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Drama On Demand: An Afternoon with Amazon Studios

Drama On Demand: An Afternoon with Amazon Studios

Date: Saturday, 6/11
Time: 1:30 PM
Venue: Amazon Stage at Trinity Hall

Join Amazon Studios’ Head of Drama Development Morgan Wandell and the executive producers of Sneaky Pete, Hand of God, and Trial as they give an exclusive inside look at each of their original series launching this fall; as well as discuss what makes Amazon Prime Video a perfect fit for these individual stories and unique characters.

Panelists: Graham Yost (Sneaky Pete), Jonathan Shapiro (Trial), Ben Watkins (Hand of God)
Moderator: Morgan Wandell (Head of Drama Development, Amazon Studios)

Truth & Dare & Fear

Truth & Dare & Fear

Date: Thursday, 6/9
Time: 2 PM
Venue: SFA Ballroom

An interactive, improvised conversation between the audience and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon about the creative process, outside-the-box thinking, the blank page, risk-taking and brutal honesty. All are welcome. Bring your truths and fears and daring.

Panelist: Beau Willimon (House of Cards)

The Peak TV Effect

Date: Saturday, 6/11
Time: 2 PM
Venue: SFA Ballroom

In an age of “too much TV” and “not enough time,” networks and studios face the undeniable need to define their brand. Ironically, this means that while viewers may have an embarrassment of riches in terms of content and platforms to choose from, networks/studios choices become more limited as their brand becomes more specific. Hear top executives and creatives discuss their studio/network brands and how tighter budgets, decisions to make a pilot vs. straight to series, and a rise in competition effect decisions of what series they decide to invest in.

Panelists: Patrick Moran (EVP Creative & Production, ABC Studios), Beatrice Springborn (Head of Originals, Hulu), Liz Tigelaar (Writer/Creator/EP), Kathleen McCaffrey (Director of Original Series, HBO), Bryan Seabury (Senior Vice President, Drama Development, CBS), Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy)
Moderator: Lesley Goldberg (THR)

A Conversation with ATX Awardee Norman Lear

A Conversation with ATX Awardee Norman Lear

Date: Friday, 6/10
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Paramount Theatre

Join Achievement in Television eXcellence awardee Norman Lear for an in-depth conversation with Katey Sagal about his career in TV, the state of the medium today, and how important it is to contributing to real and impactful change.

Panelist: Norman Lear
Moderator: Katey Sagal

Welcome to ATX Season 5!

Welcome to ATX Season 5!

Date: Thursday, 6/9
Time: 12 PM
Venue: SFA Ballroom

ATX Alums & Staff share their tips, tricks, and breakfast taco recommendations for getting through the festival. Whether you’re a first-timer or ATX pro, join us (and some special guests) to help kick off Season 5!

Panelists: TBA
Moderator: TBA

Fandom Rising: The Impact of Fan Culture in the Age of Social Media

Date: Thursday, 6/9
Time: 4 PM
Venue: Amazon Stage at Trinity Hall

Though the concept of Fandom has been active for decades, in the current age of Kickstarter, hashtags, trending topics, and streaming platforms, TV fan(atic)s have found relatively new power to make, break, or even revive a series. Hear from showrunners, writers, and actors who regularly engage with their audiences as they discuss the ever-evolving impact of fan culture, and how social media is rapidly closing the gap between those who watch, love and engage with TV, and those who create it.

Panelists: Dan Amboyer (Younger), Hart Hanson (Bones), Gus Sorola (Co-Founder, Rooster Teeth), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100), Carina MacKenzie (The Originals)
Moderator: Laura Felschow (UT Austin)

I’ll Have What Phil’s Having… for Breakfast!

Date: Saturday, 6/11
Time: 10 AM
Venue: Amazon Stage at Trinity Hall

Phil Rosenthal may have created Everybody Loves Raymond, but his heart is in his stomach, and he’s taken his love for food to the small screen with his James Beard Award winning series, “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.” 5 Words that won’t steer you wrong. Join us and Phil for the ultimate Austin meal, the breakfast taco (specifically from the same spot where the President stopped), while we talk about the two things every ATXer loves, TV and food!

Panelist: Phil Rosenthal
Moderator: Ben Blacker

Fantasy TV: Creating the Believable in an Unbelievable World

Date: Sunday, 6/12
Time: 10 AM
Venue: Amazon Stage at Trinity Hall

The main rule of fantasy is simple, “don’t break the rules you create.” Viewers will follow you to the edge of your universe, as long as you don’t betray them. But what and who dictates the “rules” of the universe? Producers, writers, and development execs talk about what goes into the process (freedoms and limitations) of creating a fantasy TV series, from building the look of a new world and the characters that inhabit it to placing supernatural characters into our everyday lives.

Panelists: John Wirth (V), Krista Vernoff (Charmed), Joanna Klein (SVP Scripted Development, The CW), Anna Fricke (Being Human)
Moderator: Emily Moss Wilson

Escapism: A Look at Comedy and Characters That Give You a Break presented by KIND

Date: Sunday, 6/12
Time: 11:30 AM
Venue: Amazon Stage at Trinity Hall

Whether your laughs are delivered to you in single or multi cam formats, with a dose of sweetness, sarcasm or silliness, the comedy series is designed to provide a respite from the real world. The creators, actors and EPs behind TV’s most likable characters and worlds discuss how and why a KINDer approach to storytelling may be exactly what viewers want and need to LIVE KIND. every day.™ Their thoughts on the sprawling landscape of comedy, and where they believe the pendulum will land next.

Panelists: Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane the Virgin), Kevin Biegel (Enlisted), Justin Adler (Life in Pieces), Dana Tuinier (VP Original Programming, TVLand)
Moderator: Dan Fienberg (THR)

Can We Get Back to Politics? (A Guide to Fictional America)

Date: Saturday, 6/11
Time: 10 AM
Venue: SFA Assembly Room

From judges to presidents, elections to courtrooms, scandals to power plays — the drama and hope within the American political system often lends itself to some of TV’s bleakest and most inspiring moments. In this conversation, creatives and executives from iconic political series examine working with an existing framework of D.C., what happens when fictional politics meet real-world expectations, and why the subject lends itself to rich storytelling and keeps an audience tuning in.

Panelists: Kevin Falls (The West Wing), Rosemary Rodriguez (The Good Wife), Bryan Seabury (SVP Drama Development, CBS)
Moderator: Henry Goldblatt (EW)