NBC, NYTVF contest seeks drama pilots

Winner gets $25,000 and development deal

NBC, in partnership with the New York Television Festival, will shell out $25,000 and a development deal for the winning drama in a new pilot contest. As networks and Netcos alike troll for original fare, the fest, which launched in 2005, is now a mega-event, with 3,000 submissions and well over 300 producers swarming Tribeca to meet and screen.

Fest kicked off Monday night with a red-carpet world premiere of the CW’s “The Carrie Diaries.”

Founder and exec director Terence Gray predicts about 15,000 attendees this year. “We launched eight years ago to celebrate the best in indie TV content, a Sundance for TV, and it’s really evolved from a one-week festival into a year-round business and development incubator for the networks and studios,” Gray told Variety .

The NYTVF team will start taking entries next month through March for Voice and Vision: The NBC Drama Challenge and present 15 finalists to network execs. Competish calls for a one-to-two act pilot script, series overview and produced 10-minute pilot scene.

The festival has more than 50 partners this year, including Amazon Studios and My Damn Channel with 18 of them offering 26 guaranteed development deals to indie TV producers. NBC will be new for 2013 along with History channel and CW Digital, which has signed on as a new award sponsor for the 2013 Independent Pilot Competition, a standing fest feature.