Web comedy wins top N.Y. TV fest prize

'Johnny B. Homeless' stars Kenan Thompson

NEW YORK -- The People's Choice Award for best pilot at the fifth annual New York Television Festival went to Al Thompson for "Johnny B. Homeless," a Web comedy featuring "Saturday Night Live's" Kenan Thompson that follows a professional couch surfer.

The NYTVF awards ceremony, held Saturday night at New World Stages in midtown Manhattan, also saw Adam Morgan take the award in a comedy script contest sponsored by Fox and Procter & Gamble Prods. for his pilot "Liberal Arts," which follows a freshman's first experiences at a small rustic college. Morgan will receive $25,000 and a development deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. that may be turned into a pilot presentation with the support of P&G.

And Fox TV Studios presented the "FtvS 15 Gigs of Fame" award to Jeremy Redleaf, creator of the pilot "Odd Jobs," about two unemployed roommates blazing a trail through a world in economic crisis and trying on new hats (and hamburger costumes) as they learn the rules of survival.

The prize gives the winner an opportunity to further develop a project for 15 Gigs, a division of Fox Television Studios.

Among NYTVF Independent Pilot Competition winners were best comedy pilot "Blog of a Pool Boy," by Greg Burke, AJ Morales and Lou Perez; best drama pilot "Dog," created by Barry Gribble; best unscripted pilot "Monster Brothers," by Ryan and Josh Golembeske; best animation pilot "God & Co.," by Stephen and Joel Levinson; and best Web series pilot "My Pal Satan," by Dennis Heaton.

Among the acting awards, Greg Burke for "Blog of a Pool Boy" won best actor, with Kaily Smith earning the best actress award for "MERRIme.com."

The Outside the Box Award went to "Hell Froze Over" by Misplaced Planet Prods. (J Wilder Konschak, Michael Benni Pierce, Shaun Boyle and Alli Hartley).

The Saturday night NYTVF awards event also launched Act I: The ION Television Movie Contest, offering drama screenwriters the chance to win a $40,000 development deal with the network.
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