Founded in 2005, Writers on the Verge is an annual program for talented, aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds who are “on the verge” of breaking out, but need a final polish of their writing and pitch presentation skills to equip them for staff writer positions on television series. During the 12-week intensive program, they receive coaching and mentoring from industry professionals including network executives, showrunners and agents on how to develop spec and pilot scripts, and effectively pitch their ideas in front of television executives. At the end of the program, they will be considered for available writing assignments on NBC series. Program alumni are currently staffed on critically acclaimed and top-rated series including The Blacklist, Superstore, American Crime, Suits, Shades of Blue and NBC midseason series The Blacklist Redemption and Midnight, Texas. They also include Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier who are co-producers on The Blacklist and Rashad Raisani who is a co-executive producer on Shades of Blue. Writers on the Verge is one of the tentpole initiatives within the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS) that promote and encourage people of diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of storytellers. For more information, visit the NBCUNITIPS.com.