From a media release:
The Pacific Screenwriting Program (PSP) is excited to announce that award-winning Writer/Producer/Director Will Pascoe will serve as Showrunner-in-Residence for the 2021 Scripted Series Lab. Pascoe will mentor six up-and-coming BC-based screenwriters selected to participate in the program. He will lead the Writerâ€™s Room as they develop his original series in the PSPâ€™s flagship training program starting in January.
Going into its third year, the lab will implement a hybrid-style Writerâ€™s Room combining in-person and virtual meetings that reflect the current production protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will still get the full PSP experience including mentoring on their original pilot, additional workshops and information sessions with other industry leaders to equip them with the skills, experience and connections necessary to help establish a sustainable career in the provinceâ€™s dynamic screen industry. The Pacific Screenwriting Program is a collaboration between Netflix, CMPA, the Writerâ€™s Guild of Canada and Creative BC.
Will Pascoe most recently wrapped Showrunning the third season of Amazonâ€™s hit series, Absentia. Previous to that, he wrote for Foxâ€™s The Finder, Bell/SyFy Channelâ€™s,Â Bitten; NBCâ€™s drama seriesÂ Chicago Med; BBC Worldwide/Starzâ€™sÂ Da Vinciâ€™s DemonsÂ and Hulu’sÂ Shut EyeÂ starring Jeffrey Donovan and Isabella Rossellini.Â While working as writer and co-producer on Bell/BBC Americaâ€™sÂ Orphan Black, his episode â€œVariations Under Domesticationâ€ earned Pascoe a Canadian Writer’s Guild Award and nominations for an Edgar Allan Poe Award and a Hugo Award.Â A graduate of the Writerâ€™s Guild of Americaâ€™s prestigious Showrunner Training Program, Will hasÂ also developed television series for Twentieth-Century Fox, Playtone, and Universal Studios.
The Scripted Series Lab is a 15-week intensive training program providing support and career-advancement opportunities for active and aspiring screenwriters from across British Columbia, where they receive the necessary support to expand their portfolio and pursue opportunities in the evolving TV marketplace. Throughout the program, participants hone their craft, strengthen their collaboration and presentation skills, and obtain a deeper understanding of the global television industry and how to market themselves within it. As the Scripted Series Lab showrunner, Pascoe will mentor the six selected participants within a real-world story room over 10 weeks, breaking stories and writing scripts for the original project he brings to the room and will subsequently be pitching to streamers and networks around the world.
For more information, please visit the Pacific Screenwriting Program website.