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Laura Heckman
Thu 9 Feb 2012Link

Call for Entries!

A&E and the New York TV Fest seeking treatments for original unscripted TV shows;
 Five finalist projects will receive development funding from the network with one winner earning $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production. FREE to enter. More info below and at http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ae_pipeline.html
 
The A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline 
A&E Network and the New York Television Festival are back with the second installment of an innovative program seeking original unscripted television treatments from independent producers and doc production companies. 
 
To submit:
The A&E network is seeking submissions that focus on big characters in exciting and fresh worlds that are highly entertaining and of the moment. Producers must include:
* A short treatment (1-2 pages) describing their original unscripted format
* A brief video (2-4 minutes) introducing the subject(s).
 
Awards:

  • 25 semi-finalists will be presented to A&E development executives. All semi-finalists are invited to participate in the 2012 New York Television Festival, Oct 22-27, as Official Artists (details below).
  • Five finalists, selected by A&E, will receive notes on their projects and $2,500 to shoot additional tape.
  • One winner, selected by A&E, will be awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production.  
    Deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 (noon)
    Free to enter.
    Visit: http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ae_pipeline.html
     
    Additional opportunities for Semi-Finalists:
    Official Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate as Official Artists at the 2012 New York Television Festival in NYC in October, with exclusive access to:
    *Participate in NYTVF Pitch, offering guaranteed development deals from:
 Bio Channel, Hasbro Studios, Logo, SevenOne International, Sundance Channel, Channel 4


    *Network, meet and collaborate with over forty U.S.-based television networks, studios, agencies, fellow TV creators and MORE.

Full details about the NYTVF Artist Experience here: http://www.nytvf.com/artists.html



Want to participate in these exclusive Artist-Only programs? Only NYTVF Official Artists are invited to take part, so submit to one of NYTVF's current initiatives now!
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NYTVF is also accepting entries to:
The 2012 Independent Pilot Competition


Greg Vander Veer
Thu 9 Feb 2012Link

Regarding the ad above, I"m curios as to what other people think about this. Although it does seem like an interesting contest, from what I can tell after reading their rules/regulations, it appears that basically by entering the contest you are forfeiting any right to your concept and material and that A&E can basically take whatever they want and don't owe you anything for it. So by doing this contest, they potentially get the rights to thousands of concepts and only have to pay $10,000 to a winner who will be able to "participate" in the production of a pilot but also, from what I can tell, will actually not have any right to their concept.


Niam Itani
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

There are many "contests" like this, Greg. Many people still submit.


Jason Osder
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

Also, when one submits cold to Discovery, for instance, you basically have to sign something similar before anyone will look at your stuff. From their point of view, they get thousands of submissions, many for ideas that look pretty similar to each other, and would rather be protected from what they see as reasonable-looking, but actually not, stolen ideas. Particularly if the submitted does not have an industry track record.


Marj Safinia
Sat 11 Feb 2012Link

IDA's DocuDay is almost here. An all-day orgy of documentary deliciousness featuring back to back screenings of all the nominated shorts and features. Happening in LA and NY. LA screenings feature the filmmakers and subjects in attendance. You can buy a single tickets or an all-day pass. It's a heap of fun.

2/25 in Los Angeles
2/25--2/26 in New York


David Lasdon
Sun 12 Feb 2012Link

Story Consultant needed – After working on my political documentary for 4 years, I realize that I need someone experienced with fresh eyes who help shape what I've put together into an exciting must watch documentary. Since this is a political documentary, the subject matter won't be for everyone, as I'm telling a story, not pushing an agenda.

Pay would be in some combination of salary and equity. This is an independent film, however, so keep that in mind. DBLasdon AT ca.rr dot com


Marj Safinia
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

On Monday night in LA, I'll be moderating a special International Documentary Association Doc U dedicated to the pursuit of the little golden man, and how the Academy's new Oscar rules might change that lovequest in the coming year. Join me and Steve Pond (The Wrap), Dana Harris (IndieWire), James Moll (AMPAS) and Dusty Smith (Roadside Attractions) at Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre on Monday at 7:30pm. I plan to ask a lot of questions :)


Jill Morley
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

Sounds good. Is there a D-Word promotional code? IF not, no probs!


Marj Safinia
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

Nope. But $15 if you're an IDA member. You ARE an IDA member, right Jill? Not that I'll fight with you over it, but ya know...


Laura Heckman
Thu 16 Feb 2012Link

In reply to Laura Heckman's post on Fri 9 Dec 2011 :

Don't Miss Out! Deadlines are fast approaching for both initiatives! Submit Now!

Call for Entries! The New York Television Festival is seeking original, independently produced TV pilots for the UK Section of their Independent Pilot Competition. Warner Bros. International Television Production and Fox Television Studios, in conjunction with Apostle, are each offering development opportunities exclusively to UK producers through the competition! Submissions should be 4-22 minutes in length – more info here: http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ipc_london.htm


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