Have you watched comedy shows on broadcast TV, that are eventually cancelled, and they are boring, and you say to yourself, “I can do a better job than the Hollywood writers.” If you have a great idea for a sitcom that could become popular, and if you can execute your idea in front of NBC execs, than the NBC Comedy Playground contest is for you! The grassroots initiative is designed to invest in new cutting-edge comedy through a groundbreaking national campaign that offers aspiring comedy writers from across the country the opportunity to take their concepts from pitch to broadcast.
An all-star comedy Advisory Board comprised of A-list talent, including Aziz Ansari, Jason Bateman, Robert Carlock, Sean Hayes, Mindy Kaling, Jason Katims, Josh Lieb, Eva Longoria, Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Todd Milliner, Will Packer, Amy Poehler, Craig Robinson, Maya Rudolph, Mike Schur, Adam Scott, and Mike Shoemaker will help the network ultimately select two winners to create original shows intended for telecast during summer 2015 on NBC. That’s right, two winners will have their ideas turned into a real TV show shown on NBC to millions and millions of viewers!
Through NBC Comedy Playground, the network aims to uncover additional sources of talent and open the door for aspiring comedy writers – reaching beyond the traditional talent labs of film schools and NY/LA comedy clubs — in a grassroots effort to find and nurture new creative voices and expand and enrich the traditional television development model. After the submission period, 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.
From now until June 30th, 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 their website. I am happy NBC is doing something like this, the internet has some very creative people, and NBC is tapping into that talent. Hopefully a comedy comes along, created by average people, that does very well!
To submit your idea, learn the rules and FAQ’s, and learn more about the Comedy Playground, go to: https://www.nbcplayground.com/#/home
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