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July 29, 2015
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NYTVF @ JUST FOR LAUGHS: “That's My Bus” from Will Julian and Dan Perlman Takes Top Honors
LIFETIME WRITERS PROJECT: Submission Window Open through Friday, August 7
MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER: NYWIFT “From Script to Pre-Production Workshop” – Currently Accepting Submissions
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NYTVF Alum Will Julian and Dan Perlman take top honors in annual pitch initiative

JFL Winner

Congratulations to NYTVF Alum Will Julian and his co-creator Dan Perlman on being named the winners of the fourth annual NYTVF-JFL “Set to Screen” Pitch Competition, which was held live during the Just for Laughs Comedy Conference in Montreal last weekend. As the winners of the competition, Julian and Perlman have been named Official Artists for the 11th annual New York Television Festival, where they will enjoy access to NYTVF Connect.

Their project, “That’s My Bus”, is a fast-paced ride into the world (and mind) of New York City bus driver Bill Russell. Passionate about his bus yet possessed of a stubborn world-view, Bill uses every bump and turn in the road to teach his son important life lessons while simultaneously driving his wife, passengers and boss crazy.

The jury for From Set to Screen included: Samata Narra (VP of Comedy Development, FOX Broadcasting Company); Jonathan Gabay (FOX Broadcasting Company); Alex Fumero (Director of Programming and Development, Fusion); Jeff Meyerson (VP of Original Programming, IFC TV); Terence Gray (Founder and Executive Director, NYTVF); Sarah Fowlie (Director, Comedy, Independent Production, Bell Media) and Brian Volk-Weiss (President of Production, New Wave Entertainment).

Follow the winning team on Twitter @danjperlman and @willjuliancomic

SUBMISSION SPOTLIGHT: 360° Unscripted Pipeline

Accepting sizzle reels and casting tapes for A&E, HISTORY, and Lifetime through August 17!

360 Pipeline

A&E, HISTORY, and Lifetime are returning to the 2015 New York Television Festival in search of new, bold, unscripted show concepts and out-of-this-world characters.

The A+E Networks 360° Unscripted Development Pipeline is seeking character tapes and sizzle reels from independent producers and production companies, with each network offering at least one producer a potential development deal to further develop their concept.  

Submitting producers can review creative briefs from A&E, HISTORY, and Lifetime for additional information and creative guidelines.  

A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to a selection of finalists for review by the participating networks, who will identify projects of interest for meetings during the 2015 New York Television Festival. Each network will select one winner to receive $5,000 and the opportunity to further develop their concept at A+E Networks.

All finalists in the 360° Unscripted Development Pipeline will receive designation as 2015 NYTVF Official Artists and an exclusive invitation to participate in the 11th annual New York Television Festival, held in NYC in October.  

This competition is FREE to enter. Submit by August 17 and email for details!


Submit your scripted series concepts by next Friday, August 7


As part of the A+E Networks Create360 program, NYTVF is partnering with Lifetime in search of talented television writers with bold new scripted concepts for further development opportunities with the premier, female-focused entertainment destination and home to one of the summer's breakout hits, UnREAL.  

The NYTVF-Lifetime Writers Project is soliciting new hour-long, brand-defining series concepts from emerging TV scribes. To submit, writers must enter an original series overview (up to four pages) along with an excerpt from the series' pilot script (up to fifteen pages) and a current C.V.

Online submission for the Lifetime Writers Project is open from now through Friday, August 7, 2015 at 12:00p (noon) EST.

Submission to the Lifetime Writers Project is FREE.


MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER: New York Women in Film and Television

“From Script to Pre-Production Workshop” – Currently Accepting Submissions


New York Women in Film & Television is accepting submissions for their From Script to Pre-Production Workshop for women filmmakers who are ready to direct a narrative feature.

We have put together a “curriculum” focusing on the tasks involved in setting up a narrative feature – polishing log lines, synopses and pitches; creating a “look book;” putting together a preliminary budget/top sheet; deciding on locations for tax incentives; forming a C-Corp or LLC; leveraging attachments; and producing a crowd-funding campaign.

At each stage, we’ll bring in experts and mentors to advise us. And we’ll work collectively to put together the packages. Submissions are open now and close August 15. Sessions will be held at NYWIFT every Friday from January 15 through June.

Read the full guidelines and apply on the NYWIFT website.




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