The 13th annual New York Television Festival, kicks off today – Monday, October 23 and runs through Saturday, October 28, 2017, primarily at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space and SVA Theatre in Manhattan. In addition to a showcase of the previously-announced 52 Official Selections in the flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC), held throughout the week, the NYTVF will host an extensive slate of special events for the more than 250 Official Artists who have been invited to the Festival; executives from NYTVF industry partners representing the leading TV networks, studios, digital companies and agencies, as well as, other industry members and TV fans.
“When we launched the first TV festival a dozen years ago as a showcase for independent creators and their work, we never could have imagined that it would develop into what it is today – an annual destination for industry executives looking to discover new talent, artists looking for access to these decision-makers, and fans interested in not only getting a sneak peek at some of the best-told stories on TV, but also hearing directly from the talent that created it in an intimate setting,” said Terence Gray, NYTVF Founder and Executive Director. “We as always are excited to be a part of this discovery, and lucky to be in a position to facilitate what we feel are important conversations about the world’s greatest artistic medium.”
This year’s NYTVF includes the screening of world premieres of CBS/Sony Pictures Television Drama “S.W.A.T.”; Starz Documentary “NUDE”; season two of TBS Comedy “SEARCH PARTY”; and Topic Series “SHE’S THE TICKET” followed by Q&As with Talent and Producers.
These public events join a line-up of invite-only activities that take place throughout the week, open only to Official Artists (independent writers, producers and other creators chosen to attend the Festival and showcase their work) and industry attendees (from TV networks, production companies, digital platforms and agencies who come to the Festival to discover, network with, hear pitches from and – in many cases – sign deals with new talent). For example, at last year’s NYTVF Connect Marketplace, which in 2017 will once again be presented with the support of Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein, and Selz, more than 550 meetings were facilitated by NYTVF between Official Artists and industry decision-makers representing 75 companies; more than 25 executives led intimate “development chats” for artists; and private parties and dinners were held throughout the week.
You can get tickets and the full schedule at: NYTVF.com