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December 14, 2011
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Happy Holidays from all of us at the New York Television Festival! 2011 has been quite a year for the NYTVF - from the fourth annual Fox Comedy Script Contest to the launch of the NYTVF Pitch Program, the first A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline, a record fifteen deals announced at the Festival Awards Show, and, finally, the launch of NYTVF London. We couldn't have done it without the tremendous contributions of the artists, partners and friends who shared their work, support, insight and love of all things TV, with us.

As we look forward to 2012, we hope that each of you will continue to view the NYTVF as an artistic destination with continued opportunities to create, showcase, connect and advance your careers in television. There will be a number of exciting opportunities announced early next year; in the meantime, don't forget about the upcoming initiative deadlines, which are outlined below.

Until then, we wish you the best of Holidays and success in your writing, shooting, editing, acting, and all your creative endeavors!

- The NYTVF Team

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Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition

  • Final Submission Deadline: January 27, 2012
  • Award: $7,500
  • Genre: Scripted Comedy
  • full details here

U.K. Development Dealswb and ftvs
    Nonscripted Development Deal with Warner Bros International Television Production
  • Early Submission Deadline: January 27, 2012
  • Final Submission Deadline: March 9, 2012
  • Award: $5,000
  • Genre: Nonscripted Formats

  • Scripted Development Deal with Fox Television Studios and Apostle
  • Early Submission Deadline: February 24, 2012
  • Final Submission Deadline: April 6, 2012
  • Award: $5,000
  • Genre: Scripted dramas and comedies

  • Find out more about the UK deals and how to submit here.


NYTVF Alums, The Tenderloins, headed to truTV

impractical jokers Impractical Jokers, starring New York-based comedy troupe ‘The Tenderloins,’ premieres tomorrow, December 15, on truTV. The hilarious show stars Brian ‘Q’ Quinn, James Murray, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano, and follows the four friends as they dare each other to do stunts and feats of bravery while being recorded by hidden cameras. We spoke to Impractical Jokers star James Murray, who holds the distinction as being the first producer to get a deal from the NYTVF (he sold and piloted his first Festival entry, Criss Cross, with A&E in 2005), about shepherding the project to TV, capitalizing on Festival success and navigating the network development process.

murray NYTVF: James, you have been involved in television for a number of years, and you certainly have a long and storied history with the New York Television Festival. From your experience in television to your time with the Festival, what prepared you for making this show for truTV?

James Murray: The NYTVF was my first big break into TV, and set me on this path. It gave me the confidence and connections I needed, and I learned an important lesson from the fest - work hard and don't stop, no matter what. Impractical Jokers is the Tenderloins' third swing at television, and our first show to actually go to series. The fest also set me on the path to land my job at NorthSouth Productions, where I'm the VP of Development. Working in development has been invaluable, because it taught me how to structure and pitch shows, to get used to rejection, and to appreciate the successes all the more when they come.

You have worked in both scripted and nonscripted shows with your troupe. The TV pilot The Tenderloins, which premiered at the 2009 NYTVF, was very much a scripted comedy show - what made you decide to pursue making a nonscripted show? What can you tell us about the network development process?

JM: For us, the goal was to just do a comedy show that we enjoyed doing, and played to our strengths. My A&E pilot was nonscripted, our Spike TV pilot was scripted, and our NYTVF pilot was scripted. I think we came to the realization that what makes our dynamic unique is that we have been best friends since high school, and have been doing improv all our lives. So, creating a non-scripted show felt like the right move at this point. I think they key was finding the right format to show off what we do, and the right network to believe in us. Thankfully, we've found both!

One of our favorite aspects of Impractical Jokers is that you're all actually friends in real life – what inspired you four to create together in the first place, and how did you decide to make this specific show?

JM: I've known these guys for over 20 years, and they're my best friends. I met Q at Freshman Orientation in High School, Sal in the cafeteria eating a chickwich, and Joe in religion class as he tried to secretly drop his nose on the teacher as she walked up the aisle. The 4 of us did improv and sketch comedy together in High School, then created the Tenderloins after college. We've spent most of our adult lives trying to make each other laugh in public, so that's what inspired the TV show. Only difference now is there are cameras on us!

We know from the previews that this show puts you guys in, shall we say, awkward positions...can you give us any inside scoop on the most outrageous situations?

JM: Gosh, there are so many. It's been a hugely embarrassing year, all for the good of the show! We've rubbed lotion on strangers' bodies on the Jersey Shore, worked as customer service reps at Six Flags, given fake psychic readings to mall patrons, "bounced" at a Long Island nightclub, cut people in line at TKTS, sucked toes on the boardwalk, dropped our noses on people at Costco, and more. Whatever we dare each other to say or do, we've gotta do it. And half the time we fail!

The show is set to run for 16 episodes. Are you already planning season 2?

JM: Shooting the first season has been an incredible ride and truTV has been so supportive of the show. We'd love nothing more than to do a second season. Stay tuned!

Do you have any advice for aspiring tv creators?

JM: Work hard, be patient, and remember that every failure gets you one step closer to success. And submit a pilot to the NYTVF!

Find out more about Impractical Jokers at and tune in tomorrow at 10 pm EST!

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Channel 101: NY - 2011 Channy Awards Tonight!

Channel 101: NY’s Channy Awards are tonight (8:00 pm EST, doors open at 7:30) at 92Y Tribeca! 101

NYTVF Alums Shannon Coffey and Rob Michael Hugel are hosting the event, and there will be plenty of nominees/NYTVF Alums to cheer on, including Matt Koff, Chris Prine, Dan McNamara, and more!

Check out all the awards, nominees, and find out how to attend here

Remember, formal attire is encouraged but not required!

IAWTV Awards Nominee Announcement – LIVE Today at 1 pm EST/10 am PST

Tune in today, December 14, for the announcement of the IAWTV Award Nominees from the “What's Trending” studios with Shira Lazar and Ethan Newberry. You can view the stream LIVE as the nominees in all categories are announced at:


The Inaugural IAWTV Awards, celebrating the achievements of webseries and online video creators across the world, will be held at the Venetian Hotel Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada during the International CES on January 12, 2012.



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