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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.

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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.


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