truTV partnered with the NYTVF to find the next generation of distinct comedic voices to create unscripted and scripted comedy-based formats. Through the truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative, an outstanding content creator was chosen to develop a project in partnership with truTV.
2017 truTV Comedy Breakout Winner:
Congratulations to the winner of the truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative: Nick Armstrong for Series Finale: The Series
2017 truTV Comedy Breakout Finalists:
2 Girls 1 Show / Created by Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula
24 Hour Music Video Party / Created by Tessa Greenberg
Before the After Party / Created by Kelley Harrison
Drunk Science / Created by Jordan Mendoza, Joanna Rothkopf, and Shannon Odell
The Funny Papers / Created by Tyler Richardson
Ganja Game Show / Created by Ryan Howard and Mike Glazer
Half-Assed Heroes / Created by Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch
Haterade / Created by Sara June and Ella Gale
Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane / Created by Jimmy Carrane
Ladies’ Choice: A Dating Game Show / Created by Ariana Seigel and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine
Nick Does Wonder / Created by Nick Nelson
NOHANGUPS / Created by Rob Mor and Alex Weber
Old Souls / Created by Dan Perlman
Put That In Your Skits / Created by Trevor Williams
Series Finale: The Series / Created by Nick Armstrong
Singing in the Brain / Created by Greg Porper
Use the links below to explore the various aspects of submitting to the truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative.
What is truTV looking for?
Creator-Driven Comedy Formats with Distinct POVs and High Production Quality.
truTV is partnering with the NYTVF to find the next generation of distinct comedic voices to create unscripted and scripted comedy-based formats. Through the truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative, an outstanding content creator will be chosen to develop a project in partnership with truTV.
For inspiration, submitters are encouraged to check out existing truTV programming, including Impractical Jokers, Adam Ruins Everything, Billy on the Street, The Carbonaro Effect, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Hack My Life, and Fameless, as well as the original scripted comedy Those Who Can't.
- An outstanding content creator/creative team will be chosen to develop a project in partnership with truTV
- All finalists will be named Official Artists of the 2017 New York Television Festival and will be eligible to participate in NYTVF Connect
- Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
- Entrants cannot have been employed by either New York Television Festival or truTV/Turner Broadcasting System in the past six months
- Entries must be:
- Completely the original work of the entrant
- Not created or funded by broadcast networks, cable networks, digital platforms, 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
- Entries must be submitted on this website page in the form of a password protected link
Submission packet requirements as follows:
- Series Overview (up to four (4) pages)
- Creator C.V.
- Project Proof of Concept (one of the following):
- Produced comedy pilot and/or series (Up to 20 minutes) OR
- Produced “in progress” work (Minimum of four (4) minutes.)* OR
- Paper-developed format (up to eight (8) pages)**
*Your in-progress work can include materials such as a sizzle, trailer, doc series footage, example scene, etc.
**If you have a hosted format but no tape, we encourage you to provide “example” footage of your host(s) in addition to your paper-developed format.
- January 25, 2017: Submission Platform Open (12 pm EST, noon)
- February 17, 2017: Submission Deadline (12 pm EST, noon)
- March 2017: Finalists Announced
- May 2017: Winner Announced
Seen across multiple platforms in 90 million households, truTV delivers a fresh and unexpected take on comedy with such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, Adam Ruins Everything, Billy on the Street, The Carbonaro Effect, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Hack My Life, and Fameless, as well as the original scripted comedy Those Who Can't. And the fun doesn't stop there. truTV is also a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
truTV is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. Turner creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.
Click on the questions below to read the answers. If you have any further questions, please contact us directly at ASK NYTVF.
Comedy Breakout Initiative 101:
A: No. Anyone who submits to the truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative must be a legal resident of the United States and/or the District of Columbia and at least 18 years of age.
A: Due to the volume of submissions received, the NYTVF, in accordance with our Selection Committee, does not offer feedback on submissions.
A: Yes, absolutely.
A: You can definitely submit a rough cut or work in progress. Produced works can be a sizzle reel, trailer, doc series footage, example scene, etc. with a minimum length of four (4) minutes. These materials must be accessible by link, which will be included with your other submission materials.
A: There are 3 pieces to your submission materials:
- 1. Series Overview (up to four pages)
- 2. Creator C.V.
- 3. Project Proof of Concept (one of the following):
- Produced comedy pilot and/or series (Up to 20 minutes) OR
- Produced “in progress” work (e.g. sizzle, trailer, doc series footage, example scene. Minimum of four minutes.) OR
- Paper-developed format (up to 8 pages)
A: Your series overview can be as in-depth or brief as you would like. We recommend at least submitting an overview of the main characters or individuals and an outline for Season 1. However, it’s up to you to decide what information best represents your proposed series.
A: If your materials exceed the time or length limit (not including the title page or end credits), the selection committee reserves the right to make evaluations based on the content that falls within the required time/length (i.e. - you can include work that’s longer than the requirements, but no one is required to evaluate more than what falls within the time/length limit).
A: In the occasion that projects run long, the Selection Committee reserves the right to watch the first 20 minutes alone and make evaluations based on the content included therein. It may also return to the creator and ask that the program be edited to fit the time restrictions in order for it to be chosen as a finalist.
A: A C.V., or “curriculum vitae”, is an overview of a writer/creator’s past work and accomplishments, similar to a biography or resume.
Intellectual property, copyright, and broadcast standards:
A: Anyone who has ever pitched an idea in the entertainment business is mindful of having ideas stolen. The NYTVF offers unique protection for independent creators attempting to promote their work by providing an open marketplace in which to showcase their talent. At the Festival, hundreds of industry figures will see your name attached to your project, and this degree of visibility offers far more protection of your idea than you would have in conventional channels such as a pitch meeting.
A: Yes. However, the NYTVF does place a premium on work that has not yet been widely available to industry decision-makers.
A: Yes, as long as the project (or subsequent work resulting from or based on that project) has not entered into development with a network or studio. All submitters must have full legal rights to the projects they submit to the NYTVF.