Another Success For ITVFest! Winners, Panels and More

Sep 28, 2010 • Entertainment, Events, Video
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TechZulu had the pleasure of being part of the fifth annual Independent Television Festival (ITVFest).  Held from July 30, 2010 to August 5, 2010 at Laemmie Sunset 5, attendees had the opportunity to view independent television series and web series, panel discussions from industry experts, and mixers galore for the duration of the event.

According to AJ Tesler the Executive Director of ITVFest:

“ITVFest will allow people who have previously had little or no access to television decision makers the forum for which they have tirelessly strived.”

Being in attendance, AJ’s quote rang true throughout the event.  With the amount of networking possibilities, if you had an awesome idea I could almost guarantee you would have found someone to either help you bring your idea to fruition, or if already fully developed a chance to setup a meeting with a network executive.

For those who may have missed out this year and are in the New Media or independent film making space, I would definitely recommend you to jot down ITVFest into your schedule for next year.

Below are a few of the panels captured from ITVFest.  I will update this post as more of them become available.  Also, if you did not catch the winners of ITVFest I’ve listed all of them along with their trailer and a description.

ITVFest Panel’s

The Studio System

Studios exist for a very good reason. They help finance and sell projects. But what else do they do. Why would I want to go through a studio to get my show on air? How can The Studio System help me and what does any of it even mean. A detailed discussion on what the studio system is and how you get in “The System”.

Panel:

Nancy Hower, Executive Producer, 10 Items or Less

Whitney Timmons, Lionsgate

John Lehr, Executive Producer, 10 Items Or Less

Caitlin Foito, Fox TV Studios

Let’s Do Coffee with New Media

Whether this is your first or your biggest new media project to date, the medium and therefore the rules are changing so quickly, that without a little guidance, you can get lost in the lurch. Come to this coffee discussion and get informed before it’s too late.

Panel:

Mark Gantt and Jesse Warren, Bannen Way

Dana Block, MPRM

Maria Timpani, SAG

Radical Disruption Part 2 Programming Innovation

Digital is a done deal. Now producers of all stripes expect to deliver their content to a multitude of platforms. Moreover, viewers embrace interactivity, intensifying programmers’ relationships with advertisers. And all parties–networks,independents and brands–expect “user-generated” content to be included in a program’s overall experience. We explore brand integration, leveraging digital distribution, mixing linear and interactive elements and critical aspects of producing to profit from 21st century television.

Panel:

Hardie Tankersley, VP Online Content, Fox

Tom Hoffman, Manager, Digital Production & Development, FreMantle

Joerg Bachmaier, SVP/GM Americas, Endemol

Ben and Rafi Fine, Writers/Producers

Allison Dollar, Interactive TV Alliance

ITVFest List of Winners

Best Acting: “La Manzana” Paula Roman

Five Latin women wind up living in the same building in Spanish Harlem. As they struggle to survive in the city,they not only live the best adventures of their lives but also find the most important bond, a family outside their homes.

Executive producers: Paula Roman, Lee Friedlander, Ian Schuler, Douglas Smith, James Salomon

Written by: Paula Roman, Paula Roman and Lee Friedlander (Created by)

Directed by: Lee Friedlander

Starring: Paula Roman, Celia Freijeiro, Julia DeCastro, Sunilda Caraballo, Greta Quispe

Best Writing: “Odd Jobs” Jeremy Redleaf

Nate is a neurotic, recently laid-off investment banker. Joe is his unemployed, morally questionable, hustler roommate. Unable to find gainful employment (or pay for his impending wedding), Nate secretly tags along on Joe’s work-for-hire Craigslist adventures. Each episode follows the pair as they blaze a trail through a world in economic crisis, trying on new hats (and hamburger costumes) as they learn the rules of survival.

executive producer: Jeremy Redleaf, Ashley Albert

written by: Jeremy Redleaf

directed by: Jeremy Redleaf

starring: Devin Ratray, Alexandra Daddario, Jeremy Redleaf, Megan Tusing

Best Directing: “15 Minutes” Bobby Salomon

A half-hour dramedy centering around two publicists – the sexy and savvy Karen James, a failed actress/writer from the Midwest, and Brett Sloan, the silver-tongued jaded trust fund kid from Beverly Hills. Together they struggle to maintain their integrity in the high-stakes, sometimes-unscrupulous and often-ridiculous world of celebrity PR.

Executive producer: Bobby Salomon

Written by: Bobby Salomon

Directed by: Bobby Salomon

Starring: Tara Summers, Sam Page, Elaine Tan, John Larroquette, Spencer Garrett, Johana Urb, Julianna Guill, Alison La Placa, Matt Angel, Sam Littlefield, Sean Marble

MobiFest Winner: “Mother Approved: Phobias” Brandon Walter and Kasi Brown

People are afraid of many bizarre and varied things in the world. In the real life ‘Phobia’ series, ‘Mother Approved’ sketch comedy explores these phobias and tries to imagine how these people deal with and overcome them.

Executive producer: Kasi Brown, Brandon Walter

Written by: Kasi Brown, Brandon Walter

Directed by: Kasi Brown, Brandon Walter

starring: Richie Beanan, Kasi Brown, Codi Fischer, Matt Lowe, Tiffany O’Hara, Josetta Rose, Brandon Walter

Best Animation: “Time Traveling Finger”

A girl has the ability to send things back in time with her magical finger.

Executive producer: Stephen Leonard

Written by: Stephen Leonard

Directed by: Stephen Leonard

Starring: Stephen Leonard, Ariel Lazarus, Liz Vining, Vincent Donadio, Neil Berkovits, Anna Lux, Jaclyn Friedlander, Al Thompson

Best Alternative: “Going to Pot” Leo Simone, Scott Perlman

Vicodin, Ambien, Marijuana? The whole state of California is going to pot because it’s now legal to use the once illicit drug medically. The lives of progressive patients and avant-guard employees are explored at a southern California dispensary during this revolutionary time on a groundbreaking new show.

executive producer: Jamie Kennedy

directed by: Leo Simone, Scott Perlman

starring: Aaron Sandusky, Daniel Forman, Johnny Nuckolls II, Jenny Ekizian

Best Drama: “the_source” Marc D’Agostino

Two years after a global catastrophe and economic collapse, a group of survivors struggle to develop community amid a harsh world emptied of material resources and rife with conflicts – both new and old. As they struggle with the elements and with one another they realize that one of them may be the final hope for humanity’s survival.

Executive producer: Marc D’Agostino

Written by: Marc D’Agostino

Directed by: Marc D’Agostino

Starring: Paul Maginnis, Carlos Candelario, Matt Pyle, Harold Williams, Marc D’Agostino

Best Comedy: “Octane Pistols of Fury” Greg Stees, Chris Prine

Mr. Johnson wants it. He’s sent Vinny and Rufus to get it. Fat Ronnie and Dallas are trying to beat them to it. Where is the Porcelain Buddha? Octane Pistols of Fury is a new crime comedy that follows rival gangsters as they bumble through the New York City underworld

executive producer: Chris Prine, Greg Stees

written by: Chris Prine, Greg Stees

directed by: Chris Prine, Greg Stees

starring: Chris Prine, Greg Stees, Andrew Pifko, Aldous Davidson, Michael Lee Rautins, Mitch Magee, Trevor Williams

Best TV: “Going to Pot” Leo Simone, Scott Perlman

Vicodin, Ambien, Marijuana? The whole state of California is going to pot because it’s now legal to use the once illicit drug medically. The lives of progressive patients and avant-guard employees are explored at a southern California dispensary during this revolutionary time on a groundbreaking new show.

executive producer: Jamie Kennedy

directed by: Leo Simone, Scott Perlman

starring: Aaron Sandusky, Daniel Forman, Johnny Nuckolls II, Jenny Ekizian

Best Web: “Octane Pistols of Fury” Greg Stees, Chris Prine

Mr. Johnson wants it. He’s sent Vinny and Rufus to get it. Fat Ronnie and Dallas are trying to beat them to it. Where is the Porcelain Buddha? Octane Pistols of Fury is a new crime comedy that follows rival gangsters as they bumble through the New York City underworld

executive producer: Chris Prine, Greg Stees

written by: Chris Prine, Greg Stees

directed by: Chris Prine, Greg Stees

starring: Chris Prine, Greg Stees, Andrew Pifko, Aldous Davidson, Michael Lee Rautins, Mitch Magee, Trevor Williams

Audience Award Winner: “The Super Man” Mike Friedman, Bryan Beasley

The Super Man is a character-driven comedy centered on Mikey an aspiring boxer who takes a job as a building super in a seedy part of Hollywood for free rent…seems like a great idea until he meets his tenants.

executive producer: John Macdonald and Michael Friedman

written by: Michael Friedman, Gregory Konow and Brendan Connor

directed by: Bryan Beasley

starring: Brendan Connor, Michael Friedman, Gregory Konow, Vanessa Liguori, Jon Polito, Larry Hankin, Renee Victor

Efren Toscano

Efren Toscano founded TechZulu in the heart of Southern California: Orange County. Focused on providing a platform to showcase all that is happening here in the tech and media space. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly's People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 MostPublic Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. He divides his time between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and tech events around the US.

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