Presentation to be held on October 5 in Greenport, NY


Greenport, NY (September 17, 2019) – The North Fork TV Festival announced Aasif Mandvi as the recipient of this year’s Inspiration Award. A formal ceremony will take place at 4pm on Saturday, October 5, at the Greenport Theatre in Greenport, NY.

Aasif Mandvi is known for his work as a correspondent on multi-Emmy-winning “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and for his television credits, which include “The Brink,” “Blue Bloods,” “This Way Up,” “Younger,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and the upcoming “Evil” on CBS. He also won a Peabody Award for his web series “Halal in the Family.”

Because inspiration is about the future, the Inspiration Award honors the person who most inspires us to create an ever-brighter future for our global community. The winner’s vision and work inspire buyers, sellers, and other creative professionals to do work that respects and grows the global marketplace for independent scripted TV.

“We are honored to present Aasif with this year’s Inspiration Award,” said Founder Noah Doyle. “His countless roles across TV and film have inspired viewers worldwide. We look forward to celebrating his career and dedication to the arts in Greenport.”

In addition to his TV and film work, Mandavi hosts the new podcast “Lost at the Smithsonian,” which explores the little-known stories of iconic collectibles at the National Museum of American History. It’s available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

“Aasif is an incredibly talented and inspirational actor,” said Festival Co-chair Mark Armstrong, who is also a partner at the management firm Principal Entertainment. “His work has and continues to move us, and we are excited to celebrate all of his achievements.” 

Mandvi completes a trio of TV stars who demonstrate the festival’s efforts in bringing entertainment icons to the North Fork. Kelsey Grammer will receive the Canopy Award, while Constance Wu will receive the Ambassador of the Arts Award. Grammer’s ceremony will take place at 7pm on Friday, October 4, withChris Noth presenting. Wu’s ceremony will take place at 7pm on Saturday, October 5.

Festival passes and individual tickets are now available for purchase online at https://www.northfork.tv/tickets

For more information, including the full list of events and screenings at this year’s festival, visithttps://northfork.tv/ and follow @NorthForkTV on Twitter and Instagram.


Schedule of Award Presentations 

Saturday, October 5 | 4:00pm | Greenport Theatre

Aasif Mandvi will be awarded the Inspiration Award by journalist Donna Freydkin with a discussion to follow.

Recipient Bio


Widely known for his work on “The Daily Show,” Peabody Award winner Aasif Mandvi got his start in New York theater. His one-man show, “Sakina’s Restaurant,” for which he won an Obie Award, was recently reprised at The Minetta Lane Theater. Additional stage credits include “Disgraced,” the Broadway revival of “Oklahoma,” “Suburbia,” and “Brigadoon.”

His feature credits include “Mother’s Day,” “Million Dollar Arm,” “The Internship,” and “The Proposal.”

His television credits include "The Brink", “Blue Bloods,” “This Way Up,” “Younger,” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”


The North Fork TV Festival celebrates the evolution of television, both mainstream and independent, bringing together the minds of actors, executives, writers, and directors. Held annually in Greenport, New York, at the historic Greenport Theatre, the festival supports independent program development and embraces exciting, innovative voices from around the world. Founded in 2015, The North Fork TV Festival is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Every year an expert panel of acclaimed showrunner selects four independent pilots to be screened at the Festival and additionally mentored through development and eventual production of the pilots into on-air series. This year, award-winning director Elias Plagianos is working closely with the showrunners to determine this selections.

The North Fork TV Festival will announce the inaugural Alfred P. Sloan Science + Tech Pilot Script Competition, which aims to encourage screenwriters to create realistic and compelling stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The winner of the competition will have their script turned into a produced pilot that will premiere at the North Fork TV Festival in front of top industry talent. 

The two-day festival will also feature this year’s Canopy Award winner, in-depth industry panels, screenings of independent television pilots, a wonderful children’s program, and parties both nights.