The New York Television Festival on Friday confirmed nine
development partners for the 2012 NYTVF, which will take place Oct. 22-27.
New network partners include VH1, BIO Channel and Logo, as
well as NYTVF's first children's entertainment partner, Hasbro Studios, and its
first international network partner, U.K.'s Channel 4.
VH1, along with returning partners IFC and MTV, have signed
on as award sponsors for the Independent Pilot Competition, where each will
seek unscripted formats, alternative comedy submissions and animated and
live-action comedies, respectively.
The other six partners, including inaugural sponsors
Sundance Channel and SevenOne International, are signed on for NYTVF Pitch,
which guarantees a development deal from each network for one producer and
"We've never before had so many partners signed on for the
beginning of the NYTVF development season and we're thrilled to have such a
diverse and prestigious group looking to the NYTVF artistic community for great
talent and ideas," said NYTVF founder Terence Gray.
Including previously announced partnerships, the 2012 Festival has thus far lined up 12 guaranteed development deals, including a short pilot competition with Comedy Central.
IFC recently greenlit the first comedy from the Festival to
go to series, ordering 10 episodes of Bunk
(previously Pointless) to premiere in