NYTVF names 2013 development deal winners

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) wrapped with the winners of the A&E and History Unscripted Development Pipelines being announced, and Anything You Can Do winning the Independent Pilot Competition for unscripted.
October 28, 2013

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) wrapped with the winners of the A&E and History Unscripted Development Pipelines being announced, and Anything You Can Do winning the Independent Pilot Competition for unscripted.

The NYTVF Pitch – which saw Sundance Channel, Bio Channel, Gannett Broadcasting and National Geographic Channel recognizing the best pitches – resulted in each broadcaster selecting one NYTVF Official Artist to secure a development deal.

Bio Channel selected Anre Garrett; Gannett Broadcasting picked David Guthrie and Nick Nelson; National Geographic Channel tapped Justin Lamb; and Sundance Channel chose Alex J. Mann.

The first winner of the History Unscripted Development pipeline was Rick Dobbis for his project Fire Bombers, while the third-annual A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline winner was Nathan Stoll for Dirt Track Outlaws.

Finalists were named for the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline, with winners to be announced at a later date. They were Jake Greene for JR – Style by Fire, Sue Mowris for LumberJill, Harold Abrams for Miss Vivian – the Funeral Lady, Bill Herndon and Brett Gay for Sisters of the Game, and Soreyrith Um for Wrestling Hollywood.

The winning producers receive US$10,000 and the chance to develop a program in the future with the partnering network.

The winners of the Best Unscripted Pilot, part of the Independent Pilot Competition, were Omar Kenawi and Martina Kabelkova, for their lifestyle competition pilot Anything You Can Do. 

As for the festival’s development awards, the winners were:

- BET Networks Development Deal: Joseph Gerbino
- Channel 4 Development Deal: Scott Eckert
- CW Seed Digital Development Deals (2): John Thibodeaux and Kevin Walsh; and Jim Garvey and Stian Hafstad
- TruTV Development Deal: Ramiro Castro Jr., Andrew Rollins Dewitt and Mike Bridenstine
- VH1 Development Deal: Brona C. Titley and Tony Cooke

“We launched our first 2013 development initiatives during the 2012 festival and in the year since, we’ve seen growth across the board – from the number of industry participants attending the festival and partners committing to development options, to a jump in both submission opportunities offered and artists creating projects for our competitions,” said NYTVF founder and executive director Terence Gray.

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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 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.