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.

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 1st, 2018 – MAY 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm PT.

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

*The submission link will open on MAY 1st

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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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 inclusion, NBC Entertainment will produce a live Actor Showcase this coming SEPTEMBER in Los Angeles – the NBC SPOTLIGHT! 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.

Performance Date: SEPTEMBER 13th 2018

MUST BE LOCAL LA RESIDENT  & AVAILABLE FOR JULY CALLBACKS & MANDITORY REHEARSALS in AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

If available & Local, Send a SELF TAPE  for your ROUND 1 AUDITION.

 

WHAT DO I PREPARE?: MAX 3min SELF TAPE or EDITED REEL consisting of up to maximum 3 Sketch Characters, 1 short Comedic SCENE and / or Comedic MONOLOGUE of choice.

WHERE DO I UPLOAD?: Our submissions platform is ActorsAccess.com. If you don’t have an account, it’s free to create one. Links are provided below. *NBC does NOT charge a fee to submit, but Actors Access may have a nominal submission fee of their own.

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR NAME ON ACTORS ACCESS BEFORE TONIGHT, MIDNIGHT PT, FRIDAY 3/9, IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO SEND A SELF-TAPE BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF 3/26.

DEADLINE FOR SELF TAPE: Monday MARCH 26th, 2018 at 3pm PST

Allow 12wks to receive notification to actors who will move on to ROUND 2.

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING: Actors who can portray 18 – 50 yrs old, specifically actors with strong comedic ability and timing. Theater Experience a PLUS.

ETHNICALLY DIVERSE & MULTI-CULTURAL MEN, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=ad9s3

ETHNICALLY DIVERSE & MULTI-CULTURAL WOMEN, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=az7a3

NON-BINARY INDIVIDUALS, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=dd669 

PERFORMERS WITH DISABILITIES, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=cb366

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

 

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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 – April 30, 2018

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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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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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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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.  

 

Timeline

Submission Period: December 1st, 2017 – December 15th, 2017 at 11:59 PST

Finalist Interviews: February 2018

5-Day Workshop in NYC: March/April 2018

*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)  1-2 pages of original ideas for 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 and not scripts.

3)  2  SNL-style sketches (no more than 5 pages EACH). One sketch should introduce an original character and one sketch should be topical (something newsworthy or pop culture-based).

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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