WRITERS ON THE VERGE

Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

The program will consist of two night classes, which will typically be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA, from October-January. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating exceptional material to enhance their portfolio, and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to show runners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBCUniversal television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including “The Blacklist,” “Marlon,” “Community”, “Burn Notice”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “White Collar”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Chicago Fire” and “Parenthood.”

 

How to Submit

The submission window is open MAY 1st, 2017 – MAY 31st, 2017 at 11:59pm PT.
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SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS – please read thoroughly:

  1. We do not accept email or mail submissions. You must complete the online application before the deadline. Please complete all sections of the application.  Only ONE APPLICATION per writer or writing team will be accepted.
  2. We will accept submissions from individual writers and from writing teams of two.  We will not accept writing teams of more than two.
  3. Submitted specs must be written for a show on our Accepted Shows List. We do not accept all shows. Please ensure that your spec is included on our list.
  4. Include a title page with no name(s) of the writer or writing team. Do NOT include the writer’s or writing team’s name or contact information on any page of the script.
  5. Please title your file names appropriately for upload, and only upload files as .PDF
    • Resume: RESUME – FIRST NAME LAST NAME.pdf
      • Example: RESUME – JIMMY FALLON.pdf
    • Legal release form: LEGAL RELEASE – FIRST NAME LAST NAME.pdf
      • Example: LEGAL RELEASE – JIMMY FALLON.pdf
    • Script submission: SHOW NAME – FIRST INITIAL LAST INITIAL.pdf (If you have a writing partner, include their initials in the file name.)
      • Example: GAME OF THRONES – JF.pdf
      • Example with writing partner: THIS IS US – JF and SM.pdf
  6. Finalists may be asked for a second writing sample.
  7. Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and transportation in the Los Angeles area for the duration of the program.

The submission form will open on MAY 1st. Click HERE to submit.

To watch for updates, please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the Writers On The Verge Facebook Page.

Check out our FAQ for more information.

Additional questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to writersontheverge@nbcuni.com

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ABFF Star Project

For more information on the ABFF Star Project: http://www.abff.com/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? HERE’S YOUR CHANCE. In association with the American Black Film Festival, we’re back with the ABFFStarProject Open Call monologue competition!... Read More Read More

For more information on the ABFF Star Project: http://www.abff.com/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? HERE’S YOUR CHANCE. In association with the American Black Film Festival, we’re back with the ABFFStarProject Open Call monologue competition!

For the first time, we’re embarking on a coast-to-coast live search in Los Angeles & New York to find the next fresh face of the big and small screen.

One winner will receive:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Miami, FL to attend the American Black Film Festival June 15-18 2017
  • 4-night hotel stay in Miami
  • SoBe Festival Pass to attend exclusive screening and Opening & Closing Night VIP Parties
  • Scholarship to participate in the Tasha Smith’s Acting Workshop
  • VIP access to the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival semi-finals in August in New York and the finale in October in Los Angeles (travel & hotel not included)
  • Name announcement in the ABFF press release
  • Introductions to NBCUniversal Casting Executives
  • $1,000 Cash grant towards new headshots or acting classes*

IMPORTANT DATES:

LOS ANGELES OPEN CALL:

MON/TUES March 20-21, 2017

8am Registration Begins TIME SLOTS ARE LIMITED!!!
9am Auditions Begin

Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA 91608

METRO REDLine to Universal Studios Stop, then uphill walk to Hotel
$15 Self Parking at Hotel
$20 City Walk General Parking, then FREE Shuttle to Hotel beginning at 9am

 

NEW YORK OPEN CALL:

WED/ THURS March 29-30, 2017

8am Registration Begins TIME SLOTS ARE LIMITED!!!
9am Auditions Begin

Ripley Grier Studios
520 Eighth Avenue @36th St, NY NY

A/C/E Train to 34th Street PENN Station (Blue Line)

 

SEEKING:

Males & Females, 18+

Role Description: Seeking and strongly encouraging performers who can portray ethnically diverse characters including, but not limited to, Black descent.

BRING: Current Headshot or Photo & Resume STAPLED BACK TO BACK.

PREPARE: Perform up to 2 Contemporary Monologues, each under 2 minutes in length, dramatic or contemporary in the tone of a film or TV audition- NOT a theatrical stage audition. Due to time limits, actors will begin by only performing 1 monologue.

WARNING: In order to see as many talented actors as possible, you will be timed and stopped if exceeding 2 minutes. You may be asked to return and perform again later in the day.

NO WINNER IS ANNOUNCED THAT DAY, ONLY THE WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED DIRECTLY OF THEIR PRIZE.

Click here for the Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void where prohibited. Legal residents of the US or DC who are 18 or older. Begins March 20, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. ET and ends April 3, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. ET. For Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, visit [Offical Rules]. Sponsors: NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

*Tax Mitigation: When a prize is valued at $600 or more, the prize becomes taxable income that must be reported to the IRS.

To watch for updates please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page.


 

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NBC Scene Showcase

A 6 to 8 week workshop of original scenes by diverse writers, cast with up-and-coming actors and guided by directors of diverse backgrounds presented in a one-day showcase for executives, producers, casting directors, and other industry professionals. Read More

As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity, NBCUniversal will produce a live performance Scene Showcase in June in Los Angeles, and September in New York City. The showcase intends to feature actors, writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQ actors and Performers with Disabilities. The one-day live theatrical showcase is performed for executives, producers, casting directors, and other industry professionals.

We usually open auditions in the first quarter of the year for Los Angeles, and the second quarter of the year for New York.

To watch for updates on when we will open 2017 auditions, please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page.

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Using scripts from written by alumni from our programs, we audition actors for the showcase. Once we cast actors, we will hire directors.  They are typically selected from our pool of directors from the NBCUniversal Emerging Director Program finalists and award-winning NBCUniversal Short Film Festival directors.

A live theatrical showcase will take place once in Los Angeles, and once in New York.  These two showcases have separate casts and directors.

 

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The Emerging Director Program

The NBCU EMERGING DIRECTOR PROGRAM is designed to take directors accomplished in their respective fields (features, commercials, music videos) and give them the opportunity to work alongside episodic television directors. The selected directors will foster relationships and fine tune their art to fit the television format. Read More

 

The NBCU EMERGING DIRECTOR PROGRAM, is designed to take directors accomplished in their respective fields (features, commercials, music videos) and give them the opportunity to work alongside episodic television directors. The selected directors will foster relationships and fine tune their art to fit the television format.

Built from a desire to open up the pool of directors with whom NBCU works, the program accepts 100 nominees per year (first come, first serve). We ultimately select a small group of finalists to shadow NBC Universal shows, such as The Blacklist, Blindspot, Superstore, and The Expanse. Our directors gain invaluable experience and the preparation needed to make them capable of directing one of our episodes.

The chosen director will shadow for up to three episodes on an NBCU show, from prep- to post-production. NBCU will provide a weekly stipend, along with airfare and hotel accommodation for non-locals during the program. Directors placed on NBC shows will be guaranteed an episode to direct on that show within the same season.

The process begins with a nomination from an industry professional. The first 100 nominations will be contacted to provide work samples and supplemental material. For more information on the application process, see below.

Nominations will open on Monday, October 30, 2017.
Finalists will be notified in Spring 2018.

The nomination link for the EMERGING DIRECTOR PROGRAM will be posted here on October 30, 2017.

More information on the FEMALE FORWARD initiative is coming soon.

To watch for updates please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the NBC Directing Programs Facebook page.

 

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What’s the Process?

1. Nomination

Industry professionals may nominate directors who they feel are accomplished in their respective fields, by submitting their nomination letters online. We only accept the first 100 nominees (first come, first serve). We do not accept nominations from agents or managers.

2. Submission of Portfolio Materials

Once a director is confirmed as one of the 100 nominees, we will contact the directing nominees directly and provide them with a link to upload their materials.  Nominees are required to submit:

  • A bio
  • A resume/CV
  • A directing reel
  • 1-3 samples representing the director’s best work (features, short films, music videos, etc.–completed works preferred)
  • OPTIONAL: 1-2 additional letters of recommendation

3. Selection of Program Participants

The selected directors will be notified in the spring for the opportunity to shadow during the upcoming season.

4. Selection of Directors

The director’s portfolios will be sent to participating NBCUniversal shows. Each show then selects which director they would like to take on to shadow for up to three episodes on the show, from pre- to post-production.

 

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NBCUniversal Short Film Festival

www.nbcushortsfest.com The NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL seeks the next generation of writers, directors, producers & actors, while celebrating innovative storytelling from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and performers with disabilities. Read More

The NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL seeks the next generation of writers, directors, producers & actors, while celebrating innovative storytelling from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and performers with disabilities.

With a high-profile list of judges and partners including, Comcast, NBC, Panavision, USA Networks, Telemundo, Bravo, Universal Pictures, E!, SAG-AFTRA, PGA, WGAW, WGAE, DGA, Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter & Variety, this bicoastal festival provides a unique opportunity for outstanding talent to have their work introduced to key decisions makers from the entire NBCUniversal family as well as agents, managers, producers, and other industry players.

Submission Period

March 1 – May 15, 2017

For eligibility and submission information, please visit: nbcushortsfest.com

To watch for updates please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the NBCU Short Film Festival Facebook page.

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Diverse Staff Writer Initiative

NBC encourages diversity among our writing staffs by funding select staff writer positions, open to all scripted NBC Primetime Series, along with some series from our cable networks. Read More

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NBC encourages diversity among our writing staffs by funding select staff writer positions, open to all scripted NBC Primetime Series, along with some series from our cable networks.

In order to further foster diversity among writers, NBCUniversal provides funding for a diverse staff writer position on all scripted NBC Primetime and Late Night Series. These positions are filled with writers selected and hired by the Showrunner/Producers of each show, along with the guidance of the network and studio(s). Positions are generally filled during the March – June staffing season.

 

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NBCUNIVERSAL CASTING APPRENTICE PROGRAM

An 18-24 month paid rotational program designed for individuals of diverse backgrounds who aspire to join a casting office. Apprentices are exposed to working in both a network and freelance casting office. Read More

The NBC Universal Casting Apprentice Program is a career development opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in casting. This program is designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds who aspire to become a Casting Manager within a Network or Studio or a Casting Associate or Director on a production. Depending on the assigned division, apprentices will be given an opportunity to work at a Network with executives or in a Freelance Casting Office with a Casting Director.

 

For more information visit nbcunicareers.com.

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COMEDIC TALENT SCHOLARSHIPS

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE | Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for their 2nd annual Diversity Scholarship. Read More

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE

Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for an annual Diversity Scholarship. The Diversity Scholar is selected by both the Upright Citizens Brigade (NY) and NBC executives based on their performance. This scholarship is intended for students with advanced skills in improvisation.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

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Late Night Writers Workshop

The NBCUniversal Late Night Writers Workshop is a four-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. Read More

The NBCUniversal 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. We particularly encourage female writers and those of diverse backgrounds to apply. The selected writers will create new sketch material and gain insight into the dynamics of a late night writers’ room. Participants are given the chance to interact with key writers and producers from across NBCUniversal’s late night and alternative shows, as well as receive feedback on their material.  

 

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Timeline

Submission Period: Typically two weeks in December or January

Finalist Interviews: February

Workshop in NYC: March 24-28, 2017

*All dates are subject to change. 

Questions?

Additional questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to latenightwritersworkshop@nbcuni.com

To watch for updates, please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and The Late Night Writers Workshop Facebook page.

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StandUp NBC

StandUp NBC is a nationwide search for stand-up comedians. This initiative allows comedians from across the country to showcase for key industry players at NBC and industry-wide. Top recipient(s) receive an NBC Talent Holding Deal, meeting with NBC Casting execs and an invitation to join the Stand Up for Diversity College Tour. Read More

StandUp NBC is a nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds, which started in 2003. This initiative allows comedians from across the country to showcase for key players at NBCUniversal and throughout the industry. Top recipient(s) are offered an NBC Talent Holding Deal, meetings with NBCUniversal Casting execs and an invitation to showcase at NACA for the opportunity to tour the US college circuit. Success stories include: Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Carmichael Show), Ron Funches (Powerless, Undateable), Tone Bell (Bad Judge, People are Talking), Hannibal Buress (Broad City, 30 Rock, Neighbors, SNL), Ian Edwards (SNL), Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Mr. Robinson), Eric Andre (Two Broke Girls, Man Seeking Woman), and Deon Cole (Conan, Black-ish).

To watch for updates, please follow @NBCUNITIPS on Twitter, our NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the StandUP NBC Facebook page.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Online Video Submissions

New in 2017 – two cities, Philadelphia and Atlanta, will be open to online video submissions. Comedians can log on and provide videos links (2 mins max) to recent performances.

100 comics will be invited to a closed audition the day before the Open Call.

Regional Open Call Audition

In each of our four cities, we will hold an Open Call. Only the first 100 comics who arrive will be seen. Comics will have one minute to perform at the initial audition. A handful will be invited back to callbacks later that day to perform a longer 2-3 minute set. From these, the top comics are selected to perform in the regional semi-finalist showcase the next evening.

Semi-Finalist Live Showcase

The regional showcase takes place the following evening after auditions. The chosen few are asked to perform approximately 7 minutes of material before a live audience. These semi-finalist shows will not air on NBC, but rather are an opportunity to be showcased for bookers, agents, casting directors, and television executives in consideration for future casting and development opportunities as well as the Los Angeles Finals.

Los Angeles Finalist Showcase

Approximately 8 StandUp NBC Finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to perform in front of a live audience of agents, casting directors, and television executives. Winner(s) will be offered a Talent Holding Deal with NBCUniversal.

 

2017 SCHEDULE 

CHICAGO

Open Call: June 10, 2017
Showcase: June 11, 2017

Laugh Factory
3175 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

SAN FRANCISCO

Open Call: July 8, 2017
Showcase: July 9, 2017

Cobb’s Comedy Club
915 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133

PHILADELPHIA

Online Submission opens June 1st-June 16th at 11:59PT.  Submit here: http://bit.ly/2pE7kGl
Selected comics from the online submission will be notified the week of July 17th for a closed audition on August 11th.

Open Call: August 12, 2017
Showcase: August 13, 2017

Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St
Philadelphia PA 19103

ATLANTA

Online Submission opens July 8th-July 23rd at 11:59PT.  Submit here: http://bit.ly/2oQEWxU
Selected comics from the online submission will be notified the week of August 21st for a closed audition on September 22nd. Submission videos must be 2 mins max.

Open Call: September 23, 2017
Showcase: September 24, 2017

Laughing Skull Lounge
Vortex Bar & Grill
878 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

 

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE NATIVE AMERICAN and INDIGENOUS PROGRAM

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is a year-round program to deepen the commitment to support Native American and Indigenous artists and talent. Read More

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is a year-round program to deepen the commitment to support Native American and Indigenous artists and talent. This program allows NBCUniversal to build relationships within the Native and Indigenous communities and raise awareness of the artistic opportunities available at NBCUniversal through its various Diversity Initiatives and Programs, while creating a pipeline for Native actors, writers and directors.

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE NATIVE AMERICAN and INDIGENOUS PROGRAM

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is a year-round program to deepen the commitment to support Native American and Indigenous artists and talent. Read More

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is a year-round program to deepen the commitment to support Native American and Indigenous artists and talent. This program allows NBCUniversal to build relationships within the Native and Indigenous communities and raise awareness of the artistic opportunities available at NBCUniversal through its various Diversity Initiatives and Programs, while creating a pipeline for Native actors, writers and directors.

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WRITER’S ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Launched in 2012, NBC Entertainment funds a writer’s assistant position on 3 NBC primetime scripted shows. Read More

Launched in 2012, NBC Entertainment funds a writer’s assistant position on 3 NBC primetime scripted shows. These positions are chosen by the showrunner of the respective show and provide the selected writer(s) the opportunity to be in a television writers’ room and assist in any ways necessary.

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TALENT SCHOLARSHIPS

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE | Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for their 2nd annual Diversity Scholarship. Read More

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE

Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for their 2nd annual Diversity Scholarship. The Diversity Scholar is selected by both the Upright Citizens Brigade and NBC executives based on their performance. This scholarship is intended for students with advanced skills in improvisation.

 

THE GROUNDLINGS

NBCUniversal’s Talent Infusion Programs is in partnership with The Groundlings Theatre and School to develop and support diverse talent. Available quarterly, eight Groundlings students per year will receive a full scholarship to the Writing Lab level of the Groundlings Performance Track.

Criteria and application information is available here: www.groundlings.com/diversity.

 

 

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CAPE WRITERS PROGRAM

The CAPE New Writers Fellowship is an intensive 8-week intensive program sponsored by NBC Universal and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and facilitated by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics In Entertainment (CAPE). Read More

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The CAPE New Writers Fellowship is an intensive 8-week intensive program sponsored by NBCUniversal and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and facilitated by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics In Entertainment (CAPE). The fellowship is designed to provide aspiring Asian-Pacific American (APA) television and feature film writers, who are underrepresented in the mainstream market, with the creative and business tools needed to understand what leads to successfully purchased and produced film and television projects in Hollywood. The fellows will be better positioned to develop projects that are marketable while retaining their unique voices, stories, and points-of-view. The fellowship will not only help them perfect their craft but also acquire the tools to have long-lasting careers in entertainment. In addition to the training, each fellow will also receive a $1,500 stipend, the latest Final Draft software and exclusive opportunities to meet and network with top industry executives.

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NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDIA COALITION WRITERS PROGRAM

Sponsored by NBCUniversal and ABC, the NHMC Television Writers Program was created in 2003 and is an intensive scriptwriting workshop that prepares Latinos for writing jobs at the major television networks. Read More

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Sponsored by NBCUniversal and ABC, the NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriting workshop that prepares Latinos for writing jobs at the major television networks.

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