The Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) and the NYTVF have re-teamed in 2016 to host the Next Generation Committee, open exclusively to HRTS's junior membership (JHRTS). The Committee is designed to provide exclusive access to the best and brightest up-and-coming television executives, agents, managers, and decision-makers and inspire collaboration and engagement with the Festival's most promising producers and writers.


What is the Next Generation Committee?

Comprised of JHRTS members from both the Los Angeles and New York chapters, the Next Generation Committee will enjoy prestige as Jury Members for the 2016 Independent Pilot Competition Awards. The Festival seeks to engage committee members that excel in their professional posts and roles as JHRTS members as well as exhibit a passion for the discovery and cultivation of new talent.

New members will join returning members selected in 2015 who have extended for a second year term on the Committee. Newly selected members that provide exemplary service will be invited to extend to a second term following the 2016 NYTVF. Full 2016 Committee to be announced in July.


2015 NYTVF-HRTS Next Generation Committee

  • Elena Blekhter, Entertainment Coordinator, Drama Development, NBC
  • Michael Burke, Script Coordinator, ABC’s Blood & Oil
  • Kyle DeLash, Manager, Sales and Distribution, FremantleMedia International
  • Brie Eley, Producer, AOL Huffington Post Media Group
  • Katherine Hart, Assistant Producer, Authentic Entertainment
  • Tom Keenan, Comedy Development Assistant, ABC Studios
  • Julianna LaRosa, Television Development Coordinator, Amigos de Garcia Productions
  • Dianna Lau, Development Coordinator, Amazon Studios
  • Chelsea Lo Pinto, Assistant Manager, Program Planning and Scheduling, HBO
  • Jerrica Long, Office Production Assistant, ABC's Black-ish
  • Laura Luckenbaugh, Assistant, Digital Media, AMC
  • Kristi Lugo, Casting Assistant, La Padura & Hart Casting
  • Matt Maher, Executive Assistant, Casting, CBS Television Studios
  • Jessica McGlory, Founder, Forecastr
  • Diamond McNeil, Assistant, Acquisitions and Business Affairs, Pivot (Participant Media)
  • Jonathan Meyers, Director of Development, US Television, EuropaCorp Studios
  • Ryan Morris, Coordinator, Drama Development, NBC Entertainment
  • Brendan Nahmias, Development Coordinator and Associate Producer, Portal A
  • Daniel Noble, Freelance Development
  • Joshua Smooha, Digital Studios Coordinator, Disney/ABC
  • Annamaria Sofillas, Senior Coordinator, Programming, NBC Digital Enterprises
  • Alexander Stegmaier, Research Associate, Creative Development, Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Richard Tinoco, Executive Assistant, Sony Pictures Television
  • Andrew Tolbert, Manager, Current Programming, DreamWorks Animation TV
  • David Benjamin, Strategy and Operations, Google Creative Lab
  • Lauren Camadeco, Production Coordinator, Sesame Workshop
  • Alex Davis, Director of Development and Production, Warner Brothers Digital Studio Blue Ribbon Content
  • Thomas Ferguson, Franchise Manager, Licensing/Consumer Products, Endemol Shine North America
  • Mike Germade, Executive Assistant, Original Programming, TNT
  • Shelley Gorelik, Media Strategy Coordinator, Comedy Central
  • Evan Greenberg, Manager, Audience Development, TAPP
  • Michael Halpern, Series Development Coordinator, DiGa
  • Reem Hassani, Executive Assistant to President of Marketing, STX Entertainment
  • Logan Kriete, Assistant, Scripted TV, Amblin TV
  • Bethany McHugh, Executive Assistant, Creative Affairs, Fox 21 Television Studios
  • Jake Poteat, Programming and Development Coordinator, FYI
  • Catherine Roscart, Netflix Originals, Netflix
  • Matthew Rosenthal, Programming and Development Coordinator, History
  • Katy Sherman, Development and Programming Coordinator, A&E Television Networks
  • Beth Wickman Ekstrand, Social Media Coordinator, Thinkfactory Media
  • Ivana Zbozinek, Marketing Manager, Endemol Shine


Only JHRTS members are eligible to apply. For additional information on JHRTS, click HERE.

The New York Television Festival was founded in 2005 as the industry’s first creative festival for television artists. A pioneer of the “independent television” movement, the Festival strives to construct new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model.

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