ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL OPENS WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF TNT’S “LEGENDS”

DATE:           Tuesday, March 6, 2014
CONTACT:  Brandy Fons, Publicist
E-MAIL:       brandy@fonspr.com

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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL OPENS WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF TNT’S “LEGENDS”

Festival Takes Place June 5th-June 8th

Austin, TX- Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – ATX Television Festival is thrilled to announce Opening Night Programming, courtesy of TNT. Season Three of the festival will kick off with the world premiere of the first episode of the highly anticipated, suspense-filled drama Legends, with several cast members in attendance. TNT is home to more hit dramas than any other cable network, making it a promotional perfect partner for ATX Television Festival, which takes place June 5-8 in Austin, TX.

“We’re extremely excited to be participating in the 2014 ATX Television Festival,” said Tricia Melton, senior vice president of entertainment marketing and branding for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We look forward to introducing some of TNT’s new and current shows to an audience of television fans and creators, as well as hearing their feedback about the work we’re doing.”

Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Sean Bean (Game of ThronesThe Lord of the Rings) stars in Legends, TNT’s new, suspense-filled drama based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell. Bean plays Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division. Martin has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. But he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be. Legends also stars Ali Larter (Heroes) as Crystal Quest, a fellow operative who has a history with Martin; Morris Chestnut (American Horror StoryNurse Jackie) as Tony Cimarro, a smart, quick-witted and charming DCO agent; Tina Majorino (Grey’s AnatomyTrue Blood) as Maggie Harris, the newest member of the DCO team; Steve Harris (The PracticeAwake) as Nelson Gates, the director of the DCO Task Force; and Amber Valletta (Revenge) as Sonya Odum, Martin’s ex-wife; and Mason Cook (The Lone Ranger) as Martin’s pre-teen son, Aiden. Legends is being produced by Fox 21, with Howard Gordon (Homeland24), Alexander Cary (HomelandLie to Me) and Jonathan Levin (Charmed) and Brad Turner (24) serving as executive producers, along with show runner David Wilcox (Fringe). The Legends pilot was written by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor), who developed the story with Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds) and Mark Bomback (The Wolverine). The pilot was directed by David Semel (American Horror Story). The New Series premieres Wednesday Aug. 13, at 9PM on TNT.

For the first time, ATX Festival has made single tickets available for limited events at the STATE THEATER.   All single tickets are priced at $15, and include Everwood Reunion, 25th Anniversary Reunion of Hey Dude, and the Achievement In Television Excellence award presented to Henry Winkler.  More information can be found on both the ATX Festival website and Austin Theater website.

In addition to single tickets, Day Passes are now available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at $99/day.  Day Passes gain access to all screenings/panels at the festival.

ATX Television Festival will showcase TNT throughout the festival in various ways, including a screenings of Dallas,with actors Brenda Strong and Julie Gonzalo scheduled to be in attendance, and Franklin & Bash, with actors Mark Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer scheduled to attend. Attendees are encouraged to watch TNT to discover series featured at the festival both before attending and after.

Turner Broadcasting will also bring TBS’s Sullivan & Son Season 3 premiere to the ATX Television Festival ahead its air date on June 24. Cast members Steve Byrne, Jodi long and Christine Ebersole will join Executive Producer Peter Billingsley in attendance.

Badges to ATX Television Festival are available for purchase here.  Weekend Badges are now available for $225.

ATX Television Festival is now accepting press credential applications.  To register for press credentials for ATX Television Festival 2014 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 30.  Please note all applications are subject to approval.

For the latest developments, tickets and badges visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.comand 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 TNT

TNT is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 101 million households and ranking among cable’s top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes,Falling Skies, Perception, Dallas and Franklin & Bash. TNT’s upcoming slate of scripted dramas includes the original series Legends, The Last Ship, Murder in the First and The Librarians, as well as Transporter The Series, which will make its U.S. television debut on the network this fall. TNT also features dramatic unscripted originals like Cold Justice,APB with Troy Dunn, Private Lives of Nashville Wives, Save Our Business and Inside Job, as well as the upcoming On the Menu and Wake Up Call. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Hawaii Five-0, Castle, The Mentalist, Bones and Supernatural; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

TNT is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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