StandUp NBC

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:  Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), Hannibal Buress (Broad City, 30 Rock, Neighbors, SNL), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Carmichael Show), Ron Funches (Powerless, Undateable), Tone Bell (Bad Judge, People are Talking), 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

All Cities will open a separate online video submissions window. Check below for dates. Comedians can log on and provide videos links (2 mins max) to recent performances.

Top comics will be notified directly if they make it to LIVE auditions.

Regional Open Call Audition

We will hold an Open Call. Auditions commence promptly at 9AM. Only the first 100-125 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 the following day to perform a longer 2-3 minute set. From these, the top comics are selected to perform in the regional semi-finalist showcase that weekend.

Semi-Finalist Live Showcase

The regional showcase takes place the same weekend of 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.

 

2019 SCHEDULE & CITIES COMING SOON …

 

 

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WRITERS ON THE VERGE

Writers on the Verge is a 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. Submission window: May 1st through May 31st! Read More

Writers on the Verge is a 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 weekly evening classes at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. 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 2019. 

APPLY HERE: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

*The submission link will open on MAY 2019.

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. Semi-Finalists will be asked for an original television pilot as their second writing sample. It must be the same length (hourlong or half hour) as the spec they applied with.
  7. Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and transportation in the Los Angeles area for the duration of the program.

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

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

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The NBC 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 NBC 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 episodic television format.

Built from a desire to open up the pool of directors with whom NBCU works, the program (in tandem with FEMALE FORWARD) will accept submissions from Nov 1, 2018 – Nov 9, 2018.

The chosen director will shadow for up to two episodes on an NBCU show, from prep to post production. NBCU will provide a flat 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.

Please note, to be eligible, directors must have directed no more than ONE episode of scripted television.

Finalists will be notified by May 2019.

FEMALE FORWARD initiative is coming soon.

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

Female directors can apply to our Female Forward program (https://nbcfemaleforward.com/) using the same application link.

APPLY HERE: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

 

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What’s the Process?

  1. Submission of Portfolio Materials

Nominees are required to submit:

  • One letter of nomination from an advocate of the director who is not a talent representative. Letters of nomination will not be accepted from anyone who works for or with talent, specifically managers, agents, publicists and lawyers.
  • A resume/CV
  • A bio
  • A directing reel
  • 1-3 samples representing the director’s best work (features, short films, music videos, etc.–completed works preferred)
  • OPTIONAL: one additional letter of recommendation
  1. Selection of Program Finalists

The selected finalist directors will be contacted and interviewed by the end of May 2019.

  1. Selection of Directors

The selected 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 two episodes on the show, from pre to post-production before directing an episode.

 

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FAQ – Female Forward and Emerging Director Program (EDP) application window

To apply for Female Forward/EDP, does someone need to nominate me?

  • You will fill out your own application for Female Forward/EDP that must include a letter of nomination.  This letter comes from someone you’ve worked with creatively in the industry (not an agent/manager) who can speak to your abilities.

Is this Nov 1 application for Female Forward/EDP limited to a certain number of applicants?

  • No, these programs will be open from Nov. 1 – Nov 9.  We will accept any submissions that come through in that time-frame.
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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: APPLY HERE

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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

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.  

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Timeline

Submission Period: January 4 – January 18, 2019 at 11:59 PST

Finalist Interviews: March 2019

5-Day Workshop in NYC: April 2019

*All dates are subject to change. 

**Selected writers will be responsible for their own transporation to/from and lodging in NYC. 

Submission Guidelines

Your sketch packet should consist of three elements:

  1. 1-2 pages of topical monologue jokes. If you think it helps us, please indicate which host’s voice you have in mind (can be, but does not have to be, an NBC host). Topical news jokes and pop culture jokes should make up the bulk of your material.
  2. 2-3 refillable late night desk bits. These can be ideas for elements like Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes,” pre-taped correspondent bits like, “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell,” or multimedia bits. For this portion, please provide descriptions of the bits with examples and not scripts.
  3. 2 SNL-style sketches that are 3-5 pages each. One sketch should introduce an original character and one sketch should be topical that can touch on recent news or pop culture phenomenon.

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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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

nhmc.org/writersprogram

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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