The NYTVF has added three new partners for its 7th Annual New York Television Festival.
The organizers have also inked pacts three other partners for NYTV Pitch, a program launching at the festival, held in Manhattan on Sept. 19-24.
ABC Studios, Hallmark Channel and United Talent Agency join FX (previously announced this year) as first-time partners for the 2011 festival. The partnership allows access to all official selections from the independent pilot competition and participation in NYTVF executive access, which provides the independent content showcased at the event to the network, agency and studio executives at the festival.
The festival will also see the launch of NYTV Pitch, which guarantees a development deal for an outstanding pitch from the 2011 class of official artists. Sundance Channel and SevenOne International will join longstanding partner MSN to sponsor the program's debut.
IFC and MTV will continue their partnership with the festival, awarding development deals to the winners of the Independent Pilot Competition. Fox has also signed on for the fourth year with the comedy script contest, awarding $25,000 and a development deal to the best script submitted by aspiring writers. A&E Network and the festival will launch and unscripted development pipeline, with the network providing a $10,000 award and the chance to contribute to the production of the pilot.