Over the weekend, as people around the country contemplated their Halloween costumes, a show with a costumed hero scooped up an award. Royally, which follows a party princess who becomes a petty criminal, won the Critics Award at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF), while the marital comedy Giving Upwas named “Best of the Fest.”
In total, 10 out of the 52 pilots selected for this year’s NYTVF earned victories across the festival’s award categories. Royally and Giving Up both earned multiple victories, as did the drama project Manic and the comedy Jeff’s Place. In addition, 11 creative groups earned pitch deals, development awards, and grants from the networks and distributors in attendance.
In a press release, the NYTVF said it facilitated 600 networking and pitch meetings at its 2017 event, an increase of 50 over the previous year. A reported 77 companies participated in those meetups.
“A dozen years after our first Festival, I continue to be impressed by the talent that we are attracting from a thriving community of independent creators,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray in the release. “These individuals and their diverse points of view are making the art form of television better because they have chosen this episodic medium as the way to tell their stories. And we are proud to be in a position to bring them opportunities to showcase their work and advance their careers, while providing industry decision makers with access to this talent.”
Here, via the release, are details about all of the projects that went home winners after the 2017 NTVF:
Comedy duo Aasia and Dewayne go to extravagant lengths to reach their goals of international stardom and complete world domination. Starving Artists is a show about being young, gifted, and black in a world that praises straight, white, and wack.
In this game show competition format, five contestants carry five locked bags, but only one contains £100,000. Together, the group must complete an obstacle course across treacherous natural landscapes and make it to the finish line.
A New York couple faces their own deadline to either “make it” or give up their dreams.
2017 WINNERS – NYTVF SCRIPTS
Best Comedy Script (tie):
“Blurs” written by Jonterri Gadson (Bloomfield, NJ)
A women’s studies professor and her free-spirited, dysfunctional black family face the challenges of living in the type of town where all 80s/90s films with no black people could take place.
“Maternal Instinct” written by Elizabeth Stamp (Brooklyn, NY)
A serial killer turned suburban stay-at-home mom balances “family first” and “murder in the first” in this dark comedy.
Best Drama Script (new award):
“Fragile State” written by Andrea “AJ” Janakas (Los Angeles, CA)
When a border patrol agent is recruited to work as a spy to help overthrow a country, he doesn’t realize that the country he enters is a parallel America on the verge of collapse.
2017 NYTVF DEVELOPMENT DEALS AND NETWORK AWARD WINNERS
Audible Pitch Deals:
Three winners will each receive a development grant to further develop their concepts with Audible.
– Elizabeth Stamp (Brooklyn, NY)
– Julia Mattison and Noel Carey (New York, NY)
– Jordan Mendoza, Shannon Odell and Joanna Rothkopf (New York, NU)
Comedy Central Development Award:
Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, and Katie Sicking for their project “Night Crew”
(New York, NY)
OneX Pitch Deal:
Zandile Tisani (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Red Arrow Entertainment Development Award:
Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock for their project “Starving Artists” (Chicago, IL)
Shudder Pitch Deal:
Andrea Janakas (Los Angeles, CA)
TOPIC Pitch Deal:
TOPIC selected two creators and creative teams from their pitch meetings to enter into further development with the digital studio from First Look Media.
Jonterri Gadson (Bloomfield, NJ)
Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini (Los Angeles, CA)
truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative:
Nick Armstrong for his project “Series Finale: The Series” (Los Angeles, CA)
WEtv Pitch Deal:
Jillian Armenante (Los Angeles, CA)
In addition to the above, New York Women in Film and Televisionawarded a platinum membership to Sarah Salovaara in recognition of her work on “Let Me Die a Nun,” and Just For Laughs ComedyPro awarded the inaugural ComedyPro Award to Moujan Zolfaghari, Timothy Dunn, David Sidorov and Trevor Williams in recognition of their work on “SPLUNCH.” The latter award is a package of complimentary passes to the 2018 ComedyPro Conference in Montreal as part of the annual Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.