The NYTVF welcomed thousands of independent creators, industry professionals, and TV lovers to its 12th Annual New York Television Festival on October 24-29, 2016 at venues throughout the Chelsea and Tribeca areas of Manhattan. From an organizational standpoint, this was its biggest year yet — 93 events, 325 Official Artists, more than 550 facilitated meetings, and representatives from 75 networks, studios, platforms, agencies, and production companies along with other TV decision-makers. The week included panels, happy hours, pitches, meetings, special screenings, and a Creative Keynote series that included Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner of HBO’s Girls, Mitch Hurwitz, and showrunners of some of the most critically lauded TV series on the air. The Festival concluded with an Awards Reception announcing category winners and deals between industry partners and NYTVF Official Artists.
12th Annual New York Television Festival: By The Numbers
- 62 Projects screened in-competition as part of the twelfth annual Independent Pilot Competition
- 104 Total projects selected for this year’s Festival
- 325 Official Artists attended the Festival
- 75 Networks, studios, and agencies participated in NYTVF Connect
- 550+ Meetings facilitated through Executive Access
- 46 Pitch meetings scheduled through NYTVF Pitch
- 7 Happy hour mixers for Official Artists, Executives, and Passholders
- 23 Development Chats between Industry Partners and NYTVF Official Artists
- 10 Festival-facilitated Development Deals
NYTVF 2016: Press Highlights
- New York Television Festival Unveils 2016 Winners
- New York TV Festival Adds HBO, Jax Media, Anonymous Content as Partners
- Indie Pilots ‘According to My Mother,’ ‘Poor Todd’ Take New York Television Festival Prizes
- Lena Dunham, Rachel Dratch Lead 2016 New York Television Festival Lineup
- Lena Dunham on the ‘Amazing Flood of Female Energy’ That Made ‘Girls’ Possible
- The New York Television Festival Is Here to Bring the Future of TV
- ‘Brooklyn Sound’ Among Development Deal Winners At 2016 New York Television Festival
NYTVF PRIMETIME SCREENING AND EVENT SERIES
Now in its twelfth year, NYTVF Primetime brought a line-up of panels, screenings, live events, and red-carpet premieres for creators, industry, and fans.
Monday, October 14:
CREATIVE KEYNOTE: DISPATCHES FROM THE PEAK TV TRENCHES
NYTVF 2016 kicked off with a panel of some of today’s top producers, writers, show runners, and performers in television. Presented in partnership with Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Writers Guild of America East, this primetime event gave attendees insight and advice from people working in front of and behind the camera. Panelists included M. Blair Breard (Executive Producer, Louie, Better Things, Horace and Pete, Baskets), Mike Jackson (Executive Producer, Underground, La La Land, Southside with You), Jorge Zamacona (Writer and Producer, Quantico, The Last Ship, Homicide: Life on the Streets), and Amirah Vann (Actress, Underground, GIRLS). The panelists were joined by moderator Margaret Lyons of The New York Times.
OPENING NIGHT COMEDY EVENT: SEESO PRESENTS “THE POLITICS OF FUNNY”
With an eye toward the stranger-than-fiction 2016 Presidential race, Seeso and the NYTVF teamed up for a hilarious night of comedy, conversation, and election confessions with comedians Jena Friedman (The Daily Show, Late Show with David Letterman), Ian Harvie (Transparent, May the Best Cock Win), and Gina Yashere (Last Comic Standing, Debate Wars) and moderator Jesse David Fox from New York Magazine. You can catch the entire event on Seeso’s Facebook page.
SUNDANCE TV PRESENTS: RECTIFY - THE FINAL SEASON
The NYTVF was honored to team with SundanceTV in celebration of the premiere of the final season of the Peabody Award-winning drama, Rectify. The event included a screening of the season four premiere and a talk-back with creator Ray McKinnon and David Westin of Bloomberg News.
Tuesday, October 25
TRUTV PRESENTS A NIGHT OF UNBRIDLED COMEDY WITH JON GLASER AND RACHEL DRATCH
Long-time Festival partner truTV hosted a sneak peek of its upcoming hybrid comedy from Jon Glaser (Parks and Rec, GIRLS), Jon Glaser Loves Gear, alongside a conversation between Glaser and Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), who also previewed the second season of her executive produced short-form program for truTV, Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack. Comedian Scott Adsit joined as moderator.
TNT FIRST LOOK OF ORIGINAL DRAMA: GOOD BEHAVIOR
NYTVF teamed up with TNT to present world premiere screening of the upcoming drama series, starring Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) as a thief and con artist whose life is always one wrong turn or one bad decision from implosion. The first look event included the screening of the series pilot as well as a talk-back with Vulture's Stacey Wilson Hunt featuring series creators and executive producers Chad Hodge (Wayward Pines) and Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines) and Sarah Aubrey, Executive Vice President of Original Programming for TNT.
Thursday, October 27
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL: GENDER, RACE, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE WOMEN OF MTV
In this exclusive panel event, the creators, writers, and stars of MTV's newest hits -- Loosely Exactly Nicole, Mary + Jane, and Sweet/Vicious -- explored the creative opportunities in tackling heavy subjects (think racial bias, legalization of marijuana and sexual assault) through the lens of funny and empowered young women. The event featured cast and producers, including series stars Nicole Byer, Scout Durwood, Jessica Rothe, Taylor Dearden, and Eliza Bennett. Watch the full panel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlskDBjhhCc
NYTVF CREATIVE KEYNOTE: A CONVERSATION WITH GIRLS
The annual NYTVF Creative Keynote Conversation series welcomed Lena Dunham (Creator and Star), Jenni Konner (Executive Producer and Showrunner), and Kathleen McCaffrey (Vice President of Originals, HBO) for a conversation with Slate's Willa Paskin, offering guests an inside look at the generation-defining series from its initial development to the upcoming sixth and final season.
POP AND LIONSGATE PRESENT: NIGHTCAP AT THE NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL
In this special NYTVF Primetime event, guests enjoyed a special sneak peek of Ali Wentworth’s much-anticipated new comedy, Nightcap on Pop. The show offers a behind-the-scenes look at a fictitious late-night show, featuring A-List guest stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Rudd, Kelly Ripa, Debra Messing, Whoopi Goldberg, and George Stephanopoulos providing a heightened glimpse of the uproarious backstage antics. The event concluded with an all-star panel of real late-night pros, Haleigh Raff (Supervising Producer/Head Talent Booker, Late Night with Seth Meyers), Miles Kahn (Executive Producer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Deirdre Connolly (Executive Producer, Watch What Happens Live), and Hallie Haglund (Writer, The Daily Show).
Friday, October 28
PORTA-PILOTS: A Live Improv Event
NYTVF presented its inaugural “After Dark” event this year with ‘Porta-Pilots,’ where New York improv teams used their wits, wiles, and the scrap pieces of other TV shows to craft the perfect pilots and impress a panel of "network executives" (as lovingly improvised by Ali Farahnakian, Ed Herbstman, David Pasquesi, and Annie Donley). This live comedy event featured talent from The PIT, Magnet Theater, and The Annoyance NY.
StoryNEXT: Virtual Reality at the NYTVF
USA TODAY NETWORK and the New York Television Festival presented the second annual StoryNEXT event in partnership with Facebook, Google, and The Knight Foundation. We brought together leaders in virtual reality storytelling, technology and advertising to focus on the opportunities and challenges of content creation, distribution and monetization.
NYTVF Development Day - Saturday, October 29
The 2016 NYTVF Development Day offered aspiring creators and TV fans alike a day of panels and events including both educational and inspirational insight into the creation of television.
DO THE WRITER THING: Landing a Comedy Writing Gig
As the world of television continues to change, so does the way in which people enter it. While there are no set roads to a writers’ room, many people find their way into TV by first immersing themselves in the stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy communities. Do The Writer Thing featured local comics and performers who also write for television in a discussion about their careers, how different worlds of comedy inform one another, and how being a performer has helped them get into and be successful in the vaulted writers’ room. Panelists included Jo Firestone (The Chris Gethard Show), Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City), and John Thibodeaux (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert), and was joined by moderator Catie Lazarus (Employee of the Month).
WORLD BUILDING, CHARACTER CRAFTING, AND CREATING A 21ST CENTURY DRAMA: Behind the Scenes of WGN’s OUTSIDERS
In advance of the season two premiere set for Tuesday, January 24, 2017, showrunner Peter Tolan (Rescue Me, Analyze This), actor David Morse (The Hurt Locker) and YahooTV’s Editor-in-Chief Kristen Baldwin, took aspiring TV creators and fans through the development and production of this prestige drama, from the writers room to on-location production, with insights on creating a modern episodic drama.
NYTVF ALUMNI KEYNOTE: From NYTVF Best Comedy to HBO
The first-ever NYTVF Alumni Keynote Conversation featured Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese – the pair was on hand to discuss taking their 2013 NYTVF Best Comedy winning project Animals from the Festival to HBO, where they're currently in post-production on their second season.
NYTVF CONNECT KEYNOTE SERIES
Exclusive to Official Artists and Industry + Festival Pass Holders, the NYTVF Connect Keynote Series featured top development executives, showrunners, agents, and managers offering advice and insights on the current state of the TV industry.
CAPITALIZING ON COMEDY: A Creator's Guide to the Evolving Content Landscape
In the span of a generation, TV comedy has evolved from broad family sitcoms and formats where Kids said the Darndest Things to more personal worlds, born from nuanced and individualized voices. The success of series like Broad City, stand-up specials like Netflix's Aziz Ansari's Burned Alive, and formats like TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee have led networks and digital platforms down a development path that often champions the creator's vision and reimagines structural norms. This creative shift, along with the advent of new digital comedy platforms that allow greater risk taking, has led to increased opportunity for independent creators looking to make their mark. Panelists Sarah Babineau (SVP Original Programming and Development, East Coast - Comedy Central), Tony Hernandez ( President - JAX Media), C.C. Hirsch (Agent -CAA), Chris Linn (President, Head of Programming - truTV at Turner Entertainment) joined moderator Marc Chamlin (Partner and Chair - Loeb & Loeb) to discuss the future of comedy.
NYTVF Welcome Keynotes: NBCUniversal’s Evan Shapiro: Spotlight on Programming, How I Met Your Mother Creators: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
The 2016 New York Television Festival kicked off with back-to-back Welcome Keynotes:
NYTVF Connect Industry Welcome from Evan Shapiro, NBCUniveral’s EVP of Digital Enterprises took an inside look at programming and development in an increasingly digital world.
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, co-creators of the long-running CBS hit How I Met Your Mother sat down to offer insights and inspiration to emerging creators.
Prep Your Pitch with Mitch
For this NYTVF Connect session, legendary comedy showrunner Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) discussed his career and the current state of comedy, providing attendees with insights, guidance, and feedback on the pitch process. "Prep Your Pitch with Mitch" was a no-holds-barred workshop setting to bounce ideas, engage with a master storyteller, and hone concepts. Banana stand was not included.