Screen Australia announces six screenwriters for NCIS: SYDNEY Script Department Program

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The 10-week full-time paid program will immerse the screenwriters in all facets of the script department

The successful recipients of the NCIS: SYDNEY S1 Script Department Program have been announced by Screen Australia.

The program is in collaboration with Paramount Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), CBS Studios and Endemol Shine Australia (a Banijay Company).

Writers Rachael Alford, Ella Cook, James Cripps, Siobhan Domingo, Josh Sambono and Clare Sladden will work in the script department for NCIS: SYDNEY S1.

Screen Australia head of content, Grainne Brunsdon said, “We were blown away by the volume of applications for this initiative, showcasing the breadth of screenwriting talent we have around the country and a testament to the NCIS global brand.

“A huge congratulations to the successful participants. Screen Australia is proud to support early to mid-career writers to take part in a global series and not only gain knowledge and experience in the Script Department of a renowned drama but also bring their authentic perspectives to the Sydney iteration of NCIS.”

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Head of drama and executive production, Paramount ANZ, Rick Maier said, “Emerging writers thrive on collaboration and mentorship, hence our excitement for this brilliant initiative. This seat at the table could turn out to be a winner for everyone. Jot down these names for future reference. I’m sure we’ll all be hearing a lot more.”

The 10-week full-time paid program will immerse the screenwriters in all facets of the script department and development process. The writers will be supported by experienced creatives, including senior script coordinators, writers and editors, who will guide the process and contribute directly to the writers’ learning and professional development.

Chief executive officer Endemol Shine Australia, Peter Newman, said, “The calibre of applicants was extraordinary, which is a strong indication that the future of Australian screenwriting is secure.

“Working alongside established screenwriters, the six recipients will contribute to the scripting process therefore adding their creativity and storytelling talent to the Australian iteration of this iconic franchise.”

NCIS: SYDNEY marks the first iteration of the hit NCIS series based outside of the United States. Announced in February, the original series and latest instalment of the global franchise will launch exclusively on Paramount+ and Network 10 in Australia.

Top image: Clare Sladden, Josh Sambono, Ella Cook, James Cripps, Rachael Alford and Siobhan Domingo

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