2015 Independent Pilot Competition Awards


“Best of the Fest” (tie):

The Katering Show
Created by: Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

“Best of the Fest” (tie):

The Parker Tribe
Created by: Jane Baker (Brattleboro, VT)

NYTVF Critics Award:

The Parker Tribe
Created by: Jane Baker (Brattleboro, VT)

Best Comedy Pilot:

New Partner
Created by: Quinn Beswick and Josh Margolin (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Drama or Dramedy Pilot:

Created by: Jonathan Williams, Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith, and Laura Perlmutter (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Best Short-Form Digital Series:

The Katering Show
Created by: Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Best Unscripted Pilot:

Funny Cause It's True
Created by: Victor Varnado (New York, NY)

Best Actress (Comedy): Becky Yamamoto and Meghan O’Neill

2 Chans

Best Actor (Comedy): Marshall Stratton and James Coker

The Other Kennedys

Best Actress (Drama or Dramedy): Tiffany Rachelle Stewart

Black Rose

Best Actor (Drama or Dramedy): David Koechner

The Parker Tribe

Best Directing: Andrew W. Chan

The Midnight Anthology

Best Editor: Tulica Singh

Croissant Man

Best Writing: Bob Borrmann and Luca Stein

Dead John



Descriptions and trailers for all IPC selections can be found below.



2015 Official Selections


The New York Television Festival is proud to announce the following 50 Official Selections to the 2015 Independent Pilot Competition.



The pilots selected for this year’s IPC represent talented writers, producers and actors from across the U.S. – including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Tacoma, and Louisville, as well as international selections from the UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. The metropolitan area claiming the most Official Selections is Los Angeles with 20, followed by New York (15) and Chicago (4).


Festival organizers noted several communities and themes with strong showings in this year's selections, including a number of projects stemming from New York comedy stalwarts Upright Citizen's Brigade and the People's Improv Theater (P.I.T.), as well as the Chicago outposts of Second City and iO. Additionally, the New York theater community had a strong showing this year, with five selections featuring well-known performers and producers from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and the downtown cabaret set. On the thematic end, the Festival will feature 10 pilots in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, and three that center on LGBT themes. As in previous years, the category with the most entries is comedy, with over thirty projects (both short-form and long-form) competing for Best Comedy.


The Official Selections also feature a number of names, faces, and voices recognizable to TV fans, including Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, About a Boy), Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live), David Koechner (Saturday Night Live, Anchorman), Kelli O’Hara (Broadway’s The King and I, South Pacific), Jillian Armenante (Judging Amy), Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live), Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), Andy Dick (NewsRadio), Hannibal Buress (Why? With Hannibal Buress, Broad City), Mike Doyle (Law & Order; SVU), Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect), Matt Letscher (The Carrie Diaries, Eli Stone), Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham), Collette Wolfe (Interstellar, Cougar Town), Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files), Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted, Modern Family), Bridget Everett (Rock Bottom, Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder), Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights), Brian Letscher (Scandal), Paula Pell (30 Rock), Paula Poundstone (Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Michaela Watkins (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Trophy Wife), Arielle Kebbel (90210, UnREAL), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Josh Meyers (MADtv), Clancy Brown (Sleepy Hollow, Carnivàle), Rebecca Field (The Client List), La Toya London (American Idol), Todd Grinnell (Desperate Housewives), Charles Michael Davis (The Originals), Michael Weston (House), Lauren Weedman (Looking), and Ryan Farrell (Inside Amy Schumer).


Individual pilots, including trailers where available, are below.


Comedy Pilots

2 Chans (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Meghan O'Neill and Becky Yamamoto - New York, NY

2 sisters, 1 webseries, 0 clues.

Ana Mead (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Justin Gordon-Cooper - Los Angeles, CA

A comedy about a girl who was created in a video game... and uploaded into the real world as a social experiment.

Blackouts (Sketch Comedy)
Created by Di Billick, Daniel Ennion, Joey Gilmore, Michael Grush, Toby McMullen, and Eric Richter - Chicago, IL

A series of lightning-fast sketches, ranging from silly to absurd, offers surprises at every turn.

Couch House (Comedy)
Created by Lyra Smith, Marcia Belsky, and Christy Coffey - New York, NY

Three girls have incredible adventures in the most exciting city in the world... mostly on their couch.

Croissant Man (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Tulica Singh - Los Angeles, CA

A depressed croissant searches for the meaning of life in the superficial world of bourgeois pastries.

Danny's Choice (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Doug Keeling and Alyssa Keeling - Louisville, KY

Danny, is trying to survive the 5th grade one difficult choice at a time as his friends (Jimmy, Billy, and Zach) constantly peer pressure him to abandon his morals.

Dead John (Whodunit Comedy)
Created by Bob Borrmann and Luca Stein - Brooklyn, NY

Bob and Luca are in the middle of the most elaborate murder mystery ever told... and they couldn't care less.

Dream Writers (Workplace Comedy)
Created by Nathan Bach, Dalton Lilley, Shea Castle, and Ben Owen - Atlanta, GA

Three twenty-somethings, who write dreams for a secret organization, battle conflicting personalities and office politics as they struggle to keep their jobs.

Ex-Girlfiend (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Laura Grey and Lauren Ludwig - Los Angeles, CA

Gregor's life is thrown into chaos when his ex-girlfriend Anna shows up in his apartment as a ghost.

Focus Group (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Kevin Haulihan - Brooklyn, NY

Brian moderates focus groups. These focus groups shape the future of American industry, but they probably shouldn't.

Goodnight Jeffrey (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Tyler Smith - Chicago, IL

Jeffrey is a worrier, especially at night. Unable to fall asleep, he replays his day through the lens of his neurotic memory and imagination.

Help Yourself (Workplace Comedy)
Created by John Launchi, Mike Ryan, and Justin Ryan - New York, NY

To prepare for re-entry into society, the derelict members of a work-release program perform various community service jobs despite lacking work ethic, people skills, and the desire to service anybody but themselves.

The HOA (Comedy)
Created by Zora Bikangaga - Los Angeles, CA

A comedy that centers around a dysfunctional homeowners association and its larger than life characters.

Improvising (Comedy)
Created by Micah Sherman - New York, NY

Four improvisers teach improv in New York City as events in their lives mirror what happens in class and vice versa.

The Incredible Life of Darrell (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Darrell Lake - Los Angeles, CA

The spectacularly mundane adventures of an incredibly average Joe in small town Wakooki, Arizona.

It's Megan (Sketch Comedy)
Created by Sarah Shook, Whit Conway, Blair Beeken, Chelsea Devantez, Asher Perlman, Niccole Thurman, Emily Walker, and Adam Peacock - Chicago, IL

A feminist sketch group in bros' clothing--provocative, irreverent, female-driven sketch about a male-driven world.

Jealous Dad (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Matt Evans - New York, NY

When his 7-year-old son unwittingly books a national commercial, actor Mark Shea's jealousy gets the better of him, causing him to resort to desperate measures.

The Katering Show (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The journey of a food intolerant and an intolerable foodie.

Kittens in a Cage (Comedy)
Created by Jillian Armenante - Los Angeles, CA

A ukulele-playing bad girl gets sent up river and turns to the warm embrace of her pyromaniac cellmate.

Mamarazzi (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Loren Tarquinio - Los Angeles, CA

Two broke, single moms decide to become paparazzi as a last ditch effort to try to support themselves.

Monica (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Doron Max Hagay and Lily Marotta - New York, NY

A darkly comedic web series that imagines Monica Lewinsky's life in 2001 as she struggles to keep global notoriety from getting in the way of creating a life for herself.

Moving On (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Marcia Fields and Mike Spear - New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA

Get to know the moving company you call when you want someone moved out of your office, out of your home, or just plain out of your life. At Moving On, it's their business to get personal.

New Partner (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Josh Margolin and Quinn Beswick - Los Angeles, CA

Welcome to the the cursed existence of Ron Robinson, a cop who can't stop getting his partners killed.

One and Done (Comedy)
Created by Matt Letscher & Nipper Knapp - Los Angeles, CA

A new web comedy about four middle-aged friends who try to escape their responsibilities and failures, marriages and divorces, and children and lack thereof... through basketball.

The Other Kennedys (Short-form Comedy)
Created by James Coker and Marshall Stratton - New York, NY

Marshall and James are cousins and very distant relatives of the Kennedys... so distant they've never been considered part of the family.

Saving a Legend (Comedy)
Created by James Chupka and Murf Meyer - Brooklyn, NY

After they are paired up in the same freshman dorm room, an over-the-hill porn star and an eighteen-year-old Evangelical Christian are stuck navigating campus life together at a small Pennsylvania university.

School Nurse (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Tom Beach, Laura Boersma, and John Stewart Muller - Los Angeles, CA

A family-friendly sitcom following Nurse Patty Patterson and the hilarious faculty and students of Millard Fillmore Elementary School.

Securocam 3000 (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Andy Zou and Jay Owen Eisenberg - New York, NY

In an absurd vision of the year 2222, Xander and Ace are two state employees of their totalitarian, Big Brother government tasked with the mundane job of monitoring the world's security cameras.

Settled (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Blair Beeken and Asher Perlman - Chicago, IL

A married couple of suburban doofuses experience life's parade of mundane frustrations, most of which are self-inflicted.

Sox News (Comedy)
Created by Tyrus Emory, Sam Jay Gold, Christina Hurtado-Pierson, Chris Ford, and Austin Sanders - New York, NY

Watch the ragtag team behind the unwatched evening news show "Touching America" as they race to the bottom on their way back to the top of the ratings.

Special Delivery (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Greg Ash and Sasha Feldman - Los Angeles, CA

An L.A. pizza delivery boy has a fool-proof plan to win the heart of his favourite customer. What could possibly go wrong?

Steve's Jobs (Comedy)
Created by Ben Rosen - Los Angeles, CA

Post-grad slacker Steve starts an odd jobs business, but one of his first clients needs help arranging a marriage proposal to Steve's high school girlfriend.

Suburbia M.D. (Short-form Comedy)
Created by Gabriel Oliva - Los Angeles, CA

Fresh out of med school, Dr. Nick Thurmond starts his first professional job in a suburban San Diego medical clinic where it's employees need a cure more than its patients.

Ur In Analysis (Comedy)
Created by Mickey Gooch, Jr. - Los Angeles, CA

The recovering addict son of a high powered politician moves into a sober living home inhabited by a motley group of other recovering addicts and a bankrupt owner.


Drama Pilots

The Accidental Wolf (Dramatic Thriller)
Created by Arian Moayed - New York, NY

One woman's destructive obsession to uncover the truth behind an unexplained extermination of a remote African village.

Anamnesis (Dramatic Thriller)
Created by Alex Calleros and Michael Tucker - Los Angeles, CA

A group of strangers realize they're able to share each other's dreams. To understand why, they'll have to find each other in the real world.

Beyond (Dramedy)
Created by Hunter Phillips and Matthew Siemers - Provo, UT

A strange root appears in a small midwestern town and causes those who drink its sap to lose their grip on reality.

Black Rose (Urban Drama)
Created by Harry Davis - New York, NY

Amidst a years-long search for her orphaned niece, an anthropology professor centers her research in a crime-ridden section of Brooklyn. When she discovers a wave of teen abductions in the area, her mission becomes a quest for truth.

Camp Abercorn (Dramedy)
Created by Jeffrey Simon - Los Angeles, CA

After their director is fired for being gay, the colorful staff of Camp Abercorn - a traditional boys camp - struggle to keep the spirit of camp alive under their militant new leader.

Dr. Illegal (Drama)
Created by Jan Galli and Martin Rohé - Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

An asylum-seeking, Iranian doctor illegally treats his neighbors in the hostel where he now lives.

Harlem Knights (Sports Dramedy)
Created by Ben Pitts, Kevin Morris, and Otoja Abit - New York, NY

Five former, star basketball players reunite in an attempt to salvage their tarnished glory and rebuild their lives on and off the court.

Jersey Chasers (Investigative Drama)
Created by Skylar Harrison - Los Angeles, CA

When aspiring sports journalist Harper Payne discovers a dark secret about her college football team's star quarterback, she's faced with a decision that could make or break her career.

The Midnight Anthology (Dramatic Thriller)
Created by Andrew W. Chan and Sherman Alan Kew, Jr. - Los Angeles, CA

In the near future, where time-travel is possible and the technology is heavily regulated, death-row inmates send letters to their former selves to warn them of their destructive path.

The Parker Tribe (Family Drama)
Created by Jane Baker - Brattleboro, VT

Living life in suburban Philadelphia in the late 1970s is both hilarious and painful for Mary “Jo” Parker, a 13-year-old tomboy in a large, Irish Catholic family.

Phoenix Run (Dramatic Thriller)
Created by TJ Walker - Tacoma, WA

A dark and gritty web series that takes place in a world where superheroes and zombies exist.

The Real American (Dramedy)
Created by Darya Zhuk and Guy Cimbalo - New York, NY

Fresh off-the-boat, Soviet exchange student Alya boldly confronts cultural differences as she celebrates her 17th birthday in 1994.

Riftworld (Drama)
Created by Jonathan Williams, Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith, and Laura Perlmutter - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A struggling journalist teams up with a dimension-traveling wizard to help him find his way home.


Unscripted Pilots

Funny Cause It's True (Unscripted Comedy Format)
Created by Victor Varnado - New York, NY

A series that takes the ideas great comedians have in their acts and does a kind of "Myth-busters" on them.

Monster Hunters (Hidden-Camera Comedy Format)
Created by Jonathan Dakin and Brigitta Szaszfai - Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England

A unique hybrid format that mixes hidden-camera pranks with scripted comedy/drama, putting real members of the public into the world of a horror movie.

More Money Than Sense (Panel Game Show)
Created by Kevin Muyolo and Reabetswe Moeti - Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England

The comedy quiz show covering everything you DIDN'T know about money!


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.