NYTVF and the Industry

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.


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.


Develop with the NYTVF and its Artistic Community

From broadcast and cable networks to studios, production companies, online distributors, agencies, and brands, the NYTVF offers niche-to-broad development opportunities across the spectrum, serving dozens of industry partners each year.


For examples of current and past development initiatives, click the links below:

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Connecting with Official Artists and Industry Attendees

The NYTVF also hosts a slate of events open exclusively to Official Artists and Partners. This program, called NYTVF Connect, gives industry members premier access to creative content as well as the opportunities to directly message to an eager and talented pool of artists through development discussions, networking mixers, and meetings held at the Festival.



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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. NYTVF Pitch is a closed initiative hosted on-site at the New York Television Festival that is open ONLY to Official Festival Artists.


Industry Development Chats:

Development Chats are half-hour Q&A’s with executives, agents, and important decision-makers in the television community, open exclusively to Official Artists. They give participating executives a forum in which to share insight about their company’s development and programming objectives and answer questions about the current state of the industry.


Happy Hours and Networking Mixers:

Happy Hours and Networking Mixers are opportunities for industry participants to mingle with Official Artists and other industry passholders 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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Events at the Annual Festival

Not only a fan event or industry conference, the annual Festival provides Official Partners with a canvas of opportunities designed to provide maximum exposure across an event line-up unlike anything else on the crowded New York City slate.


For an overview on all the ways to be involved with the NYTVF, download the complete NYTVF Partnership Guide.



Contact INDUSTRY@nytvf.com 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 & 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, Co-CEO and Chairman, Propagate

“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”