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.
Years spent mastering the art
of character and story pacing combined with an almost freakishly lucky break is
how Sarah Heyward landed one of the most coveted writing jobs in Los Angeles.
The youngest writer on HBO’s Girls besides show creator Lena Dunham, 29-year-old
Heyward graduated from Harvard in 2006 then spent a year in New York as a nanny
and interning at The Paris Review lit
Breaking into television,
film, and new media writing is undeniably a challenge, but once you’re in,
standardized wages, required pension and health coverage, and residuals keep
writers in business. Fighting for those benefits is the Writers Guild of
America, a union that lobbies for adequate compensation for writers.
The ATX Television Festival kicks off in Austin, Texas this weekend and for those who are just itching to unleash their brilliant pilot ideas onto the world, the fest means one thing—the chance to make it big. This year, ATX is adding a pitch competition wherein those looking to break into Hollywood can present their television show ideas to a panel of judges that include Bill Lawrence,