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 open MAY 29 – JUNE 29, 2018.



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.


Comcast NBCUniversal Sponsors 20th Annual American Black Film Festival

Comcast NBCUniversal was proud to sponsor the 20th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) from June 15-19 in Miami, Florida. Since 1997, the ABFF has worked to increase diversity in the entertainment community both in front of and behind the camera, and it has partnered with media companies dedicated to fostering diverse talent and creating discovery programs for some of TV and film’s up-and-comers.

This year, Comcast NBCUniversal partnered with the ABFF for two talent competitions: The Star Project and the Second Annual NBCUniversal TV Hosting Workshop. Actress Kelcy Griffin (@kelcygriffin) was chosen from nearly 1,000 applicants as the recipient of the Star Project prize, worth over $1,500, and Gia Peppers (@GiaPeppers) and J. Aaron Boykin (@hollatchaboykin) were the two finalists selected from NBCUniversal’s TV Hosting Workshop in April to be live hosts at this year’s ABFF. Comcast NBCUniversal also hosted a writing for television master class taught by Karen Horne, SVP, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment & Universal Studios and provided an inside look at Universal’s upcoming new comedy, Almost Christmas, starring Gabrielle Union and produced by Will Packer’s eponymous production company that signed a two-year deal with Universal Television through 2017. Other ABFF activities sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal included the Comcast Xfinity Web Original competition and a showcase suite, both of which aimed to shine a light on Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to creating diverse programming, services, and content across multiple platforms.

To see some of the films that were featured at this year’s ABFF, go to XFINITY’s American Black Film Festival page.


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.



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.



Formerly known as the NBC Scene Showcase, NBC SPOTLIGHT sets out to feature breakout comedic actors of diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQ actors and performers who are differently abled. The audience will be comprised of entertainment industry agents, managers, network and studio executives scouting for talent. Submission window for ACTORS is OPEN until MARCH 9.