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. Read More