NRDC, The Black List, Redford Center and CAA Foundation Announce 2022 NRDC Climate Storytelling Fellowship


Los Angeles — The Black List is delighted to announce that it has once again partnered with The Rewrite the Future program of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), The Redford Center, and The CAA Foundation to launch a second iteration of the NRDC Climate Storytelling Fellowship.

The scholarship will award $20,000 each to three writers whose feature script or pilot script reflects the climate crisis in a compelling, realistic and thoughtful way. Writers are encouraged to submit work that describes solutions or a more just and equitable future, helping to expand our climate narrative beyond disasters and apocalypse. The Fellowship defines a climate story as one that meaningfully addresses climate change through events, actions, characters, emotions, plot and/or setting.

The fellowship will also connect the three writers with industry professionals who will provide creative feedback and support. At the end of the Fellowship, revised scripts will be hosted on the Blacklist website and may be considered for development by leading studios, agencies, and/or production companies, including Hyperobject Industries, Madica Productions, Participant, UTA and WME. Authors will retain all rights to their scripts.

Writers can opt for the NRDC Climate Storytelling Fellowship 2022 through the blacklist website starting today. Applications will close on November 30, 2022. In addition to the total grant of $60,000, the NRDC will also cover one month of hosting and an evaluation fee for the first 400 submissions to the blacklist website. A further explanation of the Fellowship’s climate storytelling parameters is detailed on the blacklist website. The three scholarship recipients will be announced no later than January 20, 2023.

The fellowship is part of NRDC’s Rewrite the Future program, which helps Hollywood tell stories about climate change and environmental justice in film and entertainment television.

“The science is clear on the absolutely urgent need for climate solutions, and an important part of this process is transforming the way we think and tell stories about climate around the world,” said Founder of the Franklin Leonard Blacklist. “We are thrilled to be part of this work with the NRDC, the Redford Center and the CAA Foundation. Especially since it means granting substantial financial and mentoring support to writers who work in this direction.

“The climate crisis is vast and overwhelming, but good storytelling can help us make sense of it, process our anxieties and fears, and most importantly, imagine a better future,” said Katy Jacobs, Director of Entertainment Partnerships at NRDC. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with The Black List, the Redford Center and the CAA Foundation to help writers tell compelling stories that reflect the challenges and solutions of our climate reality and inspire audiences to demand action.”

“The mainstream media has a huge and essential role to play in solving the climate crisis. Every script, every scenario, every character, every prop, every line of dialogue can be an on-ramp for viewers into the climate conversation, a way for people to feel less isolated and alone, and an opportunity to ‘inspire engagement’, said Jill Tidman, Executive Director of the Redford Center. “As a solution-focused environmental storytelling organization, we know that mainstreaming the climate conversation is one of the greatest levers we can pull to ignite the public and political will to act. C This is the aspiration of Climate Storytelling Fellowship, which the Redford Center is honored to continue to support alongside our colleagues at NRDC, The Black List and the CAA Foundation.

“We recognize that the entertainment industry has a unique role to play in addressing the climate crisis,” said Adam Umhoefer, CAA Foundation Executive. “Climate storytelling is a compelling method to trigger meaningful action and envision a livable future on our planet. It is extremely important to provide resources to the creatives who do this work. »

The inaugural Climate Storytelling Fellowship 2021 awarded $15,000 each to Elise H. Greven (SILENT SPRING), Jonathan Brebner (THE DEMON), and Ellie Bambach Morello (AMERICAN REFUGEES). As part of the grant, these writers also received mentorship from Sarah Treem (THE AFFAIR, HOUSE OF CARDS, IN TREATMENT), Scott Z. Burns (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, CONTAGION, EXTRAPOLATIONS) and Naren Shankar (THE EXPANSE) on how to approach climate storytelling in a way that is both entertaining and impactful.

More information about the scholarship can be found on the blacklist website:

The blacklist contact

Megan Halpern / [email protected]

Contact NRDC

Fabiola Nuñez / [email protected] / 786-999-2138

Contact the Redford Center

Cait Fitzwater / [email protected]

Contact CAA Foundation

Shone Jemmott / [email protected]


The Blacklist, an annual survey of Hollywood executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays, was founded in 2005. Since then, more than 400 Blacklist scripts have been produced, grossing more than $29 billion at the box- office in the world. Blacklist films have won 54 Oscars from 267 nominations, including four of the last twelve Best Picture Oscars and eleven of the last 28 Best Screenplay Oscars.

In October 2012, The Blacklist launched a unique online community where screenwriters make their work available to readers, buyers and employers. Since its inception, it has hosted over 70,000 scripts and teleplays and provided over 120,000 script ratings. As a direct result of blacklisted introductions, dozens of writers have found representation at major talent agencies and management companies, as well as sold or optioned their screenplays. Several films have been produced from scripts featured on the website, including Golden Globe-nominated NIGHTINGALE starring David Oyelowo.

Currently, the blacklist hosts more than 5,000 of nearly 2,700 writer members, available for download by industry professionals ranging from agency assistants to studio and network presidents, actors and directors from foreground.

The Blacklist’s first feature production, COME AS YOU ARE, debuted at SXSW in 2019 and is Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes certified. Her second feature, BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY, directed by Oscar-nominated director Tate Taylor and starring Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Awkwafina, Wanda Sykes and Juliette Lewis, was released in February 2021 by MGM’s American International Pictures.

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The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international non-profit environmental organization with over 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health and the environment. The NRDC has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT and Beijing. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.​

Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son James Redford, the Redford Center uses the power of storytelling to galvanize environmental justice and regeneration. Its cross-cutting programs support environmental storytellers and invest in impact-driven storytelling strategies. By amplifying and changing the conversations around environmentalism, the Redford Center aims to engage a much wider and more diverse population in the movement. It has produced three award-winning feature documentaries and more than 30 short films, supported more than 100 film and media projects with grants and other services, inspired 500 student films, and distributed more than $10 million to sponsored projects. fiscally. The Redford Center’s film impact campaigns have stopped the construction of polluted coal plants, reconnected the Colorado River to the Sea of ​​Cortez, and helped accelerate America’s clean energy revolution. To learn more, visit or follow the Redford Center on Facebook, Instagram, TwitterVimeo and YouTube.

The CAA Foundation activates the power and reach of the entertainment, media and sports industries to create systemic social change for a more equitable and optimistic future. Its efforts focus on public education, workforce development, civic engagement and, when critically needed, mobilizing to action through crisis relief. Since its launch in 1995, the CAA Foundation has served as the heart of the agency, investing in our communities and helping our clients achieve their humanitarian goals.


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