In September 2011, the New York Television Festival opened its doors to thousands of independent TV creators, industry figures, and TV fans at the seventh annual NYTVF. The Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) featured 48 independently produced television pilots of all categories and genres. In addition, the Festival expanded on its slate of initiatives, including Development Day, Digital Day, and the Premiere Week screening series, aimed at expanding the reach of the independent television movement. The NYTVF thanks all the artists and attendees who helped make the 2011 NYTVF our best yet!

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2011 Awards

The New York Television Festival is proud to announce the following winners from the 2011 Independent Pilot Competition and Sponsored Initiatives:


  • Sundance Channel: “Party Doctor” from Jake Greene (Nashville, TN)
  • MSN and Eyeboogie: “Carlos and the Games of Seduction” from Greg Burke and Lou Perez (New York, NY)
  • SevenOne International and Red Arrow Entertainment Group: “A Week With My Father” from Giacomo Knox (Los Angeles, CA)

Fourth Annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest

  • "Adulthood for Beginners” written by Robby O'Connor (New York, NY)

A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline Finalists

  • “Tough Girl” from Tim Smyth (New York, NY)
  • “American Genius” from Phillip Hullquist (Nashville, TN)
  • "Pushing the Limits” from Javier Bermudez (Los Angeles, CA)
  • “Surviving the Burn” from Paul Lima (Burbank, CA)
  • “Racetrack Dads” from Donald Mann (Van Nuys, CA)

2011 Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) Sponsored Awards

  • FX “There Is No Box” Comedy Award: “Josh Jennings for Congress” from Nathan Gotsch (Los Angeles, CA)
  • IFC “Out of the Box” Award: “St. James St. James Presents: Delirium Cinema” from Ross Patterson (Los Angeles, CA)
  • MTV “Voice and Vision” Animation Awards for Writing and Animation: “Pound Dogs” from Mike Salva (Nashville, TN)
  • Syfy Digital Studio “Imagine Greater” Award: “Odessa” from Al Thompson (New York, NY)

IPC Award Winners

  • NYTVF Critics Award: Voted on by a panel of television critics from around the country and across the dial, the Inaugural Critic’s Choice Award went to “Redesigning Your Life With Lainey Chase,” created by Eric Cyphers (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Bing Audience Award: Voted by popular choice at Festival screenings to honor the audience’s favorite submission in the IPC, the 2011 Bing Audience Award was presented to Rob Michael Hugel (Brooklyn, NY) for “I Hate Being Single.”
  • Best Comedy Pilot: “Duder” from Matt Kirsch (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Best Drama Pilot: “Finding Hope” from Diane Namm (Malibu, CA)
  • Best Animation Pilot: “Cafe Bloodbath” from Matt Cook and Carlo Johnson (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Best Dramedy Pilot: “15 Minutes” from Bobby Salomon (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Best Family Programming Pilot: “Ruby Skye P.I.” from Jill Golick (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Best Web Series Pilot: “Vice, Inc.” from Sean Skelton (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Best Nonscripted Pilot: “Dinner Party Crashers” from Bo Vongsakoun (Denver, CO)
  • Actress in a Comedy: Jackie Debatin in “Redesigning Your Life with Lainey Chase”
  • Actress in a Drama or Dramedy: Rene Ashton in “MILF Money”
  • Actor in a Comedy: (tie) Chris O'Neill and Paul Valenti in “The Chris and Paul Show”
  • Actor in a Drama or Dramedy: Al Thompson in “Odessa”
  • Nonscripted Character or Host: Christophe for “Heavy Metal Nanny” (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Best Directing: Mark Gray and Scotty Weil for “Meter Men” (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Best Writing: Joseph Saroufim and Debbie Singer for “OB/GY Anne” (Santa Monica, CA)

The NYTVF extends congratulations to all producers, writers, and content creators whose work was featured at the NYTVF. There would not be a Festival without your hard work and considerable talents.

For a Full List of 2011 Official Selections, Click Here.

To View the Trailers for the 2011 IPC Official Selections, visit our YouTube page.

2011 Events

NYTVF 2011 – DEVELOPMENT DAY (Saturday, September 24)

NYTVF Development Day, presented with the generous support of ION Television, offered aspiring creators and TV fans alike a day of free panels and events offering both educational and inspirational insight into the creation of television.

2011 Development Day provided attendees with two tracks – the first was NYTVF Classroom, presented in association with the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. NYTVF Classroom was a series of hands-on, insightful, 30-minute discussions with established professionals across many facets of the television industry – from sketch comedy, nonscripted and drama, to production and pitching. These free panels were geared toward aspiring and emerging TV creators and provided attendees with practical tools to advance their careers in television as well as information on the inner-workings of the day-to-day business of development and production.

Development Day Main Stage is an extension of NYTVF Primetime, with all-star panels and screenings geared toward fans and TV enthusiasts.

NYTVF Development Day – Classroom

  • Nonscripted Roadmap – Navigating the Nonscripted Format Development Process
    • Panelists:
    • Lauren Gellert - Vice President, Production & Development, ION Media Networks
    • Jason Hodes - Television Agent, WME
    • Banks Tarver - Co-Founder/Co-President, Left/Right Productions

  • Light → Sound → Shoot!: Production Tricks of the Trade
    • Panelists:
    • Brandon Herman
    • Barry Gribble
    • Brian Rolling

  • Pitch Perfect - An Interactive Pitch Workshop
    • Panelists:
    • Allan Loeb ("The Dilemma," "Just Go With It," FOX's "New Amsterdam")
    • Greg Pritikin ("Dummy," "Easy to Assemble")

  • From Sketch to Screen - A Transition to Television Guide for Sketch Comedy Writers and Performers
    • Panelists:
    • Jim Biederman (Executive Producer, "The Whitest Kids You Know," "Onion News Network," "Michael and Michael Have Issues," "The Tom Green Show")
    • Ali Farahnakian ("30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live")

  • Shock Value!
    • Panelists:
    • Omri Marcus (creative director and comedy writer, currently working under an exclusive, multi-year deal with the European media conglomerate ProSiebenSat.1 - Red Arrow Entertainment Group)

NYTVF Development Day – Mainstage

  • The Cult of Comedy
    • Panelists:
    • Jon Friedman ("The Rejection Show," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon")
    • Scott Adsit ("30 Rock," Adult Swim's "Moral Orel" and "Mary Shelley's Frankenhole")
    • Jon Glaser ("Delocated")

  • Success Post-Fest — Taking Your Project to the Next Level
    • Panelists:
    • James Murray - VP Development, North/South Productions
    • Eric Bryant and Ethan Berlin (Co-creators of the game show "Pointless")
    • Jeff Skowron and Matt Yeager (Co-creators, writers and editors of "Greg & Donny")
    • Frank Mosca (Creator of "‘Til Death Do Us Parts")

NYTVF 2011 – DIGITAL DAY (Friday, September 23)

Presented in association with MSN For the fourth consecutive year, MSN Digital Day was dedicated to exploring the creative side of the digital frontier and what opportunities are being created for producers exploring this space.


  • Are We There Yet? Branded Entertainment in the Digital Space Presented by NATPE
    • Panelists:
    • Moderator: Rick Feldman (CEO, NATPE)
    • Tony Pace (SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Subway)
    • Steven Amato (Partner, Omelet)
    • Jordan Levin (CEO, Generate)

  • Show Me the Money! An Indie Producer’s Guide to Funding Projects Presented by the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV)
    • Panelists:
    • Moderator: Paul Kontonis (VP/Group Director, Digitas; IAWTV Chair)
    • Rob Barnett (Founder/CEO, My Damn Channel, Inc.)
    • Yancey Strickler (Co Founder, Kickstarter)
    • David Tochterman (Innovative Artists)
    • Thom Woodley (Dinosaur Diorama)

  • Standing Out in the Crowd: Making the Brand a Content Destination Presented by Loeb & Loeb LLP
    • Panelists:
    • Moderator: Marc Chamlin (Partner, Loeb & Loeb, LLP)
    • David Carey (President, Hearst Magazines)
    • Greg Clayman (Publisher, The Daily)

  • We’ve Got a New (Brand) Attitude: Creating an Online Content Strategy for Emerging Brands Presented by MSN
    • Panelists:
    • Moderator: Jahn Wolland (Sr. Director, National Sales, Online Video & Advanced TV, Microsoft)
    • Woody Thompson (Owner/CEO, Eyeboogie)
    • Chris Jacquemin (William Morris Endeavor Digital Group)
    • Michael K. Clark (Principal, Beeby Clark+Meyler)
    • Andy Marks (General Manager, Edelman)


Tuesday, September 20th

  • Opening Night Celebration: FOX’s "Allen Gregory"
    The NYTVF and FOX opened the Festival with the premiere of the much-anticipated animated comedy "Allen Gregory," co-created by Jonah Hill ("Superbad"). The event included: red-carpet arrivals, a pre-show reception, a premiere of the show, and an exclusive talk-back with Hill and co-creators and Executive Producers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel ("Yes Man").

  • Opening Night Celebration: Marc Maron’s "WTF"
    Opening Night continued with a world-premiere screening of comedian Marc Maron’s new indie pilot, based on his wildly successful podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. The event included: red-carpet arrivals, a pre-show reception, the never-before-seen premiere pilot, a talk-back with Maron and representatives from Apostle Productions.

Wednesday, September 21st

  • Premiere Screening: NBC’s "Prime Suspect"
    The NYTVF was honored to present an exclusive early screening of NBC’s "Prime Suspect," based on the critically acclaimed British series of the same name and starring Maria Bello ("A History of Violence"). The event included a screening and a pre-screening open bar.

  • Screening Event: NBC’s Short Cuts Festival
    NBC Universal teamed with the NYTVF to co-present the Short Cuts diversity film showcase for the sixth consecutive year. NBC Short Cuts is a showcase of independent short films made by culturally diverse production crews and actors. The event was hosted by comedian and actor J.B. Smoove ("Curb Your Enthusiasm").

  • Premiere Screening: Logo’s "The A List: Dallas"
    Logo and the NYTVF celebrated the latest addition to the burgeoning "The A-List" franchise with this debut series set amidst the glamor of Dallas’s hot, young elite. The event included: red-carpet arrivals, a pre-show reception, the show premiere, and a packed talk-back with the stars of the show.

  • City of New York: Production Party!
    The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment presented an exclusive party celebrating the city’s thriving television production community. MOME representatives were on-hand to announce upcoming opportunities for New York City producers.

Thursday, September 22nd

  • BAFTA-Rocliffe New Writing Forum
    The NYTVF joined the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the Rocliffe New Writing Forum, and British Airways to present the finalists in the 2011 Rocliffe Comedy Writing Competition for this comedy event. The event included: pre-reading industry cocktails, staged readings of the winning scripts of the selected writers, and first-hand feedback from Phil Rosenthal ("Everybody Loves Raymond").

  • NYTVF Creative Keynote: Damon Lindelof
    The Festival’s recurring and much loved Creative Keynote Address returned this year with television icon and visionary Damon Lindelof ("Lost") The conversation provided an unfiltered look into the television world from a true television veteran. The event was moderated by the star and executive producer of MTV's "World of Jenks," Andrew Jenks, and included a pre-show open bar.

  • Exclusive Panel: Long Day’s Journey into Late Night
    Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis returned to the NYTVF for the fifth consecutive year to host this fan-favorite panel featuring the head writers of "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon".

  • Junior Hollywood Radio and Television Society Networking Party
    The NYTVF joined JHRTS NYC for an exclusive networking mixer at the Festival Lounge at Tribeca Cinema's Varick Room.

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