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New York Television Festival Kicks Off September 20

September 1, 2011 - Slated for September 20 through September 24 in Manhattan, this year's New York Television Festival will include free public screenings of the 48 selections vying for honors in 2011 Independent Pilot Competition. The festival will also feature a Creative Keynote Conversation with "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof as well as primetime events from FOX, NBCUniversal, Logo and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Established in 2005, the NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, constructing new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. Its annual New York Television Festival - held each fall in New York City - is recognized as the industry's first independent television festival which provides a platform to elevate the work of artists creating for the small screen. Through the Festival and other year-round activities, the NYTVF's mission is to connect its community of over 8,500 independent creative artists with leading networks, studios and brands by cultivating relationships that lead to new opportunities.

"The seventh annual NYTVF is the culmination of a terrific year that saw tremendous growth in both the number of opportunities for artists participating in our development initiatives and competitions, and the level of the television industry's commitment to that community of creators," said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray.

NYTVF Development Day offers aspiring creators and TV fans alike a day of free panels and events offering both educational and inspirational insight into the creation of television.

2011 Development Day will provide attendees with two tracks - the first is NYTVF Classroom, presented in association with the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. NYTVF Classroom is a series of hands-on, insightful 30-minute discussions with established professionals across many facets of the television industry - from sketch comedy, nonscripted and drama, to production and pitching. These free panels are geared toward aspiring and emerging TV creators and will provide attendees with practical tools to advance their careers in television as well as information on the inner-workings of the day-to-day business of development and production.

For more information on the NYTVF, the annual Festival and these competitions, visit
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