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NYTVF Productions Launches With A&E, Fox, History and The Orchard as Partners

Deals will result in three pilot presentations and one series order

The New York Television Festival has launched NYTVF Productions with four deals in place: with A&E Network, Fox, The Orchard and the History Channel.

The partnerships will result in three pilot presentations and one series order, co-produced by NYTVF Productions in conjunction with the independent artists. A&E, Fox and The Orchard were development partners with festival itself this year; History is the first one announced for 2015.

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Here is how the specific initiatives break down, per a Thursday press release:

- A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline – NYTVF Productions will work with the winner of this 2014 initiative to create an unscripted pilot presentation.

- Fox Comedy Alumni Program – NYTVF Productions will work with the winner of this 2014 initiative to develop a comedy pilot presentation based on the winning comedy script from the Fox Comedy Alumni Program competition. This year, only past finalists of the Fox-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest, which launched as NYTVF’s first TV network development partnership in 2008, were qualified to submit work.

- History Unscripted Development Pipeline – NYTVF Productions will work with the winner of this 2015 initiative to create an unscripted pilot presentation.

-The Orchard GO Project – NYTVF Productions will work with the winner of this initiative to create a six-episode series for the indie distributor/multi-channel network. This is the first-time that The Orchard will fund and produce its own original episodic series.

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“For anyone tracking the impressive growth trajectory and influence of the NYTVF over the years, it’s no surprise that development and production partnerships were the next logical step,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV. “At The Orchard, we share their passion for discovering and developing talented new voices and are excited to be doing so as a launch partner for NYTVF Productions.”

“The idea of independent TV has greatly evolved since we created the Festival 10 years ago, as new players have entered the market for original programming; technology has made it easier to produce, edit, fund, promote and self-distribute content; and filmmakers have looked to TV and digital as strong, respected mediums for their art,” said New York Television Festival Founder/Executive Director Terence Gray, who will be executive producer at the new arm. “We have evolved as well, thanks to trust from our industry partners who now know the NYTVF as a conduit to top indie talent, to creators who look to us as a way to start or grow their careers, win development deals, land jobs on network shows, meet agents, and now with NYTVF Productions, get further opportunities for achieve pilot and series orders.”

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The announcement came Thursday at the 10th annual New York Television Festival.

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