New York, NY - August 22, 2019 - The New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, NBCUniversal, and Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced today that submissions are open for the 4th annual PitchNY, an inclusive program created to provide young New York-based film directors, producers and writers from diverse backgrounds with in-person mentorship from entertainment industry leaders to advance their careers.
Over the past three years, PitchNY has connected over 120 students from over 25 schools across the state with industry professionals for panel discussions, networking opportunities and one-on-one pitch mentoring. Last year’s event drew the program’s biggest class-to-date, up nearly 20 percent from the previous year.
This is the first year that NBCUniversal and the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development will be partnering with the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) on the program. TFI has deep roots in New York State and provides opportunities year-round for youth voices in the region through a variety of learning opportunities, competitions and more.
“We’re thrilled to work with the Governor’s Office and NBCUniversal for the fourth edition of this program,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director at Tribeca Film Institute. “PitchNY engages emerging voices based in our home state and provides them with the tools they need to thrive as advocates for their content, which will ultimately help them launch and sustain careers in the film and television industries.”
ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has grown to become a global leader in the entertainment industry and a premier destination for film and television production, contributing billions of dollars to the state’s economy and generating hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities. This year’s PitchNY, with partners NBCUniversal and the Tribeca Film Institute, will not only showcase homegrown creative talent, but will open doors for aspiring artists, directors and producers. With more access to industry players and a better understanding of the profession, their diverse voices will create a more vibrant, inclusive entertainment sector.”
Craig Robinson, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal, said, “We’re proud to continue our sponsorship of PitchNY and thank Governor Cuomo for his continued commitment to supporting creative voices that reflects our world. NBCU is proud to be an industry-leading champion of diversity and inclusion and to helping develop another group of talented artists and creators.”
PitchNY is open to college students currently enrolled at any New York State institution, as well as alumni who have graduated from New York State institutions within the past two years. Fifty finalists will be selected to participate in PitchNY, which will take place on November 7th and 8th at 30 Rock. The event includes pitch practice, industry panels, round table discussions and the opportunity to talk with professionals about projects and career advice.
Participants receive stipends to help cover transportation and/or lodging costs. Creators can apply today at: http://www.esd.ny.gov/pitchny.
About Tribeca Film Institute (TFI)
Tribeca Film Institute is a New York-based nonprofit organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff after 9/11 as a means to bring a community together through the power of film. Today, TFI works across the U.S. and globally to ensure that filmmakers and creators have the tools and resources they need to tell their stories, connect with audiences, and build thriving careers. We do all of this in service of the storyteller in order to break barriers to access, exposure, and sustainability that result from imbalances in representation and power. Working in documentary, scripted, and immersive media, TFI supports more than 225 storytellers each year through grants, mentorships, labs, and workshops valued at more than $2.25 million. For more information about TFI, please visit http://www.tfiny.org.
About the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development
The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.
NBCUniversal is one the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.