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TV & Film Pitch Fest - Summer 2015

Need to get the word out about your latest creative endeavor? NYWIFT's TV & Film Pitch Fest invites producers and script writers to pitch their TV and film projects to a group of industry insiders who will critique them and provide constructive feedback. Projects can be in a variety of genres: Dramatic Features, Documentaries, Scripted Television, Unscripted/Reality Television and On-Line programming.

All registrants will be assigned a time slot in which to pitch their project and will be required to sign the NYWIFT Pitch Fest Release Form prior to entering the event (downloadable document is attached here on the right under photo.) Please review the document before signing up for this program.


Kristin Brutout
is the Senior Development Manager at Leftfield Pictures. Since joining Leftfield in 2009, she has worked on several hit series, including: Counting Cars and American Restoration (The History Channel), Oddities and Odd Folks Home (Science Channel), Blood, Sweat and Heels (Bravo), among others. She also was a Development Associate Producer at Half Yard Productions for a year, where she worked on various casting and sizzle reels. From 2007 to 2009, she worked on CBS News programs.

Stephanie Carter
is the Coordinating Producer for THIRTEEN's Documentaries and Development unit. After working as a writer and editor for various magazines and websites, Carter transitioned to television production in 2005. Since then, she has worked on countless documentaries and documentary series including the Emmy Award winning Mysterious Human Heart and the Emmy Award nominated series Secrets of the Dead, now in its 13th season. She has also worked on all of Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s last eight projects for the network.

Sydney Clover
is a Development Manager at Leftfield Pictures in New York City. She was previously an Associate Producer for Discovery Channel and worked on a number of productions, including the Emmy nominated Naked and Afraid, Airplane Repo, and Shark After Dark.

Christina Douglas
is a Development Manager at Investigation Discovery, where she conceptualizes and creates on-air and multi-platform content. She has developed top performing programs including Momsters: When Moms Go Bad, The Mind of a Murderer, and Hate in America. Before this role, Christina was selected to be one of three Discovery Communications Creative Associates, where she rotated across various creative roles. Prior, Douglas was a member of the Discovery Channel programming team, creating goal-exceeding schedules and contributing to blue chip events such as Shark Week.

Abby Finer
is the owner of Finer Entertainment Company, LLC a full-service writer/performer/standup talent management and TV/digital media production company that specializes in scripted and semi-scripted comedic projects and has several independent projects in development. Finer started her career in Los Angeles at Disney/ABC Entertainment, working in comedy, reality and variety series development. She then discovered, developed and served as an Executive Producer on the hit comedy/reality cable series, Kenny vs. Spenny, for six seasons. She also co-ran the Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop, overseeing the comedy and drama workshops and co-authored, Starting Your Television Career: The Warner Bros.Television Writers Workshop Guide.

Fred Grinstein joined Vice Media in 2015 as a Vice President of TV Development. Prior to that, he was a Senior Director of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming at A&E Network responsible for overseeing the development and production of A&E and BIO’s real life series, serving as executive producer on A&E series including Dogs of War, Crazy Hearts: Nashville, Neighbors with Benefits, Storage Wars, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and Psychic Kids, as well as The Ghost Inside My Child for LMN.

Vanessa Livingston
is a literary agent at The Rothman Brecher Agency in Beverly Hills. She represents writers and directors whose credits include AKA Jessica Jones, American Crime, The Big C, CSI, Castle, Family Guy, Haven, Orphan Black and The Vikings. Before becoming an agent, Vanessa was a manager at Tavel Entertainment. She developed series, feature films and MOWs for clients Helen Hunt, Amy Brenneman and Craig T. Nelson, such as the Emmy-nominated Judging Amy (CBS) series and the Emmy-winning Summers End (Showtime) movie. She started her career with a variety of jobs, including working as a development person on a foreign-financed film for Richard Attenborough, a casting assistant for James L. Brooks, a 2nd 2nd AD and a Key Set PA.

Dana Offenbach
is an award-winning producer whose films have won Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best of Festival, World Premiere Honors, and an NAACP Nomination for Outstanding Independent Feature. She has had a long and varied journey, and her credits include feature films, TV, shorts, television commercials, awards show segments, public service announcements, interstitial programming, documentaries and music videos. Offenbach formed her own indie production company, CinemaStreet Pictures, LLC, in 2011. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and New York Women in Film & Television.

Jennifer Phillips
serves as a programming and development executive for Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark Channels). She is involved in developing and managing a variety of original movies, as well as scripted and lifestyle series, including the upcoming series The Good Witch and the Emmy-nominated original daytime series, Home and Family. In addition, she works in scheduling, acquisitions and helps implement ad and marketing strategies, working closely with multiple departments within the network structure.

Josh Poole
, Director of Development for Above Average oversees the creative development for Broadway Video’s digital studio and MCN. Since he joined the company in 2012, he has played a significant role in shaping the company’s digital content strategy and has developed multiple projects for television. In addition to running development for the network, he has also produced over 20 original series for Aboveaverage.com.

Nicole Reed
is Vice President of Development at National Geographic Channels based in New York City. Reed is responsible for the development and the greenlight of new series and specials for the network. From 2011 to 2014, Reed was Director, Nonfiction and Alternative Programming at A&E. She was responsible for the development of programming on A&E and Bio, where she partnered and built relationships with external production companies, and served as executive producer and oversaw production for pilots and several key series. From 2008 to 2011, Reed was Manager of Development at Discovery Channel.

Greg Rhem
is Director of Documentary Programming for Home Box Office. For the past twenty years, he has been involved in discovering new and distinctive documentary programming for HBO Documentary Films. Some of his finds have been: the Oscar®-winning Freeheld, Born Into Brothels, Thoth, and Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien; and the Oscar®-nominated Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, Mondays at Racine, The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner and Spellbound.

Joe Sabia
is Head of Development for Conde Nast Entertainment. His work includes short films, music videos and commercial projects for clients including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Google, Interscope Records, BBC America, ATT. In 2013, Sabia was chosen as 1 of 10 directors to create a Vanity Fair Centennial "Decades Series" commercial. He is the co-founder of internet collective CDZA, with over 30 million views, 300,000 fans, and performances at events like the first YouTube Music Awards, working with Spike Jonze. Sabia created Vogue's most successful digital creation, the 73 Questions series, interviewing celebrities at home. He speaks frequently around the world on the topic of creativity and storytelling, including a 2011 TED Talk.

Alana Sanko
is an award-winning television writer and executive producer who has written and developed for comedy, drama and animated series, as well as TV movies and network and cable pilots for ABC, CBS, Bravo, MTV, HBO, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Nick at Nite. Her credits include Murphy Brown, See Jayne Run (ABC pilot), starring Heather Locklear and Just for Kicks (Nickelodeon) with Whoopi Goldberg, which earned her a WGA Award. Sanko has also written for numerous children’s television series, including DragonTales, Little Einsteins, A Little Curious, Oswald and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.

Additional Panelists to be Announced.  Panelists subject to change.

Please Note: No refunds will be given unless the event is cancelled.

Producers: Jim Arnoff, Meghan Scibona and LeVera Sutton

Special Thanks to Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios for hosting this program.



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts