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NBC Names New Class For Annual Late Night Writers Workshop

NBC has unveiled the new class for its annual  Late Night Writers Workshop. Out of a pool of 900 candidates, writers Brandon BurkhartGracie CanaanReem EdanKyle HarrisEmily MenezSam O and Kate Sisk have been named as this year’s participants for the workshop.

The new class participated in an intensive virtual five-day program that prepared them for staff writer roles on late night and sketch comedy shows. Now in its eighth year, the program helps bolster NBC’s inclusive initiatives by discovering developing late night and sketch comedy writers of diverse backgrounds.

“Over the past eight years, the Late Night Writers Workshop has made a significant impact on the late night and sketch comedy landscape. Many of our alumni now write for top shows across the industry, and we are confident this new class of talented writers will follow suit,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “The current seismic shift in our culture has illuminated how critical it is to include the lens of diverse people to provide cultural context to current events. These writers will enter the industry at a time where their voices are needed now more than ever.” READ MORE

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NBC Names Its 2019-2020 Class For Alternative Directors Program

The industry’s first directing pipeline program for unscripted shows has set its 2019-2020 class, helping to create equal representation behind the scenes on alternative series. The Alternative Directors Program was launched two years ago to give experienced female and ethnically diverse directors the opportunity to expand their repertoire of alternative formats and complex directing styles. The ultimate goal... Read More

The industry’s first directing pipeline program for unscripted shows has set its 2019-2020 class, helping to create equal representation behind the scenes on alternative series.

The Alternative Directors Program was launched two years ago to give experienced female and ethnically diverse directors the opportunity to expand their repertoire of alternative formats and complex directing styles. The ultimate goal is hiring them as show directors on an NBC or Universal Television Alternative Studios series.

This year, the program directors will rotate through two to three alternative shows across the network’s daytime, primetime and late night line-ups. During their tenure on each show, they will shadow the respective show directors through prep and production, with the goal of directing a meaningful segment on one of the shows they shadow. The show directors will also serve as their mentors and advocates. READ MORE

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Franqi French And Rene Vaca Named Winners Of 16th Annual StandUp NBC Competition

NBC has unveiled comedians Franqi French and Rene Vaca as the winners of its 16th annual StandUp NBC competition. This marks the first time in the program’s 16-year history that two winners have been chosen in a single year. StandUp NBC is an annual search for comedians of diverse backgrounds and French and Vaca have taken the crown and will each receive... Read More

NBC has unveiled comedians Franqi French and Rene Vaca as the winners of its 16th annual StandUp NBC competition. This marks the first time in the program’s 16-year history that two winners have been chosen in a single year.

StandUp NBC is an annual search for comedians of diverse backgrounds and French and Vaca have taken the crown and will each receive a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) annual convention where they will perform for talent bookers from across the country. They will also split the responsibility of headlining the regional semifinalist showcases in five cities across the country at next year’s StandUp NBC. READ MORE

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NBC’s ‘Writers On The Verge’ Pencils In Its Class Of 2019-20

NBC has its latest “Writers on the Verge,” naming the Class of 2019-20 for its diverse writers program. Selected from more than 2,300 applicants are comedy writers Rishi Chitkara, Shirin Najafi and Min-Woo Park and drama scribes Andi Delott, Maya Houston, Mitali Jahagirdar, Lira Kellerman and Shani Am. Moore Read more about them below. Now in... Read More

NBC has its latest “Writers on the Verge,” naming the Class of 2019-20 for its diverse writers program. Selected from more than 2,300 applicants are comedy writers Rishi Chitkara, Shirin Najafi and Min-Woo Park and drama scribes Andi Delott, Maya Houston, Mitali Jahagirdar, Lira Kellerman and Shani Am. Moore Read more about them below.

Now in its 14th year, Writers on the Verge assembles talented aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds who are “on the verge” of breaking out but would benefit from a final polish of their writing and pitch-presentation skills to prepare them for a TV career. The program is part of NBC’s talent infusion programs that discover, develop and advocate for onscreen and behind the scenes talent of diverse backgrounds, the network said. READ MORE

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NBC Unveils Classes For Female Forward And The Emerging Director Program

NBC’s push for diversity and inclusion continues as it unveils the 2019-2020 classes for Female Forward and the Emerging Director Program, two pioneering scripted initiatives to increase the representation of female and ethnically diverse directors by creating a pipeline into scripted television. The initiatives stand out as the only programs in the industry that give participating directors an in-season guarantee to direct... Read More

NBC’s push for diversity and inclusion continues as it unveils the 2019-2020 classes for Female Forward and the Emerging Director Program, two pioneering scripted initiatives to increase the representation of female and ethnically diverse directors by creating a pipeline into scripted television. The initiatives stand out as the only programs in the industry that give participating directors an in-season guarantee to direct at least one episode.

Female Forward, which aims to achieve gender parity in the director’s chair, ushers in its second year with seven directors helming episodes of NBC shows. The new class of Female Forward directors and the NBC series they will direct include Kris Lefcoe (Superstore), Brenna Malloy (Chicago Fire), SJ Main Muñoz (Chicago Med), Kim Nguyen (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Sara Zandieh (Good Girls). READ MORE

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NBC Creates Network’s First Below-The-Line Diversity Initiatives

In NBC’s ongoing advocacy for representation in key production roles, they have launched the networks first below-the-line initiatives. The two newly created pipeline programs focus on diversifying representation among production coordinators and production assistants. The new annual initiatives are spearheaded by NBC’s Scripted Programming Co-Presidents Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Alternative and Reality Group President Meredith Ahr, and... Read More

In NBC’s ongoing advocacy for representation in key production roles, they have launched the networks first below-the-line initiatives. The two newly created pipeline programs focus on diversifying representation among production coordinators and production assistants.

The new annual initiatives are spearheaded by NBC’s Scripted Programming Co-Presidents Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Alternative and Reality Group President Meredith Ahr, and Karen Horne, Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion (TIPS).

The new Production Coordinator Program and Production Assistant Initiative provides on-the-job training for ethnically diverse talent who want to work on a television production. Both are early-career production roles that cover a range of key administrative tasks. Production coordinators typically have one to two years of on-set experience and oversee a team of production assistants. READ MORE

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Mike E. Winfield Tops The 15th StandUp NBC Comedy Competition

The winner of the 15th annual StandUp NBC comedy competition is Mike E. Winfield, who beat out 1,600 applicants to win the network’s annual search for comedians of diverse backgrounds. Winfield has been awarded a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) annual convention, where he will perform for talent... Read More

The winner of the 15th annual StandUp NBC comedy competition is Mike E. Winfield, who beat out 1,600 applicants to win the network’s annual search for comedians of diverse backgrounds.

Winfield has been awarded a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) annual convention, where he will perform for talent bookers from across the country. He will also headline the regional semi-finalist showcases for the 2019 StandUp NBC competition.

Baltimore native Winfield was chosen from eight finalists, including Vincent Bryant, Ali Clayton, Calvin Evans, Sohrab Forouzesh, Jay Jurden, Luz Pazos and Venessa Peruda. They were among 1,600 stand-up comedians who auditioned last year through online submissions and open calls in Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas and New York. READ MORE 

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NBC Unveils Its ‘Writers On The Verge’ Diversity Program Class Of 2018-19

NBC has its latest “Writers on the Verge,” naming the Class of 2018-19 for its diverse writers program. Selected from more than 2,200 applicants are comedy scribes Bernard Badion, Edward Excaliber, Joanne Lee and Sara White and drama writers Pamela García Rooney, Marissa Lee, Tiffany Shaw Ho and Margot Ye. Now in its 13th year, Writers on the Verge assembles talented... Read More

NBC has its latest “Writers on the Verge,” naming the Class of 2018-19 for its diverse writers program. Selected from more than 2,200 applicants are comedy scribes Bernard Badion, Edward Excaliber, Joanne Lee and Sara White and drama writers Pamela García Rooney, Marissa Lee, Tiffany Shaw Ho and Margot Ye.

Now in its 13th year, Writers on the Verge assembles talented aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds who are “on the verge” of breaking out but would benefit from a final polish of their writing and pitch-presentation skills to prepare them for a TV career. The program is part of NBC’s talent infusion programs that discover, develop and advocate for onscreen and behind the scenes talent of diverse backgrounds, the network said. READ MORE

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NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Unveils Finalists, Sets Record For Female Representation

The finalists for the 13th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival were announced Monday with the fest setting a record for female representation in front of and behind the camera. The finalists will be recognized at an awards ceremony Oct. 24 at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood where their short films will be screened. Known for celebrating diverse... Read More

The finalists for the 13th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival were announced Monday with the fest setting a record for female representation in front of and behind the camera. The finalists will be recognized at an awards ceremony Oct. 24 at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood where their short films will be screened.

Known for celebrating diverse storytelling and storytellers, the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival finalists explore race relations, women’s rights, as well as gender and sexual identity. The finalists include a variety of perspectives — both dramatic and comedic — from diverse communities including B.U.T.S: Spanish ClassKyenvuMasksMondayRani, and We Know Where You Live. READ MORE

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NBC Names “Female Forward” Directors Initiative Inaugural Class

NBC has named the inaugural class for its new “Female Forward” directors initiative which will provide female directors a pipeline into scripted television. The 10 directors selected as finalists and the NBC series on which they have been paired are Rebecca Addelman (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Daniela De Carlo (Chicago Med), Lee Friedlander (Good Girls), Heather Jack (Superstore),... Read More

NBC has named the inaugural class for its new “Female Forward” directors initiative which will provide female directors a pipeline into scripted television.

The 10 directors selected as finalists and the NBC series on which they have been paired are Rebecca Addelman (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Daniela De Carlo (Chicago Med), Lee Friedlander (Good Girls), Heather Jack (Superstore), Katie Locke O’Brien (A.P. Bio), Ramaa Mosley (Blindspot), Olivia Newman (Chicago Fire), Monica Raymund (Law & Order: SVU), Lisa Robinson (The Blacklist) and Christine Swanson (Chicago P.D.).

Chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants, the finalists have helmed a range of projects including award-winning films that have been official selections at Tribeca Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, among others. READ MORE

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Kiry Shabazz Named Winner Of 14th Annual StandUp NBC Competition

Kiry Shabazz has been named as the winner of the 14th annual StandUp NBC competition. Shabazz was chosen in a nationwide search for comedians of diverse backgrounds. As part of his title, Shabazz will receive a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) annual convention where he... Read More

Kiry Shabazz has been named as the winner of the 14th annual StandUp NBC competition. Shabazz was chosen in a nationwide search for comedians of diverse backgrounds.

As part of his title, Shabazz will receive a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) annual convention where he will perform before talent bookers from across the country. He will also headline the regional semi-finalist showcases for next year’s StandUp NBC.

Shabazz was one of 1,250 stand-up comedians who auditioned at open calls earlier this year in Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. In addition to the open calls, the annual competition accepted online submissions. The 1,250 was then narrowed down to eight finalists including Shabazz, Jourdain Fisher, T. Murph, Dewayne Perkins, Abby Rosenquist, Jess Salomon, Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh, Tom Thakkar and TuRae. READ MORE

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NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Announces Winners

With more than 4,200 submissions, the 12th annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival announced the winners from a slate of nine finalists in the grand finale event in Los Angeles tonight. The competition was stiff as the nine short films and web series presented were amazingly crafted and thoughtful entries, but the two shorts that came out on... Read More

With more than 4,200 submissions, the 12th annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival announced the winners from a slate of nine finalists in the grand finale event in Los Angeles tonight. The competition was stiff as the nine short films and web series presented were amazingly crafted and thoughtful entries, but the two shorts that came out on top were Cynthia Kao’s Groundhog Day For A Black Man and Cullan Bruce’s Lost Dogs.

Groundhog Day For A Black Man tells a hilarious, timely story of a black man continually reliving the same day where he encounters life-and-death scenarios with the police. The socially relevant comedy won for Outstanding Comedy and the Critics’ Choice Award. On the dramatic side, the Lost Dogs won for Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Actor. The short, inspired by the insane brilliance of Korean horror, told the story of a woman ridiculed by her family who longs to escape. Striking a deal with her brother to clear his illegal debt, she delves deeper into darkness. READ MORE

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NBC Names Eight To Its ‘Writers on the Verge’ Diversity Program

NBC’s Writers on the Verge, the network’s program to develop aspiring television writers from diverse backgrounds, has named eight writers to its class of 2017-18. This year’s crop includes comedy writers Nick Bouier, Octavia Bray, Eugene Garcia-Cross and Felicia Pride, and drama writers Celena Cipriaso, William Garroutte, Amy Lambert and Eileen Shim. They were selected from... Read More

NBC’s Writers on the Verge, the network’s program to develop aspiring television writers from diverse backgrounds, has named eight writers to its class of 2017-18. This year’s crop includes comedy writers Nick Bouier, Octavia Bray, Eugene Garcia-Cross and Felicia Pride, and drama writers Celena Cipriaso, William Garroutte, Amy Lambert and Eileen Shim. They were selected from a pool of more than 2,600 applicants.

Founded in 2005, Writers on the Verge is an annual program for talented, aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds who are “on the verge” of breaking out, but need a final polish of their writing and pitch presentation skills to equip them for staff writer positions on television series. READ MORE

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JR De Guzman Wins ‘Standup NBC’, Lands Holding Deal With NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs has named JR De Guzman winner of the 13th Annual Standup NBC nationwide search for comedians of diverse backgrounds. With the win, De Guzman has landed a one-year talent holding deal with NBCUniversal. He also will perform later this month for talent bookers from across the country at the National Association for Campus Activities... Read More

NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs has named JR De Guzman winner of the 13th Annual Standup NBC nationwide search for comedians of diverse backgrounds. With the win, De Guzman has landed a one-year talent holding deal with NBCUniversal. He also will perform later this month for talent bookers from across the country at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) annual convention, and will headline the regional semi-finalist showcases for this year’s StandUp NBC.

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De Guzman was chosen from among eight other finalists out of more than 600 stand-up comedians who auditioned at open calls last year in New York City, San Diego, Nashville and Austin. He, along with the eight other finalists were later featured in a finale showcase hosted by comedian and StandUp NBC alumnus Orlando Leyba at The Improv in Hollywood. They performed their sets in front of an audience of television executives, casting directors, agents, managers and industry tastemakers. The other eight finalists are  Raanan Hershberg, Jessica Keenan, Ismael Loutfi, Keith McGill, Rojo Perez, Gibran Saleem, Candice Thompson and Daniel Webb. READ MORE

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NBCUniversal Sets Writers On The Verge Winners

NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs has finalized the list for its 2016-17 Writers on the Verge, the annual program for TV writers of diverse backgrounds who are “on the verge” of breaking out but need a final polish of their writing and pitch presentation skills. Winners will receive coaching and mentoring from industry pros during an intensive 12-week program... Read More

NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs has finalized the list for its 2016-17 Writers on the Verge, the annual program for TV writers of diverse backgrounds who are “on the verge” of breaking out but need a final polish of their writing and pitch presentation skills. Winners will receive coaching and mentoring from industry pros during an intensive 12-week program with the ultimate goal of preparing them to be staff writers. At the end, they will be considered for available writing assignments on NBC series.

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This year’s winners are comedy writers Mnelik Belilgne, Melanie Boysaw and Jeremy Hsu and drama writers Lorelei Ignas, Allyssa Lee, Rayna McClendon, Mellori Velasquez and Jeane Wong.

This is the 11th year of the program that is among the initiatives of NBCU’s program to promote and encourage people of diverse backgrounds. More than 2,000 applied this year. Recent alumni are staffed on series including The Blacklist (producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier), Superstore, American Crime, Suits, Shades of Blue (co-EP Rashad Raisani) and NBC midseason series The Redemption and Midnight, Texas. READ MORE

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NBCUniversal Names Winners Of The 2016 Short Film Festival

NBCUniversal held its 11th annual Short Film Festival last night to honor its eight finalists, with Oscar nominee Henry Hughes emerging as the night’s big winner, as he took home three of the seven awards. Hughes won for Best Director, Best Drama, and the Audience Award for his drama Day One, which is inspired by a true story of... Read More

NBCUniversal held its 11th annual Short Film Festival last night to honor its eight finalists, with Oscar nominee Henry Hughes emerging as the night’s big winner, as he took home three of the seven awards. Hughes won for Best Director, Best Drama, and the Audience Award for his drama Day One, which is inspired by a true story of a translator’s first day with a US Army unit. In addition to the awards, Hughes nabbed a development meeting with Universal and a $10K cash grant from Xfinity.

Finalists were able to screen their shorts in front of industry professionals in film and television as well as managers, agents and producers. Presenters at the ceremony, which took place at the Directors Guild of America, included comedian/actor Lil Rel Howery (The Carmichael Show), who opened the evening, along with Nico Santos (Superstore), Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat), writer/director David E. Talbert (Universal’s Almost Christmas), Essence Atkins (NBC’s Marlon), Bresha Webb (Marlon), Veronica Falcón (Queen of the South), Tiffany Haddish (The Carmichael Show), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2) and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin, who appeared via pre-taped video. READ MORE

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Dulcé Sloan Wins ‘StandUp NBC’ Showcase Along With Talent Holding Deal

Dulcé Sloan has won top honors at the 12th annual StandUp NBC comedy showcase. With the win, Sloan has been signed to a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal. The showcase, hosted by actor-comedian and StandUp NBC alum Tone Bell (Truth Be Told) at the Hollywood Improv, capped a talent search to find the funniest emerging comics of diverse backgrounds... Read More

Dulcé Sloan has won top honors at the 12th annual StandUp NBC comedy showcase. With the win, Sloan has been signed to a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal.

The showcase, hosted by actor-comedian and StandUp NBC alum Tone Bell (Truth Be Told) at the Hollywood Improv, capped a talent search to find the funniest emerging comics of diverse backgrounds that spanned Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle and New York. Nine finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 40 semifinalists. The others were Alex Sparling, Alvin Irby, Christina Galston, Ian Aber, Jesus Sepulveda, Orlando Leyba, Trenton Davis and Randy Syphax.

“Every year StandUp NBC finds unknown comics with solid potential for our programming,” said executive producer Jandiz Cardoso. “Last year we discovered Lavar Walker, who was immediately brought into the next season of Last Comic Standing.” Other StandUp NBC alumni who starred in NBC series this year include Brandon T. Jackson (Mr. Robinson), Ron Funches (Undateable) and Lil’Rel Howery (The Carmichael Show).

Sloan was honored as a New Face at this year’s Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. She has also appeared on ABC’s Resurrection and the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show segment Riggle’s Picks with Rob Riggle. READ MORE

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Nick Guerra Wins ‘StandUp NBC’ Showcase, Lands Holding Deal With NBCU

Nick Guerra has been named winner of the 11th annual StandUp NBC comedy showcase. With the win, Guerra has been signed into a one-year talent holding deal with NBCU. The showcase, held at the Hollywood Improv in LA, capped a talent search to find the funniest comics of diverse backgrounds in the country. Comedians were evaluated on... Read More

Nick Guerra has been named winner of the 11th annuaStandUp NBC comedy showcase. With the win, Guerra has been signed into a one-year talent holding deal with NBCU. The showcase, held at the Hollywood Improv in LA, capped a talent search to find the funniest comics of diverse backgrounds in the country. Comedians were evaluated on the originality of their material, delivery, cast-worthiness and overall performance.

“There are two things every comedian needs for his career to stay alive – recognition of talent and car repair money,” said Guerra. “I’d like to thank NBC for continuing to show me support and for the new transmission.” READ MORE

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NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Finale

The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Finale took place on Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at the DGA.  Check out the finalist and semifinalist shorts on the festival’s Hulu Channel!   FINALISTS Crescendo (directed by Alonso Alvarez Barreda) Paulie (directed by Andrew Nackman, written by David Lee) Hypebeasts (written & directed by Jess de la Merced) Seventh Grade (written &... Read More

The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Finale took place on Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at the DGA.  Check out the finalist and semifinalist shorts on the festival’s Hulu Channel!

 

FINALISTS

Crescendo (directed by Alonso Alvarez Barreda)

Paulie (directed by Andrew Nackman, written by David Lee)

Hypebeasts (written & directed by Jess de la Merced)

Seventh Grade (written & directed by Stefanie Saintonge)

Drudge (written & directed by Kheireddine El-Helou)

Bombshell (written & directed by Erin Sanger)

Voicemail (written & directed by Thomas Fraser)

 

WINNERS

Best Short: Paulie

The team receives a Sound Package consisting of Pro Tools 11, an Apogee MiC, Plantronics BackBeat GO2 Wireless Headphones, plus an Avid Media Composer Editing Software Package.

 

Best Director: Alonso Alvarez Barreda (Crescendo)

Wins a $60,000 camera package donated by the Panavision New Filmmaker Program; a meeting with the heads of production for Universal Pictures; and a finalist slot in NBC’s Director Fellowship Program.

 

Best Actor: Montserrat Espadalé (Crescendo)

Receives a one-year talent holding deal with NBC.

 

Best Writer: David Lee (Paulie)

Receives an iPad with Zagg rugged folio keyboard case and the latest version of Final Draft, plus special consideration for the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship or Final Round Placement in NBC Writers On The Verge Program.

 

Chiller Award: Kheireddine El-Helou (Drudge)

Wins $5k and the position as Lead Creative on an original promo for Chiller Network’s 2015 Killer Shorts Campaign.

 

 

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Congratulations to Meng Ai!

CONGRATULATIONS To 2013 Showcase Alum, MENG AI! He was cast in a co-star role in Mysteries of Laura, joining Max Jenkins, his fellow alumni who is recurring. Catch the show Wednesday 8/7C

CONGRATULATIONS To 2013 Showcase Alum, MENG AI!

He was cast in a co-star role in Mysteries of Laura, joining Max Jenkins, his fellow alumni who is recurring.

Catch the show Wednesday 8/7C

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NEXT WEEKEND – StandUp NBC: San Francisco

San Francisco is the last city StandUp NBC is visiting in 2014!  We’ll be having an open call for comedians at the Punch Line Comedy Club, Saturday September 27th starting at 9:00 am sharp!  The showcase will be at 8:00 pm on Sunday September 28th.

San Francisco is the last city StandUp NBC is visiting in 2014!  We’ll be having an open call for comedians at the Punch Line Comedy Club, Saturday September 27th starting at 9:00 am sharp!  The showcase will be at 8:00 pm on Sunday September 28th.

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2014-15 Writers on the Verge Announced

Writers on the Verge received about 2,000 submissions for the program this year, but after careful consideration we are proud to announce our 2014-2015 Writers on the Verge:  Alisha Cowan, Stephanie Coggins, David Ngo, Julian Kiani, Matt Bosack, Larry Caldwell, Leah Benavides and Kirk Moore.   Congratulations!

Writers on the Verge received about 2,000 submissions for the program this year, but after careful consideration we are proud to announce our 2014-2015 Writers on the Verge:  Alisha Cowan, Stephanie Coggins, David Ngo, Julian Kiani, Matt Bosack, Larry Caldwell, Leah Benavides and Kirk Moore.   Congratulations!

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9th Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

What an outstanding year for Film Making! A total of over 1700 short films were submitted to this years festival and the challenge was boiling it down to 14 semi-finalists. A representative from each film was flown to New York City for a public screeningteh SVA Theater in Midtown Manhattan. The evening was hosted by... Read More

What an outstanding year for Film Making!

A total of over 1700 short films were submitted to this years festival and the challenge was boiling it down to 14 semi-finalists.

A representative from each film was flown to New York City for a public screeningteh SVA Theater in Midtown Manhattan.

The evening was hosted by a very familiar face from Extra!, AJ Calloway.
And covering the red carpet was NBC’s Last Comic Standing Star, Zainab Johnson.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP 14 Semi Finalists!

TUESDAY AUG 19th – DAY 1

1. Crescendo
Director/Writer: Alonso Alvarez

Cast: Montserrat Espadalé, Frank Arend, Patrick Nuo, Brad Potts, Jennifer Cadena, Anita Beck, Ali Landry

Logline: In the 18th century Holy Roman Empire, a series of events will turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary experience for a woman whose life will never be the same.

2. Hypebeasts

Director/Writer: Jess dela Merced

Cast: Michael Rosete, Jake Choi, Jess dela Merced, Trevon Davis, Jeanette Dilone, Michael Galante, Grizz Chapman, Rich Pecci, Khalid Rivera, Nathaly Lopez, Joshua Rivera, Bryan Fitzgerald, Stephen James Anthony, Fetti D’Biasi

Logline: A boy’s desire to cop the most coveted pair of sneakers is quickly replaced with the fear that he and his sister are in serious danger when racial tensions explode in an overnight sneaker line in NYC.

3. Grief

Director: George Bessudo    Writer: Jesse David Ing

Cast: Kimberly Dollar, Reid Warner, Jaeden Lieberher, Asher Bank

Logline:A young couple coping with the death of their only son, is haunted by a malevolent spirit in their house.

4. Rattlefly

Director: Min Ding Writers: Min Ding & Yen-Chiao Huang

Cast: Maren Lord, Sadie Scott, Deema Aitken, Sheilagh Weymouth, Greg Seel

Logline: Sara, a small-town teenage girl with a dead-end existence who finds short-lived hope when she falls in love with the new pastor’s luminous daughter.

5. Seventh Grade

Director/Writer: Stefani Saintonge

Cast: Maxine Turenne, Mia Guzman, Ashe Davis, Khristen Gordon, Eric Bassant

Logline: Everyone is growing up except Patrice. But when a raunchy rumor threatens her best friend’s reputation, she’s forced to join the party and embrace adolescence.

6. Interstate

Director/Writer: Camille Stochitch

Cast:Benny Nieves, Gina Rodriguez, Max Arciniega, Roberto Montesinos, Laura Patalano, Aldo Ceceña, Darren La Borie

Logline: Joaquin has been teaching illegal immigrants how to drive, until an HSI agent shows up at his door. Will he save or give up those he has been helping?

7. Voicemail

Director/Writer: Thomas Fraser

Cast: Simone Missick, Thomas Fraser

Logline: A man comes home from vacation to find that he has 20 voicemails from the same person.

 

WEDNESDSAY AUG 20th – DAY 2

1. The Incident(s) at Paradise Bay

Director: Lorne Hiltser Writer: Nate Crocker

Cast:Bobby Soto, Peter Holden, Daniel Stewart, James Logan, Kevin Flint

Logline: Some kids get detention, some kids starve in a steel cage under the hot sun with no water all day.

2. Hunger

Director: Brian Frager Writer: James Fant

Cast:London Vale, Kristin Coffman, Paula Bellamy-Franklin, Hap Lawrence, Heather Wynters, Charles Anteby, Lowell Dean, Zack Ketz,  Joseph Steven, Michael Banks, Chen Huang, Giles Clarke

Logline: A desperate mother tries to protect her disturbed young daughter on the run, but their dark past threatens to ensnare them.

3. Los Santos

Director/Writer: Coraly Santaliz

Cast:Ricardo Alvarez, Lynnette Salas, José Jorge Medina, Nancy Millán, Eddie Valdés, Filomena Saura, Danny Salinas, Roger Guzmán

Logline: How many Saints are out there?

4. #nightslikethese

Director/Writer: Hannah Macpherson

Cast: Amber Midthunder, Shay Eyre, Kenneth Miller

Logline: When a night’s escapade takes a disturbing turn for two teen girls, we learn just how disconnected and desensitized social media has made them.

5. Bombshell

Director/Writer: Erin Sanger

Cast: Sofi Choinski, Logan Riley Bruner, Shane Nepveu, Tristan Alan, Store Employee, Carolyn Slesinski, Katie Schafer, Mackenzie Brooke Taylor

Logline: A ten year-old tomboy must weigh her loyalty to her trusted older brother as the siblings become complicit in a hate crime.

6. Drudge

Director/Writer: Kheireddine El-Helou

Cast: Jessica Mann, Cameron Simmons

Logline: What was supposed to be a romantic night in for a young couple, quickly turns into a terrifying encounter with Drudge.

7. Paulie

Director: Andrew Nackman Writer: David Lee

Cast: Ethan Dizon, Hardy Gatlin, Jay Pennick, Jarid Root, Judy Durning, Christine Kellogg, Sawyer Valin

Logline: A comedy about eating dirt, the Dewey Decimal system and finishing school as quickly as possible.

Film Stills

 

2014 NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Semi-Finalists (Poster Slide Show) from NBC Talent Development Programs on Vimeo.

 

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Diversity Week in New York

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... Read More

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 PresidentProgramming Talent Development & InclusionNBC Entertainment & Universal Television

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ABFF Winners Announced

ABFF START PROJECT WINNERS ANNOUNCED!   This year over 900 actors submitted for the chance to win a co-star role on NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES.   After intense Callbacks at the 2014 American Black Film Festival, we brought to the stage 2 dynamite stars:   CONGRATULATIONS TO:   KIMBERLY DALTON MITCHELL  www.KimGiggles.com *BFA North... Read More

ABFF START PROJECT WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

 

This year over 900 actors submitted for the chance to win a co-star role on NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

 

After intense Callbacks at the 2014 American Black Film Festival, we brought to the stage 2 dynamite stars:

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

 

KIMBERLY DALTON MITCHELL 

www.KimGiggles.com

*BFA North Carolina State 

 

STEFAN DEZIL

www.SDezil.com

*BFA Carnegie Mellon

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StandUp NBC Auditions

In its 11th consecutive year, StandUp NBC went to NEW YORK CITY!  Early in the morning on August 16th, comedians lined up on the sidewalks of 23rd Street, and may have turned some pedestrians’ heads.  Sleeping bags, yoga mats, and folding chairs lined the doors of the Gotham Comedy Club.  Some of the Tri-State area’s most... Read More

In its 11th consecutive year, StandUp NBC went to NEW YORK CITY!  Early in the morning on August 16th, comedians lined up on the sidewalks of 23rd Street, and may have turned some pedestrians’ heads.  Sleeping bags, yoga mats, and folding chairs lined the doors of the Gotham Comedy Club.  Some of the Tri-State area’s most promising comedians hoped to make the cut-off for the annual open call.

Network Judges at the table included Beth Klein, SVP of Casting for Universal Television & Sahara Sushue, Manager for NBC Alternative Programming, & America’s Got Talent.

After two strong days of punchlines and call backs, 13 semi-finalists were selected!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING COMICS:

 

Shawn Jackson

Sam Jay 

Ricky Velez 

Marcia Belsky 

LeClerc Andre 

Langston Kerman 

Katrina Braxton 

Joel Kim Booster 

Emma Willmann 

Amanda Seales 

Alingon Mitra 

John Nguyen

Luis J. Gomez 

 

After the showcase, that very same night, several of the comedians were directly contacted by agents & managers who are looking to sign!

Some of these magnificent comics will be invited back in Los Angeles this Fall for the FINALS ROUND – DECEMBER 3rd…  But no finalists will be determined until we visit our last town in September,  SAN FRANCISCO!

 

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The Late Night Writers Workshop kicks off its second year!

This program is focused on exposing talented joke, sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal's late-night & alternative lineup and readying them for a staff writer position.

This program is focused on exposing talented joke, sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late-night & alternative lineup and readying them for a staff writer position. 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 shows, as well as receive feedback on their material. Successful participants’ material will be submitted to NBCU’s late-night & alternative executives, but writing assignments are not a guarantee. The workshop took place in New York on March 21 – 25, 2014.

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Comcast NBCUniversal named as one of America’s “Best Places to Work”

For the second year in a row Comcast and NBCUniversal have earned a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and have been named among America’s “Best Places to Work” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

For the second year in a row Comcast and NBCUniversal have earned a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and have been named among America’s “Best Places to Work” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  This honor reflects the company’s ongoing emphasis on diversity and inclusion across a wide range of communities.

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NBC and The Blackhouse Foundation partner for the first time!

NBC began its first partnership with The Blackhouse Foundation at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The Foundation works to expand opportunities for black filmmakers by providing a physical gathering venue for their constituents at the world’s most prominent film festivals

NBC began its first partnership with The Blackhouse Foundation at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The Foundation works to expand opportunities for black filmmakers by providing a physical gathering venue for their constituents at the world’s most prominent film festivals, encouraging the inclusion of black filmmakers with films selected by the festival and creating a nucleus for continuing support, community, education and knowledge. The Blackhouse Foundation was created in 2006 by a group of dedicated individuals interested in preserving and furthering the legacy of Black cinema. The organization is geared towards dynamic industry networking, rigorous support, unparalleled education, and celebration for filmmakers of African descent and their audiences.

We’re now on Instagram! Follow us at “nbcunitips” and check out the latest photos from our many events and showcases, plus much more!

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