WRITERS ON THE VERGE

 

NOTE: This year, Writers on the Verge will be accepting 2 original television pilots. We will not accept spec scripts. More details below.

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 po rtfolio, 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,” “Indebted,” “Community”, “Council of Dads”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector”, “Chicago Fire” and “Parenthood.”

 

How to Submit

The submission window is open MAY 1,2020- MAY 10, 2020

APPLY HERE: Apply Here

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. This year, we are asking for two original scripts, both submitted when applying.
  4. Both scripts must be live-action tv pilots
  5. Both scripts must be in the same genre as each other. Both must either be ½ hour comedies or hour-long dramas.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. We will not be requesting any further material after your initial application
  9. 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.

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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.... Read More 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 submission window is open MAY 2019.

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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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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: March 23rd – April 5th 

Finalist Interviews: June 2020

5-Day Workshop in NYC: August 2020

*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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