The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) has named Sean O’Riordan’s independent pilot Newton’s Law as the winner of an inaugural development opportunity offered by itself and Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP).
The UK-based format was picked from submissions to NYTVF’s annual independent pilot competition. O’Riordan’s winning format, made in conjunction with the National Film & Television School, is a non-scripted psychological game show.
He picked up a cash prize of US$5,000 and an option deal with WBITVP. Part of the prize is an early bid as an official selection of this year’s NYTVF, which takes place from October 22-27 in Manhattan.
The development opportunity was announced during the inaugural NYTVF London event held at BAFTA’s London headquarters last November, alongside a scripted programming deal offered by Fox TV Studios and Apostle, and marked the first international NYTVF awards offering guaranteed development deals exclusively to producers based in the UK.
“Newton’s Law was the stand out format from the competition this year, the pilot was well produced and the idea highly original. We look forward to working with Sean to develop his format further and hopefully bringing it to market,” said Andrew Zein, senior VP of creative, format development and sales for WBITVP.
“This opportunity stemmed from a genuine interest on the part of many of the NYTVF’s industry partners to access and nurture great producing talent in the UK, and we hope this will be the first of many opportunities we can offer to producers there and around the world,” added NYTVF founder Terence Gray.