The New York Television Festival wrapped up Saturday night with development deals for independents from such big names as MTV, Fox and Syfy, with Nashvile emerging as a potential new hotbed of independent product.
The winner of Fox's comedy script contest ($25,000 and a pilot) was Adulthood for Beginners from Robby O'Connor of New York.
FX's pick for a pilot opportunity was Josh Jennings for Congress from Nathan Gotsch of Los Angeles, while MTV tapped Pound Dogs from Mike Salva of Nashville. Syfy Digital Studio picked Odessa from Al Thompson of New York.
Also getting guaranteed development deals were Party Doctor from Jake Greene of Nashville (Sundance), Carlos and the Games of Seduction from Greg Burke and Lou Perez from New York (MSN and EyeBoggie), and A Week With My Father from Giacomo Knox of Los Angeles.
A&E picked five finalists for a pilot and $10,000, to be awarded later in the year. The finalists were Tough Girl from Tim Smyth of New York; American Genius from Phillip Hullquist of Nashville; Pushing the Limits from Javier Bermudez of Los Angeles; Surviving the Burn from Paul Lima of Burbank; and Racetrack Dads from Donald Mann of Van Nuys.
NYTVF (http://www.nytvf.com/) concluded the four-day independent festival Saturday night with the announcements.