StandUp NBC

Now in its 13th year, StandUp NBC is the annual nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds. Every year, StandUp NBC holds open casting calls in four cities across the country. Finalists are chosen from the casting calls to perform at the finale showcase in front of an audience of television executives, casting directors, agents, managers and industry tastemakers at a Los Angeles comedy club. The winner is given a one-year holding deal with NBCUniversal and offered a spot on the nationwide tour with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). Previous StandUp winners and alumni include Deon Cole (Black-ish, Angie Tribeca), Tone Bell (Netflix’s upcoming comedy Disjointed, Truth Be Told), W. Kamau Bell (CNN’s United Shades of America), Lil Rel Howery (The Carmichael Show), Ron Funches (NBC’s upcoming comedy Powerless), Brandon T. Jackson (Deadbeat, Tropic Thunder) as well as Gina Brillon and Vladimir Camaño who are developing projects at CBS and NBC respectively. StandUp NBC is part of the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS) that promote and encourage people of diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of storytellers. For more information, visit


Writers on the Verge

Founded in 2005, Writers on the Verge is an annual program for talented, aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds who are “on the verge” of breaking out, but need a final polish of their writing and pitch presentation skills to equip them for staff writer positions on television series. During the 12-week intensive program, they receive coaching and mentoring from industry professionals including network executives, showrunners and agents on how to develop spec and pilot scripts, and effectively pitch their ideas in front of television executives. At the end of the program, they will be considered for available writing assignments on NBC series. Program alumni are currently staffed on critically acclaimed and top-rated series including The Blacklist, Superstore, American Crime, Suits, Shades of Blue and NBC midseason series The Blacklist Redemption and Midnight, Texas. They also include Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier who are co-producers on The Blacklist and Rashad Raisani who is a co-executive producer on Shades of Blue. Writers on the Verge is one of the tentpole initiatives within the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS) that promote and encourage people of diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of storytellers. For more information, visit the



Founded in 2006, the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is the first and only film festival created and run by an entertainment studio solely dedicated to celebrating the importance of diversity in entertainment and discovering the next generation of storytellers. The annual bicoastal program is a nationwide search for diverse talent, both in front of and behind the camera, including those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, members of the LGBT community and female filmmakers. Winners are awarded with prizes ranging from development meetings and holding deals with NBCUniversal to cash grants and industry standard software and camera packages. Festival alumni include Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) and Hasan Minaj (The Daily Show).
The festival is part of the robust NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS) that discover and nurture on screen and behind-the-camera talent of diverse and inclusive backgrounds.
For more information on the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, visit #NBCUshortsFEST


Women at NBCU

Formed in January 2009, the Women at NBCU advisory board is comprised of senior-level professional women across numerous industries from advertising to finance to fashion to retail to digital to media and entertainment. This high profile group serves as a 'think tank' on female marketplace issues and trends, and provides counsel to Women at NBCU and its clients.


Green Is Universal

In celebration of Earth Week 2014, NBCU joins with Green is Universal for a seventh consecutive year of environmental action and outreach.


Thousands of NBCUniversal volunteers will join together to make change happen in their communities on Comcast Cares Day (April 26) and throughout Earth Week.  Volunteers from New York to California will be working across America to better their communities.  Internationally, employees from the U.K., Spain, Germany, Australia, Singapore and beyond are participating in a spectrum of environmental and community service projects.


From the conversations we inspire through green-focused programming to the way we work to reduce energy, waste and water consumption across our operations, NBCUniversal’s commitment to the environment reaches far beyond Earth Week.  Green is Universal has established NBCUniversal as an industry leader for sustainability, and gives us a platform to prioritize initiatives that benefit the environment and make good business sense.


Earth Week 2014 upcoming programming, environmentally-themed activities, and operational highlights from around the company include:


•Ann Curry’s new documentary, “Our Year of Extremes-Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?”

•Green home renovations featured on NBC’s “American Dream Builders.”

•The new cross-company “Lights Off. Screens On.” energy conservation consumer campaign.

•The return of award-winning Earth Week events at Universal Studios in Hollywood and Florida.

•A new state of the art news center in Los Angeles featuring LED studio lighting, advanced cooling systems and efficient power-management controls that help conserve energy.  96 percent of the debris generated in demolition was also recycled.

•Recycling efforts at the Universal Orlando Resort in 2013 resulted in the collection of more than 2,000 tons of recyclables.

•Sustainable television production practices led to the reuse of nearly $5 million in production materials through our Television Asset Center last year.

•24 employees were honored in 2013 with EcoGEM Awards for innovating and incorporating sustainable practices within their departments.

•12 Environmental Media Awards were won in 2013 for content and sustainable production practices, including Best Feature Film “Promised Land.”