Disney Channel Storytellers, a program designed to foster creative ideas and develop the next generation of series creators and writers of programming for kids, tweens and families, launches its second year with five exceptional and diverse writers. The participants selected from hundreds of applicants are: Rachel McNevin, Farhan Arshad, Han-Yee Ling, Hunter Cope and Adam Aseraf. The program, which spans a 20-week period, presents the writers with the unique opportunity to be mentored by Disney Channel programming and development executives and producers. Emmy-nominated Marc Warren, writer and producer of Disney Channel hit series "Even Stevens," "That's So Raven" and "Cory in the House," returns to supervise the program.
The program's inaugural group of writers included Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman, who during their tenure with Storytellers, created Disney Channel's new series "Bizaardvark." The duo will serve as co-executive producers on the series, which will make its debut later this year.
"We are thrilled to once again have assembled such a talented group of writers. Storytellers has proven it is a noteworthy writing program, providing real opportunity for up-and-coming writers to share their creative visions," said Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Each participant or writing team in Disney Channel Storytellers is developing one live action script for pilot consideration, with mentoring from concept ideation and writing to network pitching and pilot production. The writers are:
Rachel McNevin, a UC Berkeley graduate with an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, who while at USC was awarded the Jack Oakie Scholarship for Excellence in comedy writing. Additionally, she was a writer on Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally."
Farhan Arshad, a Northwestern University graduate with an MFA in screenwriting, who was script coordinator on ABC’S "Dr. Ken" and writer’s assistant on CBS' "The McCarthys."
Han-Yee Ling, a UCLA graduate with a degree in screenwriting, who won first place in the 59th Annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for Excellence in Dramatic Writing for her feature family drama, "Spaghetti Bridges." Her pilots "The Smart Ones" and "Noodles" were highlighted at the 2014 and 2015 UCLA Screenwriters Showcases. Additionally, she was a writer on Disney Channel's new animated TV series, "Tangled."
Hunter Cope and Adam Aseraf, Los Angeles natives, who were writers on Nickelodeon's Emmy-nominated show "Sanjay and Craig."
It's A Laugh Productions, Inc., a signatory company to the Writers Guild of America (WGA), and a regular supplier of children's television series programming, has engaged the writers in the Disney Channel Storytellers program which will provide participants with WGA membership eligibility credits.