Pasadena Funny Girl Chosen for Disney ABC Television Writing Program

Published : Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 7:42 PM

Pasadena native Marina Quintero has been selected for the 2019 Disney ABC Television Writing Program.

A stand-up comic by trade Quintero will be one of five scribes in the program crafting comedy.

Created in 1990, in partnership with the Writers Guild of America West (WGAw), the Disney ABC Writing Program is based in Los Angeles and is considered one of the entertainment industry’s most successful writing programs.

Its primary goal is to place participants in staff writing positions, via the Disney ABC Television Group (DATG) series.

The 12-month program begins in February and ends in January of the following year. For the first month, writers participate in a curriculum preparing them for staffing consideration, also known as getting a job.

The curriculum features workshops by veteran television writers, producers and program alumni, improvisational workshops, and networking mixers with entertainment “suits.”

Writers become employees of Disney ABC Television Group and are paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000 annualized), plus any applicable benefits in accordance with current company benefits.

“The Creative Talent Development and Inclusion team is excited to continue expanding the pool of talent with this diverse group of writers on the cusp of breaking through,” said Tim McNeal, vice president, Disney ABC Creative Talent Development and Inclusion, which connects writers, producers, directors and other creative professionals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences to opportunities across the DATG.

To close, a joke of Quintero’s on Twitter: “I know I’m not the only one who has regrets about people they’ve dated. But has anyone else run into an ex-lover at 7-Eleven while they were waiting for a fresh hot dog? Probably my lowest point in the single life.






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