Telemundo, an entertainment producer of content for Hispanics in the United States, in partnership with Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Westchester, has announced the launch of Taller Telemundo: Escritores 2007.

“Taller Telemundo: Escritores is the essence of what we do and the best example of two of Telemundo’s founding pillars, service to the community and pioneering innovation,” said Mimi Belt, vice president of artistic development at Telemundo.

“We are thrilled to launch this program in Los Angeles with Loyola Marymount University as we hope to continue shaping the Spanish-language industry of the future.”

Under the leadership of president Don Browne, Telemundo created Taller Telemundo: Escritores as an educational program designed to inspire, discover, recruit and train the next generation of fiction writers. (Taller means “workshop” in Spanish.)

Telemundo partners with LMU’s Continuing Education and Professional Development to create a curriculum that specifically prepares and retains Hispanic writers in two new critical areas — fiction writing for television and fiction writing for digital media, according to a Telemundo spokesman.

This curriculum also prepares writers to broaden their scope and create original content for alternative media.

This year, a pool of 38 finalists was selected for the Los Angeles program, from which 21 students were invited to participate.

Loyola Marymount professors will deliver many of the special workshops during the six-month intensive course.

This program “will provide students with challenging and thought-provoking instruction, as well as hands-on experiences that will result in life-changing opportunities,” said LMU president Robert B. Lawton, S.J.

The application process drew applicants from all demographics representing 32 states and 23 countries from as near as Miami and New York to as far as Switzerland, Belize, Spain and Lithuania.

In 2005, Taller Telemundo: Escritores graduated 14 students and offered eight of them full-time employment.

A year later, these new hires have written some of the network’s top-rated programs, a best-selling book, and are leading successful promotions and digital media projects.

In December, the program graduated another 13 students, four of whom were working for the network less than one month later.

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