The HBOAccess program provides mentorship for diverse, emerging storytellers through its directing and writing fellowships. This is the fourth round of the HBOAccess program which alternates each year between the directing and writing fellowships. The following three HBOAccess pilots were written by participants in the 2015 Writing Fellowship and directed by filmmakers from the 2016 Directing Fellowship, and executive produced by Kimberly Browning and co-produced by Jeff Winkler; Kim Williams is the casting director.

F**ked Up, written by Joshua Levy and Prathi Srinivasan and directed by Kevin Lau, focuses on Charlyne Chao, an Asian nerd hoping to get laid on her first day in college. But because she lacks any and all social skills Charlyne is forced to turn to her much more experienced roommate Sarah for help.

Manic, written by Yolanda Carney and directed by Kate Marks, looks at a teen whose Ivy-league aspirations are derailed after a manic episode lands her in a school for kids with mental illness.

Lady Bouncer, written by Sarah McChesney and directed by Pete Chatmon, is about a tough female cop in Pittsburgh who gets bounced from the force and fights to reclaim her position by taking down the Irish mob.