ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HENRY WINKLER TO RECEIVE THE FIRST EVER ACHIEVEMENT IN TELEVISION EXCELLENCE AWARD

DATE:           Friday, March 28, 2014
CONTACT:  Brandy Fons, Publicist
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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HENRY WINKLER TO RECEIVE THE FIRST EVER ACHIEVEMENT IN TELEVISION EXCELLENCE AWARD

Netflix to present exclusive daily panels at ATX Television Festival.

BBC America’s Orphan Black Co-Creators, and Ray Romano are just some of the additions to this year’s high profile line up

ATX Television Festival

June 5-8, 2014

Austin, TX— Friday, March 28, 2014 ATX Television Festival celebrates and honors television’s past, present, and future.  This year the festival will expand to recognize an individual’s contributions by presenting the first Achievement in Television Excellence award to Henry Winkler.

Henry Winkler began his career on iconic series including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and Rhoda, before creating an iconic character himself with Arther “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days. Winkler has continued to reinvent himself as unforgettable characters on the small screen, guest starring in shows including The Practice, Childrens Hospital, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Royal Pains.   He has also worn the hat of Executive Producer on various series, including MacGyver, and currently has a series in development, The Winklers, with his son Max Winkler and Everybody Loves Raymond creator, Phil Rosenthal.

Henry Winkler’s body of work encompasses all the standards that make up ATX Television Festival: genuine, thoughtful, expansive, and entertaining.  He will receive the first Achievement in Television Excellence award this June 5-8, 2014 in a ceremony and conversation with the icon himself.

2014’s festival programming has taken content for fans to the next level by adding a variety of culturally appetizing programming for a wide appeal.

“Each year we strive to surpass previous year’s expectations in terms of showcasing programming from fan-favorite and premiere series.  This year we are excited to add new networks like SundanceTV and BBC America, as well as continuing our partnership with Netflix, to appeal to a wide variety of audiences.” – ATX Festival Co-Founders, Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland.

BBC America’s ORPHAN BLACK Co-Creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett will attend with a new episode from Season 2. MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE’s Creator Mike Royce and star/co-creator Ray Romano will showcase their cancelled-too-soon series. And Comedy Central will bring their hit REVIEW to this year’s Festival along with Director/Writer/Producer Jeffrey Blitz and star Andy Daly.

To round out the incredible line-up, ABC’S Revenge with TBA cast members, CBS’ Reckless with creator Dana Stevens and actors Cam Gigandet and Anna Wood, TBS’ Sullivan & Son, Friday Night Lights stars Derek Phillips, Stacey Oristano and Louanne Stephens, and Austin favorite MY GENERATION with Producer/Writer Noah Hawley and TBA cast members. In addition, previously announced SundanceTV series, RECTIFY will now include Executive Producer Mark Johnson and star Abigail Spencer.

ATX Television Festival continually sets the standard while reuniting your beloved television show casts in never seen before reunions. Last year, the popular show Boy Meets World reunited on the red carpet for the first time in years. It was announced that EVERWOOD and HEY DUDE would make history by bringing the cast back together for a special night together reunited here in Austin. Joining cast members and writers will be HEY DUDE’s own Melody, better known as, Christine Taylor.

Please see below for the current list and stay tuned for additional programming announcements.

Confirmed Guests:

Amy Sherman Palladino, Creator/Writer: Gilmore Girls, Bunheads

Graham Yost, Creator/Executive Producer/Writer: Raines, Boomtown, Justified, Hey Dude

Carlton Cuse, Executive Producer/Writer: Bates Motel, Lost

Kerry Ehrin, Executive Producer/Writer: Bates Motel, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, The Wonder Years, Moonlighting

Ben Blacker, Nerdist Writers Panel

Kyle Killen, Creator/Writer: Lone Star, Awake, Mind Games

Liz Tigelaar, Creator/Writer: Bates Motel, Life Unexpected, Nashville

Julie Plec, Creator/Writer: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Tomorrow People

Richard Hatem, Writer: Grimm, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Andrew Miller, Creator/Writer: The Secret Circle

David Hudgins, Executive Producer/Writer: Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Everwood

Bryan Seabury, VP of Drama Development at CBS

Paul Scheer, Creator/Writer/Actor: The League, NTSF:SD:SUV

Tim Doyle, Executive Producer/Writer: Last Man Standing, Roseanne, Ellen

Arielle Kebbel, Actor: The Vampire Diaries, Gilmore Girls

Scott Porter, Actor: Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights

David Semel, Director/Producer: Hemlock Grove, Homeland, Intelligence, American Dreams, Dawson’s Creek

Just Added:

Graeme Manson, Creator: Orphan Black

John Fawcett, Creator: Orphan Black

Ray Romano, Actor: Parenthood, Men of Certain Age

Mike Royce, Creator: Men of Certain Age

Derek Phillips, Actor: Friday Night Lights

Stacey Oristano, Actor: Friday Night Lights, Bunheads

Louanne Stephens, Actor: Friday Night Lights

Dana Wheeler Nicholson, Actor: Friday Night Lights

Abigail Spencer, Actor: Rectify

Mark Johnson, Executive Producer: Rectify

Noah Hawley, Writer/Producer: Fargo, My Generation

Christine Taylor, Actor: Hey Dude

Andy Daly, Actor: Review

Jeffrey Blitz, Director/Writer/Producer: Review

Dana Stevens, Creator/Executive Producer/Writer: Reckless

Anna Wood, Actor: Reckless

Cam Gigandet, Actor: Reckless

Confirmed Series:

Orphan Black from BBC America – Recently added

Reckless from CBS – Recently added

Review from Comedy Central – Recently added

Sullivan & Son from TBS – Recently added

Men of A Certain Age from TNT – Recently added

My Generation from ABC – Recently added

Revenge from ABC – Recently Added

Bates Motel from A&E

Rectify from SundanceTV

Everwood

Hey Dude

Justified

Including Programming from participating Network/Studios:

ABC

A&E

Adult Swim

AMC

BBC America

CBS

Comedy Central

FOX

FX

Hasbro Studios

Netflix

SundanceTV

TBS

TNT

ATX Television Festival is also pleased to announce presenting sponsors Netflix and Southwest Airlines joining on to celebrate the festival’s third year

ATX Television Festival is thrilled to have Southwest Airlines as the official airline of the festival.  Southwest Airlines has been a devote supporter of the festival and with their community-oriented autonomy it makes for a perfect match. This year Netflix will headline daily television panels highlighting top talent in the television community. The Netflix panels will give fans first-hand insight into their favorite shows and provide a unique experience sure to please the avid television fan.

In addition to the panels, sponsors, and attendees listed above, ATX Television Festival is also thrilled to announce sponsorship from Texas Film Commission, GLAAD, Casting Society of

America, Arts + Labor, Strong Events, Bulleit Bourbon, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Cuvee Coffee.

Badges to ATX Television Festival are available for purchase here.  Weekend Badges are now available for $175 for a limited time, then will increase to $225.

For the latest developments, tickets and badges visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion please link to @ATXFestival #Season3 on Twitter

 

About ATX Television Festival

Our focus is on the celebration of the television medium: looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.  Our weekend consists of events where attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite series to the small screen.

We have all the functionality of a traditional film festival — spotlighting classic shows, never aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits, and premieres of new series.  In addition, we focus on episode screenings with Q&A’s from the cast and creators; panels focused on industry related topics like streaming and innovative outlets to continue production outside of the network/studio system; and will include parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events, and “super secret happy hours.” Ultimately, ATX has the goal of serving both the community and industry professionals equally by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

About Southwest Airlines

In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line thinking that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of the People who work there and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the Planet.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 44 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Casting Society of America

CSA currently boasts more than 600 members. CSA Casting Directors and Associates work around the world, with members based in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, India, Australia and Africa. CSA acts as a global resource for producers, directors and creative teams seeking casting professionals, promotes the image of casting directors and associates worldwide, engages in a number of charitable activities, and supports its members by sharing important and helpful professional information of common interest.

About GLAAD

GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

About BBC America

BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including two Emmy® Awards, five Golden Globes® and eleven Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in 80 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online,www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist. Find out more by visiting www.press.bbcamerica.com or follow us on www.twitter.com/bbcamerica.

 

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