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Annual indie television showcase special event line-up includes the return of the Festival-favorite Late Night Writers panel and the previously announced U.S. premiere of Hulu’s The Wrong Mans

Greg Daniels-hosted BAFTA readings series, MSN Live Pitch Challenge, and Chris Gethard Show panel round out NYTVF Primetime series


[NEW YORK, NY, October 16, 2013] – The NYTVF today announced additional schedule highlights of its ninth annual New York Television Festival. The Festival’s opening night event on October 21 will feature a special Creative Keynote conversation with Arrested Development creator, Mitch Hurwitz.


“The New York Television Festival is as audaciously creative a venture as the works it showcases,”  said Hurwitz. “Terence Gray and his team not only celebrate the idea of independent television, they kind of invented it. When the festival began the very notion of television production created outside the studio system was likely seen as an indulgence and a novelty, but like any sort of inspired innovation it preceded a movement that’s very much underway now. The Festival and its contributors, now find themselves at the forefront of a growing business that involves streaming, online, and a host of professional and creative opportunities. For me personally it’s both thrilling to see the creative efforts from these talented participants, but also to not have to read their Modern Family specs.”


Also on October 21, NYTVF Connect will kick off with an Executive Keynote Conversation with Evan Shapiro, President of Pivot, Participant Media’s new network aimed at the Millennial generation. NYTVF Connect encompasses the exclusive Artist and Industry events held throughout the week of the Festival and provides Official Artists with the opportunity to meet, pitch, network, and collaborate with the top decision makers in attendance.


Writers and producers of New York’s late night staples The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will sit down for a humorous inside-look at the ‘politics of funny’ during the NYTVF’s annual Late Night Writers panel on Wednesday, October 23.


The third installment of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Forum, which also will take place on October 23, features debut readings of three original sitcoms – penned by some of the UK’s most promising emerging comedy writers – and includes industry insight and feedback from sitcom impresario, Greg Daniels (showrunner of the American version of The Office and creator of Parks and Recreation), who will be on-hand as the chair of the event.


MSN, a NYTVF Development Partner, will host a live pitch event on Friday, October 25 at Tribeca Cinemas, marking the culmination of the first-ever MSN Short-Form Storytellers Challenge.  This not-to-be-missed event will feature the competition’s five finalists facing off with presentations of their short-form digital series pitches before a panel of industry judges, with one winner being awarded a $75,000 production budget to create their series for MSN. Also on Friday, October 25, the NYTVF will welcome the writing team behind the cult cable access TV sensation, The Chris Gethard Show for a special, behind-the-scenes panel and celebration.


Finally, on Saturday, October 26, the NYTVF joins New York Magazine and to present the U.S. premiere of Hulu’s The Wrong Mans as the signature red carpet event for closing night of the 9th annual Festival. Also on October 26, the NYTVF Awards Show will mark the end of the organization’s 2013 development season and honor outstanding creators and projects across a number of competitions and initiatives from throughout the year.


Slated for October 21 through October 26 in Manhattan, the New York Television Festival will also include free public screenings of the 47 selections vying for honors in the NYTVF’s 2013 Independent Pilot Competition as well as the sixth annual Digital Day and Development Day events.


Industry gatherings hosted by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Audio Network and the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) round out the schedule. 2013 Festival events will take place at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre in Chelsea along with Tribeca Cinemas in lower Manhattan. Both Digital and Development Days, like many Festival events, are free to attend. For a full Festival schedule along with event registration and pass information, visit


“The ninth annual NYTVF is the culmination of a banner year, where we have seen tremendous growth in both the number of opportunities for artists participating in our development initiatives and competitions and the level of the television industry’s commitment to that community of creators,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. “To top it off, we have a really fun Festival week featuring some of TV’s biggest hits, brightest stars, and a line-up that has something for everyone. We can’t wait to share these events with the aspiring artists, industry insiders, and TV fanatics that celebrate with us each year, and we are grateful to each sponsor, speaker, partner, and artist that makes the Festival possible.”


2013 NYTVF Highlights


Monday, October 21

7:00 PM: NYTVF Creative Keynote featuring Mitch Hurwitz

SVA Theatre: 333 West 23rd Street


The NYTVF welcomes visionary storyteller and cult comedy hero Mitchell Hurwitz as the 2013 Creative Keynote. The creator and executive producer of Arrested Development will participate in this intimate discussion of television writing and producing, offering TV lovers and fans unique access and insight to the process of creating and guiding a 21st Century comedy phenomenon.



Tuesday, October 22


7:00 PM: Audio Network Music Mixer

Tribeca Cinemas, the Varick Room: 54 Varick Street

NYTVF music partner, Audio Network, invites Artists, pass holders and guests for a Happy Hour with a live DJ, networking, and fun.


Wednesday, October 23


6:00 PM: BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum: Catch the Future of British Comedy

7:30 PM: Networking Drinks

SVA Theatre: 333 West 23rd Street

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the NYTVF are re-teaming to present this unique night of comedy featuring debut readings of original sitcoms – penned by some of the UK’s most promising comedy television writers – with creative insight and feedback from the event’s Industry Chair, Greg Daniels (showrunner of the American version of The Office and creator of Parks and Recreation).


The selected scripts were identified following a UK-wide competition hosted by BAFTA and the Rocliffe New Writing Forum. The event, which includes post-event networking event at 7:30 pm, will feature staged reading excerpts of the three selected entries with expert commentary on each.


8:30 PM: “Long Day’s Journey Into Late Night: The Politics of Funny,”

A Special Event Panel Discussion

SVA Theatre: 333 West 23rd Street

Back by popular demand, this late night writing panel, featuring the comic forces behind New York’s late night institutions, focuses on the process of creating topical humor straight from the 24-hour news cycle, with an eye toward the current political landscape. Writers and producers from New York’s late night staples The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon share their experiences and provide their take on the current state of the genre.



Thursday, October 24


6:30 PM: Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Event

Tribeca Cinemas, the Varick Room: 54 Varick Street

The NYTVF is proud to partner with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment to toast the launch of Spotlight on Broadway, a project designed to celebrate the history of Broadway by highlighting the theatres and people who contribute to Broadway’s unique cultural legacy.


8:30 PM: Hollywood Radio and Television Society Young Executives Networking Event

Tribeca Cinemas, the Varick Room: 54 Varick Street

Bringing together the emerging artists participating in the NYTVF with the rising stars of the television industry’s executive ranks, this exclusive networking event, hosted by the NYTVF’s Next Generation Committee and the junior division of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (JHRTS) is open exclusively to NYTVF Artists, pass holders and HRTS/JHRTS members.




Friday, October 25


12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: NYTVF Digital Day, Presented by MSN

Tribeca Cinemas: 54 Varick Street

The new frontier of web distribution has provided content creators, distributors, and brands with seemingly limitless opportunities for connection with viewers, consumers, and fans – but what’s really working, who’s watching and, most importantly, where’s the money? NYTVF’s sixth annual Digital Day panel series welcomes some of the digital landscape’s most influential thought-leaders for a day of no-holds-barred discussions and insights on all facets of new media, from both creative and business perspectives.


4:00 PM: MSN Pitch Live!

Tribeca Cinemas, the Varick Room: 54 Varick Street

The five finalists in the 2013 MSN Short-Form Storytellers Challenge present their show concepts for the opportunity to earn $75k to create their micro-episodic digital series exclusively for MSN. Join executives industry experts as they assess the strengths, weaknesses, and viability of the finalists’ presentations live and on stage.


7:00 PM: A Very Special Panel with The Chris Gethard Show

Tribeca Cinemas, the Varick Room: 54 Varick Street


“There’s no more surprising or addictive show on TV.”

The A.V. Club


Dubbed by New York Magazine as the “Carson of Cable Access” Chris Gethard and his team of comedy misfits invade NYTVF for a very special panel charting the success of this independent TV



Saturday, October 26


1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: NYTVF Development Day

Tribeca Cinemas: 54 Varick Street

NYTVF Development Day offers aspiring creators and TV fans alike a day of free panels and events offering both educational and inspirational insight into the creation of television.


7:00 PM: U.S. Premiere of Hulu’s The Wrong Mans

Tribeca Cinemas: 54 Varick Street

Sponsored by New York Magazine and

The NYTVF is thrilled to present the U.S. premiere of Hulu’s The Wrong Mans as the signature red carpet event for closing night of the 9th annual New York Television Festival. The debut screening of the series’ first two episodes will be followed by a talk-back featuring creators, writers, and stars.


The Wrong Mans is co-written by and co-starring Tony Award-winner James Corden (Doctor Who, Gavin & Stacey, Gulliver’s Travels) and Mathew Baynton (Peep Show, Spy, Gavin & Stacey), with director and producer Jim Field Smith (Episodes, Butter, She’s Out of My League).




7:30 PM: NYTVF Awards

SVA Theatre: 333 West 23rd Street

The Festival’s Awards Show will recognize outstanding entries and individual achievement in the 2013 Independent Pilot Competition as well as the winners of the NYTVF Critics Award and Festival Development Awards from IFC, MTV, VH1, truTV, Channel 4, CW Seed and BET. Additional winners will be announced in the FOX Comedy Script Contest and NYTVF Pitch.


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About the NYTVF

Established in 2005, the NYTVF constructs new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. By partnering directly with networks, studios, production companies, digital platforms and brands, the NYTVF provides its Industry Partners with a streamlined development model, leveraging its vast creative community of over 12,000 independent producers and production companies, to create content with specific partners in mind. During the annual New York Television Festival – held each fall in New York City – the NYTVF brings together its top artists and industry decision-makers for a series of events designed to foster networking, collaboration and education. The Festival also marks the culmination of the organization’s yearly development efforts and features screenings of top independent content, educational panels, fan events, red carpet premieres, and more. For more information on the NYTVF and the annual Festival, visit, and to learn about opportunities to submit for its year-round competitions, visit


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