New York Television Festival Announces Ben Silverman, Michael Emerson, Mitchell Hurwitz, Michael Davies and Harry Shearer to Headline Panel Series Events

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Industry Panel Series and Events to Focus on Web Television, Alternative Programming, Branded Entertainment and Breaking into the Television Business

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The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) today announced the lineup for its New York Nonscripted, Digital and Development Days, featuring industry leaders Ben Silverman, Mitchell Hurwitz, Michael Davies, Harry Shearer and Michael Emerson. This daytime series of industry-focused panel discussions and events will take place during the sixth annual Festival, which kicks off Sept. 20 and runs through Sept. 25, 2010.

The Festival’s first-ever New York Nonscripted panel, created to give aspiring TV producers and directors insight on reality and alternative television programming, is highlighted by A&E and BIO Channel President Bob DeBitetto, William Morris Endeavor Co-Head of Television Mark Itkin and Embassy Row CEO Michael Davies, among other nonscripted and alternative programming leaders. The Festival’s Digital Day, a free series of panels and screenings focused on web television and branded entertainment, will be headlined by Emmy Award winning Founder and CEO of Electus, Ben Silverman and will feature Rick Feldman, President and CEO, NATPE, and “The Simpsons” star Harry Shearer among other industry guest speakers. Finally, “Arrested Development” and “Running Wilde” creator Mitchell Hurwitz and “Lost” star Michael Emerson will round out the daytime panel series events for the Festival’s Development Day, designed as a “how to” for those aiming to take their television careers to the next level.

“Each year the NYTVF strives to provide a forum that inspires lively discussion and insight on the current state of television and digital entertainment,” said Festival founder Terence Gray. “Thanks to the generosity of our partners, I am honored to welcome some of the foremost experts and revered artists working today to engage their fellow colleagues, aspiring artists and die-hard TV fans through a series of panel discussions and free events.”

The 2010 NYTVF will take place at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, with additional events at Tribeca Cinemas. Tickets and passes are available now for all events at http://www.nytvf.com.

NEW YORK NONSCRIPTED: Wednesday, September 22

The 2010 Festival will introduce the first-ever New York Nonscripted panel discussion series on Wednesday, Sept. 22. During the afternoon event, attendees will hear from nonscripted and alternative programming leaders. Highlighted by the A&E-sponsored “State of the Union: Nonscripted” panel, the event will feature A&E and BIO Channel President Bob DeBitetto, William Morris Endeavor Co-Head of Television Mark Itkin and Embassy Row CEO Michael Davies. Nonscripted Agency N.S. Bienstock and Loeb & Loeb, LLP will also present panels. The afternoon will conclude with a cocktail reception, hosted by A&E. Admission to NY Nonscripted will be limited to Festival Premium Pass holders; to purchase Premium Passes please visit http://www.nytvf.com.

DIGITAL DAY: Friday, September 24

For the third consecutive year the NYTVF has partnered with MSN to present Digital Day, a free series of panels and screenings focused on web television and branded entertainment on Friday, Sept. 24. NYTVF board member and Emmy Award winning Founder and CEO of Electus, Ben Silverman will headline the event with a keynote conversation at 5pm. Additional speakers include Rick Feldman, President and CEO, NATPE, Jeff Gomez, CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment, Lisa Hsia, SVP, Bravo Digital Media, Craig Engler, GM and SVP, SyFy.com, Mike Hudack, CEO, Blip.tv, Liz Shannon Miller, Co-Editor, NewTeeVee, Niko Chauls, Managing Editor, MSN and Bing Video, and Woody Thompson, President, EyeBogie. Digital Day contributors include NATPE, The International Academy of Web Television and Tubefilter.

That evening, Digital After Dark will feature screenings of top New York web shows in partnership with the WGA-East and the PGA-East, as well as the September screening of Channel 101:NY. The day will conclude with the My Damn Channel Third Birthday screening event and party, including special guest Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons”, “The Big Uneasy”) and My Damn Channel Founder/CEO, Rob Barnett. All Digital Day panels are free; to make a reservation please visit http://www.nytvf.com.

DEVELOPMENT DAY: Saturday, September 25

Development Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, offering aspiring producers, writers, and directors insight on structure, storytelling and the development of new show concepts. Designed as a “how to” for those aiming to take their television careers to the next level, Development Day is free and open to the public. The event aims to provide attendees with insights on breaking into the business, with a focus on opportunities available via independent television. This year’s event will kick off with a free session from Writer’s Boot Camp, and will feature intimate conversations with television artists from multiple disciplines. Highlights include a Creative Keynote with showrunner Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”, “Running Wilde”) and a conversation on creating indelible characters with Michael Emerson (“The Practice”, “Lost”). All Development Day panels are free; to make a reservation please visit http://www.nytvf.com.

FESTIVAL PASSES AND TICKETS

The 2010 New York Television Festival will take place Sept. 20 - 25 and Festival Premium Passes are currently available at http://www.nytvf.com by selecting “Box Office.”

The 2010 NYTVF is supported by sponsors including Procter & Gamble Productions, MSN, NYCLife, the People’s Choice Awards, Anheuser-Busch and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Official Network Sponsors for the 2010 NYTVF include NBC Universal, FOX, ABC, ION Television, USA, A&E, History, Lifetime, MTV, Vh1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Spike, IFC, AMC, Sundance, We TV, and E!. The NYTVF works in conjunction with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL

The NYTVF was founded in 2005 as the industry’s first recognized independent television festival, providing a platform to elevate the work of artists creating for the small screen. Held annually each fall in New York City, the birthplace of modern television, the Festival unites artists, executives, industry figures and fans together in one forum to celebrate the medium and to help shape its future. Along with the Independent Pilot Competition, the Festival features panel discussions, network premiere screenings, and other special events designed to honor television as an institution and as an art form.

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