The independent television movement is taking Hollywood by storm with high quality post sound companies and now celebrities, too, jumping on board. James Cromwell stars and Executive Produces Hitfactor; John Leguizamo and Nick Cannon both lend their talents to the hip-hop theater documentary Something Out of Nothing and Jodie Sweetin stars in the dark comedy about suicide, Small Bits of Happiness. Even Jason Priestly, Emily Procter (CSI Miami), and French Stewart show off their independent wares as part of this year’s Indy television fare. Among this well known figures is also the Greek-American actor Terry Maratos and “Drived”, his new independent show. “Drived” is about the unpredictable life of being a chauffer in Los Angeles and what happens when people’s ambitions are thwarted by the realities they face. The first screening was today, Saturday, at 5pm at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theater at 8000 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. There will also be another screening on the 6th at 9pm at the same location.
In addition to ITVFest’s Independent Pilot and Web series Competition, the festival also offers a variety of panels and discussions with iconic talents such as Marshall Herskovitz, Bob Odenkirk, Mike Scully (The Simpsons), Dan Sterling (Sarah Silverman Program) and Phil Lord & Chris Miller (How I Met Your Mother). Reps from New Wave Entertainment, Brillstein-Grey, ABC, Sci Fi and others will also be on hand.
ITVFest is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing opportunities to people with television industry aspirations. ITVFest receives pilot submissions from around the world in comedy, drama, alternative (reality, game show, talk show, etc) documentary, web series and out-of-competition categories. By screening the official selections to a live audience, which includes ITVFest’s executive, advisory board and extensive network contacts, ITVFest provides a bridge to the inner workings of the television industry.