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NYTF Winners Named; The Real Stars of 'Dancing'

Derekhough • The New York Television Festival, which is aimed towards uniting independent filmmakers and producers with professionals, closed its seventh award ceremony this past Saturday by announcing the winners of their Independent Pilot Competition. 15 guaranteed deals in over 20 categories – breaking their previous record overall – ended the festivities. Read the full story at The Wrap.

• The New York Times reported, the hit series ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – now on its thirteenth season - has been gaining fans more for its dance pros than the actual celebrities. Who would have thunk it?

• Fox and Amazon Prime announced today that they have just engaged in a new deal that will make more than 11,000 movies and television shows available for streaming, the way of the future as several companies have boycotted DVD and HD Blu-ray for easier access to the public. According to The Wrap, with this new merger Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, hinted that Netflix and its new subsidiary, Qwikster, will be in for a rude awakening. Prime membership for Amazon Prime is currently $79 a year and features unlimited free two-day shipping.

• More than 60 actors, 67 tables, and a whole lot of donating went into the 25th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction which took place this past Sunday. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS told Playbill.com that the total earnings for the day ended with a whopping $547,658, making this years total $70,000 more than last year.

Pictured: Derek Hough, professional dancer on “Dancing with The Stars” (Photo: Getty Images)

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