NBC Entertainment’s Programming Talent Development & Inclusion Department Hosts Annual NYC Diversity Week
Week Included StandUp NBC, NBC Short Film Festival & The Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) Showcase
NBC Entertainment hosted their annual NYC Diversity Week at Gotham Comedy Club, SVA Theatre and UCB East from August 18-21, 2014. The week showcased the NBC Entertainment’s Programming Talent Development & Inclusion Department efforts to increase diversity in front of and behind-the-camera.
The three featured initiatives were StandUp NBC, a nationwide search for stand-up comedians, whose past participants included Tone Bell (NBC’s Bad Judge) and Ron Funches (NBC’s Undateable). NBC’s Short Film Festival was a two-day semi-final film screening, where festival filmmakers have gone on to have their material developed within NBC and actors have been cast on NBC’s pilots and series. UCB Showcase promotes diversity in the comedic arts, to provide diversity scholarships.
Each event was open to all including NBC executives, agents, managers, casting directors, as well as other comedians, and filmmakers.
“NBC Entertainment’s Program Talent Development & Inclusion department’s Diversity week is just a sample of our year-round efforts to seek, showcase and nurture new, up & coming talent. From these events, talent can go on to enjoy exposure not only throughout the NBC Universal family – but within the entertainment industry as a whole.” – Karen Horne, Vice President, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment & Universal Television