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
Award: $7,500 Development Deal
NOTES FROM SEESO:
NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises is looking for fun, irreverent comedies with substance that fit into the programming needs of its emerging SVOD platform. The following formats would apply: sketch, narrative/single-camera sitcom, animated, and alternative formats (game, panel, prank, etc…)
What is Seeso looking for?
Irreverent comedies with substance for the next generation.
Award: Opportunity to Develop Comedy Project with truTV and NYTVF Productions
Genre: Comedy Formats (Unscripted and Scripted)
NOTES FROM truTV:
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 2016 Official Artists, and will develop a project in partnership with truTV and NYTVF Productions.
For inspiration, submitters are encouraged to check out existing truTV programming.
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. truTV features such popular original series as Adam Ruins Everything, Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, Billy on the Street, and Those Who Can't.
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.
Award: IFC Comedy Selects
Genre: Short-Form Comedy
NOTES FROM IFC:
IFC makes comedy that's unique, surprising, and a little twisted. IFC embraces the misfits, defies expectations, and takes risks. IFC’s audience (60% male / 40% female, Ages 18-49) appreciates risk, has a rebellious streak, is in-the-know and in on the joke.
What is IFC looking for?
Bold concepts and big characters. A unique take on something familiar. They like stars and they make stars. And they are actively seeking more diverse voices.
Award: Development Deal
NOTES FROM COMEDY CENTRAL:
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.).
Awards: Development Deal & Limited Digital Series Order
Genre: Prime-Time Animation Comedy & Virtual Reality
NOTES FROM BENTO BOX ENTERTAINMENT:
Bento Box Entertainment and The New York Television Festival have partnered to develop the next hit primetime animation series. Bento Box will offer the following awards for the selected creators & projects: one (1) development deal; one (1) limited order for a short form digital series; one (1) virtual reality project.
About Bento Box Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment is an Emmy® award-winning studio that develops and produces quality animated content for all distribution platforms worldwide. With studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Toronto, the company is recognized as the leading producer of primetime animated comedy for broadcast, cable and digital networks. Bento Box Entertainment is currently in production on: the Emmy® award-winning series Bob’s Burgers on FOX; Legends of Chamberlain Heights on Comedy Central; The Awesomes on HULU; Bordertown on FOX; the puppet series Glove & Boots on YouTube; and multiple other pilots and presentations for the leading studios, networks and distribution platforms. Visit Bento Box Entertainment on the web at http://www.bentoboxent.com.
Bento Box Entertainment is looking for funny, fresh and edgy creators with strong comedic voices. The following scripted comedy formats would apply: series pilots, scripts, shorts, sketches, specials, webisode(s), virtual reality and 360-degree video. “Animation” is defined to include, but not limited to: 2d and 3d digital; hand drawn cels; puppets; stop motion; motion graphics; game engine; live action hybrid; immersive 360-degree or virtual reality; and other mixed media. Projects need not be animated for consideration.
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
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.