The closing night awards ceremony of the fifth annual New York Television Festival (held on Saturday, September 26, 2009) showcased not only an array of winners but a sense of camaraderie among the competitors and the organization itself. In fact, the two people who got big standing ovations were not award winners but festival founder Terence Gray and artist liaison Mary Taber. I offer NYTVF my own applause for serving up two awards to a pilot called My Pal Satan. You’ll probably never see that on the Emmys!
On top of the usual accolades the festival handed out to new and unseen pilots that have a shot at being picked up by a network or cable station, NYTVF presented three special awards: the Fox Television Studios “FtvS 15 Gigs of Fame” award (including a development deal with 15 Gigs, a division of Fox TV), the FOX-PGP-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest award (with a $25,000 prize and Fox development deal) and a special People Choice’s Award for the second year running. (NYTVF became the first forum outside of the actual People’s Choice Awards ceremony to present one.) Further, a new contest was announced — Act I: The ION Television Movie Contest, with the prize being a $40,000 development deal with ION Television. The ION contest deadline is November 30, 2009.
Here are some highlights from the event. For a full list of winners and projects from NYTVF 2009, click here.