The New York Television Festival has added eight more unscripted development partners for its 10th annual showcase this fall, wherein each partner will offer a development award to independent TV creators from the festival’s competitions.
Investigation Discovery, FremantleMedia North America, FYI and WE TV have joined as new development partners, with Channel 4, National Geographic Channels, SundanceTV and TruTV all returning from last year’s festival. Previously announced partners are A&E, Comedy Central, History and Lionsgate/Sea to Sky.
“We’ve long endeavored to open doors across the television spectrum, and I’m thrilled by the support of our unscripted partners,” NYTVF Founder Terence Gray said in a statement. “The NYTVF provides buyers with a real opportunity to message specifically to a group of talented and out-of-the-box creators, yielding unique, fresh and valuable concepts and relationships with tremendous potential.”
The majority of the deals are announced at the festival, held during the week of October 20, when meetings will take place between industry executives and invited artists. A record 31 development deals were awarded at the 2013 festival.