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NYTVF teams up again with A&E Network, BIO

The New York Television Festival has once again teamed up with A+E Networks to be development partners, with the unscripted development pipeline for A&E Network returning to the festival.
March 27, 2013

The New York Television Festival has once again teamed up with A+E Networks to be development partners, with the unscripted development pipeline for A&E Network returning to the festival.

The third installment of the A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline will search for outside-the-box pitches from indie producers, with concepts and characters that inject new life into the non-scripted genre.

Interested producers can submit a two- to four-minute DVD of the subject, and a treatment describing the unscripted format from April 15 to June 5.

Five finalists will receive US$2,500 in development funding to produce additional tape, and one winner will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the production of a pilot based on their concept. Bio Channel will take pitches on site at the festival, with at least one producer landing a development deal.

“We continue to be honored to partner with the NYTVF to offer gifted independent television producers the prospect of seeing their vision brought to life,” said David McKillop, exec VP of programming for A&E. “A&E is all about original programming and we are always looking for new, creative partners to help develop the next hit series.”

“There’s a real demand for talented storytellers in the non-scripted space and we’re thrilled to bring such a tangible opportunity to our creative community with the third installment of this program with A&E,” added NYTVF founder Terence Gray.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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