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Giveaway Thursday: Tickets to the New York Television Festival ... all of it!

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 4th 2008 2:44PM
NYTVF logoThe good folks at the New York Television Festival have been nice enough to give us four full festival passes to give away this week! These passes will not only get you into all panels and pilot screenings (except the Industry Day panels on Monday the 15th), but will also get you into all of the premiere screenings and after-parties (21 and up only) that will be held that week, complete with the stars and producers of each show. Among the shows that will have premieres that week: Fringe, Life on Mars, Life, and Worst Week. The Festival will be held from September 12-17 at New World Stages in midtown Manhattan.

To enter, leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Tuesday, September 9 simply telling us which of the premieres you most want to see. As always, we'll randomly choose four winners amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating which NYTVF premiere you'd most like to see.
  • The comment must be left before September 9, 2008 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Four winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Four winners will receive a full festival pass to the New York Television Festival (valued at $175).
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 21 and older.
  • Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to, from and within New York, and lodging.
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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NY TV Festival and The People's Choice Awards name spinoff finalists

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2008 4:22PM
Married with ChildrenLast month we told you about a contest being held by The New York Television Festival and The People's Choice Awards. They wanted you to come up with spinoffs for your favorite shows. Well, they've narrowed it down to three finalists, and it's time for you to vote at the PCA site.

Contestants had one minute to give a video pitch for their spinoff. The first finalist is The Halftime Show, a spinoff of Friday Night Lights that focuses on the people who play in the school bands that perform at football halftime shows. Married...with Children, 10 Years Later (I think that's the name of it anyway) has Al no longer married but becoming rich and starting to date again. The East Wing is a spinoff of The West Wing, and centers on the goings-on with The First Lady (estranged from her husband) and her staff.

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NYTVF: Awards ceremony and Standoff screening

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 18th 2006 7:10PM
MSN award to Squid Dragon Legend
After a rainy Friday night spent holed up in my apartment recapping the NYTVF events on Thursday, and a Saturday of rest, I was back at the Directors Guild Theater on Sunday for the festival's final two events: the awards ceremony and a screening of the FOX show Standoff.

I have to say, after all the craziness of the last week, the NYTVF folks did a good job of getting people in and out quickly. The award ceremony was only about a half-hour, and they decided to forego the red carpet for Standoff, thus keeping the rabid ranks of media and fans under control. It was probably just too exhausting to deal with for them, and I think they had the right idea. More info -- and pictures -- after the jump.

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NYTVF: Comedy pilots

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 15th 2006 7:39PM
Split the Difference titleWhat I found interesting about the comedy pilots from the New York Television Festival is how slickly-done most of them were. Of the six pilots in this category -- the largest number of pilots in any category -- four looked like they could air on a network right now. And at least three of them had actors that should be recognizable to regular TV watchers. Of course, high production value doesn't necessarily translate to good comedy. But there were really fun and creative aspects in all the pilots. My reviews are after the jump, and you can watch the pilots on MSN.

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NYTVF: Dan Rather looks me straight in the eye

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 15th 2006 2:33PM
Dan RatherWhen you're sitting less than ten feet away from a television legend, you pay attention, even if you're hot and sweaty and somewhat aware that the deodorant you put on in the morning is no longer doing its job. That's the situation I was in as I hustled uptown from the One-Minute Pitch finals just in time for the panel discussion on the news media's role in a war zone. Twenty minutes and one very muggy F train station later, I found myself in the front row, with a panel of distinguished newsmen in front of me. But everyone knew the attraction was Rather.

More on the panel -- and more pictures -- after the jump.

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A fast Q&A with Mitchell Hurwitz of Arrested Development

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 14th 2006 1:05PM
Mitchell HurwitzAfter he participated in a hilarious NYTVF panel discussion with fellow showrunners Mike Scully and Phil Rosenthal, Mitchell Hurwitz, who was the executive producer of Arrested Development, was nice enough to give me a couple of minutes after he came off stage. Of course, the conversation had to do with his decision to end AD, even though Showtime was going to pick up the show for a fourth season. His responses were interesting.

JK: I interviewed Will Arnett about a month ago, and he told me a lot of the same stuff you mentioned during the panel, that Arrested kept getting renewed because it kept getting awards and it would make FOX look bad to ax it.

Hurwitz: You know, I shouldn't be talking about this, because it really sounds like sour grapes. But it was a privilege. It was a privileged experience, and I know it was a privileged experience. But nonetheless, it's such a high-stakes thing, that when you're cancelled very late, and all that work, that it feels like it didn't turn into a profit, you know. But the more I get away from it, the more I realize that, no, they... they put it on the air.

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NYTVF: Screenings and a trio of sitcom bigwigs

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 14th 2006 11:09AM
Robert Thompson, Mike Scully, Phil Rosenthal, and Mitch Hurwitz
Because of Tuesday night's festival kickoff party, I decided to sleep in a little yesterday. Because of that, I missed both a morning panel on the value of independent TV production, which included Doug Herzog, the president of Comedy Central. I also missed the screening for the first set of Drama pilots. But I did manage to catch the first batch of Reality pilots, the first batch of Comedy pilots, and a really funny panel discussion about the American family on TV.

Why was the panel hilarious? Because the three people on the panel were executive producers Mitchell Hurwitz of Arrested Development, Phil Rosenthal of Everybody Loves Raymond, and Mike Scully of The Simpsons. So no one was left unscathed joke-wise; even the creator of 7th Heaven was lovingly labeled a "whore."

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NYTVF: Photos of the Kidnapped premiere and party

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 13th 2006 11:50AM
Folks, I never got into this job to be a red carpet/party reporter. I'm not good in noisy crowds of people I don't know, and I'm especially not good at fighting other people to be heard in a group. But when I found myself on the press side of the red carpet for the premiere of NBC's Kidnapped last night, I tried to do my best.

The red carpet consists of whatever stars are coming to the premiere slowly walking down a procession of press people: first they pose for photographers, then they talk to television and other video outlets, then they answer questions from lowly print outlets like us. I decided to hang out at the end of the line and catch what I could, since I'd also be going to the screening and the afterparty (which also doubled as the NYTVF launch party). And since I was on the Kidnapped set a few weeks ago (that post is in the works), there wasn't much more to ask the principals that I hadn't already. But it was still an interesting evening. After the jump, a few pictures of my night.

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The New York Television Festival starts tonight - and we'll be there!

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 12th 2006 2:08PM
NYTVF logoWe've been excited about the New York Television Festival since the second edition was announced earlier this year. Think of it as a Sundance for television, where budding TV moguls submit their pilots, the best are selected for the festival, and awards are given. Of course, in between, the organizers try to cram as many celebrity-related events and panels in as possible.

Because this is such an interesting concept, we're going to have extensive coverage of the festivities. Pilot screeners in each of the five categories (Comedy, Drama, Animation, Educational and Reality) will be reviewed by various TV Squadders; the review posts will go up starting on Thursday. And I'll be a roving reporter, trying to attend some of the bigger premieres, panel discussions, and other events, bringing you pictures and maybe even a quote or two from the stars who are attending parties for Kidnapped, The Knights of Prosperity, and Standoff. So, look for our daily posts from the festival and for the reviews of the pilots. I'm looking forward to this...

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Vote for the best television show ideas on MSN

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 24th 2006 11:31AM
nytvfEarlier this summer, we told you about how the New York Television Festival was taking pitches from the public for a new television show. Well, festival folks have narrowed the pitches down to the best 50 and now you can watch them and vote for your favorite over at MSN Video. But hurry! They're only available for viewing through tomorrow (Friday) and you have to have Internet Explorer to do so.

The top two vote-getters each day will be finalists who will get to pitch their ideas to development executives. Only one person will get $8,000 to make a pilot out of his/her idea. The contest is in conjunction with IFC, which presumably can choose to pick up the show.

[Via Lost Remote]

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New York Television Festival to offer $10k for top pilot

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2006 5:30PM
NYTVF logoWe've mentioned to you that the second-annual New York Television Festival will be held in September. Think of it as a Sundance for TV pilots; 22 pilots submitted by people from all over the country will be considered, and prizes will be given out. Unlike last year, most of the submitted pilots were made specifically for the festival, some of which will star actors with previous TV experience. All pilots will be under consideration for pick-up; indeed, two pilots from last year's festival got picked up by the A&E and OLN networks.

Because the stakes are a little higher, the festival, in conjunction with video hosting partner MSN, has announced that the $10,000 will be given to the winner of the festival's top prize. Also remember that they are co-sponsoring a "Best Pitch" contest with the IFC, so the creativity should be a-flowin' in New York next month.

TV Squad is going to be attending the festival, and we hope to get a bunch of cool stuff from there, including interviews with the pilots' stars and producers, so stay tuned for our coverage!

[via Bloglines]

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