NBC Scene Showcase

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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Emerging Director Program

The Emerging Director Program is designed to take directors accomplished in their respective fields (features, commercials and/or 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

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The 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.

The NBCU Emerging Director Program continues to provide opportunity for experienced directors to make the transition to television. Built from a need to open up the pool of directors with whom NBCU works, the Program accepts only 100 nominees per year (first come, first serve). We ultimately select a small group of finalists to shadow NBC Universal shows, such as Community, Parenthood, Grimm and Chicago Fire. The final decision on who shadows and on which show lies with the participating shows themselves. Our directors gain invaluable experience and the preparation needed to make them capable of directing one of our episodes.

While in the program, directors are assigned up to three episodes of one (or more) NBCU scripted show from production prep to post.  The director is responsible for working alongside the show’s director(s) in every aspect. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Giving input on setting shots and giving direction (where appropriate) to cast and crew.
• Helping to prioritize and order shooting schedule.
• Tracking shot orders and notes for the directors.
• Providing feedback on performances.
• Sitting alongside the director during the editing process to finish the episode.
• Consulting with director and producers during prep on shooting script, production design and casting.

 

We usually open for nominations in the Fall, and notify finalists in the Spring.

To watch for updates on when we will be accepting nominations for the 2018 Emerging Director Program, please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the NBCUniversal Emerging Director Program Facebook page.

 

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).

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 Finalists

10 finalists will be notified in the spring for potential shadowing during the upcoming season.

4. Selection of Directors

Finalists’ portfolios will be sent to participating NBCUniversal shows.  Each show then select which finalist they would like to take on as an Emerging Director who will shadow for up to three episodes on the show, from pre- to post-production.

NBCU will provide a weekly stipend, along with airfare and hotel accommodation for non-locals during the program.

 

Questions? Check out out our FAQ

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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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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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