NYTVF and Lifetime Network’s “Unscripted Development Pipeline” CASTING SEARCH

Project Casting

LifetimeNYTVFLifetime and the NYTVF have teamed for the second annual Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline to find the next big Lifetime star.

We’re soliciting talented producers and casting directors who have an exceptional eye for talent and a passion for unscripted TV.

Twenty-five semi-finalists will be reviewed by the network with five finalists receiving development funding to produce additional tape.

One winner will receive $10,000 and an opportunity to work with Lifetime Programming to produce a pilot presentation of their winning submission.

The New York Television Festival was founded in 2005 as the industry’s first creative festival for television artists. A pioneer of the “independent television” movement, the Festival strives to construct new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model.

Find out more at www.nytvf.com

Still interested? See the following details below to learn how to apply!


Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline: CASTING SEARCH


Entry Requirements

– Casting Tape 2-4 minutes in length

– Series Treatment 1-2 pages in length

– Signed Application Form

– There is no fee to enter

DEADLINE: Monday, September 23, 2013


Lifetime Creative Brief

From the cut-throat world of junior dance competitions to the hallowed halls of fashion’s elite, real world characters dominate the television landscape and we’re looking for the next big thing. Help us find the next reality star or cast. Preferably a woman, but men are welcome! It all depends on what they are and what they DO!

What we’re looking for:

-Casting tapes (between 2-4 minutes in length) that highlight unique, larger-than-life individual or individuals with a specific business or skill or a unique set of circumstances that makes them unforgettable.

-Funny, REAL, and Unexpected.

-Characters like Abby Lee (from Dance Moms) are loud and fun to watch; we are looking for characters that are outrageous but still relatable.

-We are looking for characters that appeal to a broad, middle-class audience.

-Characters that offer a fun escape.  (Characters who seem too out of reach or lack layers don’t make for hit series.)


What should I include on my “casting tape”?

-Your casting reel should showcase your lead character and any supporting cast and include a clear, concise description of what they do and why people will want to come back week after week to watch them.

-We are looking for worlds and characters that can sustain a series, not simply a “one off.”

-Technical and production savvy is helpful by not required – the most important element is capturing the “wow” factor in your subject(s) even if it’s by Skype chat.