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September 20, 2016
Works for Progress Semi-Finalists Revealed; Volunteer at NYTVF 2016
Critics Jury Announced; Industry Passes Available for Purchase

NYTVF-Participant Media 'Works for Progress' Initiative Names 15 Semi-Finalists

Projects move on to Participant for consideration

The NYTVF is honored to announce the 15 Semi-Finalists in the inaugural 'Works for Progress' initiative, which sought projects and works-in-progress that were dedicated to inspiring social change. These projects will move on to Participant Media, the Academy Award-winning company behind SPOTLIGHT, BRIDGE OF SPIES, LINCOLN, THE HELP, HE NAMED ME MALALA, CITIZENFOUR, and AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Finalists chosen by Participant will meet with company representatives during the 2016 New York Television Festival (October 24-29). Participant, at their sole discretion, will identify at least one project for potential further development.

All Semi-Finalists are invited to participate in the Festival as Official Artists and enjoy the benefits of NYTVF Connect.
2016 'Works for Progress' Semi-Finalists

Ask for Jane – Created by Cait Johnston, Written by Rachel Carey (Drama)

Beard – Created by Andrea Janakas (Drama)

BIased – Created by Terrell Lawrence (Comedy)

Bronzeville – Created by Kafia Haile (Drama)

Finding the Werewolf  Created by Georgina Gonzalez and Rodrigo Iturralde (Unscripted/Doc)

Free Man – Created by Brandon Herman (Drama)

Homeland Insecurity – Created by Thomas Reyes (Comedy)

Immersion – Created by Jessica Mollo (Drama)

Living Wild – Created by Nicholas Stone Schearer (Unscripted/Doc)

The Mission – Created by Marie-Marguerite Sabongui and Benedict Moran (Comedy)

Osage – Created by Aaron Lewis and Aaron Thomas (Drama)

Pixie Dust – Created by Damon Colquhoun (Drama)

Sea Gypsies: The Northwest Passage – Created by Nico Edwards (Unscripted/Doc)

Switch – Created by Andrew Criss and Arian Moayed, Written by Arian Moayed (Drama)

The Ville – Created by Angela Harvey (Drama)
Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists, and thank you to everyone who submitted!

REMINDER: Apply Now to Volunteer at the 12th Annual New York Television Festival

Applications due by September 30!

The NYTVF is seeking Volunteers for its 12th annual Festival (held Monday, October 24 - Saturday, October 29) to assist with Screenings, Box Office, and Special Events. Volunteers are an invaluable part of the NYTVF team and will get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the industry's premier festival for independent television.

In addition to meeting fellow TV enthusiasts, NYTVF Volunteers receive a free festival t-shirt, an invite to the Closing Night Party, and special consideration for access to screenings and events (TBD, time and space permitting.) For Fest info, visit

Volunteers must be 18+ and willing to commit to 2-3 shifts (4-8 hours each). Positions are limited, so higher consideration may be given to those with a stronger commitment level.
Please email to request an application. Applications must be submitted by September 30 to be considered.
Apply Today!

2016 NYTVF Critics Jury Announced

TV Critics sign on to judge Annual Critics Award

The NYTVF is pleased to announce the jury for the sixth annual NYTVF Critics Award, which will be presented to the top pilot from the 12th annual Independent Pilot Competition. A heartfelt thanks to the following critics for their time and consideration in this award selection:
  • Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee/McClatchy News Service
  • Robert Bianco, USA Today
  • Hillary Busis, Vanity Fair
  • Dan Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Margaret Lyons, The New York Times
  • Liz Shannon Miller, IndieWire
  • Jethro Nededog, Business Insider
  • Ray Rahman, Entertainment Weekly
  • Matt Roush, TV Guide
  • Todd VanDerWerff, Vox
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