Thursday, September 18, 2008

New York Television Festival

The fourth annual New York Television Festival (presented by MSN) took place on Friday, September 12th through Wednesday, September 17th at World Stages, welcoming the new fall season with an array of network screenings, independent comedy showcases, panelists and workshops. As viewings of indie television pilots and media student projects fortified a jam packed weekend, networks also dabbled their wares in the intimate festival atmosphere. ABC presented their fall lineup on Saturday night, while Monday night featured a discussion with Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, and Jim Wiatt, Chairman and CEO, Wiliam Morris Agency, both on hand to speak of the current state of affairs in television development. As the conference passed along in themed days, such as University Day (Student film screenings), Production Day (Workshops and chats about breaking into television), and Industry Day (the Ben Silverman discussion and business related panels), Tuesday’s Digital Day presented fascinating panels and workshops, proving a new vision in how television and entertainment is extended in various ways through the internet. The festival provide a somewhat intimate scene for the media industry to mingle with independent performers and producers providing an alternative to mainstream entertainment. It's worth keeping one's eye on this event in years to come.

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