ATX Television Festival Announces 2013 Programming Including First Ever ‘BOY MEETS WORLD’ Cast Reunion and World Premiere Screenings

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DATE:           November 1, 2012
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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 PROGRAMMING INCLUDING FIRST EVER ‘BOY MEETS WORLD’ CAST REUNION AND WORLD PREMIERE SCREENINGS 

Southwest Airlines Confirmed As Official Airline Of ATX Television Festival 

Austin, TX-Thursday, March 28, 2013 – ATX Television Festival, the first festival devoted to television’s history and future, is pleased to announce the initial wave of programming, including world premieres for several new shows and season openers, as well as a highly anticipated first ever cast reunion of Boy Meets World.  In addition, Southwest Airlines will be the official airline provider of the festival.  The 2013 festival will take place June 6-9 in Austin, TX.

Joining creator Michael Jacobs (who will also feature past hits: Dinosaurs, Charles in Charge and My Two Dads) will be Ben Savage (Cory Matthews), Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), Matt Lawrence (Jack Hunter), Maitland Ward (Rachel McGuire), and yet to be announced Special Guests that will not disappoint for the cast reunion.

“I’m grateful to the ATX Television Festival for including Boy and Girl Meets World this year. The incredible outpouring of feeling for the original show, and anticipation for the new one makes us only want to work harder to create something that audiences old and new will appreciate,” said series creator Michael Jacobs.

Boy Meets World ripped away my childhood and ruined me as an adult. Wait, reverse that,” said cast member Rider Strong.  “I’m so happy to be a part of ATX Television Festival.  Boy Meets world was a magical time in my life and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that it still resonates with people.”

ATX Television Festival is excited to welcome three new networks bringing premiere programming to the second annual festival.  AMC will bring both a new series and a returning favorite, including the pilot episode for Low Winter Sun with several cast members including Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Hung), and executive producer Chris Mundy (Cold Case, Criminal Minds).  In addition, the Emmy® Award nominated series Hell On Wheels will be at the festival to promote its upcoming third season.  TNT will also participate in the festival for the first time with the world premiere of the first episode of season two of Perception, with cast members Rachael Leigh Cook and Scott Wolf and show creator Kenneth Biller, along with the first episode of season three of Falling Skies, with cast members in attendance.  The third network making its first appearance at the ATX Television Festival is IFC with the first episode of season two of their popular talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! with host/star Scott Aukerman in attendance.  Please see below for a list of additional confirmed programming and guests and stay tuned for additional programming announcements.

ATX Television Festival Confirmed Series:

  • $5.15/hour (unaired pilot)
    • Richard Linklater, America Ferrera
  • Animation Domination High-Def (FOX)
    • Cast TBD
  • Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC)
    • Scott Aukerman
  • Falling Skies (TNT) **
    • Cast TBD
  • Friday Night Lights (NBC)
    • Scott Porter, Matt Lauria, David Hudgins
  • Heat Vision & Jack (unaired pilot + never before seen “making of” documentary)
    • Rob Schrab
  • Hart Of Dixie (CW)
    • Leila Gerstein, Scott Porter
  • Hell on Wheels (AMC)
    • Cast TBD
  • Low Winter Sun (AMC Pilot)
    • Lennie James, Chris Mundy
  • Nomads (unaired pilot from Scott Free Productions)
    • Scott Porter
  • NTSF:SD:SUV:: (Adult Swim) **
  •        Paul Scheer
  • The Mindy Project (FOX)
    • TBD
  • New Girl (FOX)
    • TBD
  • Once Upon a Time (ABC)
    • Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
  • Perception (TNT) **
    • Kenneth Biller, Rachael Leigh Cook, Scott Wolf
  • Raising Hope (FOX)
    • Martha Plimpton, Lucas Neff, Garret Dillahunt, Shannon Woodward
  • Revenge (ABC)
    •  TBD
  • The Riches (FTVS)
    • Shannon Woodward, + TBD
  • Scandal (ABC)
    •  Joshua Malina, Dan Bucatinksy
  • Sullivan and Son (TBS)**
    • Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Ahmed Ahmed, Roy Wood Jr., Peter Billingsley
  • The Vampire Diaries (CW)
    • Julie Plec, Arielle Kebbel

** Indicates premiere screening

New Confirmed Special Guests, please visit the ATX Television Festival website for complete list:

  • Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time)
  • Ahmed Ahmed (Sullivan and Son)
  • America Ferrera ($5.15/Hour)
  • Ben Savage (Boy Meets World)
  • Bess Armstrong (My So Called Life)
  • Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal)
  • David Madden (President of Fox Television Studios)
  • Devon Gummersall (My So Called Life)
  • Edward Kitsis (Once Upon a Time)
  • Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope)
  • Joshua Malina (Scandal)
  • Kenneth Biller (Perception)
  • Lucas Neff (Raising Hope)
  • Maitland Ward (Boy Meets World)
  • Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
  • Matthew Lawrence (Boy Meets World)
  • Owen Benjamin (Sullivan and Son)
  • Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV::)
  • Rachael Leigh Cook (Perception)
  • Richard Linklater ($5.15/hour)
  • Rider Strong (Boy Meets World)
  • Rob Schrab (Heat Vision & Jack)
  • Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars)
  • Roy Wood Jr. (Sullivan and Son)
  • Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!)
  • Scott Grimes (Party of Five)
  • Scott Wolf (Party of Five/Perception)
  • Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope, The Riches)
  • Steve Byrne (Sullivan and Son)

ATX Television Festival is thrilled to have Southwest Airlines as the official airline of the festival.   Southwest Airlines represents the fun-loving community vibe that the festival associates itself with and hopes to provide to all attendees throughout the weekend.  Southwest Airlines provides low-cost nonstop flights to Austin from a number of cities around the country.  In addition, to kick off the festival, Southwest will host a Party Plane from Los Angeles to Austin for cast members of the series showcased at the festival to fly together along with unsuspecting travelers.  Southwest Airlines will launch a contest in May for a lucky television fan to win two round-trip domestic tickets to Austin, hotel accommodations, as well as two Weekend Badges to the festival.  Sign up for the ATX Television Festival mailing list and follow @ATXFestival on Twitter for more information on this contest, as well as additional “LUV” from Southwest Airlines.

In addition to the events, sponsors, and attendees listed above, ATX Television Festival is also thrilled to announce the following sponsorship from Hops & Grain brewery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Treaty Oak Distilling, KIND Bars, Cuvee Coffee, Alt Creative Web Design, Cornucopia Popcorn, Girl Around Town, The CW Austin/KXAN.

Tickets to ATX Television Festival are available for purchase here.  Weekend Badges are $169 and Screening Badges are $75.  Ticket prices will increase on April 15.  ATX Television Festival is accepting volunteer applications.  Interested volunteers can apply here: http://atxfestival.com/volunteer 

ATX Television Festival is now accepting press credential applications.  To register for press credentials for ATX Television Festival 2013 please send your name and outlet as well as a letter of assignment from your editor or a business card to atxfestivalpress@fonspr.com for consideration.  The deadline to apply for press credentials is Friday, May 31.  Please note all applications are subject to approval.

For the latest developments visit the ATX Television Festival Website, Facebook & Twitter.

About ATX Television Festival

Festivals create communities; so does Television.  Whether a series lasts 10 episodes or 10 years, it establishes a long-standing community of followers.  ATX Television Festival celebrates the television medium by creating opportunities for fans and industry to come together to watch and discuss the series they love by taking the “water cooler” conversation public.

Through screenings that span classic shows, never aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits, and premieres of new series that are followed by cast/crew Q&A’s, along with a variety of panels on industry topics, ATX Television Festival is a place to experience TV’s past, present, and future. Throughout the weekend, the festival and its sponsors host parties, live music, meet-ups, and community events.  ATX Television Festival serves both the community and industry professionals equally by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

 

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