Producer/writer teams with a great idea for a TV series: apply for NSI Totally Television by August 13, 2018

About NSI Totally Television

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 edition of NSI Totally Television – development training for producer/writer teams serious about getting their TV series concept made. The program has been significantly updated.

Up to four teams will have the opportunity to develop their television projects with the best showrunners and story editors in the country. Past guest faculty includes Aaron Martin (Another Life, Slasher, Degrassi), Karen Walton (Orphan Black), Alison Lea Bingeman (Cardinal) and executives from Halfire (Alias Grace), Entertainment One (Mary Kills People, Sharp Objects), Take the Shot Productions (FrontierCaught), WME (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment), IPG (Intellectual Property Group), Bell Media and CBC.

“I’m excited to launch the call for NSI Totally Television applications this year. We’ve made some important changes to the program to reflect the shifting industry,” said program manager Joy Loewen.

“With the capacity to accept adaptations of existing IP, for example from novels or podcasts, and the opportunity for teams to attend Scripted Summit in Los Angeles, NSI Totally Television is more relevant than ever to content creators looking to develop their TV series idea for broadcast on screens in Canada and globally.”

The 11-month course includes extensive training, individual sessions with story editors and production execs, and private pitch meetings with broadcasters and executive producers. Teams advancing to phase two of the course attend LA’s Scripted in November 2019.

“NSI Totally Television was vital in getting our project Wolfville in front of the right industry execs,” said Toronto-based Wolfville producer Rob Ramsay. “Our story editors in particular, James Hurst and Adam Higgs, helped us find the heart of our script and gave us the mentorship to be confident about pitching it to broadcasters and production companies.”

NSI Totally Television faculty are program advisor Julie Di Cresce and program manager Joy Loewen.

Find out more and apply for the course by August 13, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. CST.

NSI is hosting a live Facebook Q+A on June 26 with recent program participants who will be ready to answer questions about the application process and what to expect from the training. Get tips and advice to help you put together a great application package ready for the August 13 deadline.

The course gets results: since launching in 2002, 13 TV series have gone into development with a Canadian broadcaster. Of those, six have been produced for television, one was piloted for Citytv and one was made into a feature film.

NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Super ChannelCorus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; and Territorial Sponsor Yukon Media Development. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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