For the first time in 2015, the NYTVF partnered with Lifetime in search of talented television writers with bold new scripted concepts for further development opportunities with the premier female-focused entertainment destination and home to one of the summer's breakout hits, UnREAL. The NYTVF-Lifetime Writers Project solicited new hour-long, brand-defining series concepts from emerging TV scribes.
Lifetime has selected five writing fellows from the 14 finalists, each of whom will receive a grant ($1000 per artist) to attend the Festival and meet with Lifetime executives during the event.
2015 Lifetime Writing Fellows:
- Nanny State, written by Laura Brienza
- Barely Legal, written by Grace Edwards
- Long Lost, written by Deanna Shumaker
- Parish, written by Ashley Sims
- Trust Issues, written by John Sparano
The following writers have also been named Official Artists of the 2015 New York Television Festival, where they will have the opportunity to participate in a series of exclusive artist/industry programs as part of NYTVF Connect. Additionally, each of their projects is being considered by Lifetime and the network will select five to be named writing fellows, each of whom will receive a grant ($1000 per artist) to attend the 2015 Festival and meet with Lifetime executives during the event.
A big thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the semi-finalists:
- Laura Brienza, Nanny State
- Grace Edwards, Barely Legal
- Debbie Ezer, The Dispossessed
- BD Flory, Home Wreckers
- Joseph Gerbino, Tea & Sympathy
- Rebecca Gleason, Guidance
- Liz Kerin, Risen
- Connie O'Donahue, Thunder & Ryan
- Deanna Shumaker, Long Lost
- Ashley Sims, Parish
- John Sparano, Trust Issues
- Callie Tresser, Readapt
- Julia Wolfe, Gadjo
- Thom Woodley, Beltway
For the first time, NYTVF is partnering with Lifetime in search of talented television writers with bold new scripted concepts for further development opportunities with the premier female-focused entertainment destination and home to one of the summer's breakout hits, UnREAL.
The NYTVF-Lifetime Writers Project is soliciting new hour-long, brand-defining series concepts from emerging TV scribes. To submit, writers must enter an original series overview (up to four pages) along with an excerpt from the series' pilot script (up to fifteen pages) and a current C.V.
Online submission for the Lifetime Writers Project will be open from Monday, July 27 to Friday, August 7, 2015 on this page.
A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to a selection of semi-finalists for review by Lifetime, and all semi-finalists will be invited to participate in the 2015 New York Television Festival as Official Artists. The network will select five (5) writing fellows, each of whom will receive a grant ($1000 per artist) to attend the 2015 Festival and meet with Lifetime executives during the event.
This competition is FREE to enter.
Questions? Ask the NYTVF.
Use the links below to explore the various aspects of submitting to the Lifetime Writers Project.
As partner of the 2015 New York Television Festival, Lifetime, the premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming, seeks brand-defining one-hour scripted series that are emblematic of the network's premium and popular content, including the critically-acclaimed programs UnREAL and Devious Maids. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
For more information on our company and programming visit Mylifetime.com.
- Semi-finalists will receive designation as 2015 NYTVF Official Artists and an exclusive invitation to participate in the 11th annual New York Television Festival, held in NYC in October, 2015.
- 5 Finalists will receive a $1000 travel grant from the network to meet with Lifetime scripted executives during the 2015 New York Television Festival.
- Monday, July 27, 2015 (noon)…………….Online Submission Period Begins
- Friday, August 7, 2015 (noon)…………….Online Submission Period Ends
- Tuesday, September 7, 2015 (on or about)…………….Semi-Finalists Announced
- Monday, September 24, 2015…………….Finalists Announced
- Monday, October 19 - Saturday, October 24…………….2015 New York Television Festival
- Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
- Limit: one entry per person. Each entry must include only one (1) script.
- A maximum (team) of two (2) co-writers are permitted; co-writers may only be associated with a maximum of one entry.
- Entries 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
- 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
- All files must be uploaded as PDF documents
- Submissions must be uploaded on this page by NOON Eastern on August 7, 2015.
- Series Overview (Up to Four Pages)
- Pilot Episode Script Excerpt (Up to Fifteen Pages)
- Writer C.V.
- There is no fee to enter