The New York Television Festival closed on Saturday evening with a ceremony announcing the deals for winners of its network-sponsored contests, including the Fox-NYTVF comedy script contest, which offered $25,000 and a development deal with Fox to Robby O’Connor for his pilot script “Adulthood for Beginners.”
The fest is designed to provide a foot in the door to would-be TV talent. Competitors are given the chance to hear professional feedback on their pitches and pilots from industryites at broadcast and basic cable outlets, and winners earn both cash prizes and pilot opportunities. This year’s keynote speaker was Damon Lindelof.
A&E sponsors an unscripted development contest – its five winners each get $2,500 and a budget of $1,500 to shoot additional tape before a decision is made as to which show will get a pilot.
The 2011 independent pilot competition landed Nathan Gotsch $25,000 and a deal with FX for his “Josh Jennings for Congress;” IFC did the same for Ross Patterson’s “St. James Presents: Delirium Cinema.”
Mike Salva’s “Pound Dogs” picked up a similar deal with $5,000 attached from MTV, and Syfy Digital Studios will take a look at Al Thompson’s “Odessa.”