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.
First 2014 Development Awards Announced:
Comedy Central Development Deal
The New York Television Festival and Comedy Central have re-teamed to offer emerging TV writers and producers the opportunity to win $7,500 and 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 2014 initiatives, including the annual Independent Pilot Competition (IPC), which is now accepting independently produced television and digital pilots in all genres until June 27. Projects named "Official Selections" in 2014 will be eligible for consideration by Comedy Central.
How Do I Submit?
For more information, submission rules and entry guidelines, click here.
What is the Award?
The winning creator will be awarded $7,500 and the opportunity to enter into a development deal with the network.
The Lionsgate/Sea to Sky - Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award
Channel 4 and Lionsgate have teamed up to find the next great drama series and writer(s) from among NYTVF’s 2014 slate of Official Selections.
NYTVF is bringing an international co-development opportunity to independent TV writers. In partnership with Channel 4, Lionsgate and Sea to Sky, its joint venture with Frank Giustra’s Thunderbird Films, the NYTVF is launching the “Lionsgate/Sea To Sky – Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award,” guaranteeing that the writer(s) of an outstanding drama project will receive a $45,000 script development deal from the studio and broadcaster.
Channel 4 and Lionsgate/Sea To Sky are partnering with the NYTVF to find the next generation of great drama writing talent. They are looking for highly original, authored ideas with scale and ambition that can speak to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
To qualify for the Lionsgate/Sea To Sky – Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award, independent creators must enter a drama project into the NYTVF's annual Independent Pilot Competition (IPC), which is now accepting independently produced television and digital pilots in all genres until June 27. In addition to the IPC component, in order to be considered for this Award, writers must submit the Pilot Script and the Series Synopsis (not more than 5 pages arcing the trajectory of the series) of the drama project submitted. Projects named “Official Selections” in 2014 will be eligible for consideration by Lionsgate/Sea To Sky and Channel 4 for theAward. . As the Award is a script deal for the writer(s), it should be underscored that the greatest weight of assessment will be placed on the creative strength of the Pilot Script and Series Synopsis. In order for an “Official Selection” to opt in for consideration for the Award, the writer(s) will be required to sign a Script Commitment Agreement and Submission Agreement detailing amongst other things that the writer(s) hold and control all of the right, title and interest in and to the Official Selection Project, Pilot Script and Series Synopsis.
How Do I Submit?
For more information, submission rules and entry guidelines, click here.
Drama submsissions to the IPC can be:
- hour or half hour-long drama pilots that have been cut down to fit within the submission guidelines (max 22 minutes)
- the first act or acts of an hour or half hour-long drama
- the pilot episode of a digital drama series (min 2 minutes)
What is the Award?
The winning writer(s) of the Lionsgate – Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award will be awarded a $45,000 script deal.
2013 Festival Development Awards
Award: $5,000 Development Option
Genre: Digital Series- scripted or nonscripted
From CW Digital:
CW Digital, the digital studio of the CW broadcast network, is looking for submitters to create and present fresh and original digital series. These submissions should adhere to CW values: smartly provocative, culturally current, emotionally authentic, uniquely individual, and social. We prefer comedy (both scripted and reality), personality-based, or fantasy programming that targets men and women ages 18-34.
About CW Digital:
CW Digital’s mission is to create a digital-only platform for content producers and advertisers interested in capturing a digital audience with fresh, unexpected programming unique to this fastest growing entertainment space. We strive to aggressively explore new distribution, ad revenue, and partnership opportunities, and incorporate our expertise in both the digital and social networking spaces to maximize both. We look to expand the CW brand digitally, to include show genres and content not currently available on the network but within the CW brand.
CW Digital is currently programming content that: is a spin-off of or will promote current CW network shows (line extensions that depart from on-air storyline but connect to the audience), will be incubated as a possible CW network show, is designed expressly with/for an advertiser, and may not meet broadcast standards but is perfect for our digital audience. At CW Digital, we’re channeling you!
Please note that the final series would be 6 to 8 episodes, each 4 to 8 minutes in length, and with a production budget kept in the $4,000 to $6,000 per-minute range.
Check out current CW Digital hit, STUPID HYPE.
Award: $25,000 development deal based on the winning pilot concept or other concept at IFC's discretion
Genre: Alternative Scripted Comedy*
NOTES FROM IFC:
IFC TV is partnering with the New York Television Festival to discover the next generation of original alternative comedy programming. From Portlandia and Out There to Comedy Bang! Bang! and beyond, IFC champions brilliant out-of-the-box originals, and your pilot could be our next hit show.
A few things you should know: our audience skews male, but cool ladies watch us too. Our viewers are smart and creative, and they're obsessive fans of all things fresh, funny, and indie: think fanboy, not frat boy. To appeal to them, our shows must be authentic, clever, unconventional and not superficial.
When we say alternative comedy, we mean comedy that’s literally an alternative to what’s in the mainstream: the kind of shows you wouldn’t see anywhere else. We’re not looking for programs that take place inside entertainment or media, or anything about celebrity culture – we don’t keep up with the Kardashians.
Our viewers expect the unexpected from IFC, and they're comfortable with programming that defies categorization, as long as it's really fun to watch. This year we’re focused primarily on scripted narrative projects, but we’re open to animation and other formats if they feel right for our audience.
IFC creates and champions authentic, original comedies that are “Always On. Slightly Off,” which air alongside an extraordinary collection of films and comedic cult TV shows. IFC.com features exclusive video, web series, podcasts, blogs and additional content that engages fans with IFC originals. The network's On Demand offering, IFC Free, gives viewers the opportunity to watch select content from IFC whenever they want. Established in 1994, IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and is available in over 70 million homes on every major cable, satellite and TelCo provider.
*NOTE TO NYTVF PRODUCERS: We are not looking for non-fiction at all this year. Scripted narrative half-hours are our holy grail.
NOTES FROM MTV:
MTV has partnered with the New York Television Festival in 2013 to uncover great comedic talent. The network is specifically interested in tying talented performers to strong, relatable concepts, which can include scripted comedy as well as non-scripted comedic formats including, but not limited to, variety, late night, man on the street and afternoon strips.
Genre: Unscripted Comedy Formats
NOTES FROM truTV:
truTV is looking for unique unscripted comedy formats for one of cable's fastest growing and most outrageous brands. All unscripted comedy formats apply: game shows, panel shows, hidden camera, prank shows, real life buddy comedies, etc. As long as it’s not scripted, we’ll consider it! The truTV brand is getting bigger, brighter and bolder by the day and is particularly attracted to outrageous concepts, broad physical comedy and likeable authentic characters. We are always looking for unexpected characters that we can develop into widely recognizable faces for the network (like the Impractical Jokers). Contrived formats should still have a purpose, come from an authentic place or be connected with real characters that provide a unique point of view and set the tone of the show. truTV skews 60% male, but we prefer formats that are fun for the whole family to watch together. Please avoid anything with a serious tone or heartwarming transformation, as well as anything in the law-enforcement space.
truTV, one of cable’s fastest growing brands, offers a wildly entertaining look at the real world through outrageous characters, unpredictable situations and irreverent storytelling. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, Killer Karaoke, Hardcore Pawn, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, Lizard Lick Towing, Storage Hunters, South Beach Tow, Full Throttle Saloon, Black Gold and World's Dumbest. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. During the daytime, the channel features expert trial coverage under the name In Session.
truTV is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
Award: Possible Development Deal (minimum $10,000)
Genre: Docu-Dramas, talk/variety
NOTES FROM BET Original Programming:
BET is known for revolutionary content and providing opportunity and success for the next generation of content creators as well as vets who are keen on innovative game changing shows. Our objective is to seek out new ways to impact our audience through ground-breaking visuals and persuasive storytelling that connects with lovers of Black Culture. BET has teamed up with the New York Television Festival to find aspirational, inspirational and "sexy cool"characters, as well as formatted shows in the space of music, comedy, fashion, and family, targeting a predominately female audience ages 18-49. Our viewers are progressive, loyal, hardworking, stimulating, trendsetting and family oriented individuals who enthusiastically pursue trailblazing endeavors. To oblige our audience's appetites we want to offer shows that are boldly authentic and offer realistic and uplifting images of the African-American community. BET currently has a diverse slate of content that consists of reality, scripted, web series, music competition and award shows. We welcome submitters with a fearless drive and a keen focus on the African-American experience to submit non-derivative docu-drama, talk/variety, and formatted shows with a unique ensemble of characters. Special consideration given to projects that are self-contained and repeatable. Please note we are not looking for scripted material at this time. Thank you and happy submitting.
Award: $5,000 Option Deal
Genre: Unscripted pilots, including competition, docu-series, social experiment, dating, sketch or talk show formats
NOTES FROM VH1:
VH1 is looking for fun, outrageous and innovative pitches in the non-scripted space. Whether your project pulls back the curtain on a new world or subculture, dives head first into a group of over-the-top characters or provides a fresh, funhouse mirror to the lives of our audience of 25-34 year old "adultster" women, it needs to feel twisted enough to set itself apart. Character driven docu-soaps need to break new ground, format driven ideas need to move the genre forward, and strips need to have a hook that is impossible to escape. If it doesn't feel like it can lead a night and be an instant breakout all on its own, it's probably not what we're looking for. Projects that can attract a broad audience, create their own buzz and have a special appeal for young women will get the most attention. Projects with tape have an exponentially higher chance of success. We're not looking for scripted projects at this time.
View VH1 Network Info
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter most to them with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. At VH1, we want to make adulthood fun and cool! We think of our audience as “adultsters”: funny, cool, hip, unpretentious. We stay current, on top of what’s happening in pop culture, music and more. We believe in celebrating talented people and personalities who will inspire our creativity. We believe that you can be smart and act silly. Going forward VH1 is smart (in a street smart kind of way, not a “let me teach you” kind of way), funny, savvy, original, brave, irreverent, opinionated, inspired, relatable, self-deprecating and authentic. VH1 IS NOT: Trashy, dumbed-down, pretentious, derivative or predictable, sensationalist or loud just for the sake of it, degrading or stereotypical, pandering or facile. We continue to focus on authentic storytelling, pop culture, music, nostalgia (90’s and later people!) and relationships. Our audience focus remains women 24-34, but we also love shows that feel inclusive for the guys watching with the women. We are looking for unscripted hour or half-hour series in the competition, docu-series, social experiment, dating, sketch or talk show formats.
PREMIERING SPRING 2012 - Couples Therapy, House of Consignment, Mama Drama, Stevie TV, Styled by June
CURRENTLY AIRING - Baseball Wives, Basketball Wives, Behind the Music, Critics Choice Awards, Don’t Forget The Lyrics, Excused, Hip Hop Honors, La La’s Full Court Life, Love & Hip Hop, Metal Evolution, Mob Wives, Pop Up Video, Rock Docs, Single Ladies, T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, The T.O. Show, Top 20 Countdown, Tough Love, VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live, VH1 Storytellers, Why Am I Still Single?
SOME OLDIES BUT GOODIES - Best Week Ever, Brandy and Ray J, Celebrity Fit Club, Celebrity Rehab, Charm School, Fantasia, Rock of Love, Tool Academy, You’re Cut Off
Genre: Nonscripted Formats
NOTES FROM CHANNEL 4:
What is Channel 4 looking for?
A whole range of bold new noisy and irreverent formats.
The Channel 4 Entertainment department is currently looking for a whole range of bold new noisy and irreverent formats. Our headline priorities are Game shows and Reality.
Game shows need to be high-concept with a distinct hook. They need to have scale and a ‘Channel 4’ twist. For example, contestants on The Million Pound Drop start with a Million Pounds and just have to try and hold on to it. They took a traditional quiz show and turned it on its head. This show also demonstrates the success and need for an interactive element. Game shows should embrace digital innovation and explore new ways to use second screens. In particular we are looking for a big physical game show with a definitive framework.
Reality shows should also be ambitious. We are looking for breakthrough events that can be stripped across a week or two, involve celebrities or not and either be live or building up to live. They should demonstrate a departure from Big Brother but, following the success of shows such as Tool Academy, we’re open to elimination shows with a funny premise. CHANNEL 4 - ABOUT THE NETWORK
Channel 4 exists to offer something different – to surprise, to challenge established orthodoxies, to pioneer fresh approaches. In a world of increasing homogeneity we aim to bring originality and innovation, and breathe life into new ideas. Our distinctiveness on-screen stems from the ethos of creative diversity that lies at the heart of everything we do.
Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster in the UK. We do not receive any public funding and have a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Channel 4 works across television, film and digital media to deliver our public service remit, as outlined in the 2003 Communications Act and most recently the 2010 Digital Economy Act.
Channel 4 was launched on 2nd November 1982 with a unique business model, under the Broadcasting Act 1981. We are funded predominantly by advertising and sponsorship, but unlike other broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 4 is not shareholder owned. Channel 4 is a statutory corporation, independent of Government, and governed by a unitary board made up of executive and non-executive directors, who are responsible for ensuring that Channel 4 fulfils its remit and delivers its financial responsibilities. Non-executive directors are appointed by OFCOM in agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This system ensures our not-for-profit status; that we are held accountable and that all profit generated by our commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of our public service remit.
In addition to the main Channel 4 service, which is available on all digital platforms as well as through traditional analogue transmission, our portfolio includes E4, More4, Film4 and 4Music, as well as an ever-growing range of online activities that includes channel4.com, Channel 4's bespoke video-on-demand service 4oD and standalone digital projects. Through its film arm Film4 Channel 4 is also a key supporter of British film making talent.
As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is required to commission UK content from the independent production sector. We are a major investor in the UK's creative economy, working with around 300 creative companies from across the UK every year and investing significantly in training and talent development throughout the industry.
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.