The New York Television Festival has launched NYTVF Productions, a vehicle for independent TV artists to develop pilots and series for TV and digital networks and studios.
Striking deals with the A+E Network, Fox, History and The Orchard, the partnerships will result in three pilot oders and one series order, with winning artists and projects to be announced on Saturday (October 25) as part of the festival’s 10th anniversary awards ceremony.
The victor of the A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline will team with NYTVF Productions for an unscripted pilot; the Fox Comedy Alumni Program winner will develop a comedy pilot; and the History Unscripted Development Pipeline award recipient will create an unscripted pilot presentation in 2015.
The Orchard Go Project winner will create a six-episode series for the indie distributor and multi-channel network, marking the first time that the company will fund and produce its own original episodic series.
“For anyone tracking the impressive growth trajectory and influence of the NYTVF over the years, it’s no surprise that development and production partnerships were the next logical step,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s senior VP of film & TV, in a statement. “At The Orchard, we share their passion for discovering and developing talented new voices and are excited to be doing so as a launch partner for NYTVF Productions.”
All partnerships are coproduced with NYTVF Productions, and Terence Gray - NYTVF’s founder and executive director – will be taking on the role of NYTVF Productions’ executive producer.
Gray added: “The idea of independent TV has greatly evolved since we created the festival 10 years ago, as new players have entered the market for original programming; technology has made it easier to produce, edit, fund, promote and self-distribute content; and filmmakers have looked to TV and digital as strong, respected mediums for their art.
“We have evolved as well, thanks to trust from our industry partners who now know the NYTVF as a conduit to top indie talent, to creators who look to us as a way to start or grow their careers, win development deals, land jobs on network shows, meet agents, and now – with NYTVF Productions - get further opportunities for achieve pilot and series orders.”