NBC is Now Looking for Aspiring Writers

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LOS ANGELES - JAN 18: Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K Brown at the NBC/Universal TCA Winter 2017 at Langham Hotel on January 18, 2017 in Pasadena, CA - Image (Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)

NBCUniversal is searching for aspiring filmmakers, actors, and now the media company is looking for aspiring writers.

As part of the company’s 2019 Writers on the Verge program, NBCUniversal is now accepting applications for aspiring writers. Writers that are selected will be invited to join a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and preparing them for a position a TV 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.”

Writers will have the chance to attend two-night classes at NBCUniversal in Universal City, California. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating exceptional material to enhance their portfolio, 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.

Past participants in the program have worked on hit shows including The Blacklist, Marlon, Community, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Chicago Fire, and Parenthood. 

How to Submit

The submission window is open MAY 2019. 

APPLY HERE: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

*The submission link will open on MAY 2019.

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. Submitted specs must be written for a show on our Accepted Shows List. We do not accept all shows. Please ensure that your spec is included on our list.
  4. 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.
  5. Please title your file names appropriately for upload, and only upload files as .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
  6. Semi-Finalists will be asked for an original television pilot as their second writing sample. It must be the same length (hourlong or half hour) as the spec they applied with.
  7. Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and transportation in the Los Angeles area for the duration of the program.

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Additional questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to [email protected]

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