The New York Television Festival has unveiled its schedule for Sept. 20-24, 2011, and, aside from the traditional sneak peek premieres of several new fall TV series, the NYTVF also will include a late-night writers panel hosted by SNL’s Jason Sudeikis, as well as the world premiere of Marc Maron’s independent pilot based on his WTF podcast.
Here are the comedy highlights. Find out more and get tickets via the NYTVF site.
Tuesday, September 20
7 PM: FOX Red-Carpet Premiere of Allen Gregory, SVA Theatre: 333 West 23rd Street
World premiere of Allen Gregory, the new animated sitcom from co-creator, executive producer and star Jonah Hill. The red-carpet screening will include the debut of the series pilot as well as a Q&A with Hill along with co-creators and executive producers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, and executive producer and showrunner David A. Goodman.
9 PM: World Premiere of Marc Maron and Apostle-Produced ‘WTF’ Pilot, SVA Theatre: 333 West 23rd Street
World premiere screening of comedian Marc Maron‘s independent pilot, produced in partnership with New York-based Apostle Productions, helmed by Denis Leary and Jim Serpico. The pilot, based on Maron’s ‘WTF’ podcast, will premiere at the Festival, followed by a Q&A featuring Maron, along with executive producers Jim Serpico and Olivia Wingate.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
7:30 PM: NBCUniversal’s “Short Cuts” Screening Event, SVA Theatre: 333 West 23rd Street
For the sixth consecutive year, NBCUniversal joins the NYTVF to co-present the “Short Cuts” diversity showcase, be hosted by comedian/actor JB Smoove. NBCUniversal’s Short Cuts Festival was founded by actor/writer/comedian Wil Sylvince to display and celebrate diversity within the entertainment industry. Top finalist participants will be granted an NBCUniversal Talent Holding deal for Best Actor, a pilot script deal with Universal Media Studios and executive meetings with NBC Comedy and Drama development teams.
Thursday, September 22
6 PM: BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum – “Importing the Funny: A Transatlantic Comedy Event” 92YTribeca: 200 Hudson Street
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the NYTVF team up to present this unique night of comedy featuring debut readings of original sitcoms – penned by three of the UK’s most promising comedy television writers – with industry insight and feedback from sitcom impresario, Phil Rosenthal (creator, Everybody Loves Raymond), who will be on-hand as chair of the event.
9:30 PM: “Long Day’s Journey into Late Night,” Special Event Panel Discussion hosted by Jason Sudeikis 92YTribeca: 200 Hudson Street
Back by popular demand, this late-night writing panel hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis and featuring the comic forces behind New York’s late night institutions, focuses on the process of creating topical humor straight from the 24-hour news cycle. Writers from a variety of shows share their experiences and provide their take on the current state of the genre.
Friday, September 23
1 PM – 7:30 PM: NYTVF Digital Day, Presented by MSN 92YTribeca: 200 Hudson Street
The new frontier of web distribution has provided content creators, distributors and brands with seemingly limitless opportunities for connection with viewers, consumers and fans – but what’s really working, who’s watching and, most importantly, where’s the money? MSN’s annual Digital Day panel series welcomes some of the digital landscape’s most influential thought-leaders for a day of no-holds-barred discussions and insights on all facets of new media, from both creative and business perspectives.
Confirmed panelists include Jordan Levin (CEO, Generate), Rick Feldman (CEO, National Association of Television Production Executives – NATPE), Paul Kontonis (Chairman of Board of Directors at International Academy of Web Television; VP, Group Director, Brand Content US, The Third Act at Digitas), Rob Barnett (Founder/CEO, My Damn Channel), Yancey Strickler (Co-Founder, Kickstarter),Marc Chamlin (Partner and Chair, Television Practice Group, Loeb & Loeb, LLP), Andy Marks(General Manager, Matter), Chris Jacquemin (William Morris Endeavor Digital Group), Niko Chauls(Director of Original Programming MSN and Bing Video), Jahn Wolland (Sr. Director – National Sales, Online Video & Advanced TV, Microsoft), Woodie Thompson (President, EyeBoogie) and Joshua Cohen (Co-Founder, Tubefilter).
8:30 PM: Channel 101: New York Screening Event 92YTribeca: 200 Hudson Street
This monthly gathering of creators, originally founded by Community’s Dan Harmon, features a slate of five-minute TV shows screened for a live audience in New York City. Attendees will join the fun by voting for their favorite selections to return the following month.