The New York TV Festival tonight announced recipients of 19 development deals, plus Critics and Audience Awards and other prizes. Seven development deals were awarded from the NYTVF Pitch competition — BIO Channel, Channel 4, Hasbro Studios, Logo, Red Arrow International, Sundance Channel and truTV — 1 each from Fox, Samsung and A&E; 5 from Lifetime; and 4 tied to Independent Pilot Competition categories from IFC, MTV, VH1 and Syfy. In addition to the 4 Pilot Competition development deals, the fest announced winners for Best Drama, Comedy, Actor, Actress, Directing, Writing, etc. Festival award recipients from tonight’s announcement:

Winner of the Samsung Second Screen Storytellers Competition was “D-TEC”, created by Joseph Saroufim, Peter Saroufim, and Stephen Interrante. It was announced during Samsung’s Live Pitch event on Friday evening and is receiving a $300,000 production budget from the electronics leader to create an original multi-screen series for Samsung Smart TVs.

2012 Development Deals


Each Pitch Partner guaranteed one development deal for an artist participating in NYTVF Pitch, with the following coming out on top:

– 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
For the fifth 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:

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

A&E and Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipelines
Launched in 2011 with A&E, and re-upped in 2012 with A&E and the addition of Lifetime, 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, five finalists are selected from a field of 25 semi-finalists with each of the five receiving notes on their projects from the respective network’s development executives as well as a cash prize of $2,500. Finalists also receive $1,500 to shoot additional tape to further enhance their projects for a shot at the $10,000 prize and the opportunity to participate in the production of a pilot presentation with the network.

The winner of the second-annual A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline, which was 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)

2012 Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) Sponsored Awards

– IFC “Out of the Box” Award: “Hamsters” from Damian Lanigan (Brooklyn, NY)
– MTV Comedy Development Deal: “Galaxy Comics” from Kevin McMullin and Jacey Heldrich (New York, NY)
– Syfy “Imagine Greater” Award: “Time Trials” from Lee Jordan and Clay Lapari (Los Angeles, CA)
– VH1 “Theory of Creativity” Award: “Actors Anonymous” from René Ashton (Studio City, CA)
– Amazon Studios Audience Award: “Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon” from Manny Galán (New York, NY)

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)