Winner Announced


The NYTVF is proud to announce Blackbird, created by Casey Campbell and Yosh Hayashi, as the winner of the first NBC ‘Voice and Vision’ Drama Challenge.


Blackbird was chosen from the 15 finalists that advanced to the network in May. Creators Campbell and Hayashi will receive $25,000 and a potential development deal with NBC.


Finalists Announced


The NYTVF is pleased to announce the following selections have been named finalists in the first annual Voice and Vision: The NBC Drama Challenge and will advance to the network for consideration. One winner will be selected by NBC and he/she will receive a development deal with NBC. Additionally, all fifteen finalists will be invited to the 9th Annual New York Television Festival as Official Artists and enjoy exclusive opportunities available through NYTVF Connect.


Congratulations to these finalists and sincerest thanks to all who entered!


2013 NYTVF-NBC Voice and Vision: The NBC Drama Challenge Finalists

  • Blackbird
    by: Casey Campbell and Yosh Hayashi - Los Angeles, CA

  • Citizens
    by: Brian DeCubellis and Diana DeCubellis - Katonah, NY

  • The Conspiracist
    by: Barry Gribble - Los Angeles, CA

  • Downeast
    by: Wes Hopper - Brooklyn, NY

  • Euston Prep
    by: Annie Liu and Andrew Connor - Los Angeles, CA

  • Home
    by: Brian H. Kim and Kristen Thompson - Los Angeles, CA

  • Land of the Living
    by: Liam Finn - Los Angeles, CA

  • Last Responder
    by: Corey Patrick - Brooklyn, NY

  • The Lottery
    by: Sean Tracy - Maspeth, NY

  • Pass/Fail
    by: Caitlin McCarthy and Jim Forbes - Worcester, MA/Agoura Hills, CA

  • The Plague
    by: Joseph Gerbino - West Palm Beach, FL

  • Serpent's Park
    by: Michael Colucci - Los Angeles, CA

  • Shining City
    by: Douglas Stark and William N. Fordes - Glendale, CA

  • Spade
    by: Justin Santore - White Plains, NY

  • Two Harbors
    by: Jim Macak and James Gardner - Boston, MA/Orange, CA

Submission Info - DEADLINE PASSED

The New York Television Festival and NBC have teamed up to offer aspiring TV writers and producers the opportunity to win $25,000 and a development deal with NBC!


Use the links below to explore the various aspects of submitting to the NBC Drama Challenge.

NBC is honored to partner with the annual New York Television Festival to discover inspiring, fresh writers. From the network that brings you hit shows like REVOLUTION and GRIMM we are looking for our next big, splashy drama. Here at NBC, no topic or genre is off limits. What excites us most are passionate ideas and strong, bold characters with specific points of view. We are offering a $25,000 prize along with the chance that we may develop your winning script and/or engage you to write additional ideas.

What do I need to submit?NBC

  • Produced Pilot Scene (not to exceed 10 minutes in length)
  • Pilot Script (1-2 Acts, not to exceed 40 pages in length)
  • Series overview (not to exceed 2 pages in length)
  • Signed Entry Packet

Download Full Rules and Entry Packet Here


The submission period will open at 12pm (noon) EST on November 5, 2012 and will close at 12pm (noon) EST on March 15, 2013. All submissions must be received during this time period, without exception.


Finalists will receive designation as 2013 NYTVF Official Artists and be invited to the New York Television Festival, held in NYC in October 2013.


A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to 15 finalists, whose entries will be presented to NBC development executives. Before any entries are presented to NBC development executives, each finalist will be required to enter into an option agreement with NBC. One winner will be selected by NBC and he/she will receive a development deal with NBC.


NBC will retain an exclusive option to develop each of the Finalist’s entries for a period of thirty (30) days following the selection of the winner by NBC.


Download Full Rules and Entry Packet Here


For more details Ask the NYTVF.


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Need music for your submission?

NYTVF partner Audio Network is offering FREE and UNLIMITED access to their music library of over 40,000 tracks for any artist submitting to the 2013 NYTVF.

Simply set up an account by contacting Audio Network at with your name, contact details and project title. More details here

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Need high-quality footage to improve your contest submission?

NYTVF has partnered with T3Media (formerly Thought Equity Motion) to offer FREE clip licenses for use in NBC Drama Challenge submissions. Utilize footage from the world’s leading media companies such as BBC Motion Gallery, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM Studios, HBO Archives, and National Geographic.


To take advantage of this special offer, contact a T3Media sales representative (877) 394-1580 or send an email with your name and phone number to Be sure to mention “NYTVF/NBC Drama Challenge” to get set up with a special account. To start browsing T3Media’s video library, visit

Important Dates

  • November 5, 2012…………….Submission Period Begins
  • 12:00 PM Noon March 15, 2013…………….Submission Deadline
  • Finalists to be announced approximately May 17, 2013

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Required Running Times

  • All produced pilot scenes must have a total running time under 10 minutes.

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  • There is no fee to enter the NBC Drama Challenge.

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  • Programs created, funded or in development by broadcast networks, cable networks or major production studios are ineligible to compete in the NBC Drama Challenge
  • The initiative is open to U.S. residents age 18 and over who do not have any contractual commitments preventing them from entering into an exclusive development deal with NBC.
  • Programs for the NBC Drama Challenge must not have been publicly broadcast on television
  • Programs may not contain any copyrighted music (see here)
  • Programs must be received by 12:00 PM Noon March 15, 2013

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Acceptance Guidelines

The New York Television Festival “NBC Drama Challenge” accepts entries beginning on November 5, 2012 and ending March 15, 2013.  Artists are permitted to submit multiple entries to the competition.  All entries must be received by the NYTVF no later than 12:00 PM Noon on March 15, 2013. This is not a postmark date.  Finalist notifications will be made on or around May 3, 2013.

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Entry Packet

(Download Full Rules and Entry Packet Here)

  • Produced pilot scenes must be submitted on playable DVDs
  • Five (5) Pilot Screening Copies
    • Playable DVDS: Five (5) copies of the Pilot Program with label of Producer, Director and/or Production Company and contact information
    • Compressed video file: One (1) copy of the Pilot Program saved as a compressed/ QuickTime file on a data DVD (MP4, H.264 or MOV preferred. Recommended output minimum 640w x 348h pixels, or under 200MB)
  • Scripts and series overview must be sent as both hardcopy and a PDF on a data DVD. Script should be properly formatted for a television pilot.
  • One (1) screen capture image/digital frame from the Pilot, saved as a JPG file on a data DVD
  • Signed Application Form

NOTE: Shooting Script and Series Overview PDFs, Pilot image JPG and Compressed pilot MP4 may all be included on the SAME data DVD.

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All submissions, accompanied by a signed Application Form, must be sent to:

New York Television Festival, Attn: NBC Entries '13
121 West 27th Street, Suite 901
New York, NY 10001

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.


If you're selected as a finalist in the NBC Drama Challenge, you will also be invited to participate as an Official Artist in the 2013 New York Television Festival in October.

As an Official Artist, you will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in NYTVF Pitch.

2012 NYTVF Pitch Partners

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NYTVF Pitch is a closed initiative hosted on-site at the 2013 New York Television Festival that is open ONLY to Official Festival Artists. Each Pitch Partner is offering a guaranteed deal for an outstanding pitch, but you can ONLY participate if you are named an Official Selection in the Independent Pilot Competition or a semi-finalist or finalist in one of the NYTVF's stand-alone partnered development initiatives.

More information about NYTVF Pitch.

More information about the NYTVF Artist Experience.