NBCU launches the Unscripted Pitch Accelerator Initiative

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NBCUniversal Launch, the entertainment television company’s diversity, equity and inclusion organization, unveiled its inaugural Unscripted Pitch Accelerator program.

The Unscripted Pitch Accelerator comes one year after NBCUniversal launched the Unscripted Producers Program initiative. Likewise, these goals provide an opportunity for independent creators and producers to pitch their concepts for unscripted series to NBCUniversal television executives. The goal is to find the next hit, unscripted franchises for the company’s entertainment television platforms, including Peacock, NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen True Crime and USA Network.

Creators are encouraged to submit pitches spanning a variety of genres and formats, including glossy floor/in-studio formats, competition formats, social experiments, dating/relationship formats, game shows, character-led docu-soaps, occu-soaps, lifestyle formats, true-crime series and premium documentary series. Up to five standout pitches will be rewarded with a $20,000 development deal with NBCU Entertainment, providing creators with the resources and support needed to refine their concepts for a possible greenlight.

“There is an abundance of great show ideas in our industry. By expanding access to the TV pitch process to independent creators, our Unscripted Pitch Accelerator aims to uncover new perspectives and untapped talent that, if successful, will ultimately shape the future of television,” said Jeanne Mau, Senior Vice President, TV Programming Diversity Equity & Inclusion, NBCUniversal, which is overseeing the launch of NBCU “Open to all, this new initiative complements our existing unscripted inclusion efforts by giving storytellers the opportunity to create the next big franchise without a script and helping them on their way to becoming productive producers.”

Mau also spoke about the success of The Unscripted Producers initiative, which has successfully placed 28 producers on 20 unscripted NBCU shows, including “The Real Housewives” franchise (Miami, New York and Salt Lake City), “Winter House ‘, ‘Sins of the South,’ ‘Love Island Games,’ ‘Password’ and ‘American Ninja Warrior.’

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“Our goal was to create opportunity and access for untapped talent in an area of ​​our industry that is underutilized when it comes to inclusion efforts, and we are incredibly proud of the work we have accomplished in just one year.” Mau continued, “The Unscripted Producers Initiative is leaving an indelible mark on the careers of unscripted producers who have not previously worked on an NBCU series. The series of success stories ranges from a participant who received her first Co-Executive Producer credit while participating in the initiative and is working on her second, to a producer who has now worked on two consecutive seasons of ‘AGT’ following his time with the initiative .”

Corie Henson and Rachel Smith, executive vice presidents of unscripted content at NBCU Entertainment, said in a statement: “We are constantly looking for the next great series to continue our long-standing franchises such as ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Deal or No Deal,’ The Real Housewives’ and ‘Vanderpump Rules’. With the NBCU Launch Unscripted Pitch Accelerator, we have the rare opportunity to expand our search to include any creator with an original idea. We hope to not only find our next big hits, but also give talented producers their big break.”

The Unscripted Pitch Accelerator is the latest addition to their growing line of inclusion initiatives in unscripted television, including the NBCU Launch Talent and Casting Assistant Program, NBCU Launch Below-the-Line Traineeship and NBCU Launch Production Assistant Initiative.

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