NBCU, Ars Nova Sign First-Look Deal for Talent

Mar 23, 2009  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal has made a first-look deal with New York’s Ars Nova as part of its Talent Diversity Initiative.
Ars Nova, which fosters writing and performing talent for theater, alternative comedy, writing and music, will help NBCU find diverse talent.
NBCU casting and development execs will look to the theater’s performances for new TV talent.
“Working in tandem with Ars Nova will expand our outreach to add new voices to our organic diversity campaign,” Kendra Carter, director of diversity initiatives at NBC Universal, said in a statement. “This underscores our commitment to provide a full spectrum of opportunities for talented actors, writers, comedians and musicians who might not have a viable outlet for their work to be showcased.”
Jon Steingart and Jenny Wiener Steingart are executive producers and founders of Ars Nova; Jason Eagan is artistic director. Among those nurtured at Ars Nova are Jack McBrayer, best known as “30 Rock’s” Kenneth, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony-winning creator and star of Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

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