5th Annual Independent Television Festival (ITVFEST 2010) July 29-August 5, 2010


5th Annual Independent Television Festival: July 29 – August 5

Illeana Douglas to Receive Festival’s “Innovator Award”
Content Creators and Developers will have Opportunities to Screen and Pitch Pilots in Drama, Comedy, Animation, Alternative/Documentary, Web Series, and Mobile Categories


LOS ANGELES, CA – ITVFest (www.itvfest.org ), the nation’s leading festival for independently produced, original television pilots and Web series, announces the fifth annual Independent Television Festival, which features the broadest and most diverse programming lineup to date.

This year’s ITVFest will be held at Laemmle's Sunset 5, July 30th-August 5, with the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala planned for July 29. ITVFest submissions have tripled since the organizations’ first outing in 2006, including entries from around the globe. In addition to viewing the 53 selections at the ITVFest 2010, guests can attend a variety of daily themed panels about the specific processes of developing television pilots and Web series, comprised of Hollywood’s leading voices in the industry.

Emmy-nominated actress (“Six Feet Under”) Illeana Douglas will be the recipient of the ITVFest 2010 “Innovator Award” for exemplifying innovated stature in the television and Web industry through out her illustrious career. The award will be presented to Douglas at the Opening Night Gala on July 29. Past honorees include Kevin Pollak of Picture This and “Kevin Pollak's Chat Show”, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant of “Reno 911!” as well as Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney from “It’s Always
Sunny in Philadelphia.”

“ITVFest was conceived to provide talented artists with an opportunity to showcase their work and gain notoriety through their independent television efforts,” said A.J. Tesler, ITVFest Executive Director. “Our fifth
year is the biggest to date with close to 300 submissions. We’re seeing a significant growth in the Web series category, which accounts for 70 percent of this year’s selections, so it’ll be interesting to monitor this emerging medium and how it will affect people’s preference as a leading entertainment platform. We also are very excited to have many studio executives and talent share their love of independent content as both
participants and audience attendees.”

Pilot-makers showcased at ITVFest have gone on to great successes with leading entertainment companies: licensed by Sony; script deals with NBC; Web deals with Atom.com; development deals at Starz as well as
with major production companies; and representation from agencies such as UTA and 3 Arts. The impressive list of established actors, directors, producer, and writers pilots involved with this year’s selections include James Denton (“Desperate Housewives”), John Schneider (“90210” and “Smallville”), Jaime Kennedy (Scream), John Larroquette (“Boston Legal” and “Night Court”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”), Craig Mumms Grant (“Oz”), George Rainsford (“Waking the Dead”), Julie Mond (“General Hospital”), Jere Burns (“Surviving Suburbia” and “Dear John”), Michael Cudlitz (“Southland”), Tara Summers (“Damages” and “Boston Legal”), Sam Page (“Desperate Housewives” and “Mad Men”), Johana
Urb (“Eastwick”), George Segal (“Just Shoot Me!”), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars and “Diary of a Single Mom”), Greg Hollimon (“Strangers with Candy”), Todd Turner (“Greek”), Jessica Tuck (“Days of Our Lives”
and “Judging Amy”), Aris Alvarado (“Head Case” and “Gilmore Girls”), and more.

ITVFest 2010 Lineup

In addition to screening 53 projects, pilots, Web series and mobile content from around the world, ITVFest will host a variety of panels featuring television and Web industry leaders. The panels will include discussions
focusing on casting, writing, development, pitching, representation, multi-platform programming, international formats, Web distribution and the transition from the Web to TV. High level executives from around the
industry will be speaking on these panels. Currently scheduled to speak are: Lee Hollin, Manager of Development FOX Drama; Kristin Jones, CCO of Vuguru; Sam Hansen, Head of Television at Mosaic; Dan Levy, Executive Producer Pretty Wild; Jeff Collins, Executive Producer of “Fly Girls”; Hardie Tankersley, VP Online Content FOX; Peter Ignacio, VP of Development at Atom.com; Amber J. Lawson, Head of Comedy-Babelgum, and more.
The final selections for the 5th Annual Independent Television Festival are:


15 Minutes
Birds of A Feather
Choir Boys Motorcycle Club
Deal O’Neal
Finding My Magic
Four Angry Men: Billion Dollar Blood Trail
Going To Pot
Illuminati Brothers
LA Manzana
Off Campus
Ogden: The Inappropriate Yoga Guy
Palisades Pool Party
The Dojo
The Fall of Kaden
The Geniuses
The Hairdos
The Scottish Ninjas
The Wine Guy Unplugged with Anthony Gilardi
Treasure Coast
We Are with the Band
Web Series
A Good Knight’s Quest
Anyone But Me
Cell: The Web Series
Concierge: The Series
Good Cop (Blank) Cop
Hamilton Carver: Zombie PI
Hot on the Red Carpet
Octane Pistols of Fury
Odd Jobs
Olga Kay’s Circus
SOLO – The Series
Stoop Sale
Suck and Moan
The Ballad of Mary and Ernie
The Super Man
The Temp Life
Time Traveling Finger
Duncan & Me
Life Advice from Old People
Mother Approved - Phobias
Patrick and Molly and all the small things
Permanent Stakeout
Sometimesdaily Explorers
The Jon and Eddie Show
Quick Tip Couple

Tickets to ITVFest can be purchased online at www.itvfest.org . Lead sponsors of ITVFest 2010 include Baseline, Final Draft, The Hollywood Reporter, Writers Guild of America West, Stella Artois, and among others.

About ITVFest
ITVFest is a non-profit organization with the mission of encouraging change in conventional television and the growth of artistic expression in television and new media. Simultaneously, ITVFest provides local, national and international artistic communities with a public forum for independently produced television pilots. ITVFest receives pilot submissions from around the world in comedy, drama, alternative (reality, animation, talk show, etc) documentary, and web series. By screening the official selections to a live audience, which includes ITVFest's executive advisory board and extensive network contacts, ITVFest provides a bridge to the inner workings of the
television industry and is amongst the top festivals in providing real opportunities for filmmakers.
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