The NYTVF welcomed thousands of independent TV creators, industry figures, and TV fans to its ninth annual New York Television Festival on October 21-26, 2013 at venues throughout lower Manhattan. Additionally, over 300 Official Artists representing 201 projects descended on the Festival for exclusive NYTVF Connect events that included panels, happy hours, meetings, and pitches. NYTVF Connect encompasses the exclusive Artist and Industry events at the New York Television Festival.



NYTVF 2013 By the Numbers:

  • 47 Projects screened in-competition as part of the ninth annual Independent Pilot Competition
  • 201 Total projects in this year’s Festival
  • 350+ Official Artists attending the Festival
  • 40+ Networks, studios, and agencies taking meetings through Executive Access
  • 225+ Meetings facilitated through Executive Access
  • 60+ Pitch meetings scheduled through NYTVF Pitch
  • 13 Happy hour mixers for Official Artists, Executives, and Passholders
  • 30 Development Chats between Industry Partners and NYTVF Official Artists
  • 31 Festival-facilitated Development Deals
  • 0 Cost for Official Artists to attend all NYTVF Connect events

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Additionally, over sixty public events, including free screenings, educational panels, fan events and premieres filled the 2013 schedule.


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Now in its eighth year, NYTVF Primetime brings red-carpet, star-studded debuts of the hottest new shows and intimate conversations with the artists who create them.


Monday, October 21

Opening Night Celebration and Creative Keynote: Mitchell Hurwitz

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For its Opening Night event, the NYTVF welcomed visionary storyteller and cult comedy hero Mitchell Hurwitz to participate in the 2013 Creative Keynote discussion. The creator and executive producer of Arrested Development participated in an intimate discussion of television writing and producing, offering TV lovers and fans unique access and insight to the process of creating and guiding a 21st Century comedy phenomenon. Hurwitz also gave hints for AD Season 5! This keynote was moderated by New York Magazine’s Senior Editor John Sellers and included a pre-show open bar courtesy of Stella Artois.

Tuesday, October 22

Premiere Screening: FOX’s Us and Them

latenight FOX and the NYTVF partnered to present the world premiere of Us & Them, the new series starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel. This comedy follows a pair of young lovers whose path to ‘happily ever after’ is complicated by the screwed-up circus of people closest to them. This red-carpet world premiere event featured the debut of the series pilot as well as a Q&A with showrunner David Rosen and stars Ritter, Bledel, Ashlie Atkinson, Dustin Ybarra, and Kurt Fuller. The panel was moderated by New York Magazine’s John Sellers.

Wednesday, October 23

Exclusive Panel: Long Day’s Journey into Late Night

latenight This fan-favorite panel, hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Rachel Dratch, went up for the sixth consecutive year and featured the head writers of The Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This event was presented in conjunction with CAA and included a pre-panel open bar sponsored by Stella Artois.

Showcase Event: BAFTA-Rocliffe New Writing Forum

bafta The NYTVF joined the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Rocliffe New Writing Forum for the third year to present the finalists in the 2013 Rocliffe Comedy Writing Competition for this event. This exciting showcase included: staged readings of the winning scripts of selected writers, first-hand feedback from Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation), and pre-event networking cocktails.

Thursday, October 24

City of New York: Spotlight on Broadway!

broadway The NYTVF was proud to partner once again with the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, this year toasting the launch of 'Spotlight on Broadway,' a project designed to celebrate the history of Broadway by highlighting the theatres and people who contribute to Broadway's unique cultural legacy.

Friday, October 25

MSN Pitch Live!

msn NYTVF Development Partner MSN hosted a live pitch event as part of the NYTVF’s 6th Annual Digital Day. Marking the return of MSN, this event featured the five finalists facing off with presentations before a panel of judges, and the winner (Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made) was awarded a $75,000 production budget to create a short series for the electronics leader. This event included an open bar sponsored by Stella Artois and hospitality courtesy of Kettle Corn NYC.

Special Screening: D-TEC

Winner of the 2012 Samsung Second Screen Storytellers Challenge at NYTVF, D-TEC is the first of its kind: a TV series that utilizes synchronized narrative second screen content to expand the story and create an integrated and immersive viewing experience. This exclusive screening featured a talkback with many of the creative minds behind this twisty series that is futuristic in every sense of the word.



Exclusive Event: A Very Special Panel with The Chris Gethard Show


Dubbed by New York Magazine as the "Carson of Cable Access" Chris Gethard and his team of comedy misfits invaded NYTVF Digital Day for a very special panel charting the success of this independent TV phenomenon. Chris Gethard was joined by regular contributors J.D. Amato, Noah Forman, Dru Johnston, Bethany Hall, and Wired Magazine’s Contributing Editor Brian Raftery.

Saturday, October 26

NYTVF Awards Show (Watch it here)

awards The Festival's Awards Show recognized outstanding entries and individual achievement in the 2013 Independent Pilot Competition as well as the winners of the NYTVF Critics Award, the Audience Award, and sponsored development awards from CW, IFC, MTV, TruTV, BET, Vh1, and Channel 4. Additional winners were announced in the FOX Comedy Script Contest, the A&E and History Unscripted Development Pipelines, and NYTVF Pitch, along with the finalists in the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline.

Premiere Event: Hulu Premiere of The Wrong Mans

hulu The NYTVF was thrilled to present the U.S. premiere of Hulu's The Wrong Mans as the signature red carpet event for closing night of the 9th annual New York Television Festival. This debut screening of the series' first two episodes was followed by a talk-back featuring director and producer Jim Field Smith and co-writer and star Mathew Baynton. This talkback was moderated by New York Magazine Staff Editor Margaret Lyons.


NYTVF DIGITAL DAY - Friday, October 25

msnDigital Day is dedicated to exploring new media from both creative and business perspectives and looking at what new opportunities are being created for artists exploring the space. For the 6th Annual Digital Day, the NYTVF compiled some of the most successful artists working in the digital world for a sold-out day of panels, evening screening events, and celebrations.


Events Included:


Monetization & Funding

funding This kick-off panel for NYTVF’s sixth annual Digital Day tackled digital content investment (from both crowd-sourcing and advertisement funding) and included a discussion on the digital production aesthetic, the rise of a ceiling for self-funded creatives, and how the financial supporter roster is evolving. Panelists included Adam Goldman (The Outs, Rascal Department), Jason Krebs (Maker Studios), Kenton Langstroth (Initiative US), John Trigonis (Indiegogo, Crowdfunding for Filmmakers), and moderator Sahil Patel (VideoInk).

Building an Audience

audience Audience members at this panel heard from professionals in the digital and mainstream television space on how they leverage social media to build a following for their content. Led by Twitter's Head of TV, Fred Graver, this panel included insight from Michael Davies (Embassy Row), Warren Leight (Law & Order: SVU), and Sam Reich (College Humor).

The Future of Digital Distribution

distribution In this panel, presented with the support of NATPE, experts across the digital realm spoke on the progress being made and what's really at stake in Digital Distribution. With infinite options available, panelists spoke about how content distribution has changed the way studios, creators, networks, and financiers reach and aggregate audiences, the democratization of content, the future of digital distribution, and what all of that means for traditional TV. Panelists included Rob Barnett (My Damn Channel), Rick Haskins (The CW and CW Seed), Adam Klaff (VHX), and moderator Josh Cohen (Tubefilter).

Digital Day Keynote: S/M/L: Determining Digital Content's Perfect Fit

keynote Reflecting on the previous panels of the day, NYTVF's Digital Day wrapped with a Keynote Conversation featuring moderator Peter Kafka (AllThingsD) and panelists Adam Berliant (MSN Video & Entertainment), Mike Henry (Outrigger Media), Brian Hunt (Yahoo!), and Michael Klein (Condé Nast Entertainment). Their discussion examined recent trends in digital platforms, lookimg at successes from micro-episodes to full-length series. How/what/when we watch online are the central questions facing producers across the digital landscape, and these industry insiders worked to highlight the importance of finding the right platform and length for your series.


NYTVF Development Day - Saturday, October 26

Rooted in the Festival’s mission to provide educational resources to aspiring professionals, NYTVF Development Day closed the 2013 Festival with a series of free panels and info sessions, offering the attendees insight on the many facets of creating television.


Development Day Highlights Included:


5K Challenge: Making Your Pilot Presentation on a Budget

Tailored to indie producers looking to submit to the NYTVF or to produce a presentation tape to shop to networks, this panel shared practical and real-world advice on how to apply a guerrilla style approach to stretching a meager budget, and showed that you don't need big bucks to make a huge impact. Panelists included Brian Rolling (ValDean Entertainment, NYTVF Alum), Dena Greenbaum (Unreachable By Conventional Means), and Barry Gribble (Integral Arts, NYTVF Alum).


Developing for TV vs. Digital

This panel, moderated by NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray, highlighted some of the surprising differences between developing for television vs. online platforms. This panel clarified the many facets of development that are necessary to move from script to series green light. Gray was joined by Jim Biederman (JimCo) and Marc Lieberman (Above Average Productions).


Creative Editing for Comedy

Getting the most from your post can make - or break - any project, and this panel explored post-production tricks of the trade with an eye toward comedy. Providing practical advice for comedy writers and producers this panel worked to offer insight into the editing process for comedy fans and producers alike. Panelists included Chris Tartaro (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Chris Anderson (The Heart, She Holler), and Ed Mundy (Inside Amy Schumer, NYTVF Alum).


Read Between the Lines: A TV Critics Roundtable

Matt Roush (TV Guide), Mike Hale (The New York Times), Melissa Maerz (Entertainment Weekly), and Todd VanDerWerff (The AV Club) joined Indiewire’s Alison Willmore for a discussion of the current state of the television art form. What does it mean to talk about television with a critical eye when up-to-the-minute content is prized and readers and fans have an increasingly active impact?


Developing Unscripted Series

This panel provided insight on the buyers, the players, the rules of the game, and, most importantly, how non-fiction and documentary storytellers can find long-term artistic success in one of the industry's most lucrative genres. Moderated by Peter Hamilton (, this panel included insight from panelists Dave Mace (A&E), Meghan O'Hara (HonestEngineTV), and Ethan Goldman (Warrior Poets).


Staff Writing for Comedy

Working to illuminate the next step for many writers in the NYTVF community and provide behind-the-scenes information for TV comedy’s most voracious fans, this final panel of the day looked at the professional life of a comedy writer. Featuring the return of Alison Willmore (Indiewire) as moderator, panelists included Steve Basilone (The Michael J. Fox Show, NYTVF Alum), Aparna Nancherla (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), Annie Mebane (The Michael J. Fox Show), and Justin Shanes (Nikki & Sara Live!). Nothing was off-limits in this discussion of daily tasks, adapting personal styles to a larger whole, time frames, and much, much more.




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