by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

HomePage_ArtworkNickelodeon has announced four participants for its 15th annual writing program, including one representing the international expansion of the program, it was announced today by Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s President of Content Development and Production.

The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers aspiring writers hands-on writing experience on current live-action and animated series which includes writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas to

“We are extremely proud to have this new group of creatives join an esteemed league of great talent that our writing program has discovered and nurtured over the last 15 years,” said Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s prexy of content development and production. “It’s also gratifying to open up the program globally this year as we continue to expand our focus on finding the best new talent everywhere possible.”

This year’s participants include: Lauren Ciaravalli, whose first short film Tryouts premiered at the 2013 Sarasota Film Festival; Nora Sullivan, who recently completed her MFA in Writing for Screen & Television at USC; Alan J. Van Dyke, whose first play was a comedic version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth; and Rob Frimston, the program’s first international participant, who has taken two shows he has written to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the largest arts festivals in the world.

Nickelodeon’s Writing Program was established in 2000 and offers aspiring television writers, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the opportunity to hone their skills while writing for live-action and animated shows. The program, which receives over 1,400 applications each year, was developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts and provides a salaried position for up to one year.

All four new writers join an alumni group of 44 who have gone on to hold freelance and staff positions at various networks like Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Kids’ WB!, ABC, FOX, PBS, Cartoon Network and the CW. Notable graduates include creators, co-executive producers and writers Jonathan Butler and Gabriel Garza of Nickelodeon’s upcoming live-action comedy series Bella and the Bulldogs.