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Jun. 12, 2022

Grad student Jacqueline Olivé, has been selected to participate in the highly competitive Thousand Miles Project run by writer, producer, and show runner of Apple TV+’s Pachinko, Soo Hugh.

The Thousand Miles Project, an incubator program for writers interested in telling stories about the Asian and Pacific Islander Diaspora, was created by Hugh as a part of her development deal at Universal Content Productions (UCP). During her initial deal talks, Hugh expressed her passion for making work with international filmmakers more of a priority, and UCP suggested she codify the process as a formal program. When talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Hugh said her intention behind creating this program was to make the process of developing a career in TV more transparent. 

“We’ve created a program that is information-focused to expose people who don’t have that front-row seat yet to how the industry works,” Hugh said. “If we can just teach that first step from all these other people who have done it, they can figure out what path they want to take.” 

Olivé feels this program is a great way to kick-off her final year in UNLV Film’s graduate MFA program (Writing for Dramatic Media). “I’m truly grateful and honored to receive such a rare opportunity,” Olivé said. “More than that, I’m really excited to meet and work with the other workshop participants who are also passionate about bringing more representation to the API community through storytelling.”

The Thousand Miles Project will take place over two phases. The first phase will be workshops over two weekends in June that will introduce the project’s thirty-two emerging API writers to Film industry professionals from studio executives to show runners. Following the workshops, participants will be encouraged to submit series concepts, where three will be chosen for a paid 24-week lab to develop a pilot script with guidance from Hugh, her team, and general meetings with reps and producers.