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2012 New York Television Festival Seeks to Celebrate TV

October 1, 2012 - Scheduled to run October 22-27, the eighth annual New York Television Festival returns to present 51 new selections to industry executives and TV fans in its Independent Pilot Competition, taking place at Tribeca Cinemas. The Festival's opening night event on October 22 will feature the world premiere screening of The CW's mid-season addition, “The Carrie Diaries,” followed by a talk-back featuring the show's star, AnnaSophia Robb, along with series executive producer Amy Harris and author/executive producer Candace Bushnell.

New this year, the NYTVF has partnered with Samsung Electronics America to provide a platform for independent producers and production companies to compete for a chance to win $300,000 that will help generate an original short series with accompanying second screen material.

“With the most submissions in the history of the Independent Pilot Competition – up 30% from last year – the quality of the entries keep getting better and better, and the TV industry has taken note,” said NYTVF founder Terrance Gray. “We are thrilled to be in a position to offer the Official Selections access to over 50 key players in the industry and believe that there is arguably no better way for up and coming creatives to connect with key decision makers at networks and studios by participating in the festival.”

Tickets are also available for a variety of events throughout the festival, including “Long Day’s Journal into Late Night: 2012 Election Edition, the Politics of Funny,” featuring the head writers of New York's late night staples “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” who will sit down for a humorous inside-look at the ‘politics of funny.’

Established in 2005, the New York Television Festival is the first creative arts festival to solely highlight the work of independent television. The festival has been successful in helping networks and studios pick up featured shows and individual talent for further development, and it strives to create an innovative path for progression.

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