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The 2012 New York Television Festival Announces Its Winners, Including ‘Galaxy Comics,’ ‘Shrink’ and More

The 2012 New York Television Festival Announces Its Winners, Including 'Galaxy Comics,' 'Shrink' and More

The eighth annual New York Television Festival wrapped last night by announcing the winners of its main Independent Pilot Competition, as well as the final selections for various scripted and unscripted contests that come with development deals at networks like Fox, A&E, Lifetime and others.

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The festival, which ran from October 22 to 27 in New York, included panels, workshops, industry pitch sessions and screenings of all 51 selections in the IPC, broken up into the categories of animation, comedy, drama and unscripted. 

2012 Independent Pilot Competition Sponsored Awards

Additional IPC Award Winners

  • NYTVF Critics Award: “Shrink,” from Ted Tremper (Chicago, IL)
  • Best Comedy Pilot: “Shrink,” from Ted Tremper (Chicago, IL)
  • Best Drama or Dramedy Pilot: “Books,” from Joe Webb (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Best Animation Pilot: “Pockets Universe,” from John Cantlie and Edmond Melnychuk (Richmond, BC)
  • Best Web Series Pilot: “Lovin’ Lakin,” from Dave Mahanes and Christine Lakin (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Best Nonscripted Pilot: “Newton’s Law,” from Sean O’Riordan (London, UK)
  • Best Actress: Zandy Hartig in “American Viral” (New York, NY)
  • Best Actor: Jonathan Pessin in “In Session with Jonathan Pessin” (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Nonscripted Character or Host: Alec Pinkston in “How to Get Lost” (Chicago, IL)
  • Best Directing: (tie) Kevin McMullin for “Galaxy Comics” (New York, NY) and John Lyde for “The Shadow Cabal” (Provo, UT)
  • Best Writing: Scott Eckert, Chris Grace, Rich Hollman, Chris O’Brien, and Nate Williams for “Actualized” (New York, NY)


Select artists submitted pitches aimed at specific networks or agencies based on their creative briefs, with the winners below each getting a development deal.

  • Sundance Channel: “I Want A New Life,” created by Stephen Soroka and Will Bozarth (New York, NY)
  • Red Arrow International: “Barely Legal,” created by Kynan Griffin and Jason Faller (Provo, UT)
  • BIO Channel: “Para-Not-So-Normal,” created by Nick Armstrong and Trevor Tevel (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Channel 4: “Celebrities Solving Crimes,” created by Melge Media (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Hasbro Studios: “Buckle and Swash,” created by Sarah Courtauld (London, UK)
  • Logo: “Burly Q’s,” created by Carrie Preston and Daisy 3 Pictures (New York, NY)
  • truTV: “Lords of the Land: NYC,” created by Frank Mosca (City Island, NY)

FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest

Aspiring TV writers entered original half-hour comedy TV pilot scripts, with 25 finalists evaluated by Fox and the winner below receiving $25,000 and a development deal at the network.

  • “Here to Stay” from Andrew Shafer (New York, NY)

A&E and Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipelines

Artists submitted original unscripted program concepts, including video and a treatment, focused on individuals or small groups that fit the points of view of the two networks. Five finalists were chosen from a field of 25 semi-finalists to receive notes from their network’s development execs, $2,500 and $1,599 to shoot additional footage. The winner will receive $10,000 and a chance at helping produce a pilot presentation for the network.

Winner of the A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline (selected from the five finalists announced earlier this year):

  • “Private Eyes” (originally titled “Deadbeats”), from Frank Mosca, John Morena, Stephen Franciosa Jr., and Vinny Parco (New York, NY)

Finalists in the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline:

  • “American Bombshells,” from Steven Ryan (New York, NY)
  • “Cake Lush to the Stars,” from Cee French Harth, Paul Harth and Jeff Schubert (New York, NY)
  • “Comediennes,” from Tim Paul (Chicago, IL)
  • “Junk Mom,” from Pat Taggart (Philadelphia, PA)
  • “Ladies on the Loose,” from Jenn Dlugos and Andrea Henry (Boston, MA)

Samsung Second Screen Storytellers Challenge

[Announced on October 26th] Five finalists took part in a Samsung-sponsored live pitch event. The winner below will receive a guaranteed production budget of $300,000 to create an original short series with accompanying second screen material to be debuted at CES in 2013 and be exclusively distributed via Samsung Smart TVs and Galaxy devices.

  • “D-TEC,” from Joseph Saroufim, Peter Saroufim, and Stephen Interrante (Los Angeles, CA)

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