Development Deals FAQ

What is a Festival Development Award?


A Festival Development Award is a guaranteed option deal offered by a Festival Development Partner.


NYTVF Festival Development Partners provide a creative brief outlining the development objectives for projects, including pertinent goals, audience information and additional points for consideration by submitting creators. Producers and content creators are eligible for the Festival Development Awards by having their pilot named an Official Selection of the New York Television Festival’s (NYTVF) Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) or as a semi-finalist or finalist in all other Festival initiatives, including sponsored initiatives.


Confirmed 2016 Development Deals and Awards

    Comedy Central Development Deal

    Award: Development Deal

    Genre: Comedy



    Comedy Central is looking for fun, fresh points of view that fit into the network's brand of comedy. The following scripted-comedy formats would apply: sketch, narrative/single-camera sitcom, animated, and "late night" comedy (game shows, panel shows, etc.).


    Award: Development Deal to Outstanding Producer / Production Team

    Genre: TBD



    Bento Box Entertainment, the Emmy award-winning studio that develops and produces quality-animated content for all distribution platforms worldwide. A first-time NYTVF development partner, Bento Box Entertainment (BBE) currently has popular programming on FOX, Comedy Central, Hulu, and more.


    Through this new partnership, Bento Box is guaranteeing that it will award a development deal to an outstanding producer or production team selected from the Official Artists participating in the 2016 New York Television Festival.


    "Bento Box Entertainment is thrilled to partner with the NYTVF. We look forward to connecting with the many talented independent creators who bring their work to the Festival,” said Scott Greenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Bento Box Entertainment. “We hope that our expertise in animation will encourage up-and-coming artists and comedy writers to participate in 2016, and we can't wait to see their work."

See the 2015 Festival Development Awards here.



In addition Festival Development Partners, all Official Selections are shared with all NYTVF industry partners in the weeks prior to the Festival, including NYTVF Pitch Partners. No matter what you're producing – scripted, non-scripted, comedy, drama, animation or children's programming – there is a home for you and your work at the NYTVF.

Previous NYTVF Pitch Partners

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NYTVF Pitch is a closed initiative hosted on-site at the New York Television Festival that is open ONLY to Official Festival Artists. Each Pitch Partner offers a guaranteed deal for an outstanding pitch, but you can ONLY participate if you are named an Official Selection.


For more information about NYTVF Pitch, click here.

For additional information about the NYTVF Artist Experience, click here.






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

Industry Partners



"Upon winning at the festival, we were able to secure representation and have our pilot shopped at HBO, NBC and Lionsgate television. Eventually it would be sold to Viacom. This created a number of new relationships that continue today."

Stephen Anderson, Executive Producer – Studio 6 Productions

"Winning the MSN Short-Form Storytellers challenge has allowed me to not only fully fund my web series, but jump start my web producing career while working with one of the best digital brands in the industry."

Guy Georgeson, Winner – MSN Short Form Storytellers Challenge 2013