Richard Cooper and Dean Imperial
Richard Cooper and Dean Imperial
New York Television Festival 2018 Winners

(released 7/31/2018)

The New York Television Festival 2018 concluded with an awards brunch at the Helen Mills Event Space in Chelsea.  The NYTVF2018, now in its 11th year, honored one of its founding members Charlie Brucia in a memorial.  His early days were remembered as being in a band with Billy Joel.   Brucia's bandmates helped by informing him that he was better at accounting than drumming.  Thus started his career in show business.

Founder Terence Gray and Festival Director Erin Day along with their dedicated staff introduced the categories and announced the winners.

The following is a recap of the winners.


Overall Best of the Fest Award:
Hammerhead - Created by Dean Imperial (New York, NY)
An ambitious, driven, and deceptively cunning young man with a deformed forehead leaves his father's home after graduate school determined to climb the ladder of success in New York City.

NYTVF Critics Award:
Hammerhead - Created by Dean Imperial (New York, NY)

Best Animated Project:
Omega House - Created by Marc Sloboda (Chicago, IL)
After surviving the nuclear apocalypse, four mutated frat brothers set out on a journey across the wasteland to figure out what the heck happened.

Best Comedy Project:
Smüchr - Created by Niccolo Aeed and Marina Tempelsman (New York, NY)
Emily, a customer support representative for an online dating company, will make all the lonely people in America couple up like penguins - or she'll die trying.

Best Drama/Dramedy Project:
Paint - Created by Michael Walker (New York, NY)
Three young artists live in Brooklyn, struggling to make it, not only in the art world, but in life.

Best Short-Form Comedy Project:
susaneLand - Created by Susane Lee and Andrew Olsen (Los Angeles, CA)
A dark comedic anthology series revolving around the awkward and surreal misfortunes of a young Asian American woman.

Best Short-Form Drama/Dramedy Project:
Avant-Guardians - Created by Alesia Etinoff  (Los Angeles, CA)
When the woke-ish Guardian Angel to the future 3rd Black President goes a little off her rocker, she's mandated by God to visit a no-nonsense Therapist Angel.

Best Unscripted Project:
Rooftop Kings - Created by Carmine Famiglietti and Peter Fragliossi (Queens, NY)
An inside look at a subculture hiding in plain sight on the rooftops of New York City: This is Goodfellas, with pigeons.

Best Actor in a Comedy:
Ryan Harrington and Isaac Himmelman in Brooklyn Moving Company (New York, NY)

Best Actress in a Comedy:
Tessa Hersh in Smüchr and 2some (New York, NY)

Best Actor in a Drama:
Sam Gilroy in Hammerhead (New York, NY)

Best Actress in a Drama:
Deja Harrell in Seeds (Chicago, IL)

Best Direction Drama:
Midnights - Directed by Alvaro Donado (Paterson, NJ)

Best Direction Comedy:
The Passage - Directed by Kitao Sakurai (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Editing:
Ghost Girl - Edited by Alexandra Gilwit and Charlotte Prager (New York, NY)

Best Writing:
Alive in Denver - Written by Michael Levin (Los Angeles, CA)


Best Comedy Script (Tie):
Granted - Written by Alison Barton and Bonnie Dennison (Los Angeles, CA)
Annie, an insecure astronaut, mistakenly summons a genie (named Jinnie) whom she can't stand. The two are bound to each other until Annie can find true fulfillment or Jinnie can find true love. Two nearly impossible tasks... even with unlimited wishes.

The Curse - Written by Jesse David Fox and Halle Kiefer (New York, NY)
Alex has the perfect life on paper: a cool new job in New York, awesome friends, and, most importantly, a mature long-term relationship. In other words, it’s just about the worst time to find out that her family is under a century-old sex curse.

Best Drama Script:
Ticker - Written by Connie O'Donahue and Jeremy Nielsen (Rivertown, WY)
In a future where people sell years off the end of their lives for money and corporations decide who lives and who dies, a rule-following paramedic and his impulsive partner struggle to save society by overthrowing the system.


Audible Pitch Deal:
The three below will receive a development grant to further develop their concept with Audible:

? Don P. Hooper for "BK Time Skippers"
? Kaitlin Fontana
and Carolyn Bergier for "Peace"
? Gordon Rayfield
for "Boomer"

Comedy Central Development Deal:
Omega House - Created by Marc Sloboda

Red Arrow Studios Development Award:
The Gary Gold Story - Created by Greg Ash

TOPIC Pitch Deal:
Damian Gomez for "Hyphenated"

truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative:
We Don't Want to Scare You, But... - Created by Tessa Greenberg and Moujan Zolfaghari

WE tv Pitch Deal:
Richard Knight, Carrie Jean Knight, and Anna Boyter for "Now Serving Seconds"

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