12th New York Television Festival Wraps After 6 Days, 93 Events And More Than 550 Meetings Connecting Independent Tv Creators With Industry Decision-Makers


[NEW YORK, NY] – The 12th annual New York Television Festival wrapped tonight after a landmark week for the organization.  During an awards reception at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space in Manhattan, NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) announced the winners of its flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) in 15 categories, with the “Best of the Fest” honors going to “The Worst Husband” (Independent Pilot Competition) and “Medium Well” (NYTVF Scripts). Recipients of development deals from the NYTVF's network and studio partners were also announced.  (See below for a full list.)

From October 24 through 29, thousands of artists, fans and industry representatives attended the Festival’s 93 events at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space, the SVA Theatre and Tribeca Three-Sixty.  This included in-competition screenings, red carpet premieres and panels, networking events, keynotes, educational seminars, parties, and a day dedicated to virtual reality storytelling.

Record-Breaking Festival

This year’s New York Television Festival boasted the most submissions, Official Selections, Official Artist and industry participation in its history.  This included the following Festival records:

• 3,500-plus submissions received, with 84 total projects selected to be in competition at the Festival, including 21 in the inaugural NYTVF Scripts initiative, and an all-time high of 63 in the Independent Pilot Competition. 

• More than 325 Official Artists were invited to attend the Festival.

• Through NYTVF Connect, more than 550 networking and pitch meetings between Official Artists and industry executives were facilitated by the Festival – up from 420 in 2015.

• Industry engagement increased, with a record 75 companies participating in these meetings, including representatives from leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies and digital platforms.

“From the moment we began the submission assessment process, I felt that because the talent level was just outstanding, this could be a game-changing year,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. “The engagement from the industry and willingness and enthusiasm to support the artists invited to the Festival are by-products of the fact that we are seeing exceptional storytellers participate in our initiatives across the board. I’m blown away by the response from both the creative community and industry decision-makers, and this fantastic week has us already looking forward to next year.”


The following Official Selections of the Independent Pilot Competition were presented with awards across 15 categories tonight, along with an award in the inaugural NYTVF Scripts initiative: 

Best Animation

Fired On Mars” created by Nick Vokey and Nate Sherman - Los Angeles, CA

Jeff just got fired from his graphic design job. On Mars. And there’s no way for him to get home.

Best Comedy

Poor Todd” created by Liz Astrof (Los Angeles, CA)

A self-proclaimed “low maintenance” pediatric dentist and her long-suffering, under-earning menschy husband deal with everything from humorous daily minutiae to major life struggles like money, career, life insurance, and kids...potentially.

Best Drama

According to My Mother” created by Daniel K. Isaac, Cathy Y. Yan, and Devin Landin (Queens, NY)

This modern take on the family series features a young, gay Korean-American living in New York and his disapproving, devout Christian mother who moves in with him...and changes everything.

Best Short-Form Comedy Series

Textbook Adulthood” created by Madeline Walter and Paul Welsh (Los Angeles, CA)

Two SAT tutors wonder if the transitional job they started in their 20's has turned into a sad career as they enter their 30's.

Best Short-Form Drama Series

Her Story” created by Jen Richards and Laura Zak (Los Angeles, CA)

This modern relationship drama follows Violet and Paige, two transgender women in Los Angeles, who have given up on love when chance encounters suddenly give them hope.

Best Unscripted

Comedy Digs” created by Shelly Gossman and Blythe Haaga (Los Angeles, CA)

In this twist on the home improvement genre, SNL writers-room alum Shelly Gossman helps her fellow

comedians turn their grungy pads into homes suitable for grownups as they sort through comedic oddities and tackle tricky DIY projects.

Best Actor, Comedy

Keith Powell for “Keith Broke His Leg” 

Best Actor, Drama

Daniel K. Isaac for “According to My Mother” 

Best Actress, Comedy

Julia Mattison for “Brooklyn Sound” 

Best Actress, Drama

Angelica Ross for “Her Story” 

Best Writing

Adam Weinstock and Andy Jones for “On the Bright Side” 

Best Directing (Tie)

Sonja O'Hara and Jaspal Binning for “Doomsday” and

D.W. Waterson for “That's My DJ

Best Editing

Drew Van Steenbergen for “Brooklyn Sound” 

NYTVF Critics Award

The Worst Husband” created by Steve Dildarian (Los Angeles, CA)

Vance Johnson is a decent guy who is newly married and new to the suburbs. Confronted by judgmental neighbors, conservative in-laws, and nosy co-workers, his good deeds somehow get twisted and misunderstood, and he comes across looking like the worst guy ever.

Best of the Fest – Independent Pilot Competition

The Worst Husband” created by Steve Dildarian (Los Angeles, CA)

Best of the Fest – NYTVF Scripts

“Medium Well” written by Christina Brosman (Brooklyn, NY)

Marjorie has spent the last decade as an assistant to a celebrity chef and a wife to her high school

sweetheart. Now in her 30’s, she’s finally ready to admit that she wants a culinary career of her own...and a divorce.

IPC selections can be found at http://www.nytvf.com/2016_ipc_selections.html.


Bento Box Development Award

Tiffany So and Saba Saghafi for their project “Limited Space” (Los Angeles, CA) 

Comedy Central Development Award

Julia Mattison and Noel Carey for their project “Brooklyn Sound” (Brooklyn, NY)

IFC Comedy Selects

“Door on the Left” created by Kati Skelton (Brooklyn, NY) and 

“E. Coli High” created by Kevin Barker and Ben Miller (Brooklyn, NY)

OneX Pitch Deal

Chas Jackson (Los Angeles, CA)

Pop Pitch Deal

Madeline Walter and Paul Welsh (Los Angeles, CA)

Red Arrow Entertainment Development Award

Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman for their project “Yidlife Crisis” (Montreal, Quebec)

Seeso Development Award

Tynan Delong, Ryan Bennett and Ana Fabrega for their project “Jana and Shasta” (Brooklyn, NY)

Super Deluxe Pitch Deal

Meghan O’Neill (Brooklyn, NY)

truTV Greenlight Deal

Shelly Gossman and Blythe Haaga for their project “Comedy Digs” (Los Angeles, CA) 

This winner has been selected to develop a project in partnership with truTV and NYTVF Productions.  

WEtv Pitch Deal

Joseph Gerbino and Erica Hart (West Palm Beach, FL)

In addition to the above, New York Women in Film and Televisionawarded a platinum memberships to Alex Trow and Katie Gibson in recognition of their work on “Inappropriate Jane Austen.”  Previously-announced winners and honorees in the JHRTS Script Competition and NYTVF-Just for Laughs Script to Screen TV Pitch Competition were also recognized during Saturday night’s awards reception.