Looks like NBC has finally hit rock bottom. because the beleaguered fourth place network (motto: at least we're not the CW) has announced a new contest wherein people on the internet - that's you - submit ideas for TV shows to them and they pick one they like and make it. Or something. They explain it with an informational graphic, or what we in "the business" call an "infographic." Observe:
That's right. If your "idea" impresses the NBC Execs (who are all white stick figures, just sayin'), it will then have a chance to either win an online popularity contest and become a web show, or impress a group of "advisors" and become an actual network television show, produced by NBC. NBC has assembled "the top names in comedy" for this advisory board, so you're gonna have to... oh, it's just the actors from their TV shows. CAN YOU IMPRESS MAYA RUDOLPH AND PRODUCE THE NEXT UP ALL NIGHT?! Only if you're lucky.
So the obvious question here is, though only three shows will be winners, does NBC get to "keep" all of the other millions of ideas that get submitted? Let's check the borderline parody legaleze of the Official Contest Rules:
By entering the Contest and submitting a Submission, Contestants agree to and acknowledge the following: You understand that although you may believe your Submission to be unique and novel, there may be preexisting ideas, concepts, or proposals that are similar to your Submission. You recognize that other persons, including NBC’s own employees, may have submitted to NBC or others, or made public, or may in the future originate and submit or make public, similar or identical ideas, concepts, or proposals that NBC may have the right to use, and you understand that you will not be entitled to any compensation because of NBC’s use of such similar or identical ideas, concepts, or proposals in any manner. You understand and agree that NBC’s use of material containing features or elements similar or identical to those contained in your Submission will not obligate NBC to negotiate with you or entitle you to any compensation if NBC determines that it has an independent legal right to use that other material for any reason (for example, because the features or elements are not new or novel, were not originated by you, or were or may hereafter be independently created and submitted by other persons, including NBC employees).
Publicity Release and License to Submissions: By participating in the Contest, in addition to any other grants which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between NBC and any Contestant, each Contestant irrevocably transfers, grants and assigns to NBC and its respective successors, assigns and licensees, the right to use their videotaped/recorded names, likenesses, voice, photographs, biographical information and Round 2 Materials (as defined herein) in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, for any purpose including, without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes for the Contest as well as on the websites of NBC and any Contest sponsors in connection with the Contest, and other promotions, and releases NBC and its affiliated, parent or subsidiary companies, successors, licensees and assigns, from any liability with respect thereto.
So, if you've got some great ideas and don't mind signing them over to NBC for "perpetuity" in exchange for a 3 in one billion chance of having them actually make your show and pay you money, head over to the contest page and follow their simple three step application process. Though in all honesty, it might actually be more expedient to just make a Mark Millar comic and get a movie deal.