Tonight, the 11th annual New York Television Festival came to a close with a ceremony celebrating the winners of its Independent Pilot Competition. The awards handed out included Best Comedy and Drama Pilots and Best of the Fest; in addition, a jury of critics (including myself) awarded coming-of-age dramedy “The Parker Tribe” with the NYTVF Critics Award.
The NYTVF showcased 50 pilots as well as special events for shows, including WGN’s “Manhattan,” and networking opportunities connecting festival artists to television executives. 12 development deals were also announced as a result of the week of pitching.
Check out the full list of winners and development deals below.
2015 INDEPENDENT PILOT COMPETITION WINNERS
Best Comedy Pilot: “New Partner”
Created by Quinn Beswick and Josh Margolin (Los Angeles, CA)
Welcome to the cursed existence of Ron Robinson, a cop who can’t stop getting his partners killed.
Best Drama or Dramedy Pilot: “Riftworld“
Created by Jonathan Williams, Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith, and Laura Perlmutter (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
A struggling journalist teams up with a dimension-traveling wizard to help him find his way home.
Best Short-Form Digital Series: “The Katering Show“
Created by Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
The journey of a food intolerant and an intolerable foodie.
Best Unscripted Pilot: “Funny Cause It’s True“
Created by Victor Varnado (New York, NY)
A “Mythbusters”-style look at the world of comedy that deconstructs a comedian’s act from the inside out.
Best Actress (Comedy): Becky Yamamoto and Meghan O’Neill for “2 Chans”
Best Actor (Comedy): Marshall Stratton and James Coker for “The Other Kennedys”
Best Actress (Drama or Dramedy): Tiffany Rachelle Stewart for “Black Rose“
Best Director: Andrew W. Chan for “The Midnight Anthology“
Best Editor: Tulica Singh for “Croissant Man”
Best Writing: Bob Borrmann and Luca Stein for “Dead John“
NYTVF Critics Award: “The Parker Tribe” created by Jane Baker (Brattleboro, VT)
Living life in suburban Philadelphia in the late 1970s is both hilarious and painful for Mary “Jo” Parker, a 13-year-old tomboy in a large Irish Catholic family.
NYTVF “Best of the Fest” (tie):
“The Katering Show” created by Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
“The Parker Tribe” created by Jane Baker (Brattleboro, VT)
2015 NYTVF DEVELOPMENT DEALS AND NETWORK AWARD WINNERS
A+E Networks Create360°
◦ A&E Network: Debbie Isaacs for her project “Win Court” (Las Vegas, Nv)
◦ HISTORY: Bill Herndon for his project “America’s Next Big Franchise” (New York, NY)
◦ Lifetime: Christian Campbell, America Olivo, and Annette Tanner for their project “Broadway Dreams” (New York, NY)
◦ FYI Pitch Award: Colin Hogan and Shawn Bowers (Chicago, IL)
◦ H2 Pitch Award: Steve Sullivan (Chicago, IL)
AMC-Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award: Tom Moran (Devon, England, UK) for his script “White Rabbit”
HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipeline: Elena Sorre for her project “Green Rush: Alaska” (New York, NY)
Chosen from five finalists who were awarded development deals earlier this year, this winner will have the opportunity to produce a pilot presentation with NYTVF Productions.
Red Arrow Entertainment and Fabrik Entertainment Development Award: Loren Tarquinio for his project “Mamarazzi” (Los Angeles, CA)
Red Arrow Entertainment and Left/Right Development Award: Micah Sherman for his project “Improvising” (New York, NY)
truTV Greenlight Award: Lauren Ludwig and Laura Grey for their project “Ex-Girlfiend” (Los Angeles, CA)
This winner has been selected to develop a project in partnership with truTV and NYTVF Productions.
WE tv Pitch Award: Kyle Blake (Allendale, NJ)