What is it

The WritersLab: Script to Screen programme is a new initiative to provide WritersLab participants with opportunities to translate their stories to the screen. Selected participants will be able to collaborate with media platforms to have their story ideas or scripts produced into a pilot. The programme also provides a grant for the production of scripts. 

WritersLab is an intensive 10-weeks scriptwriting programme which provides its participants the opportunity to sharpen their story development, scriptwriting and pitching skills. 

As part of this year's WritersLab: Script to Screen programme, IMDA partnered video-on-demand service provider, HOOQ, to produce up to three scripts from the WritersLab programme. This partnership provides local media professionals with opportunities to work on quality productions, which further develops the capabilities of our local talent. Audiences can look forward to seeing these exciting productions in mid-2020. 

In addition, HOOQ will also mentor WritersLab participants to understand how viewership data can be utilised for:

  • Making creative direction and business decisions 
  • Understanding target audience
  • Reaching out to a regional audience  

Who is it for

  • Participants from WritersLab programme
  • Media platforms who are interested to produce original content  


WritersLab: Script to Screen participants will be able to: 

  • Collaborate with a media platform and be part of a production team 
  • Learn to create better production-ready scripts
  • Gain exposure to show running and creative producing.

For enquiries

For more information, you can contact us at storylab@imda.gov.sg or follow us on Facebook @ IM Talent SG to stay connected and for latest updates.

About Story Lab, WritersLab and HOOQ

About Story Lab

IMDA’s Story Lab initiative aims to nurture storytelling and intellectual property (IP) creation skills. It supports the development of original story concepts for compelling content across various media platforms, genres and languages. Story Lab programmes are targeted at media professionals in both media and non-media sectors, and grooming the talent pipeline in Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs).

About WritersLab

One of the key Story Lab programmes is WritersLab, organised byLASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) since 2017. WritersLab is an intensive scriptwriting programme which aims to push the boundaries of scriptwriting and storytelling for television and online platforms. Other Story Lab programmes include the inaugural Pitch Fest organised by Screenwriters Association (Singapore), as well as Visual Storytelling Masterclass with acclaimed documentary cinematographer Iris Ng, in partnership with the Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals (SAMPP).

About HOOQ

HOOQ is the first and leading premium video-on-demand service for emerging markets in Asia, delivering more than 35,000 hours of local, regional and Hollywood films, shows and live TV to its users anytime, anywhere and on any device. Started as a joint venture in January 2015 by Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros, HOOQ has built an entertainment destination deeply rooted in its understanding of consumers’ needs and habits. HOOQ currently operates in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Singapore, with a combined population footprint of more than 1.7 billion people.

For more information, visit HOOQ.tv

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