Stephen Frears' acclaimed comedy starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg, is playing in US theaters.

Coming Soon: Streep On Film
In 2017, Meryl Streep's film career will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Prepare for many new specials and media.
  April 19th, 2015       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to Variety, Meryl Streep has funded a screenwriters lab for women writers over 40, to be run by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers. The creation of the lab, and Streep’s involvement in its founding, was announced Sunday at a panel discussion presented as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Called the Writers Lab, the screenplay development program aims to increase opportunities for female screenwriters over the age of 40. This year the initiative will accept submissions May 1-June 1, with eight winning scribes named Aug. 1. Among the mentors to participate in the Lab’s inaugural year are writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights”), producer Caroline Kaplan (“Boyhood”), and writers Kirsten Smith (“Legally Blonde”) and Jessica Bendinger (“Bring It On”). According to NYWIFT, Streep ponied up a “significant” contribution to fully fund the Lab. The actress has been a longtime supporter of NYWIFT. The Writers Lab will take place at a retreat in upstate New York. Many thanks to Glenn for the heads-up.




  • Carol Anne

    This is absolutely fabulous & very welcome news! As a 40+ female Screenwriter, I am excited at the possibilities of giving a strong voice to more female-driven stories in the Film & Transmedia worlds.
    Can you kindly provide a link to the Writers Lab website and details on the program?
    Many Thanks!