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Creative Lab Hawaii announces 2018 program

LIHUE — The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Creative Industries Division announces its 2018 Creative Lab Hawaii Media Programs in screenwriting, producing, web series and Ideation, which are expanding to Kauai, Maui and Hawaii islands.

The application submission period is now open and closes on March 31.

Founded in 2012, CLH is a media, music and fashion design accelerator that is designed to increase export, business opportunities, attract investment and build the state’s creative entrepreneurial ecosystem. This year, CLH program will take place on the neighboring islands, expanding the network and growing business opportunities.

“With the recent successes of screenwriters from CLH like Amy Bircher from Hawaii Island, having their work produced for television cable networks like Lifetime, and many others, we are seeing more opportunities for the fellows in our various CLH programs,” explained Georja Skinner, chief officer of DBEDT’s Creative Industries Division and founder of CLH. “The power of the creative workforce has increased around the world, and we are making sure our creative entrepreneurs have the skills, qualifications and network needed to succeed in today’s global economy.”

Kauai programs:

w Writers Immersive (June 4 to June 8) — The Writers Immersive is a track for writers in all genres to develop new content for motion pictures and television. In partnership with the Diversity Program of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) West, the Writers Immersive is designed to empower writers to take their stories and craft to the next level via five-days of intensive coaching on script writing and taking projects to market, followed by a year-long coaching program that supports participants in executing their material via one-on-one and small group coaching. In addition, three of the most promising participants will be selected to participate in networking opportunities with industry leaders in Los Angeles.

w Producers Immersive (June 11 to June 15) — In partnership with industry leaders such as members of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), the Producers Immersive is a track for producers in all genres to develop new content for motion pictures and television in traditional and new emerging formats. The Producers Immersive is similar to the Writers Immersive in structure with emphasis on packaging, marketing and distribution opportunities in content development/export. As with the Screenwriters Immersive, selected finalists are flown to Los Angeles, where they are exposed to the business of producing.

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