Could you be the next big thing in comedy writing?
NBC are on the hunt for a new generation of "untapped talent" and have put out a call for "fresh comedic voices" who will be given the chance to pitch their best sitcom ideas to both the channel's top dogs and comedy royalty in a new national campaign. From the 1st May this year, aspiring comedy writers will be asked to submit their ideas to be considered for both digital and network comedy shows.
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"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," according to NBC Comedy Playground.
The broadcast network announced is "unprecedented effort to discover fresh comedic voices" on Tuesday and is looking forward to new, talented voices emerging out of the woodwork. "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, via Entertainment Weekly.
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It won't just be NBC bigwigs casting their eye over the submitted proposals: NBC has recruited a roster of well-known producers and eager to help usher in the next generation. The panel includes Aziz Ansari, Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Mindy Kaling, Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Amy Poehler, and several others, who will all help choose the two winning concepts. "We love that an incredible A-list roster of producers, writers, and performers have jumped in to help us find that untapped talent," Salke said.
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After writers have submitted their idea to the comedy playground, NBC will whittle the pitches down to ten before they are put before the producer-actor advisory board who, in consultation with NBC, will pick two winners from the 10. The winners will see their sitcom dreams transformed into a pilot and up to four additional episodes - oh, and of course they'll be paid.
So if you want to see your work alongside the likes of NBC hits Parks and Recreation, Community and About A Boy, make sure you don't miss this opportunity to get that all-important Hollywood foot-in-the-door.