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Fox Writers Intensive Program Names Cindy Fang as 2015 Winner

Screenwriter chosen from over 400 nominations and submissions

Cindy Fang has been selected as the 2015 Fox Writers Intensive (FWI) Fellow, the company announced Friday.

Chosen from the fourth annual group of FWI finalists, Fang is in discussions for a script development deal with Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television.

Launched in 2011, the Fox Writers Intensive is an advanced initiative designed to nurture experienced writers who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences and create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox television shows, films and other Fox Entertainment projects.

The FWI finalists spent four months participating in a rigorous curriculum, administered by FWI partner Film Independent, that focused on honing their craft and establishing deeper creative connections across Fox’s television, film and other entertainment businesses.

This year’s program featured collaborative sessions with writers and producers, including Ilene Chaiken (“Empire”), Virgil Williams (“Criminal Minds”) and senior executives from 20th Century Fox Film, Fox Broadcasting Company, 20th Century Fox Television, FX Networks, Fox21 Television Studios and Fox Digital Studio.

In addition to Fang, the 2015 FWI class included finalists Sarah Carbiener, Aaron Carew, Jason Coffey, David Cornue, Chuck Hayward, JaSheika James, JaNeika James, David McMillan, Diana Mendez, Jess Pineda, Jared Romero and Erica Rosbe.

Following their completion of the FWI, all of the finalists are being promoted across the Fox creative community and submitted for potential staffing on current and future Fox entertainment productions.

To date, six of the FWI finalists have been staffed on series for 2015-16, including “Empire,” “The Frankenstein Code,” “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life,” “Lucifer,” and “Rosewood,” as well as CBS’ “Rush Hour.” In addition, FWI alum and 2012 FWI Fellow, Tom Wong, has been staffed on “Minority Report” for 2015-16.

This year’s 10 FWI finalists were selected from more than 400 nominations and submissions by talent representation and arts organizations across the country, including National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Sundance Institute, Veterans in Film and Television, Outfest, Film Independent, NAACP, Women in Film Los Angeles, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Visual Communications.

Cindy Fang is represented by The Gersh Agency and Echo Lake Entertainment.