Door to Hollywood opens wider with tech inspired writers’ program

Due by 21 March, US program Imagine Impact is offering an Australian intensive program for new and experienced writers. All to crack the biz in Hollywood.

From the point of view of a smart Hollywood executive, good talent is tantalisingly out of reach. The known creatives go round and round like a washing machine made of lawyers, which leads to an industry which is both brilliant and curiously boring. 

Brian Grazer (producer, A Beautiful Mind), Ron Howard (director, Solo: a Star Wars Story) and Tyler Mitchell (producer, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn) created a development process called Imagine Impact to bring new writing talent and stories into the system. Australian writer Philip Tarl Denson was one of only three applicants who made it onto an earlier version of the program. He had $5000 per week for eight weeks, with two group meetings a week and intensive support from experienced US writers. The project he took, a science fiction series called Anomaly, is now at Legendary Studios through Groundswell Entertainment.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.