NYTVF, A+E partner for content production opps

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 15 July 2015

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) is to partner long-time sponsor A+E Networks to identify writers and producers for potential development opportunities with cable networks A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, FYI and H2.

The programme, dubbed Create360, is open to independent television writers, producers and production companies and builds on the unscripted partnership between the NYTVF and A+E Networks, and provides additional opportunities for scripted television writers and producers.

The network group's first scripted partnership with NYTVF, the Lifetime Writers Project invites emerging TV writers to submit concepts for hour-long series for consideration. Five writers will be selected by the network as Lifetime Writing Fellows and will receive a grant to attend the 2015 New York Television Festival as official artists, to meet with network executives about their projects.

A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime will again invite unscripted producers to submit character-based sizzle tapes and series treatments, with each pay-TV network offering a potential development opportunity to a selected producer.

Also, any writers/creators named official artists for the 2015 New York Television Festival as part of these or other 2015 NYTVF competitions will be eligible to submit original series concepts for consideration by FYI and H2 executives. Since the NYTVF launched its Pitch program in 2011, 17 networks, platforms and studios have awarded indie artists with development deals based on pitches presented to them at the annual Festival.

"A+E Networks has seen recent success in the scripted area, and with the demand for talented storytellers across the television landscape at an all time high, we are proud that they are extending their partnership with us beyond the terrific foundation of unscripted development that we've worked on with the networks for many years," said NYTVF founder Terence Gray. "There exists a unique opportunity for bold, new voices in today's marketplace, and we're thrilled to bring the indie creative community this fantastic opportunity to work with one of the best network groups in the business."