Hybrid unscripted-comedy pilots to compete at NYTVF

Four unscripted pilots, including Hello Future (pictured), have been selected for the New York Television Festival's (NYTVF) Independent Pilot Competition.
August 17, 2016

Four unscripted pilots have been selected for the New York Television Festival’s (NYTVF) Independent Pilot Competition.

The titles are among 63 original television and digital pilots and series that will be showcased for industry execs and the public at the 12th annual event, which runs from October 24 to 29 in New York City.

Three of the unscripted pilots are comedy hybrids. Shawn Bowers and Colin Hogan’s Clickbait is billed as a “web-centric prank show” that pits comedians against each other in a series of outrageous online assignments.

Saturday Night Live writers room alum Shelley Gossman is behind Comedy Digs, a twist on the home reno genre in which she helps comedians upgrade their grungy pads. SNL‘s Mike O’Brien and Veep‘s Sam Richardson also appear in the pilot.

Hello Future (pictured) is an unscripted-meets-sketch comedy series in which two young women “use themselves as test subjects to explore what it means to be ‘of the times’ in 2016 and beyond,” according to the official description. The show was created by Tessa Greenberg and Moujan Zolfaghari, who also stars.

Finally, Heartstrings focuses on music instructor Jody Joseph Bongiovi whose “uncanny approach has turned her from professor to mentor, but that’s just the beginning.” The pilot’s creators are Bongiovi, Daniel Saulnier and Dom Del Russo.

The IPC selections will compete in a variety of categories overseen by a jury comprised of the NYTVF screening committee and the emerging TV execs participating in the NYTVF-HRTS Next Generation Committee. The winners will be announced on October 29.

As Official Artists, the pilot creators also have the chance to ink development deals from one of the networks or studios that have guaranteed they will offer at least one deal to an independent artist this year.

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