A&E will offer $25,000 for the production of a pilot as part of the annual New York Television Festival.
The network has partnered with the Festival in the past, but in 2014 will guarantee the winner an unscripted pilot presentation along with a minimum $25,000 budget.
Artists can submit a two- to-four-minute DVD of the subject and a one- to two-page treatment describing the unscripted format, from April 7, 2014 through May 28, 2014.A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to 15 semi-finalists, which will be reviewed by the network with five finalists receiving $4,000 in development funding to produce additional tape.
The winner – to be announced later this year – will receive a $10,000 prize, as well as a minimum budget of $25,000 for a development project order of the concept, to be produced in association with the NYTVF. A&E may also elect to enter into development agreements with the remaining finalists.
All of the 15 semi-finalists for this sponsored initiative will be invited to participate as “Official Artists” in the 10th annual New York Television Festival, taking place October 20-25, 2014 in downtown Manhattan. This designation gives them exclusive access to networking and educational opportunities at the Festival.
The A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline is open to U.S. residents age 18 and over who do not have any contractual commitments preventing them from entering into an exclusive development deal with A&E. Unscripted formats not currently under development at a network, studio, or major production company and meeting all other criteria in the Official Rules are eligible for the competition.
A&E’s initiative brings this year’s list of NYTVF development partners to five, with 12 deals thus far being guaranteed in 2014: A&E (5 development deals), History (5), the Lionsgate/Sea To Sky Entertainment – Channel 4 Co-Development Award and Comedy Central. Additional partnerships are expected to be announced in the coming weeks,