TV Insights, Observations and Obsessions from the NYTVF
Check out our Q&A series with Fest Founder Terence Gray (and others), designed to provide submitting artists and TV fans with insight to the current development landscape. If you're thinking about submitting to the NYTVF, this is for you.
With the announcement of Comedy Central as a returning development partner in 2016, NYTVF Founder/Exec Director Terence Gray sat down with Comedy Central’s Director of Original Programming and Development, Ari Pearce. The pair discussed Comedy Central’s current programming, how humor leads the conversation, and the best way for creators to make their mark:
What is Comedy Central’s core identity? How is it demonstrated in your current programming?
We want to make people laugh. We want to showcase the most original voices in comedy. We want to be a part of the cultural conversation. In other words, the opposite of this answer.
Obviously Comedy Central has a long history of sketch shows and comedian-led programming. What genres/formats are most popular with your network and why?
One fun thing about making shows at Comedy Central is that we can try any format or genre, as long as it's funny. Who would have thought that one of the pillars of a comedy network would wind up being a news format?
How do you see independent content development fitting into your network’s development process?
It's fantastic when people bring us projects they've already thought a lot about and shot on their own. Independent productions allow creators to hone their voices, which is always good. Workaholics and Broad City both started as terrific, self-made web series.
What advice do you have for independent artists looking to develop new projects?
Make stuff that you think is funny and make a lot of it so that you can learn as you go. Don't worry about what anyone is "looking for." Once you've made something that resonates, people will find it.
What are you actively looking for in new content?
We don't look for specific formats or genres as much as we look for singular comedic voices. We look for the people who will put their unique, hilarious stamp on an idea.
Check out the NYTVF Deals Page for more information on what Comedy Central is looking for from this year’s projects.
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