Winners of development deals at the 2014 New York Television Festival
The annual New York Television Festival (NYTVF) announced the winners Saturday night in 12 categories of its Independent Pilot Competition as well as 20 development deal winners from various cable channels, studios and digital network partners. “We had a fantastic week with more events, projec... [Read More]
 
Comedy Central again offering development deal via New York Television Festival
If you feel like you're missing out on pilot season, do not lose all hope. Comedy Central once again is putting out $7,500 and a potential development deal in the waters for writers and producers through a contest via The New York Television Festival. If you've got a scripted-comedy format to pitch ... [Read More]
 
Watch the NYTVF-winning pilot for “RE:VERSE” and see who earned TV development deals at the 2013 fest
Re:Verse, a comedy pilot created by Stephen Soroka and Nic Rad and starring Maria Krovatin as a 22-year-old who quits law school and pursues multiple futures in New York City, won the inaugural "Best of Fest" award and the Audience Award at last weekend's New York Television Festival. Soroka wrote a... [Read More]
 
Mitch Hurwitz Talked Alternate Casting and 'Arrested Development' Plans
by Elise Czajkowski Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz was the keynote speaker at the New York Television Festival last night, and as he tends to do, he dropped some tantalizing hints and secrets about the past and future of the show. As he's mentioned before, the tentative plan is... [Read More]
 
The “Arrested Development” movie that creator Mitch Hurwitz would make right now. Honestly. For Netflix. October 2013 NYTVF edition answer.
Don't stop just because you think you've heard this all before. So many times. Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz said he wants to to make an AD movie. But this time, this Monday night, in conversation with New York magazine's John Sellers for the keynote conversation Monday night to kick of... [Read More]
 
Ben Seccombe’s “Family Bum” wins 2013 Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition
Comedy Central and the New York Television Festival announced today that Ben Seccombe's Family Bum had won the cable network's second annual "Short Pilot Competition." Billed as "An alcoholic homeless man wreaks havoc on the world of a '90s TGIF-style sitcom," Family Bum stars Clint Carmichael, Aaro... [Read More]
 
“24,” the presidential debate joke edition: Late-night TV writers on their quick turnarounds
The final presidential debate of the 2012 campaign ended at 11 p.m. Eastern time Monday in Boca Raton, Fla. Meanwhile, up the East Coast in New York City, the writing staffs of four late-night TV comedy/variety shows already were beginning to pitch h... [Read More]
 
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Comedy Central launches short pilot competition with New York TV Festival
As the 2011 New York Television Festival hits its own homestretch this weekend, it has announced a new initiative with Comedy Central that seeks original comedy pilots and scripts, with the top submission receiving a $7,500 development deal from the ... [Read More]
 
Image of The Laughspin audio interview with Marc Maron
The Laughspin audio interview with Marc Maron
a 36-minute talk Dylan Gadino had with Marc Maron hours before Maron’s sitcom pilot was screened for the first time for an audience at the New York Television Festival. We talk about how his hugely popular podcast WTF has not only helped bolster his career but also his personal evolution, his possible foray into television, two big names — Jon Stewart and Adam Sandler — he feels he needs to apologize to, and much more. Nothing was edited. [Read More]
 
Image of Marc Maron television pilot will premiere at the New York Television Festival
Marc Maron television pilot will premiere at the New York Television Festival
The show, WTF, produced by Maron and Denis Leary’s production company Apostle, is based on Maron’s life as a comedian who hosts a podcast out of his garage. The pilot features Ed Asner as Maron’s father along with several comedic favorites. Community star Ken Jeong plays himself as a guest on the podcast. UCB LA’s Angela Trimbur, and New York comic Sean Patton also make appearances. The episode was directed by Academy Award-winning Luke Matheny. [Read More]