Judges Picked for Pilot Contest

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The Jury is in.

This jury is made up of TV types, who will be judging 22 proposed pilots as part of the New York Television Festival Sept. 12-17 in, well, New York.

The competition is to find promising TV pilots, but also to promote the creation of online product. It is sponsored by Microsoft, and in addition to the $10,000 prize to the winning pilot, the producers will get a development meeting with execs from MSN Originals, with MSN describing the award as "an attempt to encourage emerging talent to explore creating cutting-edge programs specifically for emerging content platforms."

Judging entries in the MSN Independent Pilot Competition will be: Comedy--Mitchell Hurwitz, executive producer/writer, Arrested Development; Mike Scully and Julie Thacker, executive producers, The Simpsons.

Drama--Tom Fontana, executive producer, Oz, Homicide; James Gardner, New York University professor; Bill Geddie, executive producer, The View.

Reality: Julie Chen, host, Big Brother; Michael Davies, executive producer, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Wife Swap; Rachael Ray.

Educational--Lisa Ling, Oprah Winfrey Show; Banks Tarver, executive producer, Left/Right; Robert Thompson, Center For the Study of Popular Television.

Animation--Eric Fogel, creator, MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch; Bill Plympton, animator; Fred Seibert, founder, Frederator Channel, and former president of Hanna-Barbera.

The festival, now in its second year, is devoted to independent production. The festival will screen the pilots free for the public at the Museum of Television & Radio and the DGA Theater in Manhattan.