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Lifetime, NYTVF seek ‘larger-than-life’ characters

The Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline is returning for a second year, and is this time putting the focus on casting.
July 29, 2013

The Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline is returning for a second year, and is this time putting the focus on casting.

An initiative between the U.S. cable network Lifetime and the New York Television Festival (NYTVF), the pipeline gives independent producers and production companies the chance to develop an unscripted program with Lifetime.

This year the focus is on casting, and submissions will need tapes featuring “larger-than-life” individuals, and broadly appealing male and female characters that live in “outrageous yet relatable worlds.” The characters must be able to sustain an entire series.

Open to U.S. residents aged 18 and over, the pool will be whittled down to 25 semi-finalists who will take part in the NYTVF as official artists, before five finalists are selected to produce additional tape, with one winner taking home US$10,000 and the chance to produce a pilot presentation. Complete rules can be found here.

Last year’s inaugural winner was Pat Taggart and Frank Petka’s Junk Mom.

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with NYTVF. The great thing about this partnership is that it supports independent producers while allowing us to cast an even wider net for undiscovered, larger-than-life talent,” said Eli Lehrer, senior VP and head of non-fiction development at Lifetime. “I can’t wait to see what comes through the Pipeline this year.”

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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