Winner Announced


The winner of the first-annual HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipeline, which was selected from the five finalists announced earlier this year:

- Rick Dobbis for his project, “Fire Bombers” (New York, NY)


Finalists Announced


History and the NYTVF are pleased to announce the five finalists chosen from the field of 25 semi-finalists in the History Unscripted Development Pipeline. Each of the five will receive notes on their projects from History development executives as well as a cash prize of $2,500. Finalists will also receive $1,500 to shoot additional tape to further enhance their projects. The winning project will receive $10,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in the creation of a network pilot based on their concept.


Congratulations to the finalists!


2013 NYTVF History Unscripted Development Pipeline Finalists

  • Beer Guts & Glory
    Created by: Mike Baca, Inga Bagne, and Scott Mason - San Francisco, CA

  • Factory Ride
    Created by: David Novack - New York, NY

  • Fire Bombers
    Created by: Rick Dobbis - New York, NY

  • Preacher Man
    Created by: Renee Poole - Las Vegas, NV

  • Remodeling Reality
    Created by: Greg Dart and Ryan Shaffer – Dayton, OH


Semi-finalists Announced


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

  • Beer Guts & Glory
    Created by: Mike Baca, Inga Bagne, and Scott Mason - San Francisco, CA

  • 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

  • Fire Bombers
    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

  • Hero
    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

  • 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.


Download Full Rules and Entry Packet Here

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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Need music for your submission?

NYTVF partner Audio Network is offering FREE and UNLIMITED access to their music library of over 53,000 tracks for any artist submitting to the 2012 NYTVF.

Simply set up an account by contacting Audio Network at with your name, contact details and project title. More details here.

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Need high-quality footage to improve your contest submission?

NYTVF has partnered with T3Media (formerly Thought Equity Motion) to offer FREE clip licenses for use in History Unscripted Development Pipeline submissions. Utilize footage from the world’s leading media companies such as BBC Motion Gallery, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM Studios, HBO Archives, and National Geographic.


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 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

History Creative Brief

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.

About History:
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.

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Important Dates

  • 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

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  • 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.

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Entry Requirements

(Download Entry Packet Here)

  • 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.

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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

The New York Television Festival was founded in 2005 as the industry’s first creative festival for television artists. A pioneer of the “independent television” movement, the Festival strives to construct new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model.


If you're selected as a semi-finalist in the History Unscripted Development Pipeline, you will also be invited to participate as an Official Artist in the 2013 New York Television Festival, in October.

As an Official Artist, you will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in NYTVF Pitch.

2012 NYTVF Pitch Partners

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NYTVF Pitch is a closed initiative hosted on-site at the annual New York Television Festival that is open ONLY to Official Festival Artists. Each Pitch Partner is offering a guaranteed deal for an outstanding pitch, but you can ONLY participate if you are named an Official Selection in the Independent Pilot Competition or a semi-finalist or finalist in one of the NYTVF's stand-alone partnered development initiatives.

More information about NYTVF Pitch.

More information about the NYTVF Artist Experience.