You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Orchard to Fund Indie TV Series ‘The Jamz’ From NYTV Festival Prods.

New York-based MCN the Orchard has cut a deal to fund production of its first TV series, “The Jamz,” a workplace comedy set at a Chicago radio station.

The project is based on the 2014 New York Television Festival official selection of the same name. It marks the first production effort to come from the NYTV fest’s production arm that was launched last year. “Jamz” will be shopped to TV and digital buyers after production on an undisclosed number of episodes is completed.

The concept was created by Jim Kozyra and Chris Petlak, who will be series regulars, writers and co-executive producers on the TV series. Ted Tremper will direct, with Kathy Najimy, David Pasquesi and Michael Patrick Thornton rounding out the ensemble cast.

Orchard is committing to financing a prospective TV series on the heels of several feature film pickups out of the Sundance film festival, including “The Overnight,” starring Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott, and “Digging for Fire,” directed by Joe Swanberg.

The pact for “Jamz” stemmed from the larger partnership that Orchard set with the New York Television Festival last year.

“Partnering up with the New York Television Festival and discovering ‘The Jamz’ was just the beginning. Since then, the number of TV and digital video networks demanding credible, entertaining original content has exponentially grown, as has the future potential for this amazing, inspired show,” said Paul Davidson, Orchard’s senior VP of film and TV.

“Each year, more and more artists from Chicago like Jim and Chris submit to New York Television Festival, and are given opportunities to both showcase their work and make connections with networks, studios and distributors like the Orchard,” said Terence Gray, NYTV Festival founder and exec director.

Orchard was founded in 1997 as a distribution outlet for alternative music and indie artists. It expanded into film, TV and advertising a decade ago.

Pictured: Kathy Najimy

More Digital

  • Tencent's Penguin Pictures Amps up Documentary

    Tencent's Penguin Pictures Amps up Documentary Mission

    Tencent Penguin Pictures grew out of Tencent Video to bring content to the Chinese tech giant’s video streaming platform — one of the world’s largest by user numbers. It is distinct from Tencent Pictures, another production division, which is more closely tied to Tencent’s own IP through its online literature, comics and gaming sectors. Penguin’s [...]

  • FilMart: HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink

    FilMart: HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink Praises Local Content Strategy

    CEO of HBO Asia since 2003, Jonathan Spink has seen the growth of pay-TV in Asia, the moves towards content localization and original production, and has faced up to the challenge of internet-based streaming services. He joins Variety on Monday in a keynote presentation at Hong Kong’s FilMart, and is expected to unveil an expanded [...]

  • Amazon Prime Video Direct

    Amazon's Prime Video Direct Is Cutting Royalty Fees for Low-Engagement Content

    Amazon is rejiggering the payment structure for its Prime Video Direct self-publishing program to reward the highest-performing content with higher rates — while reducing royalty rates for less-popular titles. Starting April 1, 2019, the standard license fee for all titles made available through Amazon’s Prime Video Direct for Prime subscription access in the U.S. will [...]

  • snapchat-logo

    Snapchat Said to Launch Gaming Inside Its App

    Snapchat is set to unveil a mobile gaming platform for its app at a partner event next month, according to a new Cheddar report. The platform will allow developers to distribute games within Snapchat’s app, according to the report. A Snapchat spokesperson declined to comment. Snapchat’s corporate parent Snap is set to hold its first [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content