NYTV Festival Moves to July With Strong Comedy Programs

The New York Television Festival is one of the best and most well-attended entertainment summits in New York City, and yet, it flies a bit under the radar.  This year will be the 14th year of great television-geared panels, events, workshops and screenings, and its a phenomenal event for anyone who covers the business of television or wants to work in any facet of the medium. Geared most directly to creators, the festival is also a great event for fans who like to see what’s next in entertainment, performers and other industry hopefuls offering discussions that cover the business with topics like improving your writing, learning how to pitch, and even how to negotiate your deal.  Festival organizers do an outstanding job of bringing in the most inspirational executives and creators in television, and give festival attendees some pretty incredible access to those greats.  More than 300 Official Artists have been invited to the Festival and they’ll get to talk with executives from NYTVF industry partners representing the leading TV networks, studios, digital companies and agencies; as well Industry Pass holders and TV fans.

The cornerstone of the festival is an Independent Pilot Competition, which this year will screen 59 pilots for consideration, and as always some incredible talent is represented.  Content buyers from around the industry and tv superfans will gather to watch the entries to see which independent creators might become the next big thing.

In addition to the Pilot Competition, some of the events this year that might be particularly interesting to comedy creators and fans include:

  • keynote conversations with the former co-head writers of SNL, and executives from BBC America and HBO;
  • showcases of truTV’s two new original series, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters and Paid Off with Michael Torpey;
  • a creator bootcamp,
  • a panel specifically for Late Night tv writers room hopefuls helping them learn how to land a gig, and a panel on how to navigate your way around that writers’ room once you get the job,
  • a conversation about the state of comedy
  • an in-depth case study with one new truTV series following it through every stage of development to series
  • a panel explaining finer points of negotiating a deal for creators and more.

The New York Television Festival has taken place in the fall in past years and has always been an outstanding event to attend.  This year the Fest is bringing its 14th edition to the summer for the first time, from July 14-20 in Manhattan at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space and SVA Theatre in Manhattan.  Go to nytvf.com for all the details and to check out the festival’s year round programming.

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