Mike E. Winfield Tops The 15th StandUp NBC Comedy Competition

The winner of the 15th annual StandUp NBC comedy competition is Mike E. Winfield, who beat out 1,600 applicants to win the network’s annual search for comedians of diverse backgrounds.

Winfield has been awarded a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) annual convention, where he will perform for talent bookers from across the country. He will also headline the regional semi-finalist showcases for the 2019 StandUp NBC competition.

Baltimore native Winfield was chosen from eight finalists, including Vincent Bryant, Ali Clayton, Calvin Evans, Sohrab Forouzesh, Jay Jurden, Luz Pazos and Venessa Peruda. They were among 1,600 stand-up comedians who auditioned last year through online submissions and open calls in Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas and New York. READ MORE 

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ALTERNATIVE DIRECTORS PROGRAM

The Alternative Directors Program is NBC’s new annual directors’ initiative that addresses the need for more representation behind the camera in unscripted programming. Intended for female and ethnically diverse talent with at least one directing credit, the program will give five directors the opportunity to shadow over several weeks on NBC and Universal Television Alternative Studios unscripted series including prep, production and post. The submission window is now CLOSED. Next submission window will open in Spring/Summer of 2020.

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ABFF STAR PROJECT

Are you an aspiring actor ready to audition for execs and casting directors from NBC Entertainment? Have you been waiting to set your acting career into motion? In association with the American Black Film Festival, we’re back with the ABFFStarProject Open Call monologue competition, to find the next fresh face of the big and small screen. LOS ANGELES OPEN CALL, MARCH 20-21, 2017 and NEW YORK OPEN CALL, MARCH 29-30, 2017.

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NBCU CASTING APPRENTICE PROGRAM

The NBC Universal Casting Assistant Program is a career development opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in scripted casting. This program is designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds who aspire to become a Casting Associate or Director on a production. They will be given an opportunity to work in an independent casting office with a Casting Director, currently overseeing an NBCUniversal series or pilot for the length of that office’s contract. Applications are currently OPEN.

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LATE NIGHT WRITERS WORKSHOP

The NBC Late Night Writers Workshop is a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position. We are looking for writers who are “almost there,” but need that final bit of preparation and exposure to key industry players. The submission window is now CLOSED.

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