NSI Totally Television

Presented by the National Screen Institute in association with Bell Media

Application deadline

Applications are closed.

What is NSI Totally Television?

Read the full course information.

This course provides hands-on series development training for producer/writer teams serious about getting their series concept made.

Teams will meet execs from major broadcast networks, story editors, showrunners and executive producers to help hone their concept and make it pitch perfect. The final two teams receive $5,000 towards developing their project.

Past execs include Corrie Coe (Bell Media), Jeff Biederman and James Hurst, and exec producers from Shaftesbury, Temple Street and Entertainment One.

Success stories

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 turned into a feature film.

  • What Would Sal Do? (CraveTV)
  • Less Than Kind (HBO Canada and Citytv)
  • ‘da Kink in My Hair (Global and Showcase)
  • Todd & the Book of Pure Evil (Space, The Comedy Network)
  • Wapos Bay (APTN)
  • This Space For Rent (CBC)
  • Crossroads (pilot for Citytv)
  • The Odds (feature film premiered at TIFF 2012)

How much does it cost?

  • $100 submission fee per application.
  • $1,500 tuition fee per team member if your team is selected.

When does it take place?

The course is 10-months long however you’ll be at home for the majority of the course except a week-long training session in the fall. Teams that advance to phase two attend a second training session in the spring and the Banff World Media Festival.

Who are the NSI Totally Television faculty?

Julie Di Cresce and Joy Loewen. Read about the faculty.