Our global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films. While in the Program, writers meet our series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. Basically, they write a lot and do cool things, all while being provided a salary!
Please note: notification dates are subject to change.
For consideration in the 2016 – 2017 Writing Program, materials must be submitted together between January 2, 2016 and February 28, 2016 (postmarked).
Semi-finalists will be notified by the end of July 2016.
Finalists will be notified by the end of August 2016.
Chosen writers will be notified by mid-September 2016. All other applicants will be notified, by mail, by the end of October 2016.
You must be 18 years or older to participate. If you have previously applied to the Program and have not been selected, you are welcomed and encouraged to apply again. However you are required to submit a different spec script for each new submission period.
All applicants must submit a writing sample. Appropriate Spec Scripts must adhere to the following guidelines:
Feature-length screenplays, hour-long dramas, reality-based comedies or dramas, pilots, treatments, outlines, plays, short stories, books, graphics, magazine/newspaper articles, poems, headshots, audio/video tapes, digital media, loose-leaf pages or non-U.S. content.
Please note: Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.
Download your application form here. There is no application fee.
If you are unable to download the forms, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. Include your name and mailing address (including zip code). Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
Application materials should be clipped to the front of the writing sample and not bound within material. All spec scripts must include a cover page listing the show name and show title, along with your name, address, and telephone number (please do not put your name on every page).
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
ATTN: Nick Writing Program
231 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502
Thank you for applying to the Nickelodeon Writing Program.
*Note: Submissions must be postmarked by February 28th.
Yes, the Program is a full-time position with expected one year duration; however, employment is on an “at will” basis. Due to the intensive nature of the Program, you may not hold other employment or be enrolled in school on a full-time basis during the Program period if it will interfere with any aspect of your time commitment to the Program.
Although professional writing experience is not necessary (i.e. having worked as a writer), a strong writing background is encouraged.
Yes, all Viacom employees are eligible to apply for the Program.
Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to provide that information. However, to ensure proof of mailing you may wish to send your submission by registered mail or other similar services.
Along with two copies of your one spec script, each partner must include a separate application (which includes a Submission Release Form & Schedule A), a separate bio and a separate resume, all in one package. Please do not send two separate packages.
No. Original material will NOT be accepted. You must submit a spec script of an already existing television comedy series. All other submissions will be returned to the applicant – unread.
Spec scripts can only be for half-hour comedic television series. Feature length specs will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant – unread.
Only half-hour spec scripts are currently accepted.
No, all spec scripts must be based on half-hour comedies that are currently being produced for primetime network or cable.
No – an applicant may NOT submit more than one spec. An applicant must submit (2) copies of ONE spec script.
No, your spec script is not required to be for a Nickelodeon show, nor does it need to be kid-friendly. As the Submission Guidelines state, your spec script should be based on ANY half hour comedy currently on-air and being produced for network or cable (and streaming).
Yes. Scripts MUST BE TYPED and presented in the standard, industry-accepted format for sitcoms. Handwritten submissions will not be reviewed. Should you have questions about which formats are acceptable, there are publications as well as many additional online resources available. The computer program “Final Draft” is also a great aid in assisting in formatting your script.
The standard length for a half hour live action (single camera) comedy is on average 35 pages. The standard length for a half hour live action (multi-camera) comedy is 45 pages. The standard length for an 11-minute animated show is 18 pages.
Unfortunately, for legal reasons, we are unable to provide you with any network materials.
The Nick Writing Program is completely based on writing in both animation and live action. There are no drawing requirements as part of the submission process as writing is the focus of our program. Therefore, you should not include your resume reel nor should you include any storyboards.
No, we are a writing-focused program. We do not need headshots or an acting resume. If any such materials are included with your application they will be returned to you unread.
Yes. As a part of the review process, all applicants must submit a work resume and an autobiographical summary. Applications that do not include both of these items will not be considered.
No. If submitting a spec based on a show that follows this format, please submit only one 11-minute spec.
Due to the high volume of submissions to our Program, we are unable to provide you with such feedback.
It varies, but we can accept up to four per year.
Writers begin the Program in October.
The Program takes place at Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank, CA. Yes, writers who are accepted will need to relocate to the LA area. Roundtrip airfare and one month’s accommodations are provided. However, all transportation (once in LA) and any moving costs are the individual writer’s responsibility.