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Sundance to start filmmakers’ lab to develop TV and online shows

The Sundance Institute is looking to help makers of TV shows in the same way it supports indie filmmakers.

Sundance today announced it is expanding its filmmaking labs to include writers and creators of TV and online shows. The first Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab will be held this fall at the Sundance resort in Provo Canyon.

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Keri Putnam, Sundance’s executive director, said in a statement that the lab will let artists "develop unique multi-part projects, working in a setting where they will also learn how to navigate the changing landscape of this field."

Michelle Satter, founding director of Sundance’s Feature Film Program, is also organizing the six-day episodic lab. Founding supporters of the new lab are Lyn Lear, an institute trustee, and her husband Norman Lear, the pioneering TV producer behind "All In the Family," "Maude" and "The Jeffersons."

Participants in the first lab will be chosen by invitation only, though in the future an open application process (similar to that used in the feature-film labs) is anticipated.

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