'Arrested Development's' Mitch Hurwitz to Deliver Keynote at New York Television Festival

Mitch Hurwitz
Mitch Hurwitz
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Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is set to deliver a "special creative keynote conversation" at the New York Television Festival, which kicks off Monday.

Hurwitz will deliver the keynote on the opening night of the ninth annual festival, running Oct. 21-26 in Manhattan.

"The festival and its contributors now find themselves at the forefront of a growing business that involves streaming, online, and a host of professional and creative opportunities," Hurwitz said in a statement. "For me personally, it's both thrilling to see the creative efforts from these talented participants, but also to not have to read their Modern Family specs."

Also on Monday, NYTVF Connect will kick off with an executive keynote conversation with Evan Shapiro, president of Pivot, Participant Media's new network. NYTVF Connect encompasses the artist and industry events held throughout the week of the festival and provides "official artists" with the opportunity to meet, pitch, network and collaborate with the top decision makers in attendance.

Writers and producers of New York's late night shows The Late Show With David Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon also will sit down for a humorous inside look at the "politics of funny" during the NYTVF's annual late-night writers panel Oct. 23. 

The third installment of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Forum, which also will take place Oct. 23, features debut readings of three original sitcoms – penned by some of the U.K.’s most promising emerging comedy writers – and includes industry insight and feedback from Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation), who will be on hand as the chair of the event.

 The New York Television Festival will also include free public screenings of the 47 selections vying for honors in the NYTVF's 2013 Independent Pilot Competition as well as the sixth annual Digital Day and Development Day events.

"The ninth annual NYTVF is the culmination of a banner year, where we have seen tremendous growth in both the number of opportunities for artists participating in our development initiatives and competitions and the level of the television industry's commitment to that community of creators," NYTVF founder and executive director Terence Gray said. "To top it off, we have a really fun festival week featuring some of TV's biggest hits, brightest stars and a lineup that has something for everyone."

For the full schedule or more information, visit nytvf.com.

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