2016 has been a banner year for the New York Television Festival. The Duplass Brothers-produced “Animals” pilot, which won Best Comedy at the festival in 2013, landed a two-season deal over at HBO. Multi-year alums of the festival Tory Stanton and Scott McCabe wrote a pilot called “No Tomorrow” that will score a premiere on The CW this fall. And that’s just the start.
Deadlines have passed for this year’s annual Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) and the festival’s inaugural NYTVF Scripts competition. The statistics show interest in independent television — at least as far as it crosses into the festival — is hotter than ever.
- The inaugural NYTVF Scripts competition received 995 submissions from comedy writers in the indie TV community
- NYTVF received a record number of Independent Pilot Competition submissions: up 42.7% from the previous year
- The festival is anticipating over 3500 total submissions across all
- Official Selections for the pilot and script competitions will be announced the week of August 15.
- Starting this week, industry passes for the festival go on sale. NYTVF Industry Connect Passes provide buyers, development execs, agents, and managers, and production companies with pre-Festival access to all Officially-Selected projects in both the IPC and NYTVF Scripts, and the ability to set meetings with artists/projects of interest. For more information check out the official NYTVF website.
Other recent success stories from New York Television Festival include:
- Tory Stanton and Scott McCabe (multi-year NYTVF alums) wrote pilot for “No Tomorrow,” greenlit by CW (debuts Fall 2016)
- “The Jamz” (2014 Official Selection): NYTVF Productions Original Series, now available on Netflix
- Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith (2013 FOX development deal winners): Original series “Significant Mother” on The CW summer 2015, and are currently executive producing “Fuller House” on Netflix
- “Semi-Charmed Life,” created by Josh Sorokach (2014 FOX Comedy Alumni Program winner). Recently shot a pilot in Los Angeles produced by NYTVF Productions, in partnership with Abominable Pictures (“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” “Childrens Hospital”), and with Ryan Hansen, Illeana Douglas, Allan McLeod, Noël Wells and John Ennis.
- “Annie Undocumented” (2014 Best Short-Form), now available on Fullscreen.
- “Whatever Linda” (2014 Official Selection), in development with Marc Gordon and “Orphan Black” executive producers
- “That’s My Bus” (2015 Just For Laughs/NYTVF “From Set to Screen” winner): Pilot Presentation at FOX
- “Austen Earl” (FOX Script Winner): Original series Sebastian piloted by NBC/Greg Garcia
- “Kittens in a Cage” (2015 Official Selection): In development with Bento Box Entertainment
- “Incognito” (winner of the IFC “Out of the Box” Award in 2013) – Alison Rich, who also won Best Actress at the Festival – went on to be a writer on SNL and, most recently, star in FOX late-night show Party Over Here, executive produced by The Lonely Island and Paul Scheer.
Keep an eye out for the rest of this year’s festival… you never know where your next favorite TV show may pop out of.