THE NYTVF

Founded in 2005, The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.

 

Year-round submission opportunities for TV and digital development culminate at the annual New York Television Festival each fall, uniting indie creators, industry decision-makers, and TV fans alike.

 

Terence Gray

“First and foremost, the NYTVF exists as a platform to showcase outstanding storytellers. Be it TV or digital, narrative or unscripted, traditional or short-form – if you have a story to share, this is the place to share it.”

- Terence Gray, Founder, NYTVF


Submitting to the NYTVF

The Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition and sponsored development initiatives have allowed selected artists to progress and succeed in the television industry. The NYTVF exists as a year-round development incubator, providing independent artists with multiple opportunities to create, share and showcase their best and most promising ideas.

 

The Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) is the NYTVF’s flagship, annual competition, accepting independently-produced, original television pilots and web series from around the globe.

 

For more information about the IPC and other initiatives, visit the NYTVF Submit page.


Becoming an Official Artist at the NYTVF

If a project you create gets into the Festival (as an Official Selection in the IPC or as a semi-finalist or finalist in a sponsored initiative), you are invited to attend the Festival as an Official Artist. The NYTVF provides a platform for the best creatives to expand their careers, generating opportunities for them to meet with members of the industry and fostering future collaborations. Get more information on how to become an Official Artist.

 

Dan Pasternack

“I really, truly do love the New York Television Festival. There’s a lot that’s been written in the last couple of years about how we’re in sort of a new golden age of television. These guys have known that for a while, and in fact, really were the first television festival that I was involved with, and still, in my mind, the best. The best in terms of how they interact with the industry, and put people together, and in their treatment of artists."

- Dan Pasternack, Vice President, Development and Production, IFC


Benefits, Rewards, and the NYTVF Artist Experience

Being an Official Artist automatically guarantees access to multiple Artist-Only programs at the Festival:

  • Invitation to attend the week-long Festival event in the Fall. There is no charge for Official Artists to attend Festival events.
  • Eligibility to win any of our sponsored Festival Development Deals
  • Opportunity to participate in NYTVF Connect

 

NYTVF by the numbers

By the Numbers


The Festival: An Annual Celebration in NYC

Each fall, all of the Festival's individual development initiatives culminate at the annual New York Television Festival in Manhattan. The week-long celebration features screenings of the best independently-produced content, panels and talkbacks with industry leaders and creative luminaries, and red-carpet premieres with the stars and creatives behind the seasons' most anticipated new network and cable shows.

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More information on the annual Festival.

 

Recap of the 2013 Festival.


NYTVF 365

The NYTVF works year-round to inform, educate, and connect its community of independent creators with industry professionals. These events provide partners with messaging opportunities and artists with insights to the inner workings of the television business.

 

For more information on NYTVF events, including events in New York City and around the globe, visit our main ATTEND page.

 


NYTVF Staff

 

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Terence Gray

Founder & Executive Director

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Michael Getto

Festival Director &

Director of Operations

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Erin Day

Festival Director

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Laura Heckman

Director of Artistic Operations

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Ian Thake

Programming Manager

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Maggie Fremont

Festival Coordinator &

Office of the Executive Director

 

 

 

 

The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.

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  • NYTVF Milestones

    • 2013

      *October 2013

      Twenty deals announced at Fest, bringing 2013 total up to a record-breaking 31: more

      *October 2013

      Fest schedule announced featuring Mitch Hurwitz and Greg Daniels as well as premieres from FOX and Hulu: more

      *August 2013

      Official Selections for 9th Annual Fest announced: more

      *June 2013

      NYTVF returns to London: more

      *May 2013

      NYTVF partners with MSN for Short-Form Challenge: more

      *April 2013

      FOX returns for sixth iteration of Comedy Script Contest: more

      *March 2013

      A+E Networks re-ups Development Pipelines and Pitch efforts for 2013 Festival: more

      *February 2013

      Seven Industry Partners sign on to guarantee development opportunities to 2013 Official Artists: more

      *February 2013

      TV Tuesdays monthly events launch in NYC: more

    • 2012

      *October 2012

      NBC, Comedy Central, History, and the CW sign on as first 2013 Development Partners: more

      *October 2012

      Fest lauds winners; 19 development deals handed out during 8th Annual Fest: more

      *October 2012

      8th New York Television Festival features more projects, premieres, and free events than ever before; NYTVF Connect launches: more

      *July 2012

      Samsung signs on for Second Screen Storytellers Challenge: more

      *April 2012

      NYTVF partners with Lifetime for Unscripted Development Pipeline: more

      *March 2012

      NYTVF announced partnership with Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival: more



    • 2011

      *December 2011

      Multi-year Festival alums, NYC-based comedy troupe "The Tenderloins" debut in truTV series, "Impractical Jokers." more

      *November 2011

      The NYTVF launches the first annual NYTVF LONDON, featuring an afternoon of panels focused on opening the U.S. television market to UK-based independent television producers. The Festival announces the first-ever UK-exclusive initiatives within the Independent Pilot Competition. more

      *September 2011

      The NYTVF and Comedy Central launch the inaugural Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition. more

      * September 2011

      Over 250 Official Artists and representatives from over 75 television and new media companies descend on 7th Annual New York Television Festival. A record 13 guaranteed development deals are announced at the NYTVF Awards Show more

      *Summer 2011

      NYTVF launches the inaugural Pitch Program, offering guaranteed development deals for an outstanding pitch from NYTVF's 2011 class of Official Artists. more

      *Spring 2011

      The NYTVF and A&E Network announce inaugural A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline.more

      *February 2011

      NYTVF launches multi-city outreach tour that includes events in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia and NYC. more



    • 2010

      *Fall 2010

      NYTVF 2010 IFC "Out of the Box" Award Winner "Greg & Donny" announced as part of the network's 2010 development slate. more

      *September 2010

      The Festival hosts the first-ever New York Nonscripted panel, offering aspiring TV producers and directors insight on reality and alternative television programming. more

      *Spring 2010

      NYTVF partners with the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment to launch "NYTVF Spotlight," a weekly installment on the City's flagship channel, NYC Life, highlighting outstanding selections from past Festivals. more



    • 2009

      *Fall 2009

      ION Television and the NYTVF announce a new initiative, Act I: The ION Television Movie Contest.

      *September 2009

      The City of New York salutes the NYTVF on its five year anniversary with a Mayoral Proclamation from New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. more

      *September 2009

      The NYTVF welcomes Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Ronald D. Moore as the keynote speaker for the Festival's first ever Development Day. more



    • 2008

      *September 2008

      The first ever NYTVF Digital Day boasts panels, screenings and events focused on the emerging Web TV movement. more

      *September 2008

      The NYTVF partners with the People's Choice Awards for the Festival's Audience Award, marking the first time in the PCA's history that their award is presented outside of the annual January telecast. more

      *September 2008

      The 2008 NYTVF kicks off with a bell at the NASDAQ. more

      *Spring 2008

      NYTVF announces the first-ever FOX Comedy Script Contest. more



    • 2007

      *Fall 2007

      NYTVF launches the TV Festival Passport Program to share the work of artists across the world and promote a global community of television creators. more

      *September 2007

      The 2007 Festival's Premiere Week salutes new network shows including NBC's Chuck and ABC's Pushing Daisies. more

      *Summer 2007

      The NYTVF Fellowship Program set to launch at the 2007 Festival with inaugural mentors. more

      *Spring 2007

      NYTVF and Proctor & Gamble Productions launch a nationwide comedy search contest. Xbox and the NYTVF team up for the Xbox Live Original Series Contest. more



    • 2006

      *Fall 2006

      NYTVF 2006 Best Comedy and Audience Award Winner Split the Difference scores a deal with NBC. more

      *September 2006

      NYTVF pilot-maker Nick Cogan receives the first ever MSN artistic Achievement Award at the Festival. more

      *Summer 2006

      The NYTVF announces Premiere Week 2006, including network events from ABC, NBC and FOX. more

      *Spring 2006

      MSN joins the Festival as a Signature Sponsor, providing online distribution for all NYTVF content. more



    • 2005

      *Fall 2005

      NYTVF Artists receive the first acquisition deals from the 2005 Festival, including sales to A&E and Versus.

      *September 2005

      The first ever NYTVF launches with a red carpet opening night event in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. more