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Power(ful) TV: A Look at Socially Impactful Television (presented with Television Academy)

Date: Saturday, 6/10

Through its innate intimacy and week-to-week stories, television is arguably our most impactful medium, having the power to literally change hearts and minds. Hear creators, EPs, and executives discuss how their series have surpassed diversity trends and token characters by organically weaving in storylines of race, religion, sexual assault, the foster care system, immigration, health care, and many many more, with the belief that exposing audiences to a variety of people, experiences, and worlds they might never encounter will normalize these unfamiliar issues and defuse them once and for all.

Panelists: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Sweet/Vicious), Justin Simien (Dear White People), Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day at a Time), David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights)
Moderator: Maury McIntyre (President, Television Academy)

Watercooler Meets Murderboard: TV Theories Reach Capacity

Date: Friday, 6/9

With the rate at which TV is being produced and consumed, it’s not surprising that the ways in which we discuss and process television have evolved dramatically. From Reddit threads and think pieces, to live-tweeting and podcasts, the TV Theory business is booming. Yet, for a series with an ongoing mystery and unanswered questions, it can begin to feel like the fandom is more about solving a show than experiencing it. The creatives who produce your favorite shows and the critics who cover them discuss how hyper-analysis does (and doesn’t) affect the creative process, balancing the art of misdirection vs. deception, and what it means to cede your story to an audience in 2017.

Panelists: Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, TX), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost), Michael Rauch (Royal Pains), Eric Goldman (IGN)
Moderator: Natalie Abrams (Entertainment Weekly)

Complex, Not Complicated: A Look at a Woman’s Character

Date: Friday, 6/9

Now more than ever, television is home to a range of increasingly complex female characters: ones that are bold, funny, fierce, sensitive, loyal, fragile, complicated, and kick ass (sometimes all in the same moment). Prepare to be awestruck as these powerhouse creatives and actors discuss the legacy of female characters before them, the necessity of women’s stories at this particular moment in pop culture, and why there’s no one way to write a “strong” woman..

Panelists: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Sweet/Vicious), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Liz Tigelaar (Casual), Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane), Taylor Dearden (Sweet/Vicious), Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica)
Moderator: Sandra Gonzalez (CNN)

From Actor to ‘Action!’

Date: Saturday, 6/10

The transition from “in front of” to “behind” the camera is simultaneously a natural and complicated move. An actor’s primary focus is on a performance and character, while a director collaborates with a multitude of departments to craft the entire episode. Join some of your favorite TV faces as they discuss what drove them to take on this new role, the struggles (and perks) of creative collaborations, and how their perspectives and experiences as performers informed their new job.

Panelists: Kyra Sedgwick (Story of a Girl), Patrick J. Adams (Suits), Adam Arkin (Justified), Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Ken Olin (thirtysomething)
Moderator: Mandi Bierly (Yahoo! TV)

The Pitch Competition presented with Final Draft Inc.

The Pitch Competition presented with Final Draft Inc.

Date: Saturday, 6/10

The Pitch Finals have arrived! After narrowing down from hundreds of applicants, the judges are aching to hear our finalists pitch live, and name a winner! Join us as our ten finalists each get 3 minutes to give their best pitch. The winner will receive a development meeting with one of our judges and a chance to pitch to our network partners. Y’all never know, one of these series could be on your TV (or computer) next year!

Panelists: Hannah KS Canter (Okay Goodnight), Athena Wickham (Kilter Films), Alex Maggioni (Amblin TV), Bryan Seabury (CBS), Liz Tigelaar (Casual), Anna Fricke (Wayward Pines), Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Moderator: Sara Osburn (Mix 94.7)

The Revival of the Socially-Conscious Sitcom

Date: Saturday, 6/10

When it comes to comedy, most viewers simply ask “is this funny?”. Sitcoms are meant to entertain, bring audiences in on the joke, and be an escape from “real life.” In today’s climate, tides are turning as the children of Norman Lear take his lead by seamlessly incorporating issues and debates that are meant to challenge and teach. From race to gender, and politics to religion, these sitcom writers achieve bigger conversations about issues that make a difference in your life, while still making you laugh.

Panelists: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show), Bob Daily (Superior Donuts), Justin Simien (Dear White People), Mike Royce (One Day at a Time), Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day at a Time)
Moderator: Sandra Gonzalez (CNN)

Television in a Trumped Up America

Date: Friday, 6/9

After an election that resulted in riveting and addictive TV-viewing, much of the world has come out the other side feeling a spectrum of emotions: from fear to anger to confusion and perhaps, motivation. We’re often faced during this time of change with the question, “Where do we go from here?” Join creatives as they discuss approaching their art as both an outlet and a tool, how (or if) they plan to write for fans that might not agree with them, and where the responsibility of an artist lies in a divided world.

Panelists: Liz Tigelaar (Casual), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), Paul Garnes (Queen Sugar), Michael Rauch (Royal Pains), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Beau Willimon (The First)
Moderator: Michael Schneider (IndieWire)

<I>Sons of Anarchy</I>: The Directors

Sons of Anarchy: The Directors

Date: Saturday, 6/10

Adrenalized soap opera, bloody pulp fiction, highly complex characters…” For seven seasons, an all-star slate of television directors deftly navigated the challenging gauntlet set forth in Kurt Sutter’s Shakespearean biker drama, Sons of Anarchy — a series that featured some of television’s most gruesome violence and debauchery, while also tenderly exploring the dynamics of power, legacy, and family through a thoughtful lens. From alumni of The Shield to seasoned veterans, this group of directors reunite to reflect upon their craft, their methods of navigating the tonal shifts of this darkly funny series, and the lessons learned from their time with the Men of Mayhem.

Panelists: Kurt Sutter (Writer/Creator/Director/EP), Paris Barclay (Director/EP), Guy Ferland (Director), Adam Arkin (Director/Actor)
Moderator: Mandi Bierly (Yahoo! TV)

Too Close to Home presented by The Syndication Project

Too Close to Home presented by The Syndication Project

Date: Friday, 6/9

Inspiration for a story can be drawn from an infinite amount of places, one of which is the writer’s own personal experience. These writers discuss storylines they’ve created or by happenstance been assigned to that have mirrored parts of their own lives, how they walked the line between truth and fiction, and how they personally tackled subjects that might be a little too close to home.

Panelists: Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected), David Hudgins (Parenthood), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), Robia Rashid (Atypical)
Moderator: Natalie Abrams (Entertainment Weekly)