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The Pitch Competition presented by Southwest Airlines

The Pitch Competition presented by Southwest Airlines

Date: Friday, June 7

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!

Judges:
Jenny Bicks (Creator, Men In Trees), Tracy Underwood (Senior Vice President, ABC Signature), Stephen Falk (Creator/Writer/Executive Producer/Director, ​You’re the Worst), Sahar Vahedi (Director of Development, Blumhouse Television); Carina Adly MacKenzie (Showrunner/EP, Roswell, New Mexico); Nancy Cotton (EVP, Head of Scripted Programming, EPIX); Additional TBA

Welcome to TV Camp for Grown Ups!

Welcome to TV Camp for Grown Ups!

Date: Thursday, June 6

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 8!

Panelists: Special Guests

Moderators:
Caitlin McFarland & Emily Gipson (Co-Founders & Executive Directors, ATX Television Festival) 

Game On: A Look at How Competition Series Get Made

Game On: A Look at How Competition Series Get Made

Date: Friday, June 7

The dramatic backstories. The elaborate productions. The showmanship. Get an inside look at the creative & technical process behind your favorite competition shows, and the ways in which they continue to defy “peak TV”.

Panelists: Julie Pizzi (Co-Executive Producer, The Challenge); Andrew Llinares (Executive Producer, Dancing With the Stars); Nicolle Yaron (Executive Producer, Making It) 

Moderator: Emily Longeretta (Us Weekly) 

UNPRODUCED: Live Script Reading & Look Inside the Pilot Process

UNPRODUCED: Live Script Reading & Look Inside the Pilot Process

Date: Friday, June 7

Come hear the live pilot script reading of WANNABES an un-produced half hour dramedy pilot by Courtney and Edward Kirkpatrick, with ATX panelists as the special guest cast. Set in 1997 Fort Worth, Texas: WANNABES is the story of 18-year-old Chloe — a should-be rockstar with one foot out of the closet — and the band she all but wills into existence. It’s about growing up, chasing down your dreams, and being full of more dumb, wild hope then you’ll ever have again in your life. Following the reading, Courtney and Edward will be joined by additional showrunners for a conversation on writing pilots, the difference between writing on spec vs for hire, the process of changing a show’s structure, and what happens after the script is complete

Cast: Haley Tju (Chloe); Arielle Kebbel (Anirta), Nick Wechsler (Judd); Lincoln Younes (Wes), Jamie Denbo (Chloe/Parker’s Mom), Stacey Oristano (Jennifer/ Sorority Girl / Fuente Grande Manager); Katherine Willis (Libby/ Wes’ Mom / Serena Atschul); Josh Chisom – Banks; Carlo Lorenzo Garcia (Connor/Chloe’s Stepdad)

Panelists: Courtney Kirkpatrick & Edward Kirkpatrick (co-creators/writers); Graham Yost (Justified); Rachel Rusch (Senior Vice President of Television, Bad Robot); Laura Chinn (Creator/EP/Actor, Florida Girls), Anna Fricke (Writer/Co-EP, Men In Trees)

Moderator: Daniel Fienberg (The Hollywood Reporter)

TV’s Top 5 LIVE presented by <i>The Hollywood Reporter</I>

TV’s Top 5 LIVE presented by The Hollywood Reporter

Date: Thursday, June 6

The Hollywood Reporter‘s West Coast TV Editor Lesley Goldberg and Chief TV Critic Daniel Fienberg join forces for TV’s Top 5, a podcast offering a deep dive into the week’s biggest TV stories and best shows. She’s a reporter! He’s a critic! They both eat, sleep and breathe TV. Come be a part of their first-ever live podcast, including special guests and a lively Q&A.

Panelists: Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV Editor, The Hollywood Reporter), Daniel Fienberg (Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter), additional TBA

Storytellers on the Frontlines of Change: The Refugee & Asylum Seeker Crisis presented by Amnesty International

Storytellers on the Frontlines of Change: The Refugee & Asylum Seeker Crisis presented by Amnesty International

Date: Saturday, June 8

As the crisis at the border continues, Amnesty International has been mobilizing and uniting people to welcome refugees and asylum seekers who are fleeing violence and persecution. Too often, these people are portrayed in politics and in the media as two-dimensional tropes — victims or villains — without a platform or access to tell their own stories. So what is the role of television in breaking down these harmful stereotypes? Join us for a conversation with writers & advocates to discuss how to restore agency to refugees and asylum seekers through inclusive representation, multi-faceted characters, and humanist narratives.

Panelists: 
Elisabeth R. Finch (Co-EP/Writer, Grey’s Anatomy), Alexander Woo (co-creator/showrunner/executive producer, The Terror: Infamy); Rafael Agustin (Writer, Jane the Virgin), Mike Royce (Creator/Writer/EP, One Day at a Time) 

Moderator: Ashley Houghton​ (Tactical Campaigns Manager, Amnesty International​)

The Good Place: The Podcast

The Good Place: The Podcast

Date: Sunday, June 9

ATX is hosting a deep-dive into “The Good Place: The Podcast,” the official companion podcast of NBC’s “The Good Place,” featuring a conversation with host/actor Marc Evan Jackson and star D’Arcy Carden. The podcast, which launched in 2018, features weekly episodes with cast & creatives from the series discussing behind-the-scenes stories, episode insights, and anecdotes.

Panelists: Marc Evan Jackson (actor, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and D’Arcy Carden (actor,The Good Place)

Moderator: Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel) 

Most Likely to Make You Laugh

Most Likely to Make You Laugh

Date: Saturday, June 8

Join ATX for a conversation with the exceptionally funny women of NBC’s critically-acclaimed hit comedies “The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Superstore.”

Panelists: D’Arcy Carden (actor, The Good Place), Melissa Fumero (actor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Lauren Ash (actor, Superstore)

Moderator: Marc Evan Jackson (actor, The Good Place, Brooklyn 99)

Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health on TV

Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health on TV

Date: Saturday, June 8

TV series broaching stories of mental health and mental illness are on the rise, from anxiety and depression to bipolar disorder and PTSD. By exploring everything from diagnosis and treatment, to daily ups-and-downs, they’re bringing to light what often goes unsaid: the journey towards mental health is universal. Join the writers from a few of TV’s bravest, smartest, weirdest, kindest, most challenging series for an honest discussion about destigmatizing the conversation around mental illness, and breaking open the incredibly un-universal notion of ‘normal.’

Panelists: Stephen Falk (creator/writer/EP/director, You’re the Worst), Mike Royce (creator/writer/EP, One Day at a Time), Arielle Kebbel (actor, Midnight, Texas), Meredith Averill (Co-Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer, The Haunting of Hill House)

Moderator: Ben Travers (IndieWire)

Better With Age: Growing Older on TV presented by Hollywood Health & Society

Better With Age: Growing Older on TV presented by Hollywood Health & Society

Date: Sunday, June 9 

As the spectrum of inclusivity on TV grows, so has the number of shows exploring later-in-life narratives. Never before has there been such an array of characters who redefine what life is like after sixty-five. From series that center on the senior experience, to characters who are part of a multi-generational story, to unpredictable yet relatable solo journeys — join the writers and actors behind these fully-formed, authentic characters for a timeless discussion about aging onscreen.

Panelists: Sarah Thompson (writer, How to Get Away With Murder), Mike Royce (creator/writer, One Day at a Time), Brent Miller (EP, One Day at a Time), Mimi Kennedy (actor, Mom)

Moderator: Kate Langrall Folb (Director, Hollywood Health & Society)