NYTVF EXPANDS IN 2017, ADDING A DAY FOCUSED ON WRITING TO 13TH ANNUAL NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL, AND LAUNCHING ‘NYTVF CHICAGO’
Dates and Deadlines Announced for Annual NYTVF Scripts and IPC, and the first wave of Development Partners guaranteeing development opportunities for NYTVF Official Artists
[NEW YORK, NY, February 8, 2017] – The NYTVF, the first recognized independent television festival and an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top creative talent and connecting it with industry decision-makers, announced the official launch of its 2017 season, including key dates for its flagship initiatives. This includes the 13th annual New York Television Festival, which will take place from October 23 to 28 in lower Manhattan.
This year, building off its record-setting 2016 efforts that saw substantial increases across all submission categories and in the total number of participating industry decision-makers, the NYTVF is also expanding its event programming and outreach to the independent artists, in order to build upon its strong track record facilitating relationships and providing them with information that will advance their careers. This includes: adding a day of programming to the October Festival aimed at television writing; opening up the 2nd annual NYTVF Scripts competition to accept hour-long drama work for the first time (while continuing to accept half-hour comedies); and launching the first NYTVF Chicago.
truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative offers Indie Creators a shot at a $25,000 Development Budget
[NEW YORK, NY, December 19, 2016] – The NYTVF today announced, in partnership with truTV, the first-ever truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative, providing independent television creators with a unique development opportunity to create new formats for the comedy-centric network. Seeking both scripted and unscripted ideas, truTV is offering the winning creator(s) a shot at a development budget of up to $25,000 to further hone their idea in collaboration with its executive team.
12TH NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL WRAPS AFTER 6 DAYS, 93 EVENTS AND MORE THAN 550 MEETINGS CONNECTING INDEPENDENT TV CREATORS WITH INDUSTRY DECISION-MAKERS
Indie TV Artists Recognized by NYTVF Development Partners Bento Box Entertainment, Comedy Central, IFC, OneX, Pop, Red Arrow Entertainment, Seeso, Super Deluxe, truTV, and WEtv
[NEW YORK, NY, October 29, 2016] – The 12th annual New York Television Festival wrapped tonight after a landmark week for the organization. During an awards reception at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space in Manhattan, NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) announced the winners of its flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) in 15 categories, with the “Best of the Fest” honors going to “The Worst Husband” (Independent Pilot Competition) and “Medium Well” (NYTVF Scripts). Recipients of development deals from the NYTVF's network and studio partners were also announced.
NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 SPECIAL EVENTS PROGRAM, WITH A COMEDY-HEAVY LINE-UP FEATURING: LENA DUNHAM, JENNI KONNER, ALI WENTWORTH, JON GLASER, RACHEL DRATCH, JANEANE GAROFALO, JENA FRIEDMAN, NICOLE BYER, SCOTT ADSIT & MORE!
Special events hosted by MTV, Pop, Seeso, TNT and truTV; screenings of 63 in-competition Independent Pilots; and the second-annual StoryNEXT Virtual Reality conference in partnership with USA TODAY NETWORK
Inaugural Writing Initiative Focused on Comedy, Yielding Nearly 1000 Sitcom Scripts from Aspiring TV Scribes Worldwide
[NEW YORK, NY, August 19, 2016] – The NYTVF today announced the Official Selections for its inaugural NYTVF Scripts Competition, which, in its first year, accepted half-hour comedy scripts from writers worldwide. Twenty-one television and digital comedy pilot scripts were selected from 995 submissions and will be showcased to industry executives at the 12th Annual New York Television Festival taking place October 24 through 29 in Manhattan.
As Official Artists, Creators will Enjoy Opportunities with Network, Digital, Agency and Studio execs at October TV Fest
[NEW YORK, NY, August 15, 2016] The NYTVF today announced the Official Selections for its flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC). A record-high 63 original television and digital pilots and series will be presented for industry executives and TV fans at the 12th Annual New York Television Festival, taking place October 24-29, 2016 at The Helen Mills Theater and Event Space, with additional Festival events at the Tribeca Three Sixty° and SVA Theatre. The slate of in-competition projects was selected from the NYTVF's largest pool of pilot submissions ever: up more than 42 percent from the previous high.
“We were blown away by the talent and creativity of this year's submissions – across the board it was a record-setting year and we had an extremely difficult task in identifying the competition slate. As the TV landscape has evolved and become more competitive over the last decade, we've endeavored to complement that growth by cultivating new voices, engaging the industry, and creating a pipeline of opportunities on all sides of the episodic spectrum to maximize the potential of the indie TV community,” said Terence Gray, founder and executive director of the NYTVF.
This year’s IPC Official Selections will be vying for a chance to join recent NYTVF alumni currently enjoying TV development success. Past NYTVF projects and creators recently in the news include: Animals, the 2013 Best Comedy winner which recently aired its first of two guaranteed seasons on HBO; a season order for NYTVF alum-written CW series No Tomorrow; a FOX pilot presentation of 2015 NYTVF-JFL winner That's My Bus; Netflix and iTunes premieres of The Jamz, the first project under the NYTVF Productions banner based on a 2014 Official Selection of the same name; a Fullscreen acquisition of 2014 Best Short-Form series Annie Undocumented; as well as dozens of NYTVF alumni who are currently part of staffs on broadcast, cable, and digital series.
NYTVF Scripts to Offer Aspiring TV Writers Showcase Opportunities at Annual New York Television Festival
[New York, NY, April 21, 2016] The NYTVF, an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and connecting it with networks, studios, digital platforms, agencies, and brands, today announced the official launch of NYTVF Scripts, a new script initiative offering aspiring TV writers the opportunity to have their work highlighted at the annual New York Television Festival. In its first year, NYTVF Scripts will accept original, half-hour comedy scripts for consideration by broadcast, cable, and digital buyers.
NYTVF PRODUCTIONS AND THE ORCHARD ANNOUNCE WORLDWIDE DIGITAL PREMIERE OF THEIR FIRST INDEPENDENT ORIGINAL TV SERIES, THE JAMZ
Workplace Comedy Featuring Kathy Najimy, David Pasquesi and Michael Patrick Thornton Available on iTunes Exclusively on April 12
[New York, NY, March 29, 2016] NYTVF Productions and The Orchard today announced their original TV series, The Jamz, will be available on iTunes exclusively beginning on April 12. Based on the 2014 New York Television Festival Official Selection of the same name, The Jamz is the first original TV program to be funded and distributed worldwide by The Orchard and the first series from the indie TV organization's recently launched NYTVF Productions division. Comedy fans worldwide will be able to access The Jamz via an iTunes Season Pass for all four, half-hour episodes for $4.99 at iTunes.com/TheJamz. The series premiere will be available on iTunes for free starting April 12, and beginning April 30 the series will be available on additional digital platforms.
Seeso Joins NYTVF as Development and Outreach Partner
[New York, NY, February 16, 2016] - NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced the expansion of its comedy outreach efforts in 2016, including a new development deal opportunity with Seeso (www.seeso.com), and a series of events designed to reach out to and grow NYTVF’s community of independent TV comedy producers and writers. Seeso, the recently-launched, ad-free comedy streaming channel from NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises, has teamed with the NYTVF to offer the Seeso Comedy Award: an opportunity for independent TV creators to develop a series for the subscription service. The partnership marks the first time the NYTVF – an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and fostering connections with networks, studios and brands – has partnered with an OTT channel to develop original content. To qualify, a comedy project created with Seeso in mind must be entered into the NYTVF's annual Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) by June 30, and named a 2016 IPC “Official Selection.”