New York Television Festival Gives Top Honors To ‘Hammerhead’

The 14th New York Television Festival wrapped its first summer edition today by awarding the off-kilter independent pilot Hammerhead its two top prizes.
The story of an up-and-comer in New York determined not to let his deformed head derail his ambitio…

The 14th New York Television Festival wrapped its first summer edition today by awarding the off-kilter independent pilot Hammerhead its two top prizes. The story of an up-and-comer in New York determined not to let his deformed head derail his ambitions captured the Overall Best of Fest Award and NYTVF Critics Award. The Best Comedy Project award went to Smüchr; Best Animated Project was Omega House (which also scored a development deal from Comedy Central); and Best…

‘Hammerhead’ Takes Top Honors at New York Television Festival

“Hammerhead,” the story of a cunning young man trying to make his way in New York City, took top awards at the New York Television Festival. The festival, which concludes today, features a competition for independently produced pilots, a sc…

“Hammerhead,” the story of a cunning young man trying to make his way in New York City, took top awards at the New York Television Festival. The festival, which concludes today, features a competition for independently produced pilots, a script contest and a competition to land development deals with major cable networks and production banners. […]

BBC America’s Sarah Barnett, ‘SNL’ Alums Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly Among Speakers at New York Television Festival

BBC America chief Sarah Barnett and “Saturday Night Live” alums Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly are among the speakers lined up for the 14th annual New York Television Festival. The festival showcases independently produced TV pilots and pr…

BBC America chief Sarah Barnett and “Saturday Night Live” alums Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly are among the speakers lined up for the 14th annual New York Television Festival. The festival showcases independently produced TV pilots and projects in an effort to bring aspiring TV creators together with TV industry executives, talent agents, and other […]

New York Television Festival Unveils Full Lineup, Including Creators Bootcamp and ‘TV Pilots Resurrected’

This year’s edition runs from July 14–20.

The 14th annual New York Television Festival has unveiled the schedule for its first-ever summer edition, which runs from Saturday, July 14 through Friday, July 20. Leading the program is a new Creator Bootcamp and the returning NYTVF Writers Room, with the latter keynoted by former “Saturday Night Live” co-head writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly.

New original series will be showcased as well, including “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” and “Paid Off With Michel Torpey.”

“We’re very excited for our first summer installment and a Festival line-up that is truly focused on the core mission of the NYTVF — to showcase, foster, and cultivate the best and boldest indie creators and provide a viable marketplace for our industry participants,” NYTVF founder Terence Gray said in a statement.

“As the festival landscape continues to embrace episodic and television is featured at events across the country and around the world, the New York Television Festival remains a destination for those truly invested in the discovery and celebration of great talent.”

WGA East is presenting “TV Pilots Resurrected,” which will feature readings of unproduced comedy and drama pilots, and the weeklong festival will end with an awards brunch. Full details may be found on the NYTVF website.

New York TV Festival Unveils Official Selections For Its Scripts Competition

The New York Television Festival has selected 21 scripts for its third annual NYTVF Scripts Competition. The 13 half-hour comedies and eight hour-long dramas will be showcased to industry executives before and during the 14th Annual New York Television…

The New York Television Festival has selected 21 scripts for its third annual NYTVF Scripts Competition. The 13 half-hour comedies and eight hour-long dramas will be showcased to industry executives before and during the 14th Annual New York Television Festival, which runs July 14-20 in Manhattan. This year's NYTVF Scripts Official Selections join the 59 pilots and series in the Festival's Independent Pilot Competition. Of the 21 selected scripts, 62 percent are credited…

Comedy Breakout Initiative Renewed By truTV At New York Television Festival

Heard a good one lately?  Comedy idea, that is. If so, you may earn a shot at a $25,000 development budget and collaboration with the truTV team to come up with a cultural classic laff riot.
The truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative will return to the New York Television Festival. The comedy-centric network is looking for premium, creator-driven comedy formats with distinct points of view. Submissions for the competition will be open from May 2 through May 23.
The full…

Heard a good one lately?  Comedy idea, that is. If so, you may earn a shot at a $25,000 development budget and collaboration with the truTV team to come up with a cultural classic laff riot. The truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative will return to the New York Television Festival. The comedy-centric network is looking for premium, creator-driven comedy formats with distinct points of view. Submissions for the competition will be open from May 2 through May 23. The full…

TV News Roundup: Marvel Launches ‘Marvel Rising’ Animation Franchise

In today’s roundup, Marvel launches a new animation franchise, the New York Television Festival moves to a summer date, and more. LAUNCHES Marvel has announced the launch of “Marvel Rising,” a multi-platform animation franchise featuring the next generation of Marvel heroes. The program will launch next year with six digital shorts–each four minutes long– that […]

In today’s roundup, Marvel launches a new animation franchise, the New York Television Festival moves to a summer date, and more. LAUNCHES Marvel has announced the launch of “Marvel Rising,” a multi-platform animation franchise featuring the next generation of Marvel heroes. The program will launch next year with six digital shorts–each four minutes long– that […]

New York TV Festival Moves To Summer, Aligns With Development Calendar

The New York Television Festival is moving from its longtime autumn perch to summer, with the 14th annual event now set for the week of July 15, 2018.
NYTVF organizers say the time switch from late October to mid-July is designed to strategically align the festival with the TV development calendar and maximize potential for officially-selected projects.
“Shifting the Festival and marketplace to July is strategically aligned with an evolving development timeline and…

The New York Television Festival is moving from its longtime autumn perch to summer, with the 14th annual event now set for the week of July 15, 2018. NYTVF organizers say the time switch from late October to mid-July is designed to strategically align the festival with the TV development calendar and maximize potential for officially-selected projects. "Shifting the Festival and marketplace to July is strategically aligned with an evolving development timeline and…

‘Manic,’ ‘New York is Dead’ Among Top Winners at New York Television Festival

“Manic” and “New York is Dead” were among the winners of the independent pilot competition held as part of the 13th annual New York Television Festival, which wrapped Saturday night. “Manic” took the honors for drama or dramedy. The pilot from Yolanda Carney, Kate Marks and Kimberley Browning of Los Angeles revolves around a teenager […]

“Manic” and “New York is Dead” were among the winners of the independent pilot competition held as part of the 13th annual New York Television Festival, which wrapped Saturday night. “Manic” took the honors for drama or dramedy. The pilot from Yolanda Carney, Kate Marks and Kimberley Browning of Los Angeles revolves around a teenager […]

New York TV Fest Names ‘Giving Up’ Best Indie Pilot – Complete List Of Winners

The winners of the 13th annual New York Television Festival were announced tonight with Giving Up winning “Best of the Fest” honors and the Critics Award going to Royally.
The awards for pilots and scripts were announced tonight at the Helen Mills Theater in Manhattan. Recipients of deals from the fest’s development partners were also announced. (See the complete list below.)
Of 52 pilots showcased throughout the festival this week, the Independent Pilot Competition…

The winners of the 13th annual New York Television Festival were announced tonight with Giving Up winning “Best of the Fest” honors and the Critics Award going to Royally. The awards for pilots and scripts were announced tonight at the Helen Mills Theater in Manhattan. Recipients of deals from the fest’s development partners were also announced. (See the complete list below.) Of 52 pilots showcased throughout the festival this week, the Independent Pilot Competition…

New York Television Festival Awards Winners Announced

As the New York Television Festival comes to an end, the award winners are in — “New York Is Dead” took home the Best Comedy Project (pictured above), “Manic” won the Best Drama/Dramedy Project and “Starving Artists” snagged the Best Short-Form Digital Project.

This year’s NYTVF received the most artist submissions and industry participation in its history.

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TV fans gathered with independent producers, writers and directors, along with representatives from the leading networks, studios, agencies and digital platforms in Manhattan for the 13th annual NYTVF, which ran Oct. 23 through 28. The awards reception took place Saturday night at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space.

See below for the full list of winners.

Best Animated Project: 
“Tiffany the Teenage Grim Reaper” created by Lauren Rantala (Los Angeles, CA)
Tiffany is your average teenage girl who happens to be a Grim Reaper.

Best Comedy Project: 
“New York Is Dead” created by Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas and Randy Harrison (New York, NY)
A darkly hilarious series about two broke NYC artists who become hitmen to make ends meet.

Best Drama/Dramedy Project:
“Manic” created by Yolanda Carney, Kate Marks and Kimberley Browning (Los Angeles, CA)
An Ivy-league bound, overachieving teen is derailed after a manic episode lands her in a school for children with mental illnesses.

Best Short-Form Digital Project: 
“Starving Artists” created by Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock (Chicago, IL)
Comedy duo Aasia and Dewayne go to extravagant lengths to reach their goals of international stardom and complete world domination. Starving Artists is a show about being young, gifted, and black in a world that praises straight, white, and wack.

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Best Unscripted/Alternative Project: 
“Against All Odds” created by Lucy Smith and Jamie Minty (London, England)
In this game show competition format, five contestants carry five locked bags, but only one contains £100,000. Together, the group must complete an obstacle course across treacherous natural landscapes and make it to the finish line.

Best Actor in a Comedy:
Jeff Galfer for “Jeff’s Place” (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Actress in a Comedy: 
Rachel B. Joyce for “Royally” (New York, NY)

Best Actor in a Drama: 
Jeff Skowron for “Max Riddle” (New York, NY)

Best Actress in a Drama:
Shanice Williams for “Manic” (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Direction: 
Dinh Thai for “Monday” (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Editing: 
Kent Lamm for “Jeff’s Place” (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Writing: 
Kris Lefcoe for “Giving Up” (New York, NY)

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NYTVF Critics Award: 
NYTVF Critics Award
“Royally” Created by Rachel B. Joyce (New York, NY)
A millennial burnout runs a private princess party company as a front for small-time cons, petty theft, and drug peddling.

Overall Best of the Fest Award:
“Giving Up” created by Kris Lefcoe (New York, NY)
A New York couple faces their own deadline to either “make it” or give up their dreams.

Best Comedy Script (tie): 
“Blurs” written by Jonterri Gadson (Bloomfield, NJ)
A women’s studies professor and her free-spirited, dysfunctional black family face the challenges of living in the type of town where all 80s/90s films with no black people could take place.

“Maternal Instinct” written by Elizabeth Stamp (Brooklyn, NY)
A serial killer turned suburban stay-at-home mom balances “family first” and “murder in the first” in this dark comedy.

Best Drama Script (new award): 
“Fragile State” written by Andrea “AJ” Janakas (Los Angeles, CA)
When a border patrol agent is recruited to work as a spy to help overthrow a country, he doesn’t realize that the country he enters is a parallel America on the verge of collapse.

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Audible Pitch Deals:
Three winners will each receive a development grant to further develop their concepts with Audible.
– Elizabeth Stamp (Brooklyn, NY)
– Julia Mattison and Noel Carey (New York, NY)
– Jordan Mendoza, Shannon Odell and Joanna Rothkopf (New York, NU)

Comedy Central Development Award: 
Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, and Katie Sicking for their project “Night Crew”
(New York, NY)

OneX Pitch Deal: 
Zandile Tisani (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Red Arrow Entertainment Development Award: 
Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock for their project “Starving Artists” (Chicago, IL)

Shudder Pitch Deal:
Andrea Janakas (Los Angeles, CA)

TOPIC Pitch Deal:
TOPIC selected two creators and creative teams from their pitch meetings to enter into further development with the digital studio from First Look Media.
Jonterri Gadson (Bloomfield, NJ)
Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini (Los Angeles, CA)

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truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative: 
Nick Armstrong for his project “Series Finale: The Series” (Los Angeles, CA)
(Previously-announced)

WEtv Pitch Deal: 
Jillian Armenante (Los Angeles, CA)

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As the New York Television Festival comes to an end, the award winners are in — “New York Is Dead” took home the Best Comedy Project (pictured above), “Manic” won the Best Drama/Dramedy Project and “Starving Artists” snagged the Best Short-Form Digital Project.

This year’s NYTVF received the most artist submissions and industry participation in its history.

TV fans gathered with independent producers, writers and directors, along with representatives from the leading networks, studios, agencies and digital platforms in Manhattan for the 13th annual NYTVF, which ran Oct. 23 through 28. The awards reception took place Saturday night at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space.

See below for the full list of winners.

Best Animated Project: 
“Tiffany the Teenage Grim Reaper” created by Lauren Rantala (Los Angeles, CA)
Tiffany is your average teenage girl who happens to be a Grim Reaper.

Best Comedy Project: 
“New York Is Dead” created by Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas and Randy Harrison (New York, NY)
A darkly hilarious series about two broke NYC artists who become hitmen to make ends meet.

Best Drama/Dramedy Project:
“Manic” created by Yolanda Carney, Kate Marks and Kimberley Browning (Los Angeles, CA)
An Ivy-league bound, overachieving teen is derailed after a manic episode lands her in a school for children with mental illnesses.

Best Short-Form Digital Project: 
“Starving Artists” created by Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock (Chicago, IL)
Comedy duo Aasia and Dewayne go to extravagant lengths to reach their goals of international stardom and complete world domination. Starving Artists is a show about being young, gifted, and black in a world that praises straight, white, and wack.

Best Unscripted/Alternative Project: 
“Against All Odds” created by Lucy Smith and Jamie Minty (London, England)
In this game show competition format, five contestants carry five locked bags, but only one contains £100,000. Together, the group must complete an obstacle course across treacherous natural landscapes and make it to the finish line.

Best Actor in a Comedy:
Jeff Galfer for “Jeff’s Place” (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Actress in a Comedy: 
Rachel B. Joyce for “Royally” (New York, NY)

Best Actor in a Drama: 
Jeff Skowron for “Max Riddle” (New York, NY)

Best Actress in a Drama:
Shanice Williams for “Manic” (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Direction: 
Dinh Thai for “Monday” (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Editing: 
Kent Lamm for “Jeff’s Place” (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Writing: 
Kris Lefcoe for “Giving Up” (New York, NY)

NYTVF Critics Award: 
NYTVF Critics Award
“Royally” Created by Rachel B. Joyce (New York, NY)
A millennial burnout runs a private princess party company as a front for small-time cons, petty theft, and drug peddling.

Overall Best of the Fest Award:
“Giving Up” created by Kris Lefcoe (New York, NY)
A New York couple faces their own deadline to either “make it” or give up their dreams.

Best Comedy Script (tie): 
“Blurs” written by Jonterri Gadson (Bloomfield, NJ)
A women’s studies professor and her free-spirited, dysfunctional black family face the challenges of living in the type of town where all 80s/90s films with no black people could take place.

“Maternal Instinct” written by Elizabeth Stamp (Brooklyn, NY)
A serial killer turned suburban stay-at-home mom balances “family first” and “murder in the first” in this dark comedy.

Best Drama Script (new award): 
“Fragile State” written by Andrea “AJ” Janakas (Los Angeles, CA)
When a border patrol agent is recruited to work as a spy to help overthrow a country, he doesn’t realize that the country he enters is a parallel America on the verge of collapse.

Audible Pitch Deals:
Three winners will each receive a development grant to further develop their concepts with Audible.
– Elizabeth Stamp (Brooklyn, NY)
– Julia Mattison and Noel Carey (New York, NY)
– Jordan Mendoza, Shannon Odell and Joanna Rothkopf (New York, NU)

Comedy Central Development Award: 
Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, and Katie Sicking for their project “Night Crew”
(New York, NY)

OneX Pitch Deal: 
Zandile Tisani (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Red Arrow Entertainment Development Award: 
Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock for their project “Starving Artists” (Chicago, IL)

Shudder Pitch Deal:
Andrea Janakas (Los Angeles, CA)

TOPIC Pitch Deal:
TOPIC selected two creators and creative teams from their pitch meetings to enter into further development with the digital studio from First Look Media.
Jonterri Gadson (Bloomfield, NJ)
Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini (Los Angeles, CA)

truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative: 
Nick Armstrong for his project “Series Finale: The Series” (Los Angeles, CA)
(Previously-announced)

WEtv Pitch Deal: 
Jillian Armenante (Los Angeles, CA)

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Why Lena Waithe Almost Didn’t Write Her Emmy-Winning ‘Master of None’ Episode

In September, Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to take home an Emmy award for comedic writing for her work on “Thanksgiving,” an episode that chronicling her coming out story, on Netflix’s “Master of None.” However, the history-making win almost didn’t happen, given Waithe’s initial hesitance to tell the story, let alone write it […]

In September, Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to take home an Emmy award for comedic writing for her work on “Thanksgiving,” an episode that chronicling her coming out story, on Netflix’s “Master of None.” However, the history-making win almost didn’t happen, given Waithe’s initial hesitance to tell the story, let alone write it […]

New York Television Festival’s 13th Edition Features ‘S.W.A.T.,’ ‘Nude’ Premieres, Expanded Digital Footprint

The 13th New York Television Festival kicks off today with 52 pilots screening, 20 development scripts circulating, and new partnerships with Hulu and Audible aiming to channel talent toward emerging platforms.
Through October 28, the festival will feature workshops and industry meetings as well as panel discussions and keynotes featuring notable producers and writers including Shawn Ryan and Lena Waithe, talent like Amy Sedaris and Jordan Klepper, and a range of network…

The 13th New York Television Festival kicks off today with 52 pilots screening, 20 development scripts circulating, and new partnerships with Hulu and Audible aiming to channel talent toward emerging platforms. Through October 28, the festival will feature workshops and industry meetings as well as panel discussions and keynotes featuring notable producers and writers including Shawn Ryan and Lena Waithe, talent like Amy Sedaris and Jordan Klepper, and a range of network…

‘The Deuce,’ ‘Search Party,’ Amy Sedaris to Headline New York TV Festival

The New York Television Festival announced its 2017 line-up on Thursday, including an opening-night screening of the “Search Party” Season 2 premiere and an appearance from Amy Sedaris.

Other events at the annual festival include keynote conversations with “The Shield” creator and “S.W.A.T.” executive producer Shawn Ryan, “The Deuce” executive producers Michelle MacLaren and Nina Kostoff-Noble and “The Opposition” host Jordan Klepper.

The festival will also screen 52 selections from the Independent Pilot competition, which will vie for development deals with the festival’s partners.

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“When we launched the first TV festival a dozen years ago as a showcase for independent creators and their work, we never could have imagined that it would develop into what it is today — an annual destination for industry executives looking to discover new talent, artists looking for access to these decision-makers and fans interested in not only getting a sneak peek at some of the best-told stories on TV, but also hearing directly from the talent that created it in an intimate setting,” said NYTVF founder and executive director Terence Gray.

NYTVF runs Oct. 23-28 and takes place primarily at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space and SVA Theatre in Manhattan.

Event listings are below, in the festival team’s own words.

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Opening Day – Monday, October 23, 2017 

  • The afternoon will kick off with the NYTVF Connect Artist + Industry program that serves both as “orientation” for attendees and a table-setter for the week ahead. This will include:
    • Industry Keynote Conversation with Brett Weitz, TBS Executive Vice President of Original Programming, interviewed by NYTVF Founder/Executive Director Terence Gray.
    • “How Digital, Audio and Television Content are Converging – and the Impact on How We Create and Consume – A panel discussion led by Loeb & Loeb, LLP.
    • “From Intros to Pitch Meetings to Follow-Ups: Everything You Always Wanted to Know, but were Afraid to Ask…” – A guide to making the most of first impressions, with exec insights from Back Roads Entertainment, CAA, Left/Right, and truTV.
    • NYTVF 2017 Artist and Industry Kick-Off Celebration, hosted by Pop

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS ONLY]

  • OPENING NIGHT EVENT: truTV Presents AT HOME WITH AMY SEDARIS – Creator and star Amy Sedaris cordially invites fans to celebrate the launch of her new truTV comedy series – in which she shows off diverse but necessary homemaking skills – with a screening and talk-back ahead of the show’s network premiere on October 24.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • OPENING NIGHT WORLD PREMIERE: TBS Presents the Season Two Premiere of SEARCH PARTY An exclusive first look at the highly anticipated return of the critically-acclaimed TBS series will feature a screening of the first episode of season two and a panel with stars John Early, Meredith Hagner, and John Reynolds, as well as executive producers Charles Rogers and Lilly Burns.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:15 to 10:30 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

  • “The State of TV Comedy: What’s Now, What’s New, What’s Next?” – Comedy production company Project 10 is teaming with the NYTVF to present this state-of-the-union panel, with insights from Sarah Babineau (Comedy Central), Ayala Cohen (ICM), Jonathan Gabay (FOX), and Christine Lubrano (IFC), and moderated by Project 10’s Andrew Barnsley.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • NYTVF Connect Keynote Conversation: Shawn Ryan – Fifteen years after the debut of THE SHIELD, the prolific writer, producer, and show runner will sit for a conversation about his career and current projects, including the NBC drama Timeless and CBS drama W.A.T., offering advice for independent television creators.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • Sony Pictures Television World Premiere of Original Drama W.A.T. – First-time Festival partner Sony Pictures Television brings one of the fall’s most buzzed about new dramas, S.W.A.T., to the NYTVF for an exclusive first look screening before its November 2 premiere on CBS. Fans will enjoy an early look at the series pilot, followed by a talk-back featuring star Shemar Moore and executive producers Shawn Ryan and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:45 to 10:30 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

  • SundanceTV Presents: ROSEHAVEN: Meet the Creators – An exclusive screening of the season two premiere and creator talk-back with real-life best mates and comedians Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor – the creators and stars of the quirky small-town comedy series from

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • STARZ World Premiere of Original Documentary NUDE – The new, feature-length documentary from The Chair producers Anthony B. Sacco and Josh Shader, which explores perceptions of nudity in art by chronicling the creative process of fashion photographer David Bellemere, will debut, followed by a conversation with Sacco and Shader.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:45 to 10:30 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

Thursday, October 26, 2017

  • Topic Presents: SHE’S THE TICKETTopic, the new entertainment studio and digital storytelling platform from First Look Media, presents She’s the Ticket, an original documentary series produced in partnership with Left/Right Productions that captures the stories of five pioneering female candidates running for office in 2017 and 2018. Topic’s SVP of Editorial, Anna Holmes, will lead a discussion with members of the creative team on the production, its subjects and the groundswell of women interested in entering politics following the election of Donald Trump in 2016.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • Industry Keynote Conversation with Amy Emmerich, Refinery29 Chief Content Officer, interviewed by NYTVF Founder/Executive Director Terence Gray.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • NYTVF Creative Keynote: A Conversation with THE DEUCE – Presented in partnership with HBO, the 2017 Creative Keynote will cast the female gaze upon The Deuce and its candid depiction of the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. Series executive producer and director Michelle MacLaren, executive producer Nina Kostoff-Noble, and Vice President of HBO Programming Kathleen McCaffrey are among the confirmed panelists.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • IFC Fan Panel: STAN AGAINST EVIL – Before the November 1st return of IFC’s hit comedy-horror series, fans are invited to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes panel featuring creator, executive producer, writer and star Dana Gould, producer and star John C. McGinley, and star Janet Varney – who will offer an inside look at the second season with more monsters, deadlier demons, and the same ol’ Stan.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Also that morning, the NYTVF is teaming with the Asian-American Television & Film Alliance (http://aatfalliance.org) for a collaborative conference and networking event, with panel discussions designed to explore co-production opportunities between American and Chinese creators and decision- makers, and educate producers on the Chinese marketplace. Speakers include representatives from Alibaba Pictures, Tencent, and the creator of China’s top TV drama of 2017, The First Half of My Life. [HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

Friday, October 27, 2017

  • NYTVF WRITERS ROOM – New to the Festival in 2017, the Writers Room series offers Official Artists and pass holders a slate of programming designed to educate, inspire, and engage writers that are working, or aspire to work, in episodic storytelling. It will feature:
    • NYTVF Alumni Keynote Conversation: Jordan Klepper and Laura Grey – the host and series correspondent for Comedy Central’s new The Opposition with Jordan Klepper will headline the Writers Room line-up, in conversation with NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. Both Klepper and Grey are also multi-year alums of the NTYVF.
    • Programming highlights also include panels dedicated to leveraging social media exposure and what it really takes to be a show runner, along with niche breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

  • The Asian-American Television & Film Alliance presents their Golden Oak Awards, honoring top Chinese television programs and creators. For additional details on the awards event and more information on the AATFA, visit aatfalliance.org.[SVA; PASS OR RSVP REQUIRED. Email yuhanliu@aatfalliance.org for details.]

Saturday, October 28, 2017

  • The ninth annual NYTVF Development Day wraps up the Festival with the Pro Workshop, featuring a slate of panels and events geared toward emerging and aspiring TV creators and professionals, this year with a specific focus on job opportunities in TV. From pre-production specialties in casting, and locations, to physical production pros across design, lighting, sound and camera, and finally to post-production, the NYTVF Development Day: Pro Workshop will offer insights and advice from industry vets on getting in, moving up, and getting the TV job of your dreams.

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

  • The NYTVF Awards Reception marks the end of the 13th Annual New York Television Festival, naming the Independent Pilot Competition and NYTVF Scripts initiative winners, and handing out deals from NYTVF development partners.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS OR PASSHOLDERS]

Anheuser-Busch returns as the Official Beer of the NYTVF and will support the above events as well as industry gatherings hosted the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) among others. Additional events to be announced in the coming weeks.

To register for tickets or passes to these or any Festival events, visit nytvf.com and click on “ATTEND.”

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The New York Television Festival announced its 2017 line-up on Thursday, including an opening-night screening of the “Search Party” Season 2 premiere and an appearance from Amy Sedaris.

Other events at the annual festival include keynote conversations with “The Shield” creator and “S.W.A.T.” executive producer Shawn Ryan, “The Deuce” executive producers Michelle MacLaren and Nina Kostoff-Noble and “The Opposition” host Jordan Klepper.

The festival will also screen 52 selections from the Independent Pilot competition, which will vie for development deals with the festival’s partners.

“When we launched the first TV festival a dozen years ago as a showcase for independent creators and their work, we never could have imagined that it would develop into what it is today — an annual destination for industry executives looking to discover new talent, artists looking for access to these decision-makers and fans interested in not only getting a sneak peek at some of the best-told stories on TV, but also hearing directly from the talent that created it in an intimate setting,” said NYTVF founder and executive director Terence Gray.

NYTVF runs Oct. 23-28 and takes place primarily at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space and SVA Theatre in Manhattan.

Event listings are below, in the festival team’s own words.

Opening Day – Monday, October 23, 2017 

  • The afternoon will kick off with the NYTVF Connect Artist + Industry program that serves both as “orientation” for attendees and a table-setter for the week ahead. This will include:
    • Industry Keynote Conversation with Brett Weitz, TBS Executive Vice President of Original Programming, interviewed by NYTVF Founder/Executive Director Terence Gray.
    • “How Digital, Audio and Television Content are Converging – and the Impact on How We Create and Consume – A panel discussion led by Loeb & Loeb, LLP.
    • “From Intros to Pitch Meetings to Follow-Ups: Everything You Always Wanted to Know, but were Afraid to Ask…” – A guide to making the most of first impressions, with exec insights from Back Roads Entertainment, CAA, Left/Right, and truTV.
    • NYTVF 2017 Artist and Industry Kick-Off Celebration, hosted by Pop

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS ONLY]

  • OPENING NIGHT EVENT: truTV Presents AT HOME WITH AMY SEDARIS – Creator and star Amy Sedaris cordially invites fans to celebrate the launch of her new truTV comedy series – in which she shows off diverse but necessary homemaking skills – with a screening and talk-back ahead of the show’s network premiere on October 24.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • OPENING NIGHT WORLD PREMIERE: TBS Presents the Season Two Premiere of SEARCH PARTY - An exclusive first look at the highly anticipated return of the critically-acclaimed TBS series will feature a screening of the first episode of season two and a panel with stars John Early, Meredith Hagner, and John Reynolds, as well as executive producers Charles Rogers and Lilly Burns.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:15 to 10:30 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

  • “The State of TV Comedy: What’s Now, What’s New, What’s Next?” – Comedy production company Project 10 is teaming with the NYTVF to present this state-of-the-union panel, with insights from Sarah Babineau (Comedy Central), Ayala Cohen (ICM), Jonathan Gabay (FOX), and Christine Lubrano (IFC), and moderated by Project 10’s Andrew Barnsley.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • NYTVF Connect Keynote Conversation: Shawn Ryan – Fifteen years after the debut of THE SHIELD, the prolific writer, producer, and show runner will sit for a conversation about his career and current projects, including the NBC drama Timeless and CBS drama W.A.T., offering advice for independent television creators.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • Sony Pictures Television World Premiere of Original Drama W.A.T. – First-time Festival partner Sony Pictures Television brings one of the fall’s most buzzed about new dramas, S.W.A.T., to the NYTVF for an exclusive first look screening before its November 2 premiere on CBS. Fans will enjoy an early look at the series pilot, followed by a talk-back featuring star Shemar Moore and executive producers Shawn Ryan and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:45 to 10:30 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

  • SundanceTV Presents: ROSEHAVEN: Meet the Creators - An exclusive screening of the season two premiere and creator talk-back with real-life best mates and comedians Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor – the creators and stars of the quirky small-town comedy series from

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • STARZ World Premiere of Original Documentary NUDE - The new, feature-length documentary from The Chair producers Anthony B. Sacco and Josh Shader, which explores perceptions of nudity in art by chronicling the creative process of fashion photographer David Bellemere, will debut, followed by a conversation with Sacco and Shader.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:45 to 10:30 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

Thursday, October 26, 2017

  • Topic Presents: SHE’S THE TICKETTopic, the new entertainment studio and digital storytelling platform from First Look Media, presents She’s the Ticket, an original documentary series produced in partnership with Left/Right Productions that captures the stories of five pioneering female candidates running for office in 2017 and 2018. Topic’s SVP of Editorial, Anna Holmes, will lead a discussion with members of the creative team on the production, its subjects and the groundswell of women interested in entering politics following the election of Donald Trump in 2016.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • Industry Keynote Conversation with Amy Emmerich, Refinery29 Chief Content Officer, interviewed by NYTVF Founder/Executive Director Terence Gray.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • NYTVF Creative Keynote: A Conversation with THE DEUCE – Presented in partnership with HBO, the 2017 Creative Keynote will cast the female gaze upon The Deuce and its candid depiction of the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. Series executive producer and director Michelle MacLaren, executive producer Nina Kostoff-Noble, and Vice President of HBO Programming Kathleen McCaffrey are among the confirmed panelists.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • IFC Fan Panel: STAN AGAINST EVIL – Before the November 1st return of IFC’s hit comedy-horror series, fans are invited to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes panel featuring creator, executive producer, writer and star Dana Gould, producer and star John C. McGinley, and star Janet Varney – who will offer an inside look at the second season with more monsters, deadlier demons, and the same ol’ Stan.

[SVA; PASS OR FREE TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Also that morning, the NYTVF is teaming with the Asian-American Television & Film Alliance (http://aatfalliance.org) for a collaborative conference and networking event, with panel discussions designed to explore co-production opportunities between American and Chinese creators and decision- makers, and educate producers on the Chinese marketplace. Speakers include representatives from Alibaba Pictures, Tencent, and the creator of China’s top TV drama of 2017, The First Half of My Life. [HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

Friday, October 27, 2017

  • NYTVF WRITERS ROOM – New to the Festival in 2017, the Writers Room series offers Official Artists and pass holders a slate of programming designed to educate, inspire, and engage writers that are working, or aspire to work, in episodic storytelling. It will feature:
    • NYTVF Alumni Keynote Conversation: Jordan Klepper and Laura Grey – the host and series correspondent for Comedy Central’s new The Opposition with Jordan Klepper will headline the Writers Room line-up, in conversation with NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. Both Klepper and Grey are also multi-year alums of the NTYVF.
    • Programming highlights also include panels dedicated to leveraging social media exposure and what it really takes to be a show runner, along with niche breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS & PASSHOLDERS]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

  • The Asian-American Television & Film Alliance presents their Golden Oak Awards, honoring top Chinese television programs and creators. For additional details on the awards event and more information on the AATFA, visit aatfalliance.org.[SVA; PASS OR RSVP REQUIRED. Email yuhanliu@aatfalliance.org for details.]

Saturday, October 28, 2017

  • The ninth annual NYTVF Development Day wraps up the Festival with the Pro Workshop, featuring a slate of panels and events geared toward emerging and aspiring TV creators and professionals, this year with a specific focus on job opportunities in TV. From pre-production specialties in casting, and locations, to physical production pros across design, lighting, sound and camera, and finally to post-production, the NYTVF Development Day: Pro Workshop will offer insights and advice from industry vets on getting in, moving up, and getting the TV job of your dreams.

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

  • Independent Pilot Competition – Official Selections from this year’s Independent Pilot Competition will be screened from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (refer to the box office for the full line-up).

[HELEN MILLS; PASS OR TICKET REQUIRED]

  • The NYTVF Awards Reception marks the end of the 13th Annual New York Television Festival, naming the Independent Pilot Competition and NYTVF Scripts initiative winners, and handing out deals from NYTVF development partners.

[HELEN MILLS; OPEN TO OFFICIAL ARTISTS OR PASSHOLDERS]

Anheuser-Busch returns as the Official Beer of the NYTVF and will support the above events as well as industry gatherings hosted the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) among others. Additional events to be announced in the coming weeks.

To register for tickets or passes to these or any Festival events, visit nytvf.com and click on “ATTEND.”

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‘Search Party,’ ‘The Deuce,’ ‘SWAT,’ Shawn Ryan Set for New York Television Festival

The Season 2 premiere of “Search Party,” a panel on the production of “The Deuce,” and keynotes with showrunner Shawn Ryan, Jordan Klepper and TBS programming chief Brett Weitz are among the events set for the 13th annual New York Television Festival next month. The sophomore year of TBS’ quirky mystery-comedy “Search Party” and the… Read more »

The Season 2 premiere of “Search Party,” a panel on the production of “The Deuce,” and keynotes with showrunner Shawn Ryan, Jordan Klepper and TBS programming chief Brett Weitz are among the events set for the 13th annual New York Television Festival next month. The sophomore year of TBS’ quirky mystery-comedy “Search Party” and the... Read more »

New York Television Festival Unveils Its Most Diverse Independent Pilot Competition Yet

Fifty percent of the 52 pilots selected this year were created by women.

Returning for the 13th year, the New York Television Festival has revealed the lineup of original pilots competing in this year’s Independent Pilot Competition. According to the official release, the 2017 entries represent the festival’s most diverse slate yet.

Talent featured in the lineup includes Jemima Kirke (“Girls”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), Bebe Neuwirth (“Cheers,” “Frasier”), David Wain (“Wet Hot American Summer”), Felicia Day (“Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return”), John Early (“Search Party”), Melonie Diaz (“Fruitvale Station”), Will Janowitz (“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire”), Cole Escola (“Difficult People”), Ana Gasteyer (“SNL”), Jo Firestone (“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”), DuShon Monique Brown (“Chicago Fire”), Kamal Angelo Bolden (“Chicago Fire,” “Rosewood”), D’Arcy Carden (“The Good Place”), and many more.

According to the NYTVF, 56 percent of the 52 selected pilots feature people of color above the line, and 71 percent feature a woman in a core creative role, with 50 percent created by women.

“There’s been a promising movement in television to foster and promote creators with wide-ranging and diverse experience and points of view – and I think we’re seeing those efforts come to fruition with this year’s slate,” Terence Gray, executive director of the NYTVF, said in a statement. “The goal of NYTVF has always been to identify the very best stories, and connect the creators of these projects with our industry partners. Seeing such a spectrum of voices being elevated organically this year, it’s heartening, and hopefully a bellwether of things to come.”

The New York Television Festival runs October 23-28 in New York City. Check out the full lineup below.

COMEDY (31 Pilots)
“Bad Dad” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Jamie Kaler and Greg Porper – Los Angeles, CA
Jimmy Walker never wanted a kid until he needed a kidney, and both arrived at his doorstep at the same time.
Starring Jamie Kaler (“My Boys”)

“Bartlett” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Martin Edwards and Chrissy Mazzeo – San Francisco, CA
Washed up advertising exec Roger Newhouse has just 10 hours to turn his life around in a series set in that vast gray area between fraud and re-invention.
From the team behind Freestyle Love Supreme and Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (“The Mindy Project”)

“Basically Happy” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Liam Gallogly and Mollie Rehner – Chicago, IL
Mollie and Liam have a tendency to take everything to the extreme, especially when it comes to their relationship.

“Benefits with Friends” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Graceann Dorse – Brooklyn, NY
When Wendy gets diagnosed with cancer and loses her health insurance, Tina saves the day by agreeing to marry her, in this all-too-topical millennial comedy. However, Wendy doesn’t bargain for a major rift with her BFF Jillian…while her life is saved will their friendship flatline?

“City of Angles”
Created by Delaney Buffett and Katie Corwin – New York, NY
A satirical look at left-coast living where Sasha, a native New Yorker, attempts to navigate her new life in Los Angeles as a Hollywood assistant.

“The Company Men” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Patrick Babbitt, Lee Barats, Walt Delaney, Brian McGovern, and Kevin Walsh – Los Angeles, CA
A series blending the daily lives of offbeat office drones with the absurd sketch comedy of “The Company Men”.

“Dark of the Night” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Eric Yearwood and Alex Meyers – Brooklyn, NY
Join fearless truth-seekers Eric and Alex as they take on the world of conspiracies and the paranormal, via talk show.

“Detective Detective” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Pearson Jenks – Brooklyn, NY
A detective digs through details to determine which dangerous dame did away with a dipshit.

“Flatbush Misdemeanors”
Created by Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso – Brooklyn, NY
Longtime friends Dan and Kevin adjust to their evolving surroundings in the unforgiving environment of Flatbush, Brooklyn.

“Gentle Dan” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Dan White, Kyle Bethea, and Tim Lyons – Chicago, IL
When Dan’s temporary rough patch becomes an extended residency in the basement of his sister’s McMansion, he slowly adjusts to a new life in the suburbs and all the people who come with it.

“Giving Up
Created by Kris Lefcoe – New York, NY
A New York couple faces their own deadline to either “make it” or give up their dreams.
Pilot is a continuation of 2014 NYTVF Official Selection. Executive Produced by David Wain (“Wet Hot American Summer”) and starring Ben Kronberg (“The Half Hour”), Zandy Hartig (“Children’s Hospital”), and featuring Jo Firestone (“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”) and Kyle Dunnigan (“Inside Amy Schumer”)

“Guilty: The Web Series
Created by Katie Novotny, Erin Conroy, and Emma Smith – Chicago, IL
Katie Donovan, a 20-something in Chicago, is dealing with different temptations every day. From drinking too much before Mass to dating outside of her religion, Katie must find the strength to shed her Catholic guilt to be the person she wants to be instead of the Catholic girl her parents raised.

“Jeff’s Place” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Jeff Galfer, Sky Soleil, and Andrew Fleischer – Los Angeles, CA
“Twin Peaks”and “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” converge in this strange new world of lessons, sharing, and parallel realities.

“Let Me Die a Nun” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Sarah Salovaara – New York, NY
This six part series follows the opposing but intersecting trajectories of a lesbian novice nun, her Jewish stalker, and the object of her affection.
Starring Ana Fabrega (“Portlandia”) and Hari Nef (“Transparent”)

“Misery Loves Company” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini
Two friends navigate being women of color in a post-election world, while trying (and failing) at a #blessed life in LA.
Co-Created by and Starring Emily C. Chang (“The Bold Type”, “Vampire Diaries”)

“Nest” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Nick Leveski – Richmond, VA
A “mysterious” “teen” with a “shadowy” past meets a “super cool” restaurant owner with a heart of “gold” and a passion for “helping” troubled teens.

“Network Zero” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Kevin Pedersen – Los Angeles, CA
A motley crew of survivors after the end of the world build a colony around an old abandoned public access television station and broadcast their odd assortment of post-apocalyptic shows out into the wasteland.
Starring Maria Thayer (“Those Who Can’t”), Betsy Sodaro (“Comedy Bang! Bang!, Animal Practice”), Timm Sharp (“Blunt Talk, Enlightened”)

Network Zero

“Network Zero”

NYTVF

“New York is Dead” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, and Randy Harrison – New York, NY
A darkly hilarious series about two broke NYC artists who become hitmen to make ends meet.
Created by Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas (“Gayby”), Directed and Executive Produced by Randy Harrison (“Queer as Folk”), Featuring Bebe Neuwirth (“Frasier”, “Cheers”), Jemima Kirke (“Girls”), John Early (“Search Party”), Cole Escola (“Difficult People”), Ana Gasteyer (“SNL”), Jeff Hiller (“Nightcap”), and Maulik Pancholy (“30 Rock”)

“Night Crew” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, and Katie Sicking – New York, NY
Three data entry employees work the night shift at the Pentagon, where they have access to the world’s biggest secrets and little to no accountability.

“Primos, Inc.” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Lucien Flores and Michela M. Smith – New York, NY
Two Latino cousins gentrify their immigrant family’s customs and traditions to appeal to Brooklyn hipsters.
Starring Jon Rua (“Hamilton, In the Heights”) and Federico Rodriguez (“Bull”)

“Projecting” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by James III, Jonathan Braylock, James Carr, and Jerah Milligan – New York, NY
Three overly opinionated movie theater employees project their points of view on the unsuspecting public.

“Rap Skool” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Nnamdi Ngwe and Amechi Ngwe – Chicago, IL
Rob and Davis join a school of rap for the middle class and realize it’s tougher than they expected.

“Royally: An Original Series” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Rachel B. Joyce – New York, NY
A millennial burnout runs a private princess party company as a front for small-time cons, petty theft, and drug peddling.
Featuring Christina Seidel (“Boardwalk Empire”)

“Shit Kids”
Created by Kyle Dunnigan – Los Angeles, CA
The daughter of an earth-shatteringly boring couple, along with the son of an equally humdrum set of parents, have decided to plot their parents’ murders.
Created by and Starring Kyle Dunnigan (“Inside Amy Schumer”), Executive Produced by Daniel Kellison (Executive Producer – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”), Starring Candace Brown (“Head Case”)

“Sneakers” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Rachel Wolther and Amy Zimmer – New York, NY
Determined and foolhardy, Amy brings her entrepreneurial spirit to the world, to unwieldy and surprising results.
Featuring Ana Fabrega (“Portlandia”), Jaboukie Young White (“Rough Night”), Gary Richardson (“Don’t Think Twice”)

“Solving Leah” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Leah Bonnema, Melissa Pinsly, and Franklin Zitter – New York, NY
A lovable, anxiety-ridden accountant is wrongly accused of murder and vows to find the killer herself.
Featuring Will Miles (“The Chris Gethard Show”)

“Splunch” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Moujan Zolfaghari, Timothy Dunn, Michelle Ciotta, Silvija Ozols, Johnathan Fernandez, Hudson Meredith, Trevor Williams, Michelle Francesca Thomas, David Sidorov, Mehdi Barakchian, and Kristen Bartlett – New York, NY
Move over Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. Splunch is here, and it’s going to #change the way you #consume your #content.
Co-written by Kristen Bartlett (“Saturday Night Live”)

“Starving Artists” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock – Chicago, IL
Comedy duo Aasia and Dewayne go to extravagant lengths to reach their goals of international stardom and complete world domination. “Starving Artists” is a show about being young, gifted, and black in a world that praises straight, white, and wack.

“That Which Speaketh” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Felipe Di Poi, Ian Faria, Sam Lanier, Will Niedmann, Kent Smith, and Becca Zeiger – Providence, RI
A surrealist sitcom about a family and their obelisk.

“Tuff Boys” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Ryan Harrington and Isaac Himmelman – Brooklyn, New York
This musical comedy follows twenty-somethings Ryan and Isaac as they traverse the magical Brooklyn of their dreams and discover the true meaning of friendship.

“What Ever Happened to the Birches” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Madeline Walter and Paul Welsh – Los Angeles, CA
A mockumentary-style show about two self-absorbed twins who see their mom’s death as the creative opportunity they’ve been waiting for.
Created by Paul Welsh (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) and Madeline Walter (“College Humor Originals”), and featuring D’Arcy Carden (“The Good Place”) and Ian Roberts (“UCB Comedy Originals”)

DRAMA/DRAMEDY (13 Pilots)

“After Oil”
Created By Jessica Naftaly and Shailyn Cotten – New York, NY
In a dystopian future affected by an oil shortage, a young woman discovers there’s something sinister behind the disappearance of one of her bike messengers.

“Caring”
Created by Erin Wagoner and Maggie Kiley – Los Angeles, CA
Two moms and their nannies strive to find a balance between taking care of others and themselves.
Starring Hannah Dunne (“Horace and Pete, Mozart in the Jungle”) and Mickey Sumner (“Frances Ha”)

“Drive Slow” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Terrence Thompson
A teenager from the South-Side of Chicago attempts to finish his college essays and struggles to boil down his complex surroundings in 500 words, while his friends’ disparate opinions, racist news narratives, and the threat of lingering danger complicate the process.

“From Jappan” [World Festival Premiere]
Created By Raj Trivedi – New York, NY
As Jappan grows older and more independent, he flashes back to his twelve-year-old self living under the thumb of his family’s culture.

“Giving Me Life (In The Land of The Deadass)” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Dafina Roberts – New York, NY
A provocative dramedy about six Black and Latinx friends of diverse sexualities struggling to live and love in New York.

“The Green”
Created by Sophia Loffreda and Shea Mayo – Austin, TX
When a trio of 10-year-old BFFs find a bag of marijuana on the soccer field after practice, they hatch a foolproof plan to sell the green to their suburban town’s fabled drug dealer.

“Katharsis” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Niv Samban – Tel Aviv, Israel
One man creates a digital playground out of the human consciousness and soon falls down deep into the rabbit hole where secret forces, hackers, and the mind converge.

“Lost & Found”
Created by Haroula Rose – Los Angeles, CA
Stella and Ian’s unwedding unsettles their group of friends in Los Angeles in this dramedy about modern relationships.
Starring Melonie Diaz (“Fruitvale Station”) and Will Janowitz (“The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire”)

“Manic”
Created by Yolanda Carney, Kate Marks, and Kimberley Browning – Los Angeles, CA
An Ivy-league bound, overachieving teen is derailed after a manic episode lands her in a school for children with mental illnesses.
Featuring Shanice Williams (NBC’s “The Wiz Live”), Dot-Marie Jones (“Glee”), Nicki Micheaux (“Animal Kingdom”)

“Max Riddle” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Jeff Skowron and Matt Yeager – New York, NY
A good-hearted but socially inept man is forced to meet new people and expand his horizons after he loses his small-town job to a robot.
Featuring Brandon J. Dirden (“The Americans”, “The Get Down”) and Mary Birdsong (“The Descendents”, “Reno 911!”)

“Monday”
Created by Dinh Thai – Los Angeles, CA
“What can I get to you?” That’s the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he code-switches through various cliques, he’s forced to confront racism as well as the immorality of his occupation.

“People You May Know”
Created by Zandile Tisani – Johannesburg, South Africa
This modern tale of millennials in Johannesburg centers around a friendship that’s tested as two best friends keep secrets from each other for fear of tearing the relationship apart.

“Public Housing Unit”
Created by Patrick Wimp, Ted Reilly, and Angie Gaffney – Chicago, IL
Set in the late 1980’s, three police officers take on both lawmakers and lawbreakers as they work to protect the people of Chicago’s infamous public housing projects.
Starring DuShon Monique Brown (“Chicago Fire”), Kamal Angelo Bolden (“Chicago Fire, Rosewood”), Antoine McKay (“Empire”)

ANIMATION (6 Pilots)

“Eternity Fraternity” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Kevin Barker, Ben Miller, and Nina Quill – Brooklyn, NY
When a reluctant pledge accidentally dies during a rush party, he comes across a tougher challenge: pledging a ghost fraternity run by the sardonic Victorian witch-ghosts who used to own the frat house.

“Horse Court” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Charlie Laud and Matt Laud – Shelburne, VT
When you break the law, and you’re a horse, there’s only one place you can go.

“peopleWatching” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Winston Rowntree and Geoff Lapaire – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A post-modern comedy about 20-somethings in the year 20-something, stuck in that seemingly-endless limbo between school and adulthood, nothing and friendship, and expectations and reality.

“Tiffany the Teenage Grim Reaper” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Lauren Rantala – Los Angeles, CA
Tiffany is your average teenage girl who happens to be a Grim Reaper.

“Weird Creatures”
Created by Manolo Moreno – Brooklyn, NY
A unique, improvised series following two blue collar cryptozoologists as they study, hunt, and capture creatures from folklore.
Co-starring and Co-written by Jo Firestone (Writer – “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”)

“Yummiloo” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Traci Johnson, Bob Mowen, and Anthony Weintraub  – New York, NY
Rooty and her best friend, Beany, go on an adventure in this series for preschoolers that sets the foundation of healthy eating through lovable characters and stories in a world made of food.
Created by Traci Paige Johnson (co-creator – “Blues Clues”)

UNSCRIPTED (2 Pilots)

“Against All Odds” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Lucy Smith and Jamie Minty – London, England, United Kingdom
In this game show competition format, five contestants carry five locked bags, but only one contains £100,000. Together, the group must complete an obstacle course across treacherous natural landscapes and make it to the finish line.

“Put That in Your Skits” [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Trevor Williams – New York, NY
A filmmaker begins producing every comedy idea pitched to him by his relatives and friends in this hilarious comedic format.

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Lena Dunham on the ‘Amazing Flood of Female Energy’ That Made ‘Girls’ Possible

“Who am I when this show is done?” Dunham asked.

From its portrayal of eccentric nudity and millennial womanhood, to imbuing a deep fear of Q-tips in viewers everywhere, “Girls” has been at the center of the cultural conversation since its debut in 2012. To dig into why that was, creator and star Lena Dunham and producer Jenni Konner spoke at a keynote conversation, moderated by Slate’s Willa Paskin, at the New York Television Festival last week.

Dunham and Konner were joined by HBO vice president of original programming Kathleen McCaffrey, who connected Dunham with HBO as an assistant during the show’s genesis. During the event, Dunham, Konner and McCaffrey reminisced on the early beginnings of the show, the controversies its endured, and the upcoming sixth and final season.

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When asked if the show would be possible to create in 2016, all three were unsure, likening the success of “Girls” to an aligning of the stars.

“The year that ‘Girls’ came out was the year that ‘New Girl’ came out and ‘Two Broke Girls’ came out, and then Mindy, and then Amy Schumer, and then ‘Broad City,'” said Dunham. “There was something that was going on, and then suddenly there was this amazing flood of female energy on television. It felt to us like it was all happening at the same time.”

“It’s just so much more competitive now,” McCaffrey added. “I think there’s more strategy and less ‘Let’s give this little thing a try.’ It’s a little more ‘How can this break through the noise?'” She also noted that the landscape of television has changed since “Girls” premiered.

And while the show has received fairly consistent critical commentary, both good and bad, Dunham herself has received attention for her provocative statements over the years.

“Her brand is live and learn,” said Konner. “She will say something and it might seem reckless, and people hear it and say ‘This is what was wrong with what you said,’ and she will thoughtfully consider it, ask other people in her world what they think, and then either apologize for it, or not apologize for it.”

“I really have to work hard to separate the natural criticism that I’m going to receive for daring to put myself forward with the body I have and the opinions I have as a non-traditional-for-Hollywood, pro-choice woman who’s politically active,” Dunham said. She is listening, however, for “what’s really valid.”

Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham at the New York Television Festival

Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham at the New York Television Festival

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Regarding the show’s impact, the trio agreed that the fact that the show is still being talked about is a positive thing. Despite its comparatively low ratings, “Girls” has continued to stay relevant throughout its tenure on HBO. For Konner, the fact that people are sometimes furious with the show is better than no response at all.

“I said recently I never want to see a poster with four white girls on it again,” said Dunham when asked about the show’s lack of diversity, a critique that’s followed “Girls” since its premiere. “It’s something we really absorbed and care about and would do differently were we to make another.”

“Girls” began as a small production, and HBO wanted to maintain the integrity of Dunham’s story and honor her work without trying to impose on it creatively.

“One of your jobs as a storyteller is, in some ways, to move beyond the world that you see and to ask bigger questions and to try to reflect a world that you want to see,” added Dunham. Despite its criticisms, McCaffrey noted that “Girls” remains one of the few television shows with two female showrunners, and to have an HBO series starring, written and created by a woman is still an achievement.

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Regarding the upcoming season, the main goal for Dunham and Konner is to wrap up each character’s story and deliver a solid conclusion to the series. When asked if they’re worried they’ll never do anything as good as “Girls,” Konner and Dunham said they felt like that after every episode.

“I’d be like, ‘We had a great day yesterday. Tomorrow is not going to go as well.’ That sort of doomsday mentality.” said Dunham. “I was never like, ‘We just shot three great days, can’t wait for three great more.””

“We just pray to God that we can be like Tina Fey,” said Konner.

The sixth and final season of “Girls” will air on HBO in 2017. The New York Television Festival ran from October 24-29 at various locations across New York City.  Click here for more information on the festival.

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New York Television Festival Announces Award Winners And Development Deals

Comedy Central, IFC Comedy Selects, and Seeso were among the networks that signed development deals out of the 12th annual independent TV festival.

In the golden age of television, the New York Television Festival is quickly becoming the place to find the next crown jewel. Now in its 12th year, the festival continues to grow each year both in scope and prestige, boasting a record number of submissions, artists, and industry participation.

“It’s taken us a couple of years to get to this point, but we’re hitting our stride at a time where there is great creativity in TV and digital,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray, surveying the room bustling with pitch meetings on plush couches. “It’s fun, you see these incredibly talented people that are being given a shot to sit down with agents and managers and executives.”

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Grey founded NYTVF twelve years ago, shrewdly filling an opening for a Sundance-like festival for independent television creators. But what sets the festival apart from its film-world counterparts is the unprecedented industry access afforded its creators.  “I haven’t ever been put in front of industry people in the way that I have here,” said filmmaker Kevin Barker, who signed a development deal with IFC Comedy Selects for his animated series “E. Coli Hi.” Barker has directed two features films: “Last Kind Words,” starring Brad Dourif, and “The Family Jams,” a music documentary that followed musicians Devendra Banhardt, Joanna Newsom and Anohni on the road. He enjoyed the creative freedom of a short form series. “The chunks are so much smaller to bite off with episodic, so you can do weirder stuff and be more experimental, because there isn’t as much invested. You can make something that fails, and it’s not the same thing as making a feature that fails,” said Barker.

Industry recognition for NYTVF grows steadily each year, especially since it has shepherded two projects to production: HBO’s “Animals” and Amazon’s “Jamz.” That’s how Madeline Walter and Paul Walsh, two Los Angeles-based comedians who signed a development deal with Pop Pitch and won Best Short Form Comedy for their web series, “Textbook Adulthood,” knew of the festival. “In the past three years, I kept hearing about it more and more. Now there are shows on television that came out of this festival, or originally premiered at the festival, that made me pay more attention to it,” said Walter in between meetings.

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There are public screenings of the chosen pilots, and industry talks from the likes of Lena Dunham and Mitch Hurwitz, but the meetings facilitated between creators and developers are the heart of the festival, and the reason for its launching pad status. “All of our partners see the material before the festival,” said Grey. “We allow them to watch everything, so before they get here, they know exactly who they want to meet with. And it’s a qualified meeting, because they’ve already watched their pilot. That is, for somebody who doesn’t have an agent or doesn’t have a manager, it’s almost virtually impossible.”

Originally, almost 90 percent of creators at the festival had no industry representation whatsoever, now Grey estimates that number hovers between 40 and 50 percent. That is a signifier that NYTVF’s star, much like its award winning creators’, is on the rise.

Without further ado, the 12th annual New York Television Festival award winners and network deals:

Best Animation

Fired On Mars” created by Nick Vokey and Nate Sherman – Los Angeles, CA

Best Comedy

Poor Todd” created by Liz Astrof (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Drama

According to My Mother” created by Daniel K. Isaac, Cathy Y. Yan, and Devin Landin (Queens, NY)

Best Short-Form Comedy Series

Textbook Adulthood” created by Madeline Walter and Paul Welsh (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Short-Form Drama Series

Her Story” created by Jen Richards and Laura Zak (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Unscripted

Comedy Digs” created by Shelly Gossman and Blythe Haaga (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Actor, Comedy

Keith Powell for “Keith Broke His Leg

Best Actor, Drama

Daniel K. Isaac for “According to My Mother

Best Actress, Comedy

Julia Mattison for “Brooklyn Sound

Best Actress, Drama

Angelica Ross for “Her Story

Best Writing

Adam Weinstock and Andy Jones for “On the Bright Side

Best Directing (Tie)

Sonja O’Hara and Jaspal Binning for “Doomsday” and

D.W. Waterson for “That’s My DJ

Best Editing

Drew Van Steenbergen for “Brooklyn Sound

NYTVF Critics Award

The Worst Husband” created by Steve Dildarian (Los Angeles, CA)

Best of the Fest – Independent Pilot Competition

The Worst Husband” created by Steve Dildarian (Los Angeles, CA)

Best of the Fest – NYTVF Scripts

“Medium Well” written by Christina Brosman (Brooklyn, NY)

Development Deals and Network Award Winners

Bento Box Development Award

Tiffany So and Saba Saghafi for their project “Limited Space” (Los Angeles, CA)

Comedy Central Development Award

Julia Mattison and Noel Carey for their project “Brooklyn Sound” (Brooklyn, NY)

IFC Comedy Selects

Door on the Left” created by Kati Skelton (Brooklyn, NY) and

E. Coli High” created by Kevin Barker and Ben Miller (Brooklyn, NY)

OneX Pitch Deal

Chas Jackson (Los Angeles, CA)

Pop Pitch Deal

Madeline Walter and Paul Welsh (Los Angeles, CA)

Red Arrow Entertainment Development Award

Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman for their project “Yidlife Crisis” (Montreal, Quebec)

Seeso Development Award

Tynan Delong, Ryan Bennett and Ana Fabrega for their project “Jana and Shasta” (Brooklyn, NY)

Super Deluxe Pitch Deal

Meghan O’Neill (Brooklyn, NY)

truTV Greenlight Deal

Shelly Gossman and Blythe Haaga for their project “Comedy Digs” (Los Angeles, CA)

WEtv Pitch Deal

Joseph Gerbino and Erica Hart (West Palm Beach, FL)

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Indie Pilots ‘According to My Mother,’ ‘Poor Todd’ Take New York Television Festival Prizes

Independently produced pilots from a trio of writers from Queens and a comedy writer from Los Angeles have taken top prizes at the 12th annual New York Television Festival, which wrapped Saturday. The weeklong festival features a competition for completed pilots and for the first time added a script competition. Participants also compete to secure… Read more »

Independently produced pilots from a trio of writers from Queens and a comedy writer from Los Angeles have taken top prizes at the 12th annual New York Television Festival, which wrapped Saturday. The weeklong festival features a competition for completed pilots and for the first time added a script competition. Participants also compete to secure... Read more »

New York Television Festival Unveils 2016 Winners

Winners were announced tonight from the 12th annual New York Television Festival, capping a record breaking event that saw the most submissions in the festival’s history. The event’s flagship Independent Pilot Competition saw winners in 15 competition categories, including “Best of the Fest” honors going to The Worst Husband – the trailer for which you can watch above – in the Independent Pilot Competition, and to Medium Well in the NYTVF Scripts competition. The festival…

Winners were announced tonight from the 12th annual New York Television Festival, capping a record breaking event that saw the most submissions in the festival’s history. The event’s flagship Independent Pilot Competition saw winners in 15 competition categories, including "Best of the Fest" honors going to The Worst Husband – the trailer for which you can watch above – in the Independent Pilot Competition, and to Medium Well in the NYTVF Scripts competition. The festival…