As the eighth annual New York Television Festival takes place this week, the organization has already signed its first four development partners for 2013.
The NYTVF announced Wednesday that Comedy Central and History will offer stand-alone development initiatives in comedy and non-scripted, respectively. NBC will offer the festival's first ever drama development competition and CW Digital has signed on as the first award sponsor for 2013's Independent Pilot Competition.
It is the first time CW Digital, History and NBC have partnered with NYTVF. Comedy Central is a returning partner.
NYTVF is offering 26 guaranteed development deals in 2012, up from 15 in 2011.