and award-winning playwrights, as well as
 first-time screenwriters.
     In addition to participating in the workshop, WFP writers meet with
 executives and selected film professionals, providing the writers with
 valuable industry perspective as they develop their ideas into two
 feature-length screenplays.
     Program Director Ed Rugoff can sympathize with the new writer -- he's been
 working as a Hollywood screenwriter for over ten years.  "The film industry is
 constantly searching for new writers with original voices, yet there aren't
 many apprenticeship opportunities for aspiring screenwriters.  Our goal is to
 provide the WFP writers with guidance, support and access to extraordinary
 people and resources so that they can hone the skills and make the
 professional connections essential to a successful career."  In addition to
 developing relationships with studio executives, producers, directors and
 fellow screenwriters, WFP writers are introduced to literary agents at the end
 of the workshop.
     The deadline for applying to the Writer's Film Project is May 15, 2001.
 Interested writers can get more information by visiting the WFP Web site,
 www.chesterfield-co.com, or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to
 The Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, Box 544, 1158 26th St., Santa Monica,
 CA 90403.  The phone number for information is (213) 683-3977.
 
      For more information call: Ed Rugoff, 310-260-6114, for Chesterfield
 Writer's Film Project.
 
 SOURCE  Chesterfield Writer's Film Project