Finalists Announced


The NYTVF is proud to announce the five finalist projects in the 2014 Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline. One winner will win a $10,000 prize and the opportunity to participate in the creation of a network pilot based on their concept.

  • Can't Knock the Hustle
    Created by Nathan Stoll – New York, NY

  • Doctor Diva
    Created by Ryan Basham – Los Angeles, CA

  • Kate the Wasp
    Created by Kate Hendricks – New York, NY

  • Pinky & The Fan Girls
    Created by Mark Haapala, Stewart Gold, and Peyton McDavitt – Los Angeles, CA

  • Rori's Party
    Created by Terri Lee Ryan – Chicago, IL


Semi-finalists Announced


The NYTVF is pleased to announce the following selections have been named semi-finalists in the third annual Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline and will advance to the network for consideration. Five finalists will be identified in the coming months and one winner will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the production of a pilot based on their concept. Additionally, all fifteen semi-finalists will be invited to the 10th Annual New York Television Festival.


Congratulations to the semi-finalists and sincerest thanks to all who entered!


2014 NYTVF Lifetime Unscripted Pipeline Semi-finalists

  • Beverly Hills Angels of Rescue
    Created by Deborah Von Brod – Los Angeles, CA

  • Can't Knock the Hustle
    Created by Nathan Stoll – New York, NY

  • Divorced DC
    Created by Jasmine Lyons – Washington, DC

  • Doctor Diva
    Created by Ryan Basham – Los Angeles, CA

  • Elizabeth Taylor Plus
    Created by Fritz Brekeller and Elizabeth Taylor - New York, NY

  • Faith It Until You Make It
    Created by Anshonnica Taylor – Memphis, TN

  • Kate the Wasp
    Created by Kate Hendricks – New York, NY

  • Model Exposure
    Created by Will Clarke – Detroit, MI

  • Pinky & The Fan Girls
    Created by Mark Haapala, Stewart Gold, and Peyton McDavitt – Los Angeles, CA

  • Rori's Party
    Created by Terri Lee Ryan – Chicago, IL

  • Skin Deep
    Created by KD Amond and LuLu Marcil – Baton Rouge, LA

  • Stage Moms of LA/NY
    Created by Bill Herndon – Los Angeles, CA/ Salt Lake City, UT

  • Stray Haven
    Created by Maria T. Senger – Seguin, TX

  • Tenin World - Love, Life & Lyrics
    Created by Tammy Westbrook and Tenin Baba Ndanani – Plainfield, NJ

  • Urban Doula
    Created by Coco Elysses – Chicago, IL

Submission Info


Lifetime and the NYTVF have teamed for the third annual Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline to challenge independent producers to find the next big Lifetime star. If you have an exceptional eye for talent and a passion for non-scripted TV, this is the competition for you. See below for more from Lifetime.


Fifteen semi-finalists will be reviewed by the network with five finalists receiving development funding to produce additional tape. Finally, one winner will receive $10,000 and an opportunity to work with Lifetime Programming to produce a pilot presentation of their winning submission.



Lifetime Creative Brief

Lifetime is the #1 destination for smart, interesting, diverse female unscripted shows. From Bring it! to True Tori and Born in the Wild, we make shows with unforgettable characters that are well-produced, ground-breaking, and entertaining.

What we're looking for:

  • Casting tape (between 2-4 minutes in length) that highlights unique characters and stories set in a surprising space that's new to the audience.
  • It needs to have heart, humor, and edge, and it will often have a heroine who is smart and sassy and loud.
  • It needs to be able to generate enough noise to break-through the clutter of the female space and bring people to our channel, even if they aren't habitual Lifetime viewers. The short-hand for this last ingredient is the Jezebel test – are the concept and/or characters loud/inventive/boundary-pushing enough that a smart, female-skewing site like will talk about it? Flowers in the Attic passed the Jezebel test, and so did True Tori and The Sisterhood (our project about nuns!).

What should I include on my "casting tape"?

  • Your casting reel should showcase your lead character and any supporting cast and include a clear, concise description of what they do and why people will want to come back week after week to watch them. We are looking for worlds and characters that can sustain a series, not simply a "one off." Some categories we are looking to "own" are:
    • Surprising Sororities – shows that take the traditional (now very tired) female-ensemble format and turn it on its head.
    • Exceptional Kids – This is a reality sub-genre that Lifetime basically created with Dance Moms, and we want to continue our ownership by expanding the category with new shows that explore the ups and downs (for the parents as much as the kids) of having a very precocious child.
    • Rescue Me – This is a fancy title for shows about makeovers, whether we're fixing your look, your business, or your self-image. But because this isn't 2003, we always make sure that there's a very loud, unusual point of view to your redo.
  • Technical and production savvy is helpful by not required – the most important element is capturing the "wow" factor in your subject(s) – even if it's by Skype chat.



*Good people are fine... if they are also funny and doing something entertaining.


We aren't looking for "causey" shows or daytime content.


About Lifetime Unscripted:
Lifetime is and broad entertainment channel with one of the largest slates of original programming on television. From a critically acclaimed portfolio of scripted movies and hit scripted to best in class reality series. The network, one of television's most widely distributed outlets, is currently seen in 98 million households. Leading Lifetime's unscripted slate is the channel’s fastest growing reality hit, Bring It!, along the hit docu-series Tru Tori, Little Women, Preachers' Daughters, and many more in production and development. For more information on our company and programming visit


A screening committee of NYTVF judges will narrow the pool of entrants down to fifteen semi-finalists. These semi-finalists will be presented to Lifetime development executives, who will select five finalists, each of whom will receive notes on their projects and $2,500 to shoot short presentations, exploring their subject, under the guidance of a Lifetime approved production partner. One winner, selected by Lifetime, will be awarded $10,000 and he/she will have the opportunity to participate in the possible production of a pilot.

This competition is FREE to enter.


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Use the links below to explore the various aspects of submitting to the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014…………….Submission Period Begins
  • Monday, September 22, 2014 (noon)…………….Submission Deadline
  • Friday, October 3, 2014…………….Semi-finalists Announced
  • Saturday, October 25, 2014…………….Finalists Announced

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  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Formats must be:
    • Completely the original work of the entrant
    • Not created or funded by broadcast networks, cable networks or major production studios
    • Not copied from any other source or previously broadcast or otherwise distributed or disseminated on television (except for previous broadcast on locally distributed campus or public access television or limited Internet broadcast)
    • Not in the public domain
    • Not in violation of or conflict with the trademark, copyright, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or any other rights, of any kind or nature, of any other person or entity
  • Programs must be received by NOON Eastern on September 22, 2014.

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Entry Requirements

(Download Packet Here)

  • Five (5) Pilot Screening Copies, two (2) to four (4) minutes in length
    • 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)
  • One (1) to two (2) page treatment describing the unscripted format, which must be submitted as both a hardcopy and as a PDF file type on a data DVD
  • Subject video must be submitted on playable DVDs formatted for multi-zone or Zone 1 (North America)
  • All videos must have a total running time of between 2 and 4 minutes
  • One (1) screen capture image/digital frame from the Pilot, saved as a JPG file on a data DVD
  • Signed Application Form
  • There is no fee to enter

NOTE: Treatment PDF, 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:

Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline c/o New York Television Festival
121 W 27th St., Suite 901
New York, NY 10001



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