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April 10, 2013
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6TH ANNUAL NYTVF-FOX COMEDY SCRIPT CONTEST ANNOUNCED: Submission period 5/20/13 - 6/3/13; winning writer to earn $25k and script deal with FOX
ONE MONTH LEFT TO SUBMIT TO NYTVF-JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY PITCH COMPETITION: Seeking outstanding comic voices to present original show concepts before panel of industry experts during Just for Laughs Comedy Conference in Montreal this July
DEVELOPMENT DOWNLOAD: Fest Founder Terence Gray talks comedy development opportunities in the latest edition of this Q&A series
A&E UNSCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE: Submission period begins next Monday, 4/15
NYTVF ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Damian Lanigan inks deal with IFC following 2012 “Out of the Box” Award
MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER: IFP’s Independent Film Week’s Project Forum
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Sixth iteration of annual competition invites comedy writers to submit original sitcom pilot scripts for consideration of $25,000 prize and network script deal

FOXFox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and the NYTVF ( today announced the sixth annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest. The contest once again invites aspiring television writers to enter their scripts for original half-hour comedy TV pilots for the opportunity to win $25,000 and a development deal with FOX. The opening date for script submissions is Monday, May 20, 2013, and the winner will be announced at the 9th Annual New York Television Festival, being held October 21-26, 2013 in lower Manhattan.

“We so look forward to reading this year’s submitted scripts for the sixth annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest, as every year, we are blown away by the NYTVF community of writers and their depth of creativity and humor,” said Suzanna Makkos and Marcus Wiley, Senior Vice Presidents and co-heads of Comedy Development for Fox Broadcasting Company. “We are proud to have been the first NYTVF partner to offer such artists an elevated platform to be heard, and prouder still to continue to cultivate NYTVF’s original comedy voices.”

Check out the submission details, rules, and important dates HERE.

Read the full press release HERE.


Are you a comic, stand-up, improv performer or comedy writer? Submit your idea by May 10 for a chance to showcase your work at JFL and NYTVF!


Just for Laughs and the NYTVF are seeking original TV pitches from comedy pros. The competition is specifically seeking comedic projects that are based on or inspired by stories, sketches, or characters developed by stand-up comics and their writing partners, improv groups, sketch comedy teams, and TV comedy writers working with performance-based formats. Five finalists will be invited to pitch their concepts live during an event at the Just for Laughs ComedyPro Conference in Montreal, July 25 - 27, 2013. One winner and their comedy project will be selected for exclusive showcase opportunities and participation at the 9th Annual New York Television Festival.

For more information, click HERE.


Fest Founder talks comedy development opportunities in the latest edition of this Q&A series


NYTVF has comedy on the brain. Check out this brand new interview with NYTVF head honcho Terence Gray for his insights on the indie TV business of funny.

NYTVF STAFF: The sixth annual FOX Comedy Script Contest was announced today, so maybe it's a good time to talk comedy development.

TG: Absolutely! Comedy is at the heart of so much that we do, and a number of our longest-running partnerships – FOX, obviously, as well as Festival Development Partners IFC and MTV along with Comedy Central – are built around the strength of our comedy community.

NYTVF STAFF: Any general observations you have on the state of the comedy landscape?

TG: A lot of networks are in the comedy game at varying levels. Even networks that you wouldn't necessarily put in the comedy box are looking for comedic content, both on the scripted and non-scripted sides. We've talked about comedic formats , so I don't think we need to rehash that, but it's clear to me that the market is primed for producers with a great comedic sensibility.

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Send in Your 2-4 Minute Teaser and Series Treatment by June 5

A&EA&E and the NYTVF have teamed up for the third annual A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline to offer great independent producers the opportunity to develop new programming with A&E. If you have an eye for terrific characters and new worlds that add life and freshness to the TV landscape, then this is an opportunity for you.

From the hilarious antics of Duck Dynasty to the gritty tension of The First 48 and the entrepreneurial strategy and hijinks of Storage Wars, A&E is the destination for real 21st Century stories. As for this initiative, we want you to introduce us to a world that is original, new and full of life. Don't merely show us the great characters that you uncover, but take us into their lives. What makes this concept new, fun and appealing? How are your characters connected and in what ways do they interact? In a time of economic uncertainty and anxiety, we are seeking resourceful groups of people that enjoy life and meet its adversities with good humor and perseverance. Also, don't feel pressured to merely look at concepts that are similar to what is on our air now - after all, we already have it! A&E has long been a home for outstanding television - and we think you might be able to uncover the next big thing.

  • Deadline: June 5, 2013
  • 25 semi-finalists will be reviewed by the network with five (5) finalists receiving development funding to produce additional tape.
  • One winner will receive $10,000 and a development opportunity with A&E!
  • Get the full details HERE
  • Get the insider info from Fest Founder Terence Gray HERE


Winner of 2012 “Out of the Box” deal moves forward in development with IFC

Big congrats to NYTVF Alum Damian Lanigan on his just-announced development deal with IFC for his project Wasps.Damian Lanigan's "Hampsters" This deal stemmed from Lanigan's IFC "Out of the Box" Development Deal awarded during the 2012 New York Television Festival. His current project with IFC centers on a dysfunctional Main Line Philadelphia family who find that they have squandered away their money and are left with nothing but the shared ownership of an enormous family mansion.

Find out more about IFC’s development slate HERE and all of last year’s NYTVF Awards Winners HERE.

Congrats, Damian!


Call for Entries – IFP’s Independent Film Week’s Project Forum

ifpIndependent Film Week (September 15-19, 2013) is the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent scene. The Project Forum is a meetings-driven forum connecting filmmakers with producers, funders, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents, festival programmers, and more.

Now accepting applications for: Emerging Storytellers (for U.S. writers and writer/directors seeking producers and agents to develop, produce, represent and finance their scripts), No Borders International Co-production Market (for U.S. and International producers with partial financing on new narrative projects seeking additional partners), and Spotlight on Documentaries (for U.S. filmmakers in production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution opportunities, and festival invitations.)

  • Emerging Narrative & No Borders Deadline: May 3.
  • Spotlight on Documentaries Deadlines: May 3/May 24.
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