NYTVF Launches Production Arm to Help Indie Creators Land Series Deals
After a decade of serving as a conduit for independent filmmakers to get face time with TV decision-makers, the New York Television Festival is launching its own production arm to lend a more direct hand in guiding projects to the ultimate goal of a series order.
NYTVF Productions, which will be led by executive producer Terence Gray, the founder and executive director of the NYTVF, launches with four deals in place, with A&E Network, Fox, History, and The Orchard.
For the three TV partners, NYTVF Productions is offering the opportunity for a pilot presentations across unscripted (A&E and History) and comedy (Fox) formats.
The Orchard, a digital distributor and comScore-ranked YouTube multi-channel network, is offering to greenlight a six-episode digital series as part of the Orchard Go Project. This is the first time The Orchard will fund and produce its own original episodic series. NYTVF Productions will serve as a co-producer on the series with the winning artist. The partnership with NYTVF was originally announced by the companies in August.
The winners of all four competitions will be announced as part of an awards ceremony that takes place on Saturday, October 25, the last day of the 2014 festival.Tags: A+E Networks, development, Fox, history, Independent Filmmakers, MCN, NYTVF, NYTVF Productions, Terence Grey, The Orchard