N.Y. TV fest lands 28 pilots

Record number of entries submitted

NEW YORK -- Twenty-eight pilots will compete next month at the New York Television Festival, organizers said Monday.

The third annual festival will be held Sept. 5-9 at New World Stages in Manhattan. Organizers said they received a record number of independent pilot submissions this year. Independent pilots that debuted at the festival in the past two years include "Split the Difference" (NBC) and "Criss-Cross" (A&E) as well as the reality series "Off the Hook" (Versus).

The official selections are "The Agency," a supernatural dramedy executive produced by Sean Jaques and Corydon Wagner; the puppet sitcom "Apartment 413," executive produced by Tamra Malaga, Josh Cohen and Tony Colon; "The Band," a teen drama executive produced by Kevin A. Calhoun and Loretta De Stefano; "Carpeted Afterhours," a sketch comedy executive produced by Alan Callaghan; "Chance Your Hand," a workplace comedy executive produced by Luke Heywood and Tim Pass of New South Wales, Australia; "Codeword Secret," an action comedy executive produced by Barry Gribble; "Deal With It," a workplace comedy executive produced by Stephen Muterspaugh and Michael Kary; "Dear Harvard," a teen drama executive produced by Anne Jarmain; "Ex-Pats: Bangalore," a dramedy executive produced by Kevin Napier; "Fabulous Flowers," an educational/do-it-yourself series by Bill Dougherty; "Family Values," a family sitcom executive produced by Mike Shapiro and Rob Kutner; and "Fat Broke and Horny," a character comedy executive produced by Sean McGinley.

Other official selections are "The Gauntlet," a reality competition executive produced by Scott Patterson; "Gnome," a character comedy executive produced by Will Janowitz; "The Grass Is Greener," a relationship sitcom executive produced by Randall Bobbitt; "The Happy Hour," a travel show executive produced by Steve Luttman of Rio de Janeiro; "Here on Earth," a workplace comedy executive produced by Josh Baron and David Bartin; "I'm Sorry Melissa," a reality comedy executive produced by Wayne Parillo; "In Your Backyard.tv," a family educational show executive produced by Charles and Mary Sue Roocke; "Mild Mannered," a supernatural comedy executive produced by Marc Collins and Martti Nelson; "Oh! Be Joyful," a workplace sitcom executive produced by Jonathan Roumie; "Redeeming Rainbow," an apartment-based sitcom executive produced by Dan McNamara; "Sacrifice," a supernatural drama executive produced by Grant Weiss; "Strange Faculty," a supernatural comedy executive produced by Marty Johnson, Mark Odlum and Will Leaura; "Strokes," a buddy sitcom executive produced by Jim R. Coleman and Nicole Absisinio; "Stuperheroes," an animated comedy executive produced by John Bellotti Jr. and Victor Romero; "Video Shmideo," a workplace comedy executive produced by Ali Farahnakian; and "What She's Having," a female dramedy executive produced by Leonard and Sarit Catz.

The festival will be available online at MSN Video beginning Sept. 5.
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