Development Deals FAQ

What is a Festival Development Award?


A Festival Development Award is a guaranteed option deal offered by a Festival Development Partner.


NYTVF Festival Development Partners provide a creative brief outlining the development objectives for projects, including pertinent goals, audience information and additional points for consideration by submitting creators. Producers and content creators are eligible for the Festival Development Awards by having their pilot named an Official Selection of the New York Television Festival’s (NYTVF) Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) or as a semi-finalist or finalist in all other Festival initiatives, including sponsored initiatives.


Past Development Deals and Awards

    Seeso Development Deal


    Bento Box Entertainment is an Emmy® award-winning studio that develops and produces quality animated content for all distribution platforms worldwide. With studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Toronto, the company is recognized as the leading producer of primetime animated comedy for broadcast, cable and digital networks. Bento Box Entertainment is currently in production on: the Emmy® award-winning series Bob’s Burgers on FOX; Legends of Chamberlain Heights on Comedy Central; Bordertown on FOX; the puppet series Glove & Boots on YouTube; and multiple other pilots and presentations for the leading studios, networks and distribution platforms.

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    IFC Development Deal


    Comedy Central is looking for fun, fresh points of view that fit into the network's brand of comedy. The following scripted-comedy formats would apply: sketch, narrative/single-camera sitcom, animated, and "late night" comedy (game shows, panel shows, etc.).

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    Comedy Central Development Deal


    One X Studios is an award-winning, results driven branded content studio that provides brands with premium cross-platform content and native advertising opportunities across Radio One’s robust platform; reaching 82% of the Black population. It lives at the intersection of content, media and culture; and echoes the pioneering vision of Radio One, which has led the way in developing captivating content and distributing media to Black audiences for 35 years. As storytellers, One X takes an artistic yet purposeful ‘what’s next’ approach to creativity. Through exploration, discovery and imagination, we inspire by illuminating the many sides of culture that are oftentimes overlooked, and ignite brands using content audiences crave.

    Visit One X Studios at



    Launched in January 2010, Red Arrow Entertainment Group is comprised of 19 production companies across 7 countries, alongside global distributor Red Arrow International. The Group’s significant production output includes scripted, non-scripted and factual television programs; feature films; and digital content for an array of global networks and platforms.

    In addition, the Group has creative partnerships and joint ventures with Studio71, STV Productions, The Imaginarium Studios and Sync Media. Red Arrow Entertainment Group is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of Europe's leading media groups.

    Visit Red Arrow Entertainment Group at



    With compelling, can’t miss unscripted shows and dramatic scripted series, WE tv’s programming is fueled by personalities and relationships filled with purpose and passion. WE tv welcomes everyone and creates an inclusive experience across all platforms: on TV, online, on demand, and social media, embracing how today’s digitally savvy, socially engaged audiences connect through content, using it as a catalyst to drive conversation and build community. WE tv is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and its sister channels include AMC, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV. WE tv is available to over 86 million U.S. homes. WE tv: All In.

    Visit WE tv at



    truTV partnered with the NYTVF to find the next generation of great comedic voices and exciting new comedy-based formats through the truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative. Additionally, representatives from truTV looked at all Official Selections in the New York Television Festival.

    Find out more about the truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative here: https:///

    truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. The network delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more.

    Visit truTV at

See the 2016 Festival Development Awards here.



In addition Festival Development Partners, all Official Selections are shared with all NYTVF industry partners in the weeks prior to the Festival, including NYTVF Pitch Partners. No matter what you're producing – scripted, non-scripted, comedy, drama, animation or children's programming – there is a home for you and your work at the NYTVF.

Previous NYTVF Pitch Partners

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NYTVF Pitch is a closed initiative hosted on-site at the New York Television Festival that is open ONLY to Official Festival Artists. Each Pitch Partner offers a guaranteed deal for an outstanding pitch, but you can ONLY participate if you are named an Official Selection.


For more information about NYTVF Pitch, click here.

For additional information about the NYTVF Artist Experience, click here.






The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.

"Upon winning at the festival, we were able to secure representation and have our pilot shopped at HBO, NBC and Lionsgate television. Eventually it would be sold to Viacom. This created a number of new relationships that continue today."

Stephen Anderson, Executive Producer – Studio 6 Productions

"Winning the MSN Short-Form Storytellers challenge has allowed me to not only fully fund my web series, but jump start my web producing career while working with one of the best digital brands in the industry."

Guy Georgeson, MSN Short Form Storytellers Winner