Did you know there’s a big little festival that takes place in New York City celebrating independent TV making? Over 22,000 script submissions were submitted to win a slot at the weeklong fest, and with only about a little over 1,000 selected, the New York Television Festival is one of the most vied TV fest entries for starry-eyed artists – including our own Divalicious EIC, who was recognized as a “Notable Writer” in this year’s fest for her scripted comedy, All About Eve!
With badge in tow, we hit up some of the coolest moments at the festival.
The festival saw a pep rally of speakers, from TV showrunners to network executives. At the BBC America panel, President and General Manager┬áSarah Barnett┬áspoke about how they “stalked” the fans of Killing Eve, which helped spread the word about psychological thriller of a female FBI agent (played by Sandra Oh) cat and mousing another woman, who just happens to be a heartless killer.
Robin Thede of BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede brought her all-female creative team to the festival to speak about being the first black woman to host a late night talk show. She also had the privilege to install the second black female head writer of a later night talk show (Robin herself was the first) on their BET series. They’re waiting to see if the weekly laughfest will be picked up for a second season. We say with skits like these, it has to be!
There were hundreds of pilots screened at the festival including big winners like Run For Your Life by Martha Williams, The Gary Gold Story – which received a development deal with Red Arrow Productions, and our new fave bingeable web series Avant-Guardians The Series from the funny mind of Alesia Etinoff. Remember, anytime you catch a screening, always review it, be it your blog or social media, because that would make an artist’s day.
Of course, it was a week of mixing and mingling with happy hours hosted every night by the likes of NYTVF’s industry partners such as Audible. Networking is always a must for every writer to pass out business cards, sip wine and munching on doughy mochi ice cream.
Want to keep up with everything the NYTVF has to offer? Check them out at nytvf.com.