by Team TVWriter™ Press Service
Here’s the scoop. The whole scoop. And nothing but the scoop. So help us New York:
At an awards ceremony last Saturday at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan this evening, NYTVF(www.nytvf.com) announced the winners of its Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) in 11 categories, including “Best of the Fest” and NYTVF Critics Award honors to “Re:Verse” and “Killer Moves,” respectively.
Additionally, NYTVF announced the winners of 20 development deals from its network, studio and digital partners. Along with its partners, NYTVF has brought a record 31 development deals to independent television creators in 2013, including 11 which were announced earlier this year.
Development deal recipients include winners of the sixth annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contestand the A&E and HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipelines,finalists in the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline, and deals from BET, BIO Channel, Channel 4, CW Seed, Gannett Broadcasting, HISTORY, IFC, MTV, National Geographic Channel, Sundance Channel, truTV and VH1.
As the ninth annual New York Television Festival wrapped on Saturday night, the NYTVF and its industry partners celebrated the independent television movement by also recognizing the winner of the MSN ShortForm Storytellers Challenge, “Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made,” created by Guy Georgeson, which was announced during MSN’s Live Pitch event on Friday evening and is receiving a $75,000 production budget from MSN to create an original short-form series for the Microsoft video platform.
The total number of 2013 of development deals offered through NYTVF via its year-round initiatives was up from 26 in 2012, 15 in 2011, four in 2010 and one or two in earlier years. Of the more than 3000 submissions received this year, 201 projects were selected for the Independent Pilot Competition or as finalists or semi-finalists in other development initiatives, with more than 350 Official Artists attending the Festival.
These artists participated in hundreds of networking and pitch meetings with industry executives, while more than 15,000 artists, fans and industry attendees took advantage of the 60-plus free events, including screenings, premieres, panels and parties that took place at Tribeca Cinemas, Tribeca Three Sixty, and the SVA Theatre from October 21 – 26.
Established in 2005, the NYTVF constructs new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model.
By partnering directly with networks, studios, production companies, digital platforms and brands, the NYTVF provides its Industry Partners with a streamlined development model, leveraging its vast creative community of over 12,000 independent producers and production companies, to create content with specific partners in mind.
During the annual New York Television Festival – held each fall in New York City – the NYTVF brings together its top artists and industry decision-makers for a series of events designed to foster networking, collaboration and education.
The Festival also marks the culmination of the organization’s yearly development efforts and features screenings of top independent content, educational panels, fan events, red carpet premieres, and more.