Third annual “A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline” empowers indie creators to uncover unique concepts for further network development.
The NYTVF and A+E Networks have announced today that A&E is returning as NYTVF development partners for the third installment of the A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline. Through this sponsored initiative, the network is seeking original, unscripted television concepts from independent artists and production companies.
For the third year of this unique initiative, A&E and the NYTVF are encouraging producers to think outside the box, seeking concepts and characters that inject new life and freshness into the non-scripted television landscape.
NYTVF Founder Terence Gray:
“Audiences are hungry for authenticity and we believe that creators with a fresh perspective – be it comedic, cinematic or otherwise – have a unique ability to present a concept that's outside of what's currently being pitched to network executives, who are more open than ever before to hearing new voices.”
From April 15, 2013 through June 5, 2013, producers and creators can submit their two-to-four minute DVD of a subject and a one-to-two page treatment describing the format. A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to 25 semi-finalists, which will then be reviewed by the network, with five finalists receiving $2,500 in development funding to produce additional tape. One winner will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the production of a pilot based on their concept, and A&E may elect to enter into development agreements with the remaining finalists. All of the 25 semi-finalists will be invited to participate in the 9th Annual New York Television Festival, taking place October 21-26 in downtown Manhattan, as Official Artists. This designation gives them exclusive access to networking and educational opportunities at the Festival, including NYTVF Pitch.
Terence Gray recently spoke about non-scripted programming and the ways in which non-traditional television producers (comedians, filmmakers, etc.) can get involved in the first edition of NYTVF Development Download.
The BIO Channel to again hear live pitches at the 2013 New York Television Festival.
Also announced today, the BIO Channel will be returning as a NYTVF Pitch partner in 2013. Pitch partners, which also include previously-announced Sundance Channel, will take pitches on-site at the Festival from Official Artists, based on a creative brief outlining their development goals and types of pitches in which they are interested, and guaranteeing a development deal for at least one producer. For additional information about the program, visit http://www.nytvf.com/2013_pitch.html.
Check out the full press release HERE.