Chicago a Big Hit at NY Pilot Competition

Chicago a Big Hit at NY Pilot Competition

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) has announced a record 62 official selections for this year’s Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) and Chicago talent is well represented in this year’s picks. Original television and web series pilots will be presented for industry executives and TV fans at the 10th Annual New York Television Festival. The independent television showcase will be held October 20-25 at Tribeca Cinemas.

So which Chicago pilots were selected for this year’s competition? Here is a quick breakdown – you can check out trailers and more from all pilots by clicking here.

The Wake (Sci-Fi Drama): The latest project from independent Chicago development studio, Black Apple Media. In a post-apocalyptic world where resources are scarce, a small population tries to solve the mystery surrounding the power plant on the outskirts of their settlement.

Apartment Guy (Workplace Sitcom): Created by Bill Boehler. Bill and his colleagues at a real estate agency navigate the woes of apartment-hunting in Chicago, getting into trouble and overcompensating for their mistakes along the way.

Bad Ambulance (Psychological Horror Thriller): Created by Daniel Klein. Your time of greatest need, when you call out for help, can you trust the first responders?

The Jamz (Comedy): Created by Jim Kozyra. In an attempt to land a coveted morning show gig, two radio DJs endeavor to create a successful radio show in their current late-night slot.

Man Scout (Docu-Reality Comedy): Created by Shawn Bowers and Colin Hogan. As a kid, Colin wasn't 'scout material.' Now, as a boyish man, he endeavors to earn all the badges he never could in this docu-comedy that proves it' s never too late to go after your dreams.

Love Spitters (Dating Game Show): Created by Rich Seng and Nicholas Charles Peters. To win the heart of one hip hop vixen, four freestyle emcees mu st answer a series of questions – on a beat and in rhyme – in this dating competition full of wit and swagger.

Jones Sweet A TV Pitch (Spoof Reality):** Pedro Castro and Ramiro Castro Jr. are out west now but this whole hilarious series started here in Chicago, so we’ll include them in this list. Businessman Toby Jones will do anything to get on TV...for the right price.

For more information on the NYTVF and the annual Festival, visit Congratulations to the Chicago pilots, all the best to these great productions this October!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at