NSI Totally Television

Bringing Canadian screen professionals to the global market

Presented in association with Bell Media

Application deadline

Applications are closed.

What is NSI Totally Television?

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Television series development is ripe with challenge and opportunity in the current marketplace.

NSI Totally Television provides customized, hands-on training for Canadian producer/writer teams to develop story ideas into polished packages to present to buyers in the global marketplace.

Now entering its 17th edition, NSI Totally Television continues to evolve its curriculum and deepen its faculty pool to best prepare students and their projects for next-level success.

This 12-month distance learning program consists of two phases, each with an in-person boot camp intensive in Toronto. Two teams will advance to phase 2 of the program which includes attendance at Content London.

Through a series of workshops, teams work with story editors to fine-tune their script and concept, and meet a thoughtfully curated slate of pitch and audience engagement consultants, execs from major broadcast networks, streaming services, and production and distribution companies to deepen their market intelligence to best identify where their project fits.

Throughout the program, teams are guided by program advisor Julie Di Cresce and program manager Liz Janzen who design a customized curriculum to develop and advance each team’s creative materials and connect them to industry professionals’ best suited for their project and stage of development.

While the list of faculty changes each year, past guest faculty includes writer/showrunners Aaron Martin (Another Life, Slasher, Degrassi), Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern (X Company) and Karen Walton (Orphan Black), pitching expert Carole Kirschner (creator of the CBS Diversity Writers Program, director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program) and executives from Netflix, Sundance Productions, Halfire (Alias Grace), Entertainment One (Mary Kills People, Sharp Objects), Take the Shot Productions (Frontier, Caught), WME (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment), IPG (Intellectual Property Group), Bell Media and CBC.

NSI Totally Television gets results

  • Both phase 2 projects from the 2018 edition of the program were picked up by production companies for further development
  • Six series produced (What Would Sal Do?, Less Than Kind, Todd & the Book of Pure Evil, ‘da Kink in My Hair, Wapos Bay and This Space for Rent)
  • One series pilot (Crossroads)
  • One project produced as a feature film (The Odds)
  • One project developing into a web series through Telefilm Talent to Watch (Thin Ice)
  • Five series optioned
  • Five series developed with a broadcaster
  • Canadian Screen Award – Best Comedy Program or Series (Less Than Kind)
  • Gemini Award – Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program (Wapos Bay)
  • World premiere – Toronto International Film Festival (The Odds)
  • 3,000+ jobs created in Canada’s screen industry

How much does it cost?

  • $100 non-refundable submission fee per application with the option to receive a feedback report for an additional $100.
  • Phase 1: $2,000 non-refundable tuition fee per team member (due one week after notification of acceptance to the program).
  • Phase 2: $1,000 non-refundable tuition fee per team member (due only if your project advances to phase 2).

When does it take place?

The course is 12 months (January to December 2020) however you’ll be at home for the majority of the program except a week-long training session in February 2020. Teams that advance to phase 2 take part in a second training session in fall 2020 and attend Content London in December 2020.

Who are the NSI Totally Television faculty?

Julie Di Cresce and Liz Janzen. Read about the faculty.

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