The NYTVF is pleased to announce the following selections have been named semi-finalists in the first annual History Unscripted Development Pipeline and will advance to the network for consideration. Five finalists will be identified in the coming months and one winner will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the production of a pilot based on their concept. Additionally, all twenty-five semi-finalists will be invited to the 9th Annual New York Television Festival as Official Artists and enjoy exclusive opportunities available through NYTVF Connect.
Congratulations to the semi-finalists and sincerest thanks to all who entered!
2013 NYTVF History Unscripted Development Pipeline Semi-finalists
- Americana Roadhouse 411
Created by: Rick Dobbis - New York, NY
- The Auctioneer
Created by: Patrick Tully - New York, NY
- Eighty Eight Five
Created by: Elliot Francis - Washington, DC
- Factory Ride
Created by: David Novack - New York, NY
- Family Tree
Created by: Brian DeCubellis and Diana DeCubellis - New York, NY
Created by: Rick Dobbis - New York, NY
- Forgotten Wars
Created by: Scott Boyett - Los Angeles, CA
- G.I. Schmoes
Created by: Federico Arango – Miami, FL
- Grudge Wars
Created by: Shante Paige and Nicole Lyons – Jackson, SC
Created by: Michael Kasino - New York, NY
- Journey Men
Created by: Paul Anthony Rogers and Jordan Mitchell-Love – Boston, MA
- The Location Scout
Created by: Jon Bartholomew - Roseville, MN
- Marked for Extinction
Created by: Eric Silver and Joe Stanton – New York, NY
- The Mayor of Malibu
Created by: Jay Falk – Los Angeles, CA
- The Model of Extermination
Created by: Ezra C. James, Jr. and Clifford James Reed III – Dalworth, TX
- Paper Chase
Created by: Frank Mosca - Bronx, NY
- Preacher Man
Created by: Renee Poole - Las Vegas, NV
- R/C Racers
Created by: Logan Hall - Chicago, IL
- Redneck Warriors
Created by: Michael D’Agostino and Danny D’Agostino – Chicago, IL
- Remodeling Reality
Created by: Greg Dart and Ryan Shaffer – Dayton, OH
- Renaissance Man
Created by: Scott McConville and Lisa Roth – Jersey City, NJ
Created by: Mike Baca, Inga Bagne, and Scott Mason - San Francisco, CA
- War Zone Archeologist
Created by: Viktor Pesenti and Matthew LeRiche – New York, NY
- The Webster Hall Project
Created by: Mike King - New York, NY
- Weekend Warriors
Created by: Nathan Stein - Rockford, IL
Submission Info - DEADLINE PASSED
History and the NYTVF are teaming up for an innovative program seeking original unscripted television treatments from independent artists and production companies. Submissions should focus on charismatic male characters living in surprising worlds or with fresh points of view. See below for more from History. Twenty-five semi-finalists will be reviewed by the network with five finalists receiving development funding to produce additional tape. Finally, one winner will receive $10,000 and an opportunity to work with History Programming to produce a pilot presentation of their winning submission.
A screening committee of NYTVF judges will narrow the pool of entrants down to 25 semi-finalists. These semi-finalists will be presented to History development executives, who will select five finalists, each of whom will receive notes on their projects and $2,500 to shoot short presentations, exploring their subject. One winner, selected by History, will be awarded $10,000 and he/she will have the opportunity to participate in the possible production of a pilot.
This competition is FREE to enter.
Questions? Ask the NYTVF.
Use the links below to explore the various aspects of submitting to the History Unscripted Development Pipeline.
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To take advantage of this special offer, contact a T3Media sales representative (877) 394-1580 or send an email with your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention “NYTVF/History Unscripted Development Pipeline” to get set up with a special account. To start browsing T3Media’s video library, visit www.t3licensing.com.
History is collaborating with the New York Television Festival on a new initiative to give independent artists and production companies a chance to develop fresh unscripted programming for cable's number two network. History's audience is primarily men with a target audience age of 46. The network is open to a broad variety of genres, so long as they skew male and are broadly entertaining. Submissions should focus on charismatic male characters living in surprising worlds or with fresh points of view. Docusoaps featuring buddies, groups of guys and extended families working together are of interest, as are "Man vs. Nature" themes and game shows. Please avoid crime, paranormal, food and competition elimination.
History is the leading destination for factual entertainment, including award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network's all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a litany of hits including American Pickers®, American RestorationT, Ax MenT, Ice Road Truckers®, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and Top Shot® as well as epic mini-series and specials such as the Emmy® Award-winning Gettysburg, America The Story of Us, Hatfields & McCoys, Vietnam in HD and 102 Minutes That Changed America.
- Monday, November 5, 2012…………….Submission Period Begins
- Monday, February 25, 2013 (noon)…………….Submission Deadline
- Monday, March 18, 2013 (approximate)…………….Semi-finalists Announced
- Monday, April 15, 2013(approximate)…………….Finalists Announced
- Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
- Formats must be:
- Completely the original work of the entrant
- Not created or funded by broadcast networks, cable networks or major production studios
- Not copied from any other source or previously broadcast or otherwise distributed or disseminated on television (except for previous broadcast on locally distributed campus or public access television or limited Internet broadcast)
- Not in the public domain
- Not in violation of or conflict with the trademark, copyright, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or any other rights, of any kind or nature, of any other person or entity
- Programs must be received by NOON Eastern on February 25, 2013.
- Five (5) Pilot Screening Copies, two (2) to four (4) minutes in length
- Playable DVDS: Five (5) copies of the Pilot Program with label of Producer, Director and/or Production Company and contact information
- Compressed video file: One (1) copy of the Pilot Program saved as a compressed/ QuickTime file on a data DVD (MP4, H.264 or MOV preferred. Recommended output minimum 640w x 348h pixels, or under 200MB)
- One (1) to two (2) page treatment describing the unscripted format, which must be submitted as both a hardcopy and as a PDF file type on a data DVD
- Subject video must be submitted on playable DVDs formatted for multi-zone or Zone 1 (North America)
- All videos must have a total running time of between 2 and 4 minutes
- One (1) screen capture image/digital frame from the Pilot, saved as a JPG file on a data DVD
- Signed Application Form
- There is no fee to enter
NOTE: Treatment PDF, Pilot image JPG and Compressed pilot MP4 may all be included on the SAME data DVD.
All submissions, accompanied by a signed Application Form, must be sent to:
History Unscripted Development Pipeline c/o New York Television Festival
121 W 27th St., Suite 901
New York, NY 10001