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 2015 Development Deals

    Comedy Central Development Deal

    Award: Development Deal

    Genre: Comedy



    The New York Television Festival and Comedy Central have re-teamed to offer emerging TV writers and producers the opportunity to win a development deal with the network.


    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.).


    To qualify for the Comedy Central Development Deal, independent creators must enter a comedy project into any one of the NYTVF's 2015 initiatives, including the annual Independent Pilot Competition (IPC), which is now accepting independently produced television and digital pilots in all genres through June 29. Projects named "Official Selections" in 2015 will be eligible for consideration by Comedy Central.


    Award: Opportunity to Develop Comedy Project with truTV and NYTVF Productions

    Genre: Comedy Formats



    truTV is partnering with the NYTVF to find the next generation of great comedic voices and exciting new comedy-based formats. The winner of the truTV Greenlight Award will be identified from among the Festival's 2015 Official Artists, and will develop a project in partnership with truTV and the Festival's recently-launched production arm, NYTVF Productions.


    For inspiration, submitters are encouraged to check out existing truTV programming including the upcoming Funny or Die's Billy on the Street from Billy Eichner and returning favorites Friends of the People, The Carbonaro Effect, and Impractical Jokers.


    About truTV
    truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. The network delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, Friends of the People, Hack My Life, How to Be a Grown-Up, Barmageddon and Breaking Greenville as well as the upcoming Billy on the Street, Those Who Can't, Six Degrees of Everything, Santas in the Barn and The Hustlers. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.


    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

See the 2014 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