May 19, 2010

Win a $25k development deal with FOX

The New York Television Festival will be accepting scripts for comedy pilots 25-35 pages in length from June 1 to June 15. From NYTVF: "25 Finalists will have their scripts evaluated by FOX for a possible development deal with the network and one winner will receive $25,000 and a development deal." Only open to residents of the U.S.; there is no fee to enter.

The NYTVF runs concurrently with Independent Film Week (a strategic but somewhat annoying scheduling move) this September 20-25; the winner of the FOX contest will be announced at the conclusion of the festival. $25k isn't going to land you on a yacht, but if you don't already have a foot in the door this could be a good opportunity; be sure to read the find print, however, as I refrained from submitting The West Side to a similar NYTVF contest years ago because of some draconian legalese.

Link: NYTVF Comedy Script Contest

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The agreement doesn't look as bad this time around, I think:

"Each entrant agrees not to exhibit, disseminate, produce or broadcast, or authorize any third party to exhibit, disseminate, produce or broadcast, in any manner, media, or format, the script submitted as part of his or her entry (or portions thereof), for a period of one (1) month following the conclusion of the Contest."

Only a month is much better than "eternity."

May 20, 2010 at 10:45AM, Edited September 4, 10:26AM

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