The New York Television Festival was founded in 2005 with the mission to unite artists, executives, industry figures, and fans in one forum to celebrate the medium and to help shape its future. "I saw the effect that film festivals had on the medium in the 1980's and 1990's and decided that independent television needed a similar platform for emerging artists," says founder Terence Gray.
The five-day festival includes industry events, pilot premieres, panel discussions, and an independent pilot competition for up-and-coming talents. Most events are free and open to fans, though you must reserve your seat in advance.
Terence Gray shared some of the 2010 New York Television Festival highlights for serious TV fans and those looking to break into the television business:
- Opening night red carpet premiere of Detroit 1-8-7 starring Michael Imperioli
- Running Wilde screening and Q&A with stars Will Arnett and Keri Russell
- Premiere of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Q&A with star David Cross
- Development Day on Saturday, featuring a full day of programs for aspiring TV auteurs. Admission is free and highlights include a panel discussion on creating memorable characters with Michael Emerson, who played the unforgettable Ben Linus on Lost and a keynote speech by Mitch Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development and this fall's Running Wilde.
- Screenings of the 42 finalists for the 2010 Independent Pilot Competition. Prize winners will receive development deals and/or funding from MTV, USA, and A&E. Find out more about the 2010 New York Television Festival and get tickets.