Guests mingle at the reception for the launch of the NBCUniversal Canada TV Series Exchange in Vancouver

George Pimentel Photography

The CFC/NBCUniversal Canada Exchange

Overview
THE UCP ORIGINAL SERIES BOOTCAMP

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The CFC/NBCUniversal Canada Exchange is a cross-border talent and business accelerator that brokers introductions and relationships between NBCUniversal creative executives and key members of the Canadian creative community.

This high-level partnership expands creative and business opportunities while identifying concepts and projects for possible U.S./Canadian development and series deals.


PROGRAM DETAILS & DESIGN

The CFC/NBCUniversal Canada Exchange is a partnership that comprises a number of activities targeting members of the Canadian creative community, including NBCU Pitching Days, ongoing Project and Talent Scouting, and most recently, the UCP Original Series Bootcamp.

The UCP Original Series Bootcamp is an open call to the larger writer/creator community to submit their original series concepts at early stages of development for possible invitation to participate in a 3-day bootcamp, which is designed to help them further develop their concepts and prepare their pitch to UCP creative executives.

UCP (Universal Cable Productions) is a division of NBCUniversal. Produced series include Mr Robot, 12 Monkeys, Suits and A Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.


PROGRAM PARTNERS

THE UCP ORIGINAL SERIES BOOTCAMP

OVERVIEW

The UCP Original Series Bootcamp is a component of the CFC/NBCUniversal Canada Exchange.

The focus of the Bootcamp is to expand NBCUniversal’s knowledge of the Canadian creative talent pool and introduce them to exciting original projects that fit their programming agendas and would ideally leverage either a development or straight-to-series deal with UCP (specifically for SyFy and USA). The Bootcamp will enhance the participants’ creative tools, expand their marketplace intel and provide creators with targeted access and support, so that they can increase their chance of landing a series deal.


BOOTCAMP DESIGN

Three writer/creators are invited to attend a three-day bootcamp in Toronto comprised of workshops and roundtable sessions to help participants flesh out their concepts and further develop their pitch proposals. The Bootcamp will culminate in a potential trip to L.A. to pitch to UCP creative executives. It is designed to help the writer/creators workshop their original concepts with key industry mentors and peers, so that they can develop their one-page concepts into compelling pitch proposals for UCP’s consideration.


TYPES OF SERIES CONCEPTS

We are looking for ideas to put into development targeting UCP’s straight-to-series initiatives, for example:

  • One-hour series concepts, targeting 10 episodes per season
  • Search-worthy ideas that are conceptually unique and will demand attention
  • Clear, high-concept ideas
  • Transformational character journeys that are infinitely castable
  • Concepts with contained locations/narratives and/or small cast (i.e., Ex-Machina, Rear Window)
  • Genres that embrace artful “stylized poverty” (i.e., grindhouse, horror)
  • Genres that experiment with limited POV (i.e., found footage, first-person shooter)