The 2009 New York Television Festival Awards Ceremony

Anticipation builds for the envelopes to be opened.

Anticipation builds
before the envelopes are opened.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

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.


NYTVF's Ned Canty addresses the audience.

NYTVF Festival Director Ned Canty addresses the audience, whose members often chanted "Zuuuune!" Every award winner received a free Zune HD media player.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Kaily Smith feels honored to win Best Actress.

Kaily Smith feels honored to win Best Actress for MERRIme.com.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

NYTVF 2009 Closing Night Party (21)

Greg Burke enjoys his photo-op for Best Actor
in Blog Of A Pool Boy, which he co-created
with AJ Morales and Lou Perez and
which also won for Best Comedy Pilot.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Adam Morgan, winner of the FOX-PGP-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest for "Liberal Arts".

Adam Morgan, winner of the FOX-PGP-NYTVF
Comedy Script Contest for Liberal Arts.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Dennis Heaton won Best Web Series Pilot and Best Theme Song for "My Pal Satan". But is he really tight with Beezlebub?

Dennis Heaton won Best Web Series Pilot
and Best Theme Song for My Pal Satan.
But is he really tight with Beezlebub?
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Yes, says Rob Cahill, this is a real People's Choice Award.

"Yes, this is a real People's Choice Award."
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Al Thompson is elated to win the People's Choice Award for "Johnny Be Homeless".

Al Thompson is elated to win the People's Choice Award for "Johnny B. Homeless".
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

NYTVF 2009 Closing Night Party (125)

Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir,
whose pilot Around The Block
won for Best Nonscripted Host
or Star (Lea Michele).
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

NYTVF 2009 Closing Night Party (130)

Jeremy Redleaf, winner of the "FtvS 15 Gigs Of Fame" award for "Odd Jobs".
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

NYTVF 2009 Closing Night Party (112)

Walk into the light...
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Closing night revelry.

Closing night revelry.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)



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