Fox Audience Strategy announced that Ester Lou Weithers has been named Fox Writers Intensive (FWI) Fellow for 2016. Weithers’ script Sparrow was selected out of over 500 nominations and submissions from talent representatives and arts organizations across the country. As a winner of this fellowship, Weithers will receive a script development deal with Fox Broadcasting and Twentieth Century Fox Television.
FWI is an advanced initiative designed to nurture experienced writers who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences, and create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox television shows, films and other Fox Entertainment projects. Finalists of the program spend four months participating in a rigorous curriculum, administered by FWI partner Film Independent, which focuses on honing their craft and establishing deeper creative connections across Fox’s television, film and other entertainment businesses.
Prior to this fellowship, Weithers worked at MTV in New York before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career. She was an assistant in the writer’s room of the Showtime comedy House of Lies, and co-created and directed the web series Sexless for Black & Sexy TV and Chef Julian.
Fox also notes that six of this year’s FWI finalists have been staffed on Fox dramas premiering in 2016-17, including APB, Empire, Lucifer, Pitch, Shots Fired and Star.
Congrats to Ester Lou Weithers!