New York, NY – Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and the NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced the sixth annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest. The contest once again invites aspiring television writers to enter their scripts for original half-hour comedy TV pilots for the opportunity to win $25,000 and a development deal with FOX. Scripts must present an original idea for a potential half-hour comedy series.
The opening date for script submissions is Monday, May 20, 2013, and the winner will be announced at the 9th Annual New York Television Festival, being held October 21-26, 2013, in lower Manhattan.
“FOX was the first network to offer a guaranteed development opportunity to independent artists through the NYTVF, and we are thrilled to continue this partnership with them for the sixth consecutive year,” said NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. “From established to unknown, we are in the midst of a golden age of comedy, and each year, we look to shine a light on members of the indie community who have unique comedic voices ideal for television. This wouldn’t be possible without partners like FOX actively seeking out tomorrow’s storytellers.”
“We so look forward to reading this year’s submitted scripts for the sixth annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest, as every year, we are blown away by the NYTVF community of writers and their depth of creativity and humor,” said Suzanna Makkos and Marcus Wiley, Senior Vice Presidents and co-heads of Comedy Development for Fox Broadcasting Company. “We are proud to have been the first NYTVF partner to offer such artists an elevated platform to be heard, and prouder still to continue to cultivate NYTVF’s original comedy voices.”
The script contest is open to U.S. residents age 18 and over who do not have any contractual commitments preventing them from entering into an exclusive development deal with FOX. Scripts not currently under development at a network, studio or major production company and meeting all other criteria in the Official Rules located at http://nytvf.com/2013_fox_
rules.htmlare eligible for the competition. Scripts must be between 25 and 35 pages in length in a proper screenwriting format to be eligible.
Writers can enter by submitting a copy of their script online to the New York Television Festival. Scripts must be saved in a PDF file format and uploaded to the official contest Web site located at http://nytvf.com/2013_fox_
contest.html. The NYTVF will begin accepting uploaded scripts at 12:00 PM ET on May 20, 2013.
The deadline for submissions is 12:00 PM ET on June 3, 2013, or when 1,500 submissions are received, whichever comes first.
A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to 25 finalists. These finalists will be presented to FOX development executives. One winner will be selected by FOX, and he/she will receive $25,000 and a development deal with the network. Additionally, FOX may elect to enter into development agreements with the remaining finalists. All 25 finalists will be invited to the 2013 New York Television Festival as Official Artists where those not subject to a FOX development agreement will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in NYTVF Connect, the Festival’s comprehensive industry track serving artists and top-tier entertainment executives, with multiple opportunities to pitch, network and collaborate.
The FOX Comedy Script Contest is the latest addition to the NYTVF’s 2013 development slate, which includes 14 previouslyannounced partners, each guaranteeing at least one deal to independent creators in the NYTVF’s community. On the comedy front, the organization recently wrapped the second annual Comedy Central Short Pilot competition and welcomed back a number of comedy-seeking development partners, including long-standing partners IFC and MTV, as well as truTV and CW Digital. Last month, the NYTVF and Just for Laughs announced the second iteration of the international ‘Script to Screen’ TV Comedy Pitch competition taking place during the JFL Comedypro Conference in Montreal this July.
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