When the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) selections came out back in August, we knew the increased amount of web series in the mix would shake things up come festival time. Last week’s festival capped off with Saturday night’s winner ceremony in Manhattan.
Notable wins from web series scene included Johnny B Homeless, a comedy web series that snatched the most audience votes during screenings at the festival. Creator Al Thompson and Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson were both on hand to receive the award for the series about a semi-pro couch surfer.
Odd Jobs, which we’ve been following since its launch back in February, scored creator Jeremy Redleaf a development deal with Fox Television Studios through its web-only 15 Gigs arm, winning the “FtvS 15 Gigs of Fame” prize. Best Web Series pilot went to Canadian Film Centre-funded entry My Pal, Satan, who’s snappy theme song also won honors. And MERRIme.com creator-star Kaily Smith won best actress for he work as the lovelorn socialite.
Full list of winners:
NYTVF People’s Choice Award: Johnny B Homeless
Created by: Al Thompson
Best Comedy Pilot: Blog of a Pool Boy
Created by: Greg Burke, AJ Morales, and Lou Perez (New York, NY)
A young novelist falls flat on his face after college graduation and is forced to work for the family pool care business with his eccentric cousin Billy.
Best Drama Pilot: Dog
Created by: Barry Gribble (Washington, DC)
Outrageous radio shock-jock Dog Rollins struggles to share the airwaves with his new female co-host.
Best Nonscripted Pilot: Monster Brothers
Created by: Ryan Golembeske and Josh Golembeske (Santa Monica, CA)
Two rowdy country boys pursue their childhood dream of capturing the world’s most famous monsters on camera.
Best Animation Pilot: God & Co.
Created by: Stephen Levinson and Joel Levinson (Brooklyn, NY)
An animated, irreverent and totally original take on the Bible featuring the guest voices of today’s hottest comics including Jonathan Katz (Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz).
Best Web Series Pilot: My Pal Satan
Created by: Dennis Heaton (Toronto, Ontario)
Donna is a 26-year-old mortal experiencing ups-and-downs while cohabitating with the Prince of Darkness.
Best Actor: Greg Burke for Blog of a Pool Boy (New York, NY)
Best Actress: Kaily Smith for MERRIme.com (Los Angeles, CA)
Best Nonscripted Host or Star: Lea Michele for Around the Block (New York, NY)
Best Writing: Matt Fisher, Alden Ford, and Justin Tyler for HomeSchooled (New York, NY)
Best Directing: Nick Armstrong for Team A.P.O.C.A.L.Y.P.S.E. (Los Angeles, CA)
Best Theme Song: My Pal Satan
Outside the Box Award: Hell Froze Over
Created by: Misplaced Planet Productions: J Wilder Konschak, Michael Benni Pierce, Shaun Boyle, and Alli Hartley (Brooklyn, NY)
FOX-PGP-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest Winner: Liberal Arts
Top photo, Al Thompson and Kenan Thompson at NYTVF, by Peter Evangelista.