A&E, BET, Channel 4, CW Seed, FOX, HISTORY, IFC, MTV, truTV and VH1, along with
NYTVF Pitch Partners BIO Channel, Gannett Broadcasting, National Geographic Channel, and
Sundance Channel unveil winners, and Lifetime awards development deals to five finalists
Ninth Annual New York Television Festival wraps up with NYTVF Awards, including Independent
Pilot Competition winners in 11 categories, and “Re:Verse” winning “Best of the Fest”
[NEW YORK, NY, October 26, 2013] – At an awards ceremony at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan this evening, NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) announced the winners of its Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) in 11 categories, including “Best of the Fest” and NYTVF Critics Award honors to “Re:Verse” and “Killer Moves,” respectively. Additionally, NYTVF announced the winners of 20 development deals from its network, studio and digital partners. Along with its partners, NYTVF has brought a record 31 development deals to independent television creators in 2013, including 11 which were announced earlier this year.
Tonight's development deal recipients include winners of the sixth annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest and the A&E and HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipelines, finalists in the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline, and deals from BET, BIO Channel, Channel 4, CW Seed, Gannett Broadcasting, HISTORY, IFC, MTV, National Geographic Channel, Sundance Channel, truTV and VH1. [Full Release]
2013 NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL WILL OPEN WITH CREATIVE KEYNOTE FEATURING “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” CREATOR, MITCH HURWITZ
Annual indie television showcase special event line-up includes the return of the Festival-favorite
Late Night Writers panel and the previously announced U.S. premiere of Hulu's The Wrong Mans
Greg Daniels-hosted BAFTA readings series, MSN Live Pitch Challenge, and Chris Gethard Show
panel round out NYTVF Primetime series
[NEW YORK, NY, Octobrt 16, 2013] – The NYTVF today announced additional schedule highlights of its ninth annual New York Television Festival. The Festival's opening night event on October 21 will feature a special Creative Keynote conversation with Arrested Development creator, Mitch Hurwitz.
“The New York Television Festival is as audaciously creative a venture as the works it showcases,” said Hurwitz. “Terence Gray and his team not only celebrate the idea of independent television, they kind of invented it. When the festival began the very notion of television production created outside the studio system was likely seen as an indulgence and a novelty, but like any sort of inspired innovation it preceded a movement that's very much underway now. The Festival and its contributors, now find themselves at the forefront of a growing business that involves streaming, online, and a host of professional and creative opportunities. For me personally it's both thrilling to see the creative efforts from these talented participants, but also to not have to read their Modern Family specs.”
Also on October 21, NYTVF Connect will kick off with an Executive Keynote Conversation with Evan Shapiro, President of Pivot, Participant Media's new network aimed at the Millennial generation. NYTVF Connect encompasses the exclusive Artist and Industry events held throughout the week of the Festival and provides Official Artists with the opportunity to meet, pitch, network, and collaborate with the top decision makers in attendance.
Writers and producers of New York's late night staples The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will sit down for a humorous inside-look at the ‘politics of funny’ during the NYTVF's annual Late Night Writers panel on Wednesday, October 23.
The third installment of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Forum, which also will take place on October 23, features debut readings of three original sitcoms – penned by some of the UK’s most promising emerging comedy writers – and includes industry insight and feedback from sitcom impresario, Greg Daniels (showrunner of the American version of The Office and creator of Parks and Recreation), who will be on-hand as the chair of the event. [Full Release]
U.S. Premiere Screening and Talk-Back to Feature Series Stars and Creators
[NEW YORK, NY, Octobrt 14, 2013] – The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced that the U.S. premiere of Hulu's upcoming comedy thriller, The Wrong Mans will be the signature red carpet event during closing night of the 9th annual New York Television Festival. Taking place on October 26 at Tribeca Cinemas, a debut screening of the series' first two episodes will be followed by a talk-back featuring creators, writers, and stars.
The Wrong Mans, launching on Hulu on November 11, is co-written by and co-starring Tony Award-winner James Corden (Doctor Who, Gavin & Stacey, Gulliver's Travels) and Mathew Baynton (Peep Show, Spy, Gavin & Stacey), with director and producer Jim Field Smith (Episodes, Butter, She's Out of My League). [Full Release]
NYTVF ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL SELECTIONS FOR THE 9TH ANNUAL NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL INDEPENDENT PILOT COMPETITION
Forty-seven indie pilots from around the world fill out slate, including talent from 30 Rock, Breaking Bad, Childrens Hospital, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Heroes, Mistresses, Saturday Night Live, Scandal, Shameless, Veep and more
As Official Artists, pilot creators will enjoy exclusive access and
pitch opportunities with NYTVF's Industry Partners at October Festival
[NEW YORK, NY, August 20, 2013] – The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com), an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and connecting it with networks, studios, digital media companies and brands, today announced the official selections for this year’s Independent Pilot Competition (IPC). The 47 original television pilots will be presented for industry execs and TV fans at the 9th Annual New York Television Festival – the independent television showcase held at Tribeca Cinemas, with additional Festival events at the Tribeca 360 and SVA Theatre from October 21-26, 2013.
“In 2013, there is unprecedented demand for original programming across the television and digital landscapes, with more buyers, viewers and distribution options than ever before,” said NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. “I'm thrilled to share this slate of bold new voices with the audience of TV lovers, producers and industry decision-makers that will join us for the 9th Annual New York Television Festival, as I believe that the artists that are showcasing their work with us are developing viable, original and truly entertaining concepts that warrant serious consideration in the marketplace.”
Winners will be chosen in a variety of categories by a jury comprised of the NYTVF screening committee and the NYTVF-HRTS Next Generation Committee. Additionally, as Official Artists, the creators of these pilots qualify for a chance to receive a development deal from one of the NYTVF’s Festival Development Partners – networks which have guaranteed they will offer at least one deal to independent artists this year.
All development awards are chosen by the network independent of the jury, and will be presented at the NYTVF Awards Show on Saturday, October 26. The previously-announced 2013 Festival Development Partners are BET, Channel 4 (UK), CW Digital, IFC, MTV, truTV and VH1. [Full Release]
Development Initiative Puts Focus on Casting; Seeks Talent Tapes Featuring Funny, Real and Unexpected Characters
Five Finalist projects will Receive Development Funding from the Network with One Winner Earning $10,000 and the Opportunity to Participate in Pilot Production
[NEW YORK, NY, July 29, 2013] – Lifetime and the NYTVF today announced the second annual Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline providing indie producers and production companies with the opportunity to develop unscripted programming with the cable powerhouse. In its second year, the initiative shifts focus to casting, seeking tapes that highlight larger-than-life individuals that could be the network's next big star.
Similar to the inaugural Lifetime initiative hosted in 2012, 25 semi-finalists in the Unscripted Development Pipeline will have their submissions reviewed by Lifetime executives, as well as invited to participate in the 2013 New York Television Festival as Official Artists. Five finalists will then receive development funding from the network to produce additional tape, with one winner awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the production of a pilot presentation based on their concept. Participants are encouraged to uncover broadly appealing and unforgettable characters – both male and female – that live in outrageous yet relatable worlds and can sustain a series. [Full Release]
Line-up for free event includes digital-focused panel series featuring speakers from Blinkbox, Broadcast, ChannelFlip, FutureMedia, Microsoft, Nesta, We R Interactive, and more
Screening and artist talkback with award-winning NYTVF alumni and
network guests will round out schedule
[NEW YORK, NY, May 23, 2013] – The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced continued international expansion efforts with a scheduled return to the U.K. for the second iteration of NYTVF London. The free event will take place on June 14, 2013, and will feature a panel series outlining emerging opportunities for independent producers and production companies across the digital landscape in the U.S. and U.K., as well as a cocktail party hosted by MSN, the event's signature sponsor. The festivities will conclude with a screening and artist roundtable with award-winning festival alumni and network sponsors including one of the organization's Development Partners, Channel 4. In addition to MSN and Channel 4, the day is supported by C21 FutureMedia, and BAFTA. [Full Release]
NYTVF “SHORT-FORM STORYTELLERS CHALLENGE” BRINGS INDEPENDENT CREATIVE COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SERIES PICKED UP BY MAJOR ONLINE NETWORK
Indie creators from around the world challenged to develop series conceived specifically for short-form viewing, to be distributed via MSN-supported platforms; winner of $75,000 production budget to be announced following live pitch event at 2013 New York Television Festival in October
[New York, NY, May 20, 2013] The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced the launch of the “Short-Form Storytellers Challenge,” providing indie producers and production companies with the opportunity to compete for a guaranteed production budget of $75,000 to create an original short-form series for MSN. This is the first NYTVF development initiative seeking digital content that is accepting submissions from outside the U.S.
For the first time, the NYTVF is specifically soliciting micro-episodic content that challenges creators to structure their storytelling in two minutes or less. Additionally, this is the largest MSN-sponsored NYTVF competition. More details of this Challenge will be discussed during an Internet Week panel hosted by MSN and the NYTVF at 5:30 p.m. ET today at 92YTribeca in NYC. [Full Release]
Fox Broadcasting Company and NYTVF Partnership Brings Aspiring TV Writers Opportunity to Win $25,000 and a Network Development Deal
[New York, NY, April 10, 2013]– Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and the NYTVF today announced the sixth annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest. The contest once again invites aspiring television writers to enter their scripts for original half-hour comedy TV pilots for the opportunity to win $25,000 and a development deal with FOX. Scripts must present an original idea for a potential half-hour comedy series. The opening date for script submissions is Monday, May 20, 2013, and the winner will be announced at the 9th Annual New York Television Festival, being held October 21-26, 2013, in lower Manhattan.
“FOX was the first network to offer a guaranteed development opportunity to independent artists through the NYTVF, and we are thrilled to continue this partnership with them for the sixth consecutive year,” said NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. “From established to unknown, we are in the midst of a golden age of comedy, and each year, we look to shine a light on members of the indie community who have unique comedic voices ideal for television. This wouldn’t be possible without partners like FOX actively seeking out tomorrow’s storytellers.” [Full Release]
Third annual “A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline” empowers indie creators to
uncover unique concepts for further network development
BIO Channel to again hear live pitches at the 2013 New York Television Festival
[New York, NY, March 27, 2013]– The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) and A+E Networks has
announced that A&E Network and BIO Channel are returning as NYTVF development partners
in 2013. This includes the third installment of the A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline, a
sponsored initiative through which the network is seeking original, unscripted television concepts
from independent artists and production companies.
For the third iteration of this unique partnership, A&E and the NYTVF are encouraging producers to think outside the box, seeking concepts and characters that inject new life and freshness into the non-scripted television landscape. The goal is to galvanize the NYTVF's creative base – totaling over 12,000 writer/producers – to bring their unique creative sensibilities to non-scripted storytelling. [Full Release]
BET Networks, Channel 4, IFC, MTV, truTV and VH1 to be Festival Development Partners; Sundance Channel returns as NYTVF Pitch Partner
Each will guarantee to offer a development deal during the 9th Annual New York Television Festival, Now Officially Set for October 21-26, 2013
[New York, NY, February 26, 2013] The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com), an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and fostering connections with networks, studios and brands, today announced the addition of seven 2013 development partners. BET Networks is coming aboard as a new development partner, with Channel 4, IFC, MTV, Sundance Channel, truTV and VH1 all returning from last year. These seven join previously-announced 2013 development partners Comedy Central, CW Digital, HISTORY and NBC, and all 11 have committed to award a development deal to independent artists this year.
Additionally, the NYTVF has announced that the 9th Annual New York Television Festival will take place October 21-26, 2013, in downtown Manhattan. [Full Release]