Starz, the multiplatform premium TV provider with distribution arms across cable, satellite and the web has launched a partnership with the New York Television Festival with the goal of identifying new talent and discovering new content for its network.
In conjunction with the NYTF, Starz will identify a winner for its inaugural “Starz Rising Talent Award” who will be awarded a cash prize as well as a chance to meet with the network’s development and programming executives. The partnership marks the first time that a premium cable network has offered a guaranteed opportunity to an NYTVF artist.
To submit to the NYTVF’s Independent Pilot Competition, producers must submit a television or digital pilot, between four and 60 minutes in length by June 29, 2015. Additional submission details, deadlines, and submission forms are available at http://www.nytvf.com/2015_ipc.html.
Starz is following the lead of other streaming distributors such as YouTube, AOL and Vimeo who have partnered with festivals as a source for new programming. The Starz Rising Talent Award joins previously-announced opportunities from Comedy Central, truTV, Red Arrow Entertainment, and HISTORY on NYTVF’s slate of 2015 development partners.