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Pitch Contest Winners to Get Development Deal

This year's ITVFest pitch competition winners will be guaranteed a development deal with Adaptive Studios and Big Vision Empty Wallet.​


​New, high concept ideas across formats. If it has series or feature legs, we want it, whether it be short form, long form, or feature length, for TV, Film, or the digital space. We are looking for big ideas and character driven stories. What we aren't looking for right now: No sketch, no sitcom, no anthology style series please.


​The Big Vision team will work with selected participants in the weeks leading up to the festival to craft pitches and further develop the concepts (either in person in NYC or virtually). Pitches will be rehearsed at a one day intensive at the festival and the final pitch day will take place at ITVFest in Manchester, VT in front of a live audience and the teams from Adaptive Studios and Big Vision Creative. After receiving all of the pitches, the companies will choose the winning project, which they will continue to develop after the festival.


Adaptive Studios is an Emmy®-winning entertainment studio taking a story-first approach to creating premium content for emerging and traditional platforms. The company acquires undervalued intellectual property from the Hollywood system in addition to incubating fresh ideas from a community of passionate, emerging filmmakers. Adaptive reimagines how film, television and digital projects are developed, produced and distributed.

Adaptive’s partners include high profile collaborators and distributors such as AMC Networks, HBO, Netflix, Verizon, Miramax, FX Networks, Fox Animation, 21 Laps, Lionsgate, blackpills and many more. Visit for more information.


Big Vision Creative is a NY-based, but palm-tree-loving production company founded by Dani Faith Leonard and Alex Cirillo. As producers, we specialize in creative development for both television and independent film. What really sets us apart is the unique business model we’ve established with our inclusion-focused incubator, Big Vision Empty Wallet. We choose talented creators with compelling POVs to develop work with and the projects that move forward through our incubator feed into our production company. These collaborations have led us to premieres at Sundance & SXSW, sales to major film distributors, streaming platforms, and TV networks, and releases in theaters worldwide.


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