As part of a new deal with independent film, television and music distribution company the Orchard, New York Television Festival has announced that it will award a six-episode digital series order to a selection from its upcoming annual fest.
The winner of the Orchard Go Project will be selected from the festival’s official artists, and will produce their series alongside the Orchard and NYTVF.
“We’re thrilled to be part of such a unique partnership with NYTVF,” said Paul Davidson, senior VP of film and television at the Orchard. “We’re proud to offer independent artists in television a platform where they can develop, produce, and distribute their exceptional creative achievements.”
Operating in over 25 global markets, the Orchard has been expanding its film and television distribution efforts with a slate of newly acquired films, including “Community” creator Dan Harmon’s “Harmontown,” Sundance winner “Rich Hill” and Tribeca Film Festival standouts “Point and Shoot” and “The Canal.” The partnership with NYTVF marks the first time the Orchard will fund and produce its own original series, and brings the total number of deals offered through the NYTVF to 28.
NYTVF recently announced a pilot development competition with Fox Broadcasting Co. as well as with other partners like A&E, Channel 4, Comedy Central, FremantleMedia North America, FYI, History, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Lionsgate/Sea to Sky, National Geographic Channels, SundanceTV, truTV, and WE tv.
“As the NYTVF continues to grow, our primary goal remains the same: provide our official artists with access to more, unique opportunities to develop their work with forward-thinking networks and distributors. This sight-unseen series order by the Orchard is testament to the quality of the talent in the independent TV community,” said Terence Gray, NYTVF founder and executive director. “Like the NYTVF, the Orchard has great indie roots, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them for this project.”
NYTVF runs Oct. 20 to 25 in, of course, New York City.