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NYTVF Productions and The Orchard Announce Worldwide Digital Premiere of their First Independent Original TV Series, ‘The Jamz’

Mar 29, 2016

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New York, NY – March 29, 2016 – NYTVF Productions and The Orchard today announced their original TV series, The Jamz, will be available on iTunes exclusively beginning on April 12. Based on the 2014 New York Television Festival Official Selection of the same name, The Jamz is the first original TV program to be funded and distributed worldwide by The Orchard and the first series from the indie TV organization’s recently launched NYTVF Productions division.

Comedy fans worldwide will be able to access The Jamz via an iTunes Season Pass for all four, half-hour episodes for $4.99 at The series premiere will be available on iTunes for free starting April 12, and beginning April 30, the series will be available on additional digital platforms.

“It is exciting to experience today’s evolving distribution landscape for indie television productions and the opportunity that has created for the stellar talent behind The Jamz,” said Paul Davidson, SVP of Film & TV for The Orchard and executive producer of The Jamz. “iTunes has consistently led the way in championing independent voices and curating the best content and we feel they are the perfect partner to highlight our vision.”

Produced in Chicago last year, The Jamz is a half-hour workplace sitcom following the exploits of the crew at 101.7 THE JAMZ, Chicago’s (fictional) #1-rated radio station. The original concept for The Jamz, which was ordered straight-to-series by The Orchard, was created by Jim Kozyra and Chris Petlak, who serve as series regulars, writers, and co-executive producers.

“Indie film forged a bold and vital creative pipeline for cinema, and we are now seeing the same potential for indie TV thanks to new platforms and digital distribution options,” said NYTVF Productions’ Terence Gray, who serves as executive producer of The Jamz. “The indie film approach used on The Jamz allowed us to create premium episodic content with a limited budget, and the result is a funny, heart-felt, accessible comedy that fans around the globe will enjoy during this and hopefully subsequent seasons.”

Also starring in the ensemble comedy are Kathy Najimy, David Pasquesi and Michael Patrick Thornton, as well as Rammel Chan, Tamberla Perry, Emily Peterson and Vincent Teninty. Select members of the cast and crew will be on hand for the world premiere of the sitcom on Monday, April 4 at Chicago’s historic Logan Theatre. The event will include a screening of the series pilot and a talk-back with creators and stars, set to be moderated by Eric Ferguson, host of Chicago’s (actual) #1 morning show, Eric & Kathy, on 101.9 THE MIX.

In addition to Kozyra and Petlak, other New York Television Festival alumni contributed to the production, including Ted Tremper directing the series’ first four episodes, and Jeff Murdoch and Jo Scott earning writing credits. Chicago-based companies rounded out the production, with Black Apple Media serving as Line Producer, Paskal Rudnicke Casting overseeing local casting, and Quriosity Productions providing post-production services.

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Formed in 2014, NYTVF Productions is the content production arm of NYTVF ( and builds on NYTVF’s role as curator and advocate for the independent television movement, primarily through year-round competitions that culminate at its annual New York Television Festival – now in its 12th year. NYTVF Productions serves as a production partner for independent television artists, guiding their work through the development process, with the ultimate goal being series orders for these projects. NYTVF Founder/Executive Director Terence Gray serves as executive producer for NYTVF Productions. Currently NYTVF Productions’ slate includes an original independent comedy The Jamz (a direct-to-series order with The Orchard), and projects with HISTORY (unscripted), Fox 21 Television Studios (scripted comedy), and truTV (unscripted comedy).


The Orchard is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. The Orchard’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Cartel Land,” “The Overnight,” “Dior & I” and “What We Do in the Shadows.”