NBC is Seeking Aspiring Comedy Writers

NBC Comedy Playground DetailsNBC is looking for new, fresh comedic voices as part of a just-launched grassroots program titled “NBC Comedy Playground.” The network’s enlisted Aziz Ansari, Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Mindy Kaling, Jason Katims, Josh Lieb, Eva Longoria, Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Craig Robinson, Maya Rudolph, Adam Scott, and others to make up an Advisory Board to help sort through the entries and select two winners. The writers chosen will create new shows for NBC that will air during the summer of 2015.
“We are taking a bold, alternative approach in what we hope will uncover original comedy minds who are looking for a way to get into the television business,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “We love that an incredible A-list roster of producers, writers and performers have jumped in to help us find that untapped talent.”
The Details, Courtesy of NBC:

Beginning May 1, aspiring comedy writers are asked to submit their ideas to be considered for both digital and network comedy shows. Entrants may submit up to two video samples (5-10 minutes each) of their pre-existing work, along with up to two video pitches (2-5 minutes per pitch), each describing a unique, original show idea, to www.nbccomedyplayground.com. The Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, are available at www.nbccomedyplayground.com.
Up to 10 finalists will be chosen by the NBC Selection Panel, and NBC will provide funding for each finalist to produce a full pilot presentation based on his/her original pitch. Two winners will be selected by the all-star comedy Advisory Board, in consultation with NBC. Each of the winners will have their show broadcast on NBC.

The remaining finalist presentations that aren’t selected will be posted to the “NBC Comedy Playground” website where the public will vote for their favorites – and the one receiving the most votes will then be developed as a digital show.

Source: NBC
-By Rebecca Murray

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