Thursday, April 16, 2009

NBC and CFC Mentoring Canadian Writers...

NBC Universal has partnered with the Toronto-based Canadian Film Center to launch a talent development/mentoring program designed to generate projects for NBC U-owned outlets.

The NBC Universal Content Creator Program will issue a call for script submissions from Canadian swriters, with CFC and NBC U execs selecting candidates to take part in the program, which will formally launch in the fall.

NBC U's TV production arm, Universal Media Studios, will appoint an exec to serve as the permanent liaison to the program, which will largely consist of forums and workshops at CFC's Toronto HQ.

NBC Universal will have the option to further develop any scripts and concepts generated by participants in the program. The focus will initially be on TV programming, but the plan is to expand eventually into film.

The NBC Universal-CFC program has been spearheaded by CFC exec director Slawko Klymkiw, Angela Bromstad, prexy of primetime for NBC/UMS and Ron Suter, NBC U TV Distribution's exec veep and general manager for Canada...