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NYTVF LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL SCRIPT INITIATIVE

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.

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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.

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SEESO PARTNERS WITH NYTVF TO OFFER DEVELOPMENT AWARD TO INDIE TV CREATORS

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.”

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11TH NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL WRAPS AFTER 6 DAYS, 11 FAN EVENTS, 34 INDUSTRY SESSIONS, 50 PILOT SCREENINGS AND MORE THAN 400 MEETINGS CONNECTING INDEPENDENT TV CREATORS WITH DECISION-MAKERS

Indie TV Artists Recognized by NYTVF Development Partners A&E, AMC, Channel 4, Comedy Central, FYI, HISTORY, H2, Lifetime, Starz, truTV, WE tv and Red Arrow Entertainment Group's Left/Right and Fabrik Entertainment

Winners of Festival's Independent Pilot Competition Announced in 13 Categories, with THE KATERING SHOW and THE PARKER TRIBE Sharing “Best of the Fest” Honors

[NEW YORK, NY, October 24, 2015] – The 11th annual New York Television Festival wrapped with a full day of events for independent TV creators, industry executives and TV fans. This included four of the 34 educational sessions that took place this week, as well as the popular, annual late-night writers panel, a special live taping of the Vulture Podcast, and annual NYTVF Awards.

At the awards reception, NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) announced the winners of its flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) in 13 categories, with “Best of the Fest” honors going to “The Katering Show” and “The Parker Tribe”, the latter of which was also recognized with the annual Critics Award. Recipients of development deals from the NYTVF's network and studio partners were also announced.

2015 marked the fourth consecutive year that NYTVF has facilitated at least 20 development deals for independent television artists. Since the first deal was guaranteed by an NYTVF partner in 2007, more than 125 have been awarded.

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. 

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BENTO BOX ENTERTAINMENT NAMED FIRST 2016 NYTVF DEVELOPMENT PARTNER

Producers of Bob’s Burgers, Bordertown, Brickleberry, The Awesomes Becomes first Animation Studio to Guarantee a Development Deal for Independent TV Creators through NYTVF

[New York, NY, October 23, 2015] The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced its first 2016 development partner: 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 (Bob’s Burgers and Bordertown), Comedy Central (Legends of Chamberlain Heights), Hulu (The Awesomes) and more.  This announcement was made during the 11th annual New York Television Festival, currently underway in Manhattan, and running through Saturday, October 24.  

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. 

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GANNETT AND NYTVF JOIN FORCES TO PRESENT THE STORYNEXT VIRTUAL REALITY CONFERENCE WITH SUPPORT FROM KNIGHT FOUNDATION

360° storytelling takes center stage at first-ever annual event featuring innovators from across the VR landscape, including, HTC, Google, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Framestore

[New York, NY, October 6, 2015] Gannett and NYTVF today announced plans for the StoryNEXT Conference, a full day dedicated to new frontiers and the future of storytelling in the emerging virtual reality space. Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the event will include a line-up of panels and keynote conversations tackling production, creative decision-making, advertising, and emerging trends in narrative, non-fiction, and journalistic storytelling across the rapidly-evolving 360° landscape, as well as a virtual reality experience exhibition featuring hardware demonstrations from Google and HTC, among others. The StoryNEXT Conference will take place on Friday, October 23, as part of the 2015 New York Television Festival.

Two keynote presentations will bookend the conference covering a wide array of virtual reality challenges and opportunities. Wayne Billheimer, Executive Producer for ILMxLAB will headline one presentation while Samsung's Matt Apfel sits with Sir William Sargent, CEO and Co-Founder of Framestore, for the other. Additional panel topics throughout the day will include:

  • A Production Primer for Virtual Reality Content
  • The Storyteller’s Next Frontier: Content, Coverage and Creative Decision-Making in Virtual Reality
  • Aligning Advertising with VR Storytelling

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11TH ANNUAL NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL TO FEATURE WGN AMERICA'S MANHATTAN AND A SPECIAL EVENT HOSTED BY NBC DIGITAL ENTERPRISES FEATURING DAN HARMON AS PART OF OPENING NIGHT DOUBLE-HEADER

Official Artists to have exclusive access to an Industry Welcome Keynote from Joel Stillerman of AMC and SundanceTV and a series of events sponsored by Pivot, including a screening of Please Like Me and Q&A with Josh Thomas, and the NYTVF 2015 Opening Night Party, hosted with Time Warner Cable

Free Festival line-up to include Creative Keynote Showrunner Panel; BAFTA, CNN, Pop (Schitt’s Creek) and truTV (Those Who Can’t)-hosted special events; screenings of 50 Official Selections from the Independent Pilot Competition; closing night awards reception and more

[NEW YORK, NY, September 22, 2015] – The NYTVF today announced schedule highlights for its eleventh annual New York Television Festival, which begins Monday, October 19 with an opening night screening celebrating season two of WGN America's Manhattan, the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning drama produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios. Following a first-look at the episode set to premiere the next night, cast members John Benjamin Hickey, Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zukerman, Michael Chernus, Katja Herbers and Mamie Gummer, along with series creator, writer and executive producer Sam Shaw and director and executive producer Thomas Schlamme, have been confirmed to participate in a talk-back panel. Also on opening night, special event hosted by NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, featuring a live performance by Dan Harmon and special guests.

From October 19 - 24, the Festival will take place primarily at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space and SVA Theatre in Manhattan with screenings on the fifty selections in its annual Independent Pilot Competition slated for each of its first five days. The event will kick off on October 19 with more than 200 Official Artists being welcomed by Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and SundanceTV, interviewed by NYTVF Founder/Executive Director Terence Gray. This will be followed by a series of events sponsored by Pivot, beginning with an exclusive screening of Please Like Me and artist Q&A with series creator Josh Thomas, followed by the Artist and Industry Kick-Off Happy Hour. Pivot is also joining forces with Time Warner Cable to present the Festival's opening night party later that evening.

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truTV AND NYTVF TO BRING FIRST LOOK AND CAST PANEL FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T TO 2015 NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL

Two Episodes of Network’s First Original Scripted Comedy to be Screened on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the SVA Theatre

[New York, NY, September 18, 2015] Attendees of this year’s 11th annual New York Television Festival (www.nytvf.com) will have the opportunity to see an exclusive first look screening of truTV’s new original scripted comedy, Those Who Can’t.  

The New York screening will include two episodes from the series – set to officially premiere early next year – will take place Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. ET at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rdStreet, NYC), followed by a talk-back with creators/executive producers Ben RoyAdam Cayton-HollandAndrew Orvedahl – members of comedy troupe The Grawlix who star as three dysfunctional high school teachers who are about as screwed-up as the kids they teach.  

Joining them on stage will be actress Maria Thayer (Eagleheart) who plays Abbey Logan, the school’s librarian who zealously joins in on the antics of her co-workers; and executive producer/showrunner Dean Lorey (Arrested Development, The Crazy Ones).

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AMC AND UK-BASED BROADCASTER CHANNEL 4 TEAM UP TO OFFER DRAMA DEVELOPMENT AWARD TO INDIE TV CREATORS AT 2015 NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL

Official Artists of the 2015 New York Television Festival eligible for the drama co-development award based on drama pitches and scripts

[New York, NY, August 14, 2015] NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced that it is bringing an international co-development opportunity to independent TV creators. In partnership with AMC and Channel 4, the NYTVF is offering the "AMC - Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award,” through which an outstanding drama project will receive a $20,000 script development award from the networks.

To qualify for the AMC - Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award, independent creators must be named Official Artists of the 2015 New York Television Festival, where they will have an opportunity to submit drama scripts and series pitches for consideration. AMC and Channel 4 will participate in NYTVF Pitch, where executives will assess the drama projects submitted by NYTVF Official Artists, and offer a guaranteed deal to at least one writer/creator. Artists participating in the NYTVF can submit a drama script for consideration outside of their original project selected for the Festival.

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NYTVF ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF 50 PROJECTS FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL INDEPENDENT PILOT COMPETITION

As Official Artists, pilot creators will enjoy exclusive access and pitch opportunities with NYTVF's Industry Partners at October TV Fest

[NEW YORK, NY, August 12, 2015] – The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com), an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and connecting it with networks, studios, digital media companies and brands, today announced the official selections for this year’s Independent Pilot Competition (IPC). Fifty original television and web series pilots will be presented for industry executives and TV fans at the 11th Annual New York Television Festival. The independent television showcase will be held October 19-24, 2015 at The Helen Mills Theater and Event Space, with additional Festival events at the Tribeca Three Sixty° and SVA Theatre.

This year’s IPC Official Selections will be vying for a chance to join recent NYTVF alumni currently enjoying TV development success. Past IPC projects recently in the news include: the two-season pick-up at HBO for 2013 Best Comedy Animals; a Jimmy Fallon-produced NBC pilot for 2013 Official Selection Sharing; the development of 2012 Best Comedy Shrink at Pivot; and 2014 Official Selection The Jamz, which is currently wrapping post-production as the first project under the NYTVF Productions banner, in partnership with indie distributor, The Orchard.

“We received more submissions than ever before and I can honestly say that this is the best line-up, top to bottom, that we've ever featured in eleven years of the Festival,” said NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. “We're seeing across-the-board improvements on both the creative and production sides, with truly fresh voices that will be big draws for buyers and TV enthusiasts alike. It's very exciting to see the growth in the community and the level of creative firepower that are coming into the NYTVF, and we're thrilled to share these selections with the world.”

IPC winners will be chosen in a variety of categories (including “Best Comedy” and “Best Drama”) by a jury comprised of the NYTVF screening committee and the NYTVF-HRTS Next Generation Committee, with awards being presented at a reception on the Festival's closing night. Additionally, as Official Artists, the creators of these pilots qualify for a chance to receive a development deal from one of the NYTVF’s Development Partners – networks and studios which have guaranteed they will offer at least one deal to independent artists this year.

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A+E NETWORKS AND THE NYTVF TEAM FOR CREATE360°, OFFERING INDIE PRODUCERS DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS THE NETWORK GROUP

New Scripted Program Seeks Emerging Writers For Lifetime, Unscripted Pipelines Continue with A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime, While FYI and H2 will Take Live Pitches at the 11th Annual New York Television Festival October 19-24

[New York, NY, July 14, 2015] The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced a partnership with longtime sponsor A+E Networks that will identify outstanding new writers and producers for potential development opportunities with A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, FYI and H2.

The program, dubbed Create360°, offers independent television writers, producers, and production companies unique opportunities with the network group. The comprehensive development program builds on the longtime unscripted partnership between the NYTVF and A+E Networks, and provides additional opportunities for scripted television writers and producers.

A+E Networks-NYTVF Create360° includes the following programs:

  • Lifetime Writers Project – The network group's first scripted partnership with NYTVF, the Lifetime Writers Project invites emerging TV writers to submit concepts for hour-long series for consideration. Five writers will be selected by the network as Lifetime Writing Fellows and will receive a grant to attend the 2015 New York Television Festival as Official Artists to meet with network executives about their projects.

  • Unscripted Pipeline – A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime, will again invite unscripted producers to submit character-based sizzle tapes and series treatments, with each network offering a potential development opportunity to a selected producer.

  • NYTVF Pitch – Any writers/creators named Official Artists for the 2015 New York Television Festival as part of these or other 2015 NYTVF competitions will be eligible to submit original series concepts for consideration by FYI and H2 executives. Since the NYTVF launched its Pitch program in 2011, 17 networks, platforms, and studios have awarded indie artists with development deals based on pitches presented to them at the annual Festival.

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STARZ PARTNERS WITH NYTVF TO IDENTIFY OUTSTANDING EMERGING TELEVISION ARTISTS FOR “RISING TALENT AWARD”

Projects named Official Selections at the 2015 New York Television Festival are eligible for consideration

[New York, NY, June 26, 2015] The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced a new partnership with Starz that will identify an outstanding producer or production team selected from the Official Artists participating in the 2015 New York Television Festival for the inaugural “Starz Rising Talent Award.” Narrative projects are eligible for consideration and must be named Official Selections in the NYTVF's annual Independent Pilot Competition, which is accepting entries through June 29. The winning producer(s) will be awarded a cash prize as well as the opportunity to meet with Starz development and programming executives. The partnership marks the first time that a premium cable network has offered a guaranteed opportunity to an NYTVF artist.

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RED ARROW ENTERTAINMENT GROUP EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH NYTVF TO OFFER TWO GUARANTEED COMEDY DEALS TO INDEPENDENT CREATORS AT 11TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL

Red Arrow subsidiaries Left/Right and Fabrik Entertainment on-board to shepherd selected projects through development

Official Artists at the 2015 New York Television Festival to be eligible for consideration

[New York, NY, June 24, 2015] The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced an expanded partnership with longtime supporter Red Arrow Entertainment Group that will identify outstanding new comedy voices for further development and production opportunities.

Red Arrow, a global production and distribution group with 13 TV production companies spanning seven countries, is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, one of Europe's leading media groups. In its comedy-centric partnership with the NYTVF, Red Arrow is bringing in two of its U.S.-based production companies to further develop selected projects and shepherd the creators through the process:

  • Left/Right, the New York-based production company behind the current Bravo scripted series Odd Mom Out and the upcoming USA comedy, donny!, along with hundreds of hours of unscripted programming for networks ranging from Showtime to AMC, will be selecting a pilot/producer from this year's Independent Pilot Competition for a $10,000 grant to further develop their project.

  • Los Angeles-based Fabrik Entertainment, the production company behind hits including AMC’s The Killing and USA’s Burn Notice, along with current offerings including Amazon Studio's Bosch as well as the FX series The Comedians, will participate in NYTVF Pitch, where executives will assess comedy scripts submitted by NYTVF Official Artists, offering a guaranteed deal to at least one writer.

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truTV, NYTVF PARTNER TO BRING INDEPENDENT TV CREATORS OPPORTUNITY FOR A COMEDY PROJECT

Network Will Team with NYTVF Productions on a Comedy Project, Selected from Among the Official Artists Invited to the 11th Annual New York Television Festival, Taking Place October 19-24, 2015 in Manhattan

truTV President and Head of Programming Chris Linn Joins NYTVF Board

[New York, NY, April 8, 2015] The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced a new partnership with truTV that guarantees a deal on a comedy project to be awarded to an outstanding project from this year's New York Television Festival. 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.

Also today, the NYTVF – an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and fostering connections with networks, studios and brands – announced the dates for the 11th annual New York Television Festival, its flagship event, which will take place this year in Manhattan from October 19-24.

truTV, which recently announced a deal to bring pop culture game show Billy on the Street to the network, is returning to the New York Television Festival in search of comedic non-scripted programming, with an emphasis on Comedy formats. Since 2012, truTV has guaranteed development deals to independent artists through the NYTVF.

The NYTVF has also announced that truTV President and Head of Programming Chris Linn is the newest addition to its Executive Board – a group of industry leaders who hold top positions at the networks, studios, agencies and other companies that are part of the fast-evolving television and digital video ecosystem.

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If you are an accredited member of the press and would like additional information about the NYTVF, please contact the NYTVF press team at:

The Lippin Group (212) 986-7080
Matt Biscuiti matt@lippingroup.com
Don Ciaramella don@lippingroup.com

 

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