Last month it was announced that the Black List was to partner with Women in Film to launch a TV lab for female writers. Today, The Black List has announced that it is pattering with Google’s Computer Science Education in Media program run by Julie Ann Crommett to offer financial grants in support of developing scripts centered on changing the image of computer science and computer scientists in pop culture.
The partnership will grant $15K to three screenwriters (a total of $45K). After six months of working to craft a script, each writer will present their work to Google to discuss how the grant was used to create the projects. One of the grants will be awarded to a feature script and the other two grants will be awarded to two episodic pilots.
A survey by Google and Gallup found that students and their parents perceived fewer portrayals of women, Hispanic, or black computer scientists on TV or in movies versus white characters. The goal of this initiative is to encourage and inspire young people, especially young women, minorities, and those who have been underrepresented in this field to not only use technology but to create it and change the narrative surrounding it in today’s culture.
“We want to see if we can work with Hollywood to create a different narrative around computer science and tech that is more inspiring for more people. How can we get away from that ‘lonely hacker boy in the closet, usually with glasses’ portrayal?” – Julie Ann Crommet
All writers are eligible for this grant including writers with scripts on The Black List site. The submissions process begins today and will run through July 15th. Click HERE to submit and for more information.