NBC SPONSORS TV WRITERS WORKSHOP
NBC has turned to the American Film Institute to find new TV writers.
The network on Friday announced that it will sponsor a Summer TV Writers Workshop that will culminate in a one-hour prime-time showcase in July, 1987.
In making the announcement along with other network and AFI officials, NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff cited a shortage of good television writers.
Comedy writers selected from the summer program will have their works produced for the one-hour show, possibly with big-name stars in the casts.
AFI director Jean Firstenberg, speaking at the L’Ermitage Hotel press conference, commended NBC for an expanded commitment “to the growing TV activities at AFI.”
The summer workshop runs from July 7 through 25. In future summers, Tartikoff said, workshops will focus on drama and documentary or reality-based shows.