New York Television Festival Announces 2014 Winners

The New York Television Festival wrapped up its 10th edition tonight at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, including a keynote from House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon, a screening of Fox’s Mulaney, as well as the fest’s annual Image (12) Mulaney__140512230432-575x489.jpg for post 728368awards ceremony.  NYTVF announced the winners of its Independent Pilot Competition  in 12 categories, including “Best of the Fest” and NYTVF Critics Award honors to “Dispatch” and  “Witnesses” respectively, as well as recipients of 20 development deals from its network, studio and digital partners.

This year, NYTVF and its partners brought a record 32 development deals to independent television creators  — up from 15 in 2011. Of note, are the direct-to-series green lights from The Orchard and Travel Channel/ULIVE, and the development of an unscripted pilot presentation with A&E Network. 121 finalists/semi-finalists were selected to compete in the fest from 2,000 submissions. These artists participated in hundreds of networking and pitch meetings with industry executives. NYTVF took place at the Tribeca Cinemas, Tribeca Three Sixty, and the SVA Theatre from October 20 – 25.

Also announced were the winner of the HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipeline; five finalists in the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline; winner of the Lionsgate/Sea to Sky – Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award; and additional development deals from NYTVF partners Channel 4, Comedy Central, Conde Nast Entertainment, Tiny Riot! – a FremantleMedia company, FYI, H2, Investigation Discovery,  National Geographic Channels, Red Arrow Entertainment, SundanceTV, truTV, and WE tv.

2014 NYTVF Development Deals

HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipeline
Gary Simson and Andrew Giacometti for their project “Wreck Hunters” (Los Angeles, CA)

A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline
Eric Kutner for his project “Risk” (New York, NY)

Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline (winner to be announced at a later date):
– Nathan Stoll for his project “Can’t Knock The Hustle” (New York, NY)
– Ryan Basham for his project “Doctor Diva” (Los Angeles, CA)
– Kate Hendricks for her project “Kate the Wasp” (New York, NY)
– Mark Haapala and Stewart Gold for their project “Pinky & The Fan Girls” (Los Angeles, CA)
– Terri Lee Ryan for her project “Rori’s Party” (Chicago, IL)

Festival Development Awards and NYTVF Pitch

Festival Development Awards:
– Comedy Central: Caroline Fox and Daniel Obzejta for “This Old Thing” (Los Angeles, CA)
– Lionsgate/Sea to Sky – Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award: Ben Snyder and Ari Issler for “The Come Up” (Brooklyn, NY)
– The Orchard GO Project: Jim Kozyra for “The Jamz” (Chicago, IL)

NYTVF Pitch Awards
– Channel 4: Nicole Paglia and Daniel Brierley (London, UK)
– Conde Nast Entertainment: Ramiro Castro Jr. and Pedro Castro (Los Angeles, CA)
– FremantleMedia/Tiny Riot!: Sutton Dewey and Mark Millner (Brooklyn, NY)
– FYI: James Spokoini & Massimiliano Bulgheroni (London, UK)
– H2: Carrie Preston and Kate Rigg (New York, NY)
– Investigation Discovery: Nicole Paglia and Daniel Brierley (London, UK)
– National Geographic Channels: Steve Sera, Tim Egan, and Bob Sylvester (Boston, MA)
– Red Arrow Entertainment:  Jessica Coleman (Sicklerville, NJ)
– SundanceTV: David Harris (Los Angeles, CA)
– Travel Channel and ULIVE: Jim Kozyra and Chris Petlak (Chicago, IL)
– truTV: Greg Ash (London, UK)
– WEtv: Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (Brooklyn, NY)

In addition to the above, the FOX-NYTVF Comedy Alumni Program,Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline and MTV development deal winners will be announced later this year.

Independent Pilot Competition Winners
– Best Animation Pilot:Future Duck!” created by Henry Dalton and Paul Cope (London, UK)
– Best Comedy Pilot: “Cowards” created by Daniel Clark, Megan Green, Joe Kwaczala, Joe McAdam, and Chris Stephens (Los Angeles, CA)
– Best Drama or Dramedy Pilot: “Dispatch” created by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (Brooklyn, NY)
– Best Short-Form Web Series: “Annie Undocumented” created by Daniel Hsia, Elaine Low, and Brian Yang (Los Angeles, CA)
– Best Unscripted Pilot:“Love Spitters” created by Rich Seng and Nicholas Charles Peters (Chicago, IL)
– Best Actress: Caroline Fox for “This Old Thing” (Los Angeles, CA)
– Best Actor: Chris Mast for “Go, Bolivia, Go!” (Los Angeles, CA)
– Best Director: David Eisenberg for “Witnesses” (Queens, NY)
– Best Editor: Matt VanDaniker for “The Neighborhood” (Queens, NY)
– Best Writing: “Trouble” written by Sean Skelton (New York, NY)
– NYTVF Critics Award: “Witnesses” created by David Eisenberg and Jon Higgins (Queens, NY)
– NYTVF Audience Award: “The Neighborhood” created by James Manzello and Matt Pavich (Queens, NY)
– NYTVF “Best of the Fest”: “Dispatch” created by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (Brooklyn, NY)

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