8:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Tribeca Launching Inaugural TV Festival in September
Tribeca is coming twice this year.
Tribeca Enterprises, the company behind Jane Rosenthal's, Robert De Niro's and Craig Hatkoff's annual lower Manhattan film festival, announced Wednesday that it will now toast television as well. The first Tribeca TV Festival is set for September.
"We have always been about good stories, no matter what the platform is," Rosenthal told The Hollywood Reporter. "We've been talking about doing this as a stand-alone for years. If we screen something at Tribeca, we're putting our stamp on it, we're inviting conversation and giving that curatorial sense that we do for the film festival but very specifically with TV."
Series getting the stamp of approval from the first Tribeca TV Festival, which counts THR as one of it media partners, include the newly revived Will & Grace, Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar, Pamela Adlon's Better Things and Amy Sedaris' upcoming At Home With Amy Sedaris. Those shows, among several others, will host screenings and panels at various New York venues. The programming is set to run Sept. 22-24 at the start of the new broadcast season.
As an institution, Tribeca is no stranger to TV. In 2016, the fest hosted premieres of Greenleaf, The Night Of and History mini Roots. This past year saw very early premiere screenings for Casual, Episodes and The Sinner — as well as the world premiere of The Handmaid's Tale. And, all the way back in 2004, the film fest screened the series finale of Friends al fresco on the West Side Highway.
”Ten years ago we wouldn't have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” De Niro said in a statement. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”
"An audience wants to have a differentiator tell them what's great and to have a special experience," adds Rosenthal. "That's what we're doing with the television festival this year."
While film festivals may now be too numbered to tally, TV festivals certainly aren't as widespread. Austin, Texas-based ATX TV Festival, PaleyFest and independent pilot showcases like the New York TV Festival are among the more established events.
Other series screening new episodes or hosting panels at Tribeca include ABC's Designated Survivor and Ten Days in the Valley, SundanceTV's Liar and Amazon's Red Oaks. A full list of programming can be found at the festival's site.