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January 5, 2012
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A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline Winner Announced
Countdown to Deadlines:
Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition: Less than a Month Left!

NYTVF London: UK Development Deals
Upcoming Partner Events:
Chicago Sketch Fest: Begins Today and Runs Through 1/15/12

IAWTV Awards: Creator Video Opportunities
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A&EThe NYTVF and A&E Network are proud to announce that the winner of the inaugural A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline is “Pushing the Limits,” created by Javier Bermudez and Danny Sacchetto.

For this groundbreaking initiative, producers submitted a short treatment (1-2 pages) along with a brief video introducing the subject(s) for use in a non-scripted format. Twenty-five semi-finalists were presented to A&E development executives, who then selected five finalists, each of whom received $2,500 to shoot short presentations, exploring their subject, under the guidance of the network. “Pushing the Limits” was selected by A&E as the winner. All twenty-five semi-finalists were invited to participate in the 2011 New York Television Festival as Official Artists.

Congratulations to Javier, Danny, and all who submitted!


Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition – Only 22 Days Left to Submit!

Aspiring TV writers and producers have the opportunity to win $7,500 and a development deal with Comedy Central!


Deadline for submission is less than four (4) weeks away – January 27th at 12:00 pm (noon) EST.

Comedy Central is looking for fun, fresh points of view that fit into the Comedy Central brand of comedy. The following scripted-comedy formats apply: sketch, narrative/single-camera sitcom, animated and "late night" comedy (game shows, panel shows, etc.).

The competition is FREE to enter.

  • Final Submission Deadline: January 27, 2012
  • Award: $7,500
  • Genre: Scripted Comedy
  • full details here

U.K. Development Deals
    wb and ftvs Nonscripted Development Deal with Warner Bros International Television Production
  • Early Submission Deadline: January 27, 2012
  • Final Submission Deadline: March 9, 2012
  • Award: $5,000
  • Genre: Nonscripted Formats

  • Scripted Development Deal with Fox Television Studios and Apostle
  • Early Submission Deadline: February 24, 2012
  • Final Submission Deadline: April 6, 2012
  • Award: $5,000
  • Genre: Scripted dramas and comedies

  • Find out more about the UK deals and how to submit here.


Message from NYTVF Partner, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (Sketch Fest)

SKETCHFEST Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, an annual event that celebrates the best in local, national and international sketch comedy, starts today and runs the two weekends (eight days) from January 5 - 15, 2012. More than 800 artists from 130 sketch comedy troupes will perform more than 170 shows for the largest ever Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival – and the largest sketch comedy festival America has ever seen!

Attendees can expect numerous Sketch Fest favorites, exciting new talent and family programming throughout the festival. The entire schedule for the 11h Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival may be viewed at:

Tickets are currently on sale and may be purchased at, by phone at 773.327.5252, and in person at Stage 773 box office.


Message from NYTVF Partner, The International Academy of Web Television

Calling all Web Video Creators! Want to help promote the IAWTV Awards and give something back to your fans? Create a video explaining why you create original web series and help promote the IAWTV Awards along with the IAWTV and DBG!

Find out all the details about submitting your promotional video and how you can be involved here, and mark your calendars for the IAWTV Awards on January 12, 2012 at 9pmET/6pmPT at





For more information visit