One of 63 Projects Chosen for Flagship Competition at 12th Annual Festival, Taking Place October 24-29, 2016

(Atlanta, GA, August 20, 2016)-  The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com), an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and connecting it with networks, studios, digital media companies, agencies, and brands, today announced the official selections for its flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC), including, “Tsunami Tuna”, created by Jim Wilkie and Daryl Wilcher of Atlanta, GA.  The 3-D animated action comedy is one of 63 original television and digital projects that will be presented for industry decision-makers and TV fans at the 12th Annual New York Television Festival. 

The NYTVF, which is considered by the industry as the preeminent independent television showcase in the world, was launched in 2005 as the first festival with a focus on independently-created television content. Each year the Festival produces dozens of events for artists, executives, and fans, while facilitating hundreds of thousands of dollars in development and production funding from its industry partners, available to a select group of Official Artists. This year, the independent television showcase will take place in New York City from October 24-29 at The Helen Mills Theater and Event Space, with additional Festival events at Tribeca Three Sixty° and SVA Theatre.

“We're thrilled to present these 63 exceptional projects as Official Selections in the 2016 Independent Pilot Competition,” said NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. “With more submissions than ever before, the bar was raised across every category, and we're looking at a line-up full of emerging and established talent, outstanding production values, and truly original voices. 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for the New York Television Festival, and we can't wait to share these projects in October.” 

In addition to being part of the annual independent television showcase, IPC selections will compete in a variety of categories (including “Best Comedy” and “Best Drama”) by a jury comprised of the NYTVF screening committee and the emerging television executives selected for the NYTVF-HRTS Next Generation Committee, with winners being announced at an October 29 closing night awards reception.  

As Official Artists, the creators of these pilots qualify for a chance to receive a development deal from one of the NYTVF’s Development Partners – networks and studios which have guaranteed they will offer at least one deal to independent artists this year.  These independent creators also have exclusive access to the NYTVF’s industry partners through the NYTVF Connect marketplace, which includes opportunities to meet, network, and pitch some of the top network, digital, and studio executives in the business. 

“As a kid growing up as the ultimate geek-nerd, introverted, outcast artist, who always found such solace in cartoons and comic fantasy, the selection of “Tsunami Tuna’ for the NYTVF is a validation of my geekdom.  It’s a dream come true to be a part of the creation of the original look and voice of Tsunami Tuna.  Let the Big Fish swim!

- Daryl Wilcher, Co-creator, Producer, & Voice of Tsunami Tuna

“We’re honored that our project, almost four years in the making, is an Official Selection of the 2016 NYTVF’s Independent Pilot Competition.  It’s gratifying that the whole production team’s grit, determination, and talent was recognized.  We are especially proud to represent the growing entertainment production center that is our hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, in the competition.  I also want to especially thank my friend and co-creator, Daryl Wilcher, and my son, Josh, for believing in the project when no one else did and their tireless work on scripts, models, and ideas that brought the “Big Fish” to life.  It wouldn’t have happened without you. 

                                           -  Jim Wilkie, Co-creator & Executive Producer, “Tsunami Tuna”

 Descriptions and trailers for each of this year’s Official Selections can be found online at www.nytvf.com/2016_ipc_selections.html.

Tsunami Tuna App: http://onelink.to/tsunamituna

Web Site: www.tsunamituna.com

About “Tsunami Tuna”:

A giant radioactive tuna and his sidekick, RAD, an ex-Navy, bionically weaponized albino dolphin with PTSD are determined to recruit a “fish army” to stop mankind’s exploitation of their ocean home.  During this quest they encounter all manner of potential aquatic candidates to include a recently-released killer whale with no taste for freedom, mackerels with domestic issues, a mermaid who can’t swim, and a crazed Russian sea captain in pursuit of the world’s largest piece of sushi.

About the NYTVF

Established in 2005, the NYTVF constructs new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. By partnering directly with networks, studios, production companies, digital platforms and brands, the NYTVF provides its Industry Partners with a streamlined development model, leveraging its vast creative community of over 15,000 independent producers and production companies, to create content with specific partners in mind. During the annual New York Television Festival – held each fall in New York City – the NYTVF brings together its top artists and industry decision-makers for a series of events designed to foster networking, collaboration and education. The Festival also marks the culmination of the organization’s yearly development efforts and features screenings of top independent content, educational panels, fan events, red carpet premieres, and more. For more information on the NYTVF and the annual Festival, visit www.nytvf.com, and to learn about opportunities to submit for its year- round competitions, visit http://www.nytvf.com/submit.html.


Press Contacts:            

For “Tsunami Tuna”:

Jim Wilkie, Executive Producer, 404-718-0062, wilkie1356@gmail.com

For the NYTVF:

Matt Biscuiti, The Lippin Group/NY, 212-986-7080, matt@lippingroup.com