Summit ’16: FYI Development Lab winners announced

A group of producers have gone home with development deals worth US$20,000 each, through the FYI Development Lab contest at the Realscreen Summit.
February 1, 2016

The FYI Development Lab Contest returned to the Realscreen Summit on Monday (February 1), awarding development deals to five production companies.

The collaboration between FYI and the Realscreen Summit – now in its second year – looks to give production talent a chance to develop inventive unscripted content for the network.

The winners, who each received a US$20,000 development deal, were unveiled at a morning session at the Washington DC event moderated by Ugly Brother Studios co-founder Mike Duffy, and featuring Kinetic Content COO Kathleen Burns, FYI senior VP of programming Gena McCarthy and Red Arrow Entertainment Group chief creative officer Michael Schmidt.

Producers who have never previously sold a pilot or series for FYI were encouraged to apply to the Development Lab this past fall by submitting a two- to five-minute-long video pitch and a series paper pitch along with a video pitch of their company ‘s portfolio.

The selected winners are as follows:

  • Dynamo Productions — Real Estate Royalty
  • Vem’s Sweatshop Media and Nancy Glass Productions — New Kid on the Block
  • Goodbye Pictures — Quit to Flip
  • One Louder Productions — Foreign Affairs
  • World of Wonder — Untitled Business Launch Series
About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.