Connecting Artists and the Industry


The NYTVF endeavors to provide Official Artists the unique opportunity to meet, pitch, network, and collaborate with the top decision makers from the networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands that are in pursuit of fresh new voices.



NYTVF Connect


NYTVF Connect encompasses the exclusive Artist and Industry events at the New York Television Festival. The program is designed to maximize Festival participation for artists and executives, providing them with the tools to network, build relationships, and collaborate on projects.


NYTVF Connect includes:



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Executive Access:

Executive Access puts the independent content showcased at the Festival in the hands of network, agency, and studio executives and serves as a mechanism for those decision-makers to interact with the creators in meetings arranged and coordinated by Festival organizers. Executive Access is a streamlined interaction model designed to provide both artists and executives a space to network, build relationships, and collaborate on future projects.


NYTVF Pitch:

NYTVF Pitch is a unique opportunity for Official Artists to submit NEW SHOW CONCEPTS based on creative briefs provided by participating networks and studios. Finalists chosen from those submissions have the opportunity to pitch their ideas directly to development executives at the corresponding network or studio during the annual Festival.


Industry Development Chats:

Development Chats are half-hour Q&A’s with executives, agents, and important decision-makers in the television community. They give Artists a forum in which to gain insight and ask questions about the current state of the industry.


Happy Hours and Networking Mixers:

Happy Hours and Networking Mixers are opportunities for Official Artists to mingle with fellow creators in a more casual and friendly atmosphere. It’s the perfect time to meet new people creating independent content and work towards future collaboration.


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NYTVF Connect is free to all Official Artists, and access cannot be purchased. Only Official Artists are eligible to participate.

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Artist Experience


As an NYTVF Official Artist, you’ll be given access to top industry executives, opportunities to pitch networks, invitations to Artist-only mixers and events, and much more.


To become an Official Artist, you need to submit a project to a specific competition or initiative and have it designated as an ‘NYTVF Official Selection.’ Once your project is designated as an Official Selection, you will be an Official Artist and receive an invitation to attend the week-long Festival event, eligibility to win any of our sponsored Festival Development Deals, and the opportunity to participate in NYTVF Connect.


For more information about becoming an Official Artist, visit the NYTVF Submit Page.


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Industry Experience


The NYTVF works with decision makers across the entertainment and content industry to effectively and efficiently provide access to its community of over 15,000 independent creators and the very best of their work. The NYTVF customizes participation for each partner, yielding a unique experience amid the pitch-laden landscape of traditional industry conferences.


Offering niche-to-broad development opportunities across the spectrum, the NYTVF serves dozens of industry partners each year. Whether you're a buyer on the hunt for fresh ideas, a manager or agent on the lookout for the best talent, or a brand interested in leveraging the creative power of a vast artistic community, the NYTVF is the place for you.


Interested in attending the Festival as an accredited Industry Passholder? Visit the NYTVF Industry Page.


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NYTVF Sponsors


For a list of our current and past sponsors, visit the NYTVF Sponsors Page.


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Deals and Awards

A Festival Development Award is a guaranteed option deal offered by a Festival Development Partner.


NYTVF Festival Development Partners provide a creative brief outlining the development objectives for projects, including pertinent goals, audience information and additional points for consideration by submitting creators. Producers and content creators are eligible for the Festival Development Awards by having their pilot named an Official Selection of the Independent Pilot Competition (IPC), NYTVF Scripts, or another sponsored initiative.


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The NYTVF Blog: Development Advice and Insights


Check out our Q&A series between Fest Founder Terence Gray, the NYTVF Staff, and members of the television industry (artists and execs). These informal conversations are 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.


Visit the NYTVF Blog.


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Contact for more information on getting involved and becoming and NYTVF Industry Partner.

Download our NYTVF Partnership Guide for a list of full partner benefits and opportunities.



What the Industry has to say:


"The field of TV yakfests is growing, with newer festivals popping up around the country...But industry insiders say the NYTVF has distinguished itself as a forum for networking and talent scouting, thanks in part to its proximity to so many TV and digital buyers. And from the start, NYTVF put a premium on showcasing the work of indie producers, event DIY projects that allowed budding auteurs to demonstrate voice and vision."

- Variety


"No longer do storytellers need to max out credit cards and sell their own blood to stitch together 90 minutes of film to show at Sundance or Telluride. Instead, they can make mini-TV shows and show them to development executives with an equal love of original voices and thrift."

- The Wrap


"[Aspiring] television creators are getting a shot at practicing their crafts on the next level."

- The Hollywood Reporter


“Comedy is so vibrant and exciting right now, and our annual collaboration with the NYTVF to discover, cultivate and support new comedy writers is as important as ever. We are so grateful to the NYTVF and the artists who have participated in the contest for the last five years. It's incredibly gratifying to help break down traditional barriers so that original voices can be heard.”

- Suzanna Makkos, Executive Vice President, Comedy Development and Programming, FOX

“It’s helpful to the next generation of TV makers to get some insight into how it’s done. Because Lord knows I needed all the help I could get.”

- Marc Cherry, Creator and Executive Producer of "Devious Maids" and “Desperate Housewives”

“It’s incredibly important. It’s such a great opportunity.”

- Joel Fields, Co-Showrunner of “The Americans”

“We believe it’s important to support nontraditional forums like the New York Television Festival in their efforts to cultivate the next generation of innovative storytellers.”

- Kevin Reilly, President of TBS and TNT, Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment

“(The Festival)…is a wonderful showcase for our industry. It’s a great forum for new talent as well as a celebration of television.”

- Ben Silverman, Chairman and Co-CEO, Propagate Content

“Lots of people say they have ideas for television shows, but few have the passion and drive to execute them. The Festival provides those people an opportunity to expose their work to industry professionals who normally wouldn’t see it.”

- Mike Scully, Producer of “The Simpsons” and “Parks & Recreation”