NBC on a Talent Search for Funny People with Comedy Playground

The network is offering pilot orders to ten finalists. Two winners will recieve a broadcast commitment. 

At a press conference in Pasadena, Calif., NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke announced “NBC Comedy Playground,” a talent-search initiative to find the next class of fresh comedic voices. Offering a broadcast commitment to the winners for summer 2015, NBC will invite aspiring comedy writers to pitch their ideas to a an all-star panel.

The Advisory Board includes 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.

“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.”

Here are the full details from the press release:

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.

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