Keen to bring high-end TV to the Middle East, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has launched a Hollywood training program for Arabic TV writers and producers.

USC, working with the U.S. State Department, is hosting an initial Hollywood boot camp at its School of Cinematic Arts Complex to run through to August 5. In all, 10 TV writers and another seven producers from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia will participate in a TV writing course that includes Hollywood showrunners breaking down their own hit American TV shows and offering tips on how Hollywood makes TV dramas.


The two-year program’s director is Deana Nassar, a media specialist focused on Middle Eastern artists, who comes to USC after serving as artistic director of the Arab Film Festival and as the Hollywood liaison for the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

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