NBC Seeks TV Comedy Talent for New ‘Playground’

NBC Seeks TV Comedy Talent New
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NBC aims to find fresh comedy voices through a talent-search initiative dubbed “Comedy Playground.”

The Peacock is inviting aspiring writers to submit short video pitches for original comedy projects to the website NBCComedyPlayground.com starting on May 1.

An advisory board of NBC-affiliated comedy talent will help execs select up to 10 finalists who will receive funding to produce a presentation.

The two winners selected will see up to five episodes of their show produced for airing on NBC in summer 2015. But the presentations of all finalists will be made available on the NBC Comedy Playground website. Viewers will be encouraged to vote for their favorite project to be developed as a digital series.

The Comedy Playground effort is part of NBC Entertainment prexy Jennifer Salke’s effort to find creative ways to develop new material for the network, something she has said is a priority for her department.

“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 Salke. “We love that an incredible A-list roster of producers, writers and performers have jumped in to help us find that untapped talent. We are so thrilled we have our traditional process at NBC and that we will also have fun with this new creative process.”

NBC is inviting entrants to submit two video samples of prior work, running 5-10 minutes apiece, and two video pitches for original projects running 2-5 minutes apiece.

Actors, writers and producers on the Comedy Playground advisory board include 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.


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  1. allenbenatar says:


    Maybe this might spark some interest (still in the works)

  2. Tudebe says:

    Well, this is sort of BS. NBC is touting this as an opportunity for “absolutely anyone” to pitch their idea — they are saying they are excited to find untapped talent. However, if you read the requirements, you MUST have at least five minutes of video footage of previous work, i.e. something that’s already been produced, which means you’ve obviously already gotten your foot in the door. This requirement will eliminate about 98% of those who are excited to submit. So this is a ‘breaking in’ contest but only for people who have already broken in.

    • warren says:

      Thanks Tudebe, for saying what was on my heart, that is, again, the true untapped talent is locked out! Prayerfully, NBC’s new exec, Jennifer Salkes, heart is in the right place an’ll realize her over sight
      of so much great, untapped, talent and alter the rules or the other networks can pick up where NBC left off.

  3. cadavra says:

    Oh, great, they wait until Mickey Rooney dies and THEN say, “Hey, gang! Let’s put on a show!”

  4. Isn’t that what NBC Execs are paid for, to come up with new show ideas? And why should we trust NBC Producers and lawyers with our shows, you don’t return calls and run the lot like a concentration camp. I’m sure the writers guild is overjoyed at your little data mining contest idea.

  5. Earnest Ernest says:

    It sounded enticing until i read the names of the advisors.

  6. Lets do it put me in your contest singing boot camp I’m ready to start

  7. michele karpel says:

    What and how do we submit

  8. Brilliant idea! Maybe there is hope for some of us 40+. Thinking outside the box!

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