NBC Uni, Jewison comb Canada for concepts


NBC Universal is getting into business with Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre in a bid to find the next, best TV concept from the Great White North.

The NBC Uni content creator program, to launch in the fall in Toronto, will see the director's film and TV school sort through ideas from Canadian TV producers, presenting the best for possible development.

"We welcome this promising opportunity to work with the CFC to open new horizons for our Canadian partners and create viable original content," said Angela Bromstad, president of primetime entertainment at NBC and Universal Media Studios.

NBC Uni executives said the studio will cast a wide net initially for half-hour and hourlong scripted and unscripted programming from Canadian producers. Eventually, the partnership could encompass ideas for feature films.

Emerging Canadian talent with original concepts chosen by the CFC and NBC Uni will participate in forums and workshops with studio execs to learn the finer points of network series storytelling, pitching and packaging.

The announcement was timed to coincide with today's tribute to Jewison at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.