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The 2013 New York Television Festival Announces the Winners of Its Pilot Competition and the Recipients of 20 Development Deals

The 2013 New York Television Festival Announces the Winners of Its Pilot Competition and the Recipients of 20 Development Deals

The 2013 New York Television Festival came to a close with its award ceremony tonight at the SVA Theatre, where the winners of this year’s Independent Pilot Competition were announced alongside the recipients of 20 development deals from the fest’s network, studio and digital partners. Those recipients join the 11 others who gotten deals from the NYTVF announced earlier this year.

Among the development deals announced tonight were the winners of the sixth annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest and the A&E and HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipelines, as well as deals from BET, BIO Channel, Channel 4, CW Seed, Gannett Broadcasting, HISTORY, IFC, MTV, National Geographic Channel, Sundance Channel, truTV and VH1.

“We launched our first 2013 development initiatives during the 2012 Festival and in the year since, we’ve seen growth across the board — from the number of industry participants attending the Festival and partners committing to development options, to a jump in both submission opportunities offered and artists creating projects for our competitions,” said NYTVF founder and executive director Terence Gray. “It’s been a banner year for the organization and we are indebted to our terrific partners and extremely talented creative community for their commitment to the independent television movement.”

Here’s the list of development deals and winners:

MSN Short-Form Storytellers Challenge
Announced on Friday, October 25 following a live pitch event featuring five finalists, the winner of the first-ever MSN Short-Storytellers Challenge received a $75,000 production budget from MSN to create an original short-form series for the Microsoft video platform.
– “Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made” by Guy Georgeson (Toronto, ON, Canada)

NYTVF Pitch – Announced Today
In 2013, the third installment of this initiative welcomed back Pitch Partners, Sundance Channel and BIO Channel, along with new additions Gannett Broadcasting and National Geographic Channel. Each partner provided a creative brief, which was shared with NYTVF’s Official Artists. Artists were invited to submit specific pitches for each partner and the top ideas were identified by the NYTVF for the chance to pitch during the Festival. Each Pitch Partner guaranteed one development deal for an artist participating in NYTVF Pitch, with the following coming out on top:
– BIO Channel: Anre Garrett (Miami, FL)
– Gannett Broadcasting: David Guthrie and Nick Nelson (Toronto, ON, Canada)
– National Geographic Channel: Justin Lamb (New York, NY)
– Sundance Channel: Alex J. Mann (New York, NY)

FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest – Announced Today
For the sixth consecutive year, FOX partnered with the NYTVF on the annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest, inviting 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 the network. Twenty-five finalists were selected to be evaluated by FOX, and the winner is:
– “We’re Not Your Parents” by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith (Los Angeles, CA)

A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipelines – Announced Today
Launched in 2011 with A&E, adding Lifetime in 2012 and HISTORY in 2013, these programs sought original unscripted television concepts (including a short video and treatment) focused on individuals or small groups that represent unique points of view for each network. In each initiative, aselection of semi-finalists advanced to the corresponding network for consideration with five finalists receiving development deals. Winning producers received $10,000 and the opportunity for future development with the partnering network.

The winner of the first-annual HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipeline, which was selected from the five finalists announced earlier this year:
– Rick Dobbis for his project, “Fire Bombers” (New York, NY)

The winner of the third-annual A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline, which was selected from the five finalists announced earlier this year:
– Nathan Stoll for his project, “Dirt Track Outlaws” (New York, NY)

Finalists in the second-annual Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline (winner to be announced at a later date):
– Jake Greene for “JR – Style by Fire” (Los Angeles, CA)
– Sue Mowris for “LumberJill” (Madison, WI)
– Harold Abrams for “Miss Vivian – the Funeral Lady” (Virginia Beach, VA)
– Bill Herndon and Brett Gay for “Sisters of the Game” (Baltimore, MD and Fresno, CA)
– Soreyrith Um for “Wrestling Hollywood” (Nashville, TN)

2013 Festival Development Awards – Announced Today
In 2013, seven NYTVF Festival Development Partners offered guaranteed development options to the NYTVF community. Festival Development Awards go to producers and content creators from among the New York Television Festival’s 2013 class of Official Artists. (Official Artists are those who either had their pilot named an Official Selection of the Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) or was a semi-finalist or finalist in any other NYTVF initiatives.)
– BET Networks Development Deal: Joseph Gerbino (West Palm Beach, FL)
– Channel 4 Development Deal: Scott Eckert (Brooklyn, NY)
– CW Seed Digital Development Deals (2): John Thibodeaux and Kevin Walsh (Chicago, IL) and Jim Garvey and Stian Hafstad (Los Angeles, CA and Bergen, Norway)
– MTV Comedy Development Deal: Sydney Nikols and Julia Mattison (New York, NY)
– truTV Development Deal: Ramiro Castro Jr., Andrew Rollins Dewitt and Mike Bridenstine (Los Angeles, CA)
– VH1 Development Deal: Brona C. Titley and Tony Cooke (London, England)

Additionally, for the fifth consecutive year, IFC is awarding the “Out of the Box” Award to the pilot that the network identifies as the most innovative or genre-expanding pilot in competition.
– IFC “Out of the Box” Award: “Incognito” created by Alison Rich and Andrew Law (New York, NY)

Independent Pilot Competition – Announced Today
– Best Comedy Pilot: “Animals” created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano (New York, NY)
– Best Drama or Dramedy Pilot: “Hereafter” created by Johnny Kenton (London, England)
– Best Web Series Pilot: “Escape from Brooklyn” created by Sue Galloway and Megan Neuringer (New York, NY)
– Best Unscripted Pilot: “Anything You Can Do” created by Omar Kenawi and Martina Kabelkova (London, England)
– Best Actress: Alison Rich for “Incognito” (New York, NY)
– Best Actor: (tie) Peyton Brown, Brian Hurwitz, Josh Segovia, and Tyler Smith for “Exquisite Corpse” (Chicago, IL)
– Best Directing: Todd Bieber for “Engaged” (New York, NY)
– Best Writing: “Disenchanted” written by Justin Neufeld, Mark Spacek, Galen Church and Bill Wise (Austin, TX)
– NYTVF Critics Award: “Killer Moves” created by Ben Hillyar, David Mayes and Tim Partridge (Beconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England)
– NYTVF Audience Award: “Re:Verse” created by Stephen Soroka and Nic Rad (New York, NY)
– NYTVF “Best of the Fest”: “Re:Verse” created by Stephen Soroka and Nic Rad (New York, NY)

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