23 April 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

NBC will begin accepting pitches through a public submission process as part of a contest designed to develop two new comedies and a digital series. The democratized pitch contest, called “NBC Comedy Playground,” is closed to previous show creators; talent with a “first look” or “overall” deal with a TV studio or network; and those with co–executive producer, executive producer, or showrunner broadcast TV credits. In other words? Those invited to apply are from outside of the proverbial “wall.” “The networks usually just want something coming from a talent [or literary] agent that they’re familiar with,” said Seth Greenky, a bicoastal talent manager with Green Key Management. “So if you can’t get yourself a TV-talent-lit agent because, a lot of times, you have no credits, you’ve got no means of getting through the wall of the networks. It’s nice that a network is giving at least another »

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