In October 2012, the New York Television Festival opened its doors to thousands of independent TV creators, industry figures, and TV fans at the eighth annual NYTVF. The NYTVF thanks all the artists and attendees who helped make the 2012 NYTVF our best yet!

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Now in its eighth year, NYTVF Primetime brings red-carpet, star-studded debuts of the hottest new network shows and intimate conversations with the artists who create them.

Monday, October 22nd

Opening Night Celebration and Premiere Screening: The CW’s The Carrie Diaries

The NYTVF and the CW opened the Festival with the premiere of the much-anticipated The Carrie Diaries, based on the wildly successful book series by Candace Bushnell. The Opening Night Event included: pink-carpet arrivals, a pre-show reception filled with 80s nostalgic goodness, the world premiere of the show, and a talk-back with Bushnell along with series star AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer) and executive producer Amy B. Harris. This exclusive discussion was moderated by Entertainment Weekly scribe Tim Stack.


Tuesday, October 23rd

NYTVF Creative Keynote: Graham Yost watch it here

The Festival’s recurring Creative Keynote Address, in collaboration with CAA, returned this year with television icon and visionary Graham Yost (FX’s Justified). The conversation provided an unfiltered look into the television world from a man whose critically-lauded television career has spanned over two decades. The event included an open bar sponsored by Stella Artois.


Exclusive Panel: Long Day’s Journey into Late Night: 2012 Election Edition

This fan-favorite panel, hosted by Morning Joe’s Willie Geist, went up for the fifth consecutive year and featured the head writers of The Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This event was presented in conjunction with CAA and included a pre-panel open bar sponsored by Stella Artois.


Wednesday, October 24th

Premiere Screening: MTV’s Jersey Shore

MTV partnered with the NYTVF for a no-holds-barred series retrospective of Jersey Shore. Series stars Deena, Pauly D, JWOWW, Sammi, Vinny, Ronnie, Snooki, and The Situation joined series Executive Producer SallyAnn Salsano in this discussion of the end of an era. The event included a pre-show open bar.


Thursday, October 25th

BAFTA-Rocliffe New Writing Forum

The NYTVF joined the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Rocliffe New Writing Forum to present the finalists in the 2012 Rocliffe Comedy Writing Competition for this comedy event. The event included: staged readings of the winning scripts of selected writers, first-hand feedback from Jenni Konner (Girls, Undeclared), and post-event networking cocktails.


Friday, October 26th

Samsung Pitch Live! watch it here

NYTVF Development Partner Samsung Electronics America hosted a live pitch event as part of the NYTVF’s 5th Annual Digital Day, marking the culmination of the first-ever Samsung Second Screen Storytellers Competition. This event featured the five finalists facing off with presentations before a panel of judges, and the winner (D-Tec) was awarded a $300,000 production budget to create a short series for the electronics leader. This event included a pre-presentation networking happy hour sponsored by Stella Artois.


Primetime Event: FOX’s New Tuesday – A Comedy Conversation

FOX teamed with the NYTVF for an exclusive panel event saluting the network's New FOX Tuesday comedy block, featuring New Girl creator Liz Meriwether and star Hanna Simone, Ben and Kate’s Dakota Johnson and Lucy Punch, and Raising Hope’s Shannon Woodward. This panel was moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s own Jessica Shaw and included a pre-panel open bar sponsored by Stella Artois.


Premiere Event: CW Digital Premiere of Stupid Hype

CW Digital, as part of NYTVF Digital Day, presented the premiere of Hart of Dixie star Wilson Bethel’s Stupid Hype. The event was followed by a talk-back with star and creator Bethel and representatives from the CW and CW Digital.


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. The event included complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of MOME.


Saturday, October 27th

NYTVF Awards Show watch it here

The Festival's Awards Show recognized outstanding entries and individual achievement in the 2012 Independent Pilot Competition as well as the winners of the NYTVF Critics Award, the Amazon Studios Audience Award, and the competition's sponsored development awards from IFC, MTV, Syfy, and VH1. Additional winners were announced in the FOX Comedy Script Contest, the A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline, and NYTVF Pitch, along with the finalists in the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline.


NYTVF DIGITAL DAY - Friday, October 26th

Digital Day is dedicated to exploring new media from both creative and business perspectives and looking at what new opportunities are being created for artists exploring the space. For the 5th Annual Digital Day, the NYTVF compiled some of the most successful artists working in the digital world for a sold-out day of panels, evening screening events, and celebrations. You can watch Ditigal Day in its entirety here.



Development: Building a Foundation

The kick-off panel for NYTVF's fifth annual Digital Day focused on the initial development process for individual series and multi-series slates with an eye toward digital distribution and audience development. The panel included Rob Barnett (Founder/CEO, My Damn Channel), Rick Haskins (EVP of Marketing and Digital Programs, CW Digital), Ran Harnevo, (Senior VP of Video, AOL), and Jeffrey Kaufman (Senior VP, Digital Video, Alloy Digital).

The Talent Debate: How Blue Chip Talent, Influence, Audience, and Great Ideas Can Lead to Success (or Failure) Online

In the second panel of NYTVF's Digital Day, the panelists examined models pitting Celebs vs. YouTube Stars vs. Social Media Stand-Outs vs. Unknowns and how the dynamic of each could make – or break – your success. Josh Cohen from TubeFilter moderated the panel and was joined by Mark Malkoff (Comedian, MyDamn Channel), and David Tochterman (Head of Digital Media, Innovative Artists).

Distribution for Monetization: Youtube vs. the World

In this panel, presented with the support of NATPE, experts assessed the value propositions inherent to all platforms, viability versus competitors and, perhaps most importantly, how a series could separate itself from the pack – based on where and how it's delivered. Panelists included Niko Chauls (Director of Original Programming, MSN), Kelly Day (CEO, Blip), Laura Lee (Head of Entertainment East, YouTube), John McCarus (SVP, Group Director, Brand Content, Digitas), and Roger Mincheff (President of MySpace Entertainment).

Digital Keynote Conversation: Show Me the Business

Reflecting on the previous panels of the day, NYTVF's Digital Day wrapped with a Keynote Conversation featuring Paul Kontonis (Digitas), Michael Learmonth (AdAge), Michael Foster (OTR), Brian Morrissey (DigiDay), Sahil Patel (Cynopsis Digital), Peter Kafka (AllThingsD), and Aymar Jean Christian (Assistant Professor, Northwestern University). They constructed a visual model that accurately reflects the digital landscape and its inhabitants, live and on-stage. Their model showed the dominant players and relationships that are driving the digital world of content creation and monetization and how emerging models are reshaping the conventional wisdom.

NYTVF Development Day - Saturday, October 27th

Rooted in the Festival’s mission to provide educational resources to aspiring professionals, NYTVF Development Day closed the 2012 Festival with a series of free panels and info sessions, offering the attendees insight on the many facets of creating television.

Development Day Highlights Included:

Light > Sound > Shoot! Production Tricks of the Trade

Independent production professionals gave easy, cost-saving solutions for all of your production pitfalls. From tips on the best affordable mics, to lighting an office set, to framing a single-, two-, or three-camera shoot, this panel was for the hands-on producer with an eye on content creation.

From Sketch to Screen: A Transition to Television Guide for Sketch Comedy Writers and Performers

Comedy insiders Jim Biederman (The Whitest Kids You Know, Onion News Network), Michael Showalter (The State, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer), and Ali Farahnakian (Founder – The Peoples Improv Theater) provided practical information on maximizing attendees’ sketch comedy experience.

NYTVF Classroom: Finishing Touches – Getting the Most from Your Post

Dave Smith (VP, T3 Media), Ryan Barger (Editor, VFX Supervisor), and Brad Burnside (Audio Network) talked about how to stretch your dollar and maximize your project's potential with post-production secrets and resources for indie creators.

Diamonds in the Rough: Casting Secrets from Reality Hitmakers

Reality veterans, including Dominique Bouchard (Casting Director) and Sean Gottlieb (Supervising Producer, VH1) gave a first hand look on how to find and cast talent for today's brand of docu-series hits. Casting directors, story producers and network execs weighed in on current trends, how to create the ultimate sizzle tape, and building a narrative that could sell your show.

Storytellers Wanted: Transition to TV for Independent Filmmakers

IFP and NYTVF partnered to increase awareness for independent filmmakers about opportunities within television and new media, providing filmmakers access and open to development executives across the TV and digital landscapes. This panel provided attendees with insight from network development executives, agents, and filmmakers who had successful transitioned to TV.

Read Between the Lines: A TV Critics Roundtable

Matt Roush (Critic, TV Guide), Willa Paskin (Salon), Todd Vanderwerff (Critic, The A.V. Club), and Matthew Seitz (Critic, NY Mag) discussed the current state of the television art form and what it means to talk about that art form with a critical eye when up-to-the-minute content is prized and readers and fans have an increasingly active impact.

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