The Seventh Annual New York Television Festival wrapped up its festivities Saturday night with an awards show unlike the Emmys or Golden Globes. Sure, Damon Lindelof and Jason Sudeikis were there, but Instead of handing out statues to shows already on the air, networks like Fox, IFC, and FX offered “guaranteed deals” to winning independent scripts.
One of the night’s biggest wins came from FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest, which offered a $25k prize in addition to a network development deal. The winning sitcom, Adulthood for Beginners, is the brainchild of New Yorker Robby O’Connor, who spent his former life as a book scout for Paramount and a development executive for Dimension Films. For the past two years he’s held the occasional odd job as a nanny or personal assistant to subsidize script-writing.
The New York Television Festival is a September gathering not for established artists, like the Cannes Film Festival, but for young renegades, like Sundance (another difference: it’s about TV). The festival announced today its annual search for new television writers with the Fox-sponsored contest to submit a pilot script. This contest, in its fourth Read More
What do women want from the internet? Well, it’s not all diet tips and money management, according to Dan Surratt, the executive vice president of digital media for Lifetime Networks. “If I tell them to cut their credit card in half and get on a bike, that’s not what they’re going to us for,” Mr. Read More
Attention all DVR addicts, the New York Television Festival is approaching (Sept. 12-17). Today, organizers announced their lineup for the 2008 edition of Premiere Week, featuring shows from ABC, Fox, CBS, the CW, NBC and HBO. It’ll be like the upfronts for viewers instead of ad executives. There will be screenings of pilot Read More