New York Television Festival wants TV show ideas

If you have an idea for a reality (or other) TV show, here is your chance: “the New York Television Festival is accepting online submissions … of minute-long video pitches for original television series,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

The NYTF and MSN will put the top 50 entries online and viewers will vote. “The top 10 finalists will get to participate in a live pitch to a panel of television executives at the festival, which is being held in Manhattan from Sept. 12 to 17,” while the winner will receive “an $8,000-development deal from the Independent Film Channel and Rainbow Media,” according to the LA Times.

The festival says it wants “one continuous take” that “should ideally be a description of your show idea and not simply a staged scene from the show. … In short, we want you to be the star of your submission.The deadline is August 4–or once 10,000 entries are received.”

Enter the contest. And then, for the love of Magical Elves, you can stop e.mailing me your ideas. I haven’t seen such bad concepts for reality shows since, well, the last time FOX issued a press release.

Got an idea for a TV show? Here’s your chance to pitch it [Los Angeles Times]
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