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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SUPPORTING PARTNERSHIP AND ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FROM LONGTIME PARTNER HBO FOR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, “ATX TV…FROM THE COUCH!”

May 26, 2020

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SUPPORTING PARTNERSHIP AND
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FROM LONGTIME PARTNER HBO
FOR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, “ATX TV…FROM THE COUCH!” 

ATX Adds Panelists for Opening Night “Perry Mason” Conversation,
“Room 104” Creatives, “I May Destroy You,” “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,”
and “A Black Lady Sketch Show” Creator Robin Thede

 

AUSTIN, Texas – ATX Television Festival has announced major partnership and additional programming with HBO that continues a longtime relationship between the prestige network and the festival for its first-ever completely virtual festival, which will take place June 5-7, 2020. Register for the festival HERE

“We can still remember getting HBO’s support for the first ever physical festival in 2012 (we may have cried).  We were told then that they wanted to say in Year 10 that they were there from the beginning.  We aren’t quite to our 10th Season, but as we completely pivot to virtual, HBO has stayed by our side. We’ll miss seeing them at the Paramount Theater on Opening Night, but we’re excited to have them heavily represented in ATX TV…from the Couch! We were blown away (but not surprised) by their support of us in every way including their phenomenal programming.” — Caitlin McFarland, Co Founder ATX TV Festival

“ATX has always been a unique destination, devoted to the celebration of television.  Whether virtually or in Austin, we are delighted to continue our relationship.”– Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming. 

HBO’s programming for the virtual festival will include:

The previously announced marquee conversation for the new HBO drama series “Perry Mason” will serve as Opening Night of the virtual festival, streaming Friday, June 5th at 8pm CT. Confirmed panelists include creators/executive producers Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, executive producer Susan Downey, executive producer/director Tim Van Patten, producer/star Matthew Rhys, and cast members Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, and Shea Whigham. “Perry Mason” premieres June 21st on HBO. 

The festival will also feature a conversation with the creatives of “Room 104,” the anthology series from Mark and Jay Duplass, which returns to HBO on July 24th. The panel will include Mark Duplass, who serves as co-creator/EP/writer/director/star and songwriter/performer in the upcoming season, as well as EP/director Sydney Fleischmann, EP/writer/director Mel Eslyn, co-EP/composer/writer/director Julian Wass, director Karan Soni, and director Natalie Morales, who will discuss their various creative journeys throughout the series and collaboration on its fourth and final season. 

HBO’s new half-hour series “I May Destroy You” will host a conversation with creator/executive producer/star Michaela Coel (“Chewing Gum”). Premiering June 7, the fearless, frank and provocative series explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation.

Viewers will also get a first look at “I’ll Be Gone In the Dark,” the network’s six-part documentary series based on the book of the same name, exploring author Michelle McNamara’s investigation into the dark world of the violent predator she dubbed “The Golden State Killer.” Filmmakers Liz Garbus, Elizabeth Wolff, Myles Kane, and Josh Koury will participate in a conversation about constructing the series through a combination of McNamara’s own words, extensive archival footage and police files as well as exclusive new interviews with detectives, survivors and family members of the killer. “I’ll Be Gone In the Dark” premieres June 28th on HBO. 

In addition, creator/showrunner/executive producer/actor Robin Thede (“A Black Lady Sketch Show”) will join “Showrunners: State of the Union,” a panel conversation with TV’s top showrunners about the current (and future) state of TV, production, and leadership within the industry. The panel will air live on Sunday, June 7th. 

Previously announced programming includes:

  • “Scrubs” Retrospective
  • “Cougar Town” Conversation with Busy Philipps & Christa Miller
  • “The Bold Type” (Freeform)
  • “Nancy Drew” (The CW)
  • “New Amsterdam” (NBC / Universal Television)
  • “P-Valley” Exclusive First Look with Creatives & Cast (Starz)
  • “The Pivot” presented by Television Academy 
  • “Channel Changers: A Conversation with TV’s Presidents” 
  • “Celebrating Authentic Stories” panel with Latinx creators
  • “Inside the Writers Zoom Room” panel with showrunners & writers
  • A Conversation on Mental Health & Addiction Storylines presented by Hollywood Health & Society panel
  • A Conversation on Voter Suppression & Election Year Issues presented with ACLU
  • “Outcry” (Showtime)
  • “Extravaganza” with the Cast of “Legendary” (HBO Max)
  • “Search Party” Table Read (HBO Max)
  • “Justified” Retrospective (FX Networks)
  • “Live with OneChicago” (Peacock and Wolf Entertainment)
  • “Psych” (Peacock)
  • “One Day at a Time” (Pop TV and Sony Pictures Television)
  • “Little Fires Everywhere” Writers Room
  • “Torchlighters” Conversation with Female Creatives and Executives
  • “The End,” a Look Back at Series That Ended in 2020

Registration for the virtual festival is now open. For the latest developments and information on “ATX TV…from the Couch,” visit the ATX Television Festival official site atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

 For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival #TVTogether on Twitter.

Panelist appearances/schedules are based on availability and are not guaranteed. All Programming and Events are subject to change.

ABOUT ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL
ATX’s focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our festival consists of events in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows 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 feature episodic screenings and Q&As with series cast and creators, topical panel discussions, parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.” ATX’s goal is to serve both fans and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV as one community.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival. All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and at atvxp.com/podcasts. 

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson // ATX@sunshinesachs.com

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, “ATX TV…FROM THE COUCH!”

May 22, 2020

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING
FOR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, “ATX TV…FROM THE COUCH!”

New Additions include a Marquee Panel for HBO’s “Perry Mason,”
And Conversations with Cast and Creatives from
FX on Hulu’s “Justified,” Peacock’s “Psych,” Pop TV’s “One Day at a Time,”
HBO Max’s “Legendary” and “Search Party,”
Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,”
Peacock and Wolf Entertainment’s “OneChicago” Franchise, and More

 

AUSTIN, Texas – ATX Television Festival has announced additional programming for its first-ever completely virtual festival, which will take place June 5-7, 2020. Register for the festival HERE.  

ATX TV… from the Couch!” will include three days of conversations with cast and creatives from various series, industry-forward panels with showrunners and executives, sneak previews of upcoming series, and virtual events such as TV trivia and a music showcase. The event will stream for free on ATX’s official YouTube channel, with an option for viewers to donate to fundraising efforts for​ Direct Relief and​ The Actors Fund ​in an effort to benefit those affected by COVID-19.

“In choosing to go virtual, we knew this was also an opportunity to raise awareness and support for those who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. It was important for us to partner with organizations that support the industry we are celebrating and the healthcare workers that are on the front line. That’s why we chose The Actors Fund and Direct Relief respectively to support. We are in awe of the work these organizations are doing to help those in need, and are honored to be partnering with them during ATX TV…from the Couch!” said Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland, Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors.  

Longtime ATX partner HBO will present a marquee panel conversation with the cast and creatives of “Perry Mason” in a first look at the network’s new summer drama, which premieres Sunday June 21. Set in 1932 Los Angeles, the series tells the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason, based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels. The series is executive produced by Tim Van Patten, Ron Fitzgerald, Rolin Jones, Amanda Burrell, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Joe Horacek. Participants will be announced soon.  

Showtime will return to ATX with a look at the upcoming sports docu-series, “Outcry,” which examines the gripping story of high school football star Greg Kelley and a quest for truth and justice in central Texas. The five-part series follows Kelley’s conviction for sexual assault of a four-year-old boy and sentence of 25 years in prison with no possibility for parole, and the subsequent groundswell of support that emerges, calling into question the investigation, the prosecution’s tactics and ultimately, the validity of the conviction. Emmy award-winning director and executive producer Pat Kondelis (Creative Director, Unscripted, Bat Bridge Entertainment), will join the festival for a conversation about the making of the series, and its significance to both a local Texas community and national conversations on justice reform. 

ATX will also feature a panel “Extravaganza” with the cast from the new HBO Max original series, “Legendary.” Pulling directly from the underground ballroom community, the series showcases voguing teams (aka “houses”) who must compete in unbelievable balls and showcase sickening fashion in order to achieve “legendary” status. Panelists will be announced soon. “Legendary” premieres May 27 on HBO Max.  

In addition, the festival will feature a virtual table read event with the executive producers and cast of “Search Party” ahead of the show’s debut on the new streaming platform HBO Max. Previously aired seasons one and two of the comedy thriller “Search Party” will be available when HBO Max launches on May 27, and the all-new third season premieres June 25. The “Search Party” producers and cast will perform a script reading of the dramatic season two finale, followed by an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season. Confirmed talent includes series creators and EPs Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss, as well as stars Alia Shawkat, Meredith Hagner, John Early, John Reynolds and Brandon Micheal Hall. 

FX Networks will present a “Justified” retrospective to celebrate the series’ recent addition to the expansive FX on Hulu library. The panel will include a look back at the series with creator/showrunner/executive producer Graham Yost, director/executive producer Michael Dinner, executive producer Sarah Timberman, and stars Timothy Olyphant and Joelle Carter. “Justified” is available to stream now on FX on Hulu.  

Peacock and Wolf Entertainment will host a ​“Live with OneChicago”​ conversation with “Chicago Fire” showrunner/executive producer ​Derek Haas ​and cast members​ Jesse Spencer​ (“Chicago Fire”) and LaRoyce Hawkins​ (“Chicago P.D.”) from across the hit “OneChicago” franchise ahead of the platform’s July launch. The group will discuss the increasingly interconnected world of the three series, and the larger Wolf Entertainment world established by prolific creator/executive producer Dick Wolf. Additional panelists will be announced soon. 

Peacock will also host a “Psych” panel with creators Steve Franks and Chris Henze, as well as cast members James Roday, Dulé Hill, Kirsten Nelson, Maggie Lawson and Corbin Bernsen ahead of the premiere of “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home” on the platform this summer. “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home” is produced by UCP in association with Thruline Entertainment and will be available to stream July 15 upon the official launch of Peacock. 

ATX will include a conversation with the women of the critically acclaimed “One Day at a Time,” which is currently airing its fourth season on Pop TV. Showrunner/executive producer/director/actor Gloria Calderón Kellett, and cast members Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, and Isabella Gomez will join viewers for an informal brunch conversation to discuss the series’ upcoming animated special, “The Politics Episode,” which will air June 16th on Pop TV following a marathon of the current season.  

The festival will highlight the ways in which women support one another in television and extend their own networks to lift one another up with a special “Torchlighters” panel, led by Pacesetter principal and executive producer Jessica Rhoades (“Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story,” “Sharp Objects,” “Utopia”) and creator/showrunner/executive producer/director Marti Noxon (“Sharp Objects,” “Dietland,” “To the Bone”). Inspired by a speech from Natalie Portman at Variety’s 2018 Power of Women luncheon, the panel will bring together five established creatives to introduce five up-and-coming voices, in a discussion about the importance of forming a support system and using one’s own network to empower other women. Rhoades and Noxon will be joined by creator/showrunner/executive producer/director Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), creator/writer/executive producer Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“Truth Be Told”), Francesca Orsi (Executive Vice President and Head of Drama at HBO), writer Lindsey Villarreal (“Vida”), and writer Erika L Johnson (“The Village,” “The Good Lord Bird”), with additional panelists to be announced soon. 

The festival will also take viewers inside the writers room of “Little Fires Everywhere,” the Hulu original series based on the novel by Celeste Ng. Showrunner/executive producer Liz Tigelaar, co-executive producer/writer Attica Locke, co-executive producer/writer Raamla Mohamed, co-executive producer/writer Amy Talkington, co-executive producer/writer Nancy Won, writer/producer Shannon Houston, writer/producer Harris Danow, and writer/producer Rosa Handelman will discuss how they worked together to broach issues of race, sexuality, and class in ways that both built on and departed from the themes of Ng’s novel, and how their own life experiences informed how they brought the story from book to screen. All eight episodes of “Little Fires Everywhere” are streaming now on Hulu. 

ATX will also bid farewell to series that have ended or will end in 2020 with “The End,” a panel conversation about what it means to say goodbye to our favorite series and characters in a particularly tumultuous year. Creator/showrunner/executive producer Jason Rothenberg (“The 100”) and showrunner/creator/executive producer Martin Gero (“Blindspot”) are confirmed to participate. Additional panelists will be announced soon.  

Previously announced programming includes:

  • “Scrubs” Retrospective
  • “Cougar Town” Conversation with Busy Philipps & Christa Miller
  • “The Bold Type” (Freeform)
  • “Nancy Drew” (The CW)
  • “New Amsterdam” (NBC / Universal Television)
  • “P-Valley” Exclusive First Look with Creatives & Cast (Starz)
  • “The Pivot” presented by Television Academy 
  • “Channel Changers: A Conversation with TV’s Presidents” 
  • “Celebrating Authentic Stories” panel with Latinx creators
  • “Inside the Writers Zoom Room” panel with showrunners & writers
  • A Conversation on Mental Health & Addiction Storylines presented by Hollywood Health & Society panel
  • A Conversation on Voter Suppression & Election Year Issues presented with ACLU

Registration for the virtual festival is now open. For the latest developments and information on “ATX TV…from the Couch,” visit the ATX Television Festival official site atxfestival.com and follow us on FacebookTwitter.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival #TVTogether on Twitter.

Panelist appearances/schedules are based on availability and are not guaranteed. All Programming and Events are subject to change.

ABOUT ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL
ATX’s focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our festival consists of events in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows 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 feature episodic screenings and Q&As with series cast and creators, topical panel discussions, parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.” ATX’s goal is to serve both fans and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV as one community.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival. All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and at atvxp.com/podcasts. 

ABOUT DIRECT RELIEF
Direct Relief improves the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. 

Direct Relief is working in overdrive to get protective gear and essential medical resources to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for nurses and doctors across the U.S. and globally. Direct Relief has delivered millions of masks, gloves and other critically requested items to thousands of health facilities in more than 60 countries and all 50 United States. Direct Relief is also providing financial support to cover gaps and ensure continued services at primary care sites, and conducting analysis in collaboration with infectious disease experts and data scientists to inform public health efforts. More information is available here.

ABOUT THE ACTORS FUND
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund has provided more than $10.3 million in emergency financial assistance to over 8,729 people who work in performing arts and entertainment. With shutdowns on Broadway and in film and television, theater, concerts, dance, music and many other areas of entertainment, the need is great and growing. This emergency financial assistance is helping our most vulnerable and those in financial crisis with assistance for basic living expenses such as essential medications, to help prevent evictions, and to pay for food or utilities.

As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, The Actors Fund has temporarily transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. These services include: Artists Health Insurance Resource Center,The Career Center,Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance, as well as The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. To make a tax-deductible donation to The Actors Fund, visit www.actorsfund.org.

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson // ATX@sunshinesachs.com

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF PROGRAMMING FOR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, “ATX TV…FROM THE COUCH!”

May 14, 2020

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF PROGRAMMING
FOR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, “ATX TV…FROM THE COUCH!”

The Virtual Event will include Panels with Creatives & Cast from
Freeform’s “The Bold Type,” NBC’s “New Amsterdam,”
The CW’s “Nancy Drew,” Starz’s “P-Valley,”
“Scrubs,” and “Cougar Town”

Plus Timely Conversations on Physical and Mental Health, Election Year Issues,
Latinx Representation, and Creating During a Pandemic


 
AUSTIN, Texas –
ATX Television Festival has announced the first wave of programming for its first-ever completely virtual festival, which will take place June 5-7, 2020. Register for the festival HERE

ATX TV… from the Couch!” will include three days of conversations with cast and creatives from various series, industry-forward panels with showrunners and executives, sneak previews of upcoming series, and virtual events such as TV trivia and a music showcase. The event will be free to access via a linear stream on ATX’s official YouTube channel, with the option for viewers to donate to select organizations providing COVID-19 relief regionally and nationally. 

The festival’s virtual line-up will include panel conversations with cast and creatives from Freeform’s “The Bold Type,” which returns for season five in June; NBC’s hit drama “New Amsterdam,” which was recently renewed for three additional seasons at the network; and The CW’s mystery-drama “Nancy Drew.” 

Freeform’s “The Bold Type” will debut an early look at the show’s summer premiere (which airs June 11), followed by a conversation with showrunner/executive producer Wendy Straker-Hauser, and cast members Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy. In the upcoming episodes, Jane, Kat and Sutton all deal with the aftershocks of personal and professional developments.

NBC and Universal Television’s hit medical drama “New Amsterdam” will host a conversation about using fiction to navigate important conversations about health and healthcare access in underserved communities, and how recent storylines around heart health and rural & urban hospital care are particularly relevant in the time of COVID-19. The conversation will include director/executive producer Peter Horton, writer/executive producer David Foster, writer/consulting producer Erika Green Swafford, cast members Ryan Eggold and Jocko Sims, and a representative from the American Heart Association. 

The CW’s “Nancy Drew,” which has already been renewed for a second season, will host a panel celebrating the 90th anniversary of the iconic sleuth’s literary debut, diving into the character’s pop culture significance from early novels, to the feature film adaptations to the modern TV depiction. “Nancy Drew” creator/executive producer Noga Landau, showrunner/executive producer Melinda Hsu Taylor, and stars Kennedy McMann and Scott Wolf are confirmed to participate. Additional panelists will be announced soon.  

Starz will debut an exclusive first look at their new summer drama “P-Valley” from creator/showrunner Katori Hall, set in and around a strip club in the Mississippi Delta. The extended preview will be followed by a conversation with creatives & cast about the process of adapting Hall’s play “Pussy Valley” for the small screen, and what to expect from the show’s first season. 

The festival also recently announced that “Cougar Town” stars Busy Philipps and Christa Miller, as well as “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence and cast members Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, and Judy Reyes, will reunite for special conversations during the virtual festival. The casts for both series were previously confirmed for ATX Season 9 in Austin, and have rescheduled their in-person reunions for the 2021 festival. 

“ATX TV…from the Couch!” will also feature a variety of topical panels including  “Channel Changers: A Conversation with TV’s Presidents,”  an industry-forward conversation with network, studio, and streamer presidents about the state of the industry, the personal and professional philosophies they bring to their individual brands, and why inclusivity at the highest levels remains imperative to producing bigger and better storytelling. Participants include Sarah Aubrey (Head of Original Content, HBO Max), Pearlena Igbokwe (President, Universal Television), Lisa Katz & Tracey Pakosta (Co-Presidents, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment), and Tina Perry (President, OWN). Additional panelists will be announced at a later date. 

ATX will highlight Latinx content creators with “Celebrating Authentic Stories,” a conversation about celebrating and continuing the push for positive Latinx representation, and how allies/decision-makers within the industry can better support and amplify Latinx voices. Showrunner/executive producer/director/actor Gloria Calderón Kellett (“One Day at a Time”), creator/showrunner/executive producer/director Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), creator/executive producer/director Steven Canals (“Pose”), and creator/executive producer Ilana Peña (“Diary of a Future President”) are confirmed to participate. 

The festival will also give viewers a look “Inside the Writers Zoom Room” in a Zoom-based discussion with showrunners & writers about the process/experience of taking their writers rooms digital and staying connected creatively. The panel will include creator/showrunner/executive producer/director Dan Goor (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), co-showrunner/executive producer Beth Schwartz (“Sweet Tooth”), showrunner/executive producer Melinda Hsu Taylor (“Nancy Drew”), and creator/showrunner/executive producer Sera Gamble (“You”). Additional panelists will be announced soon. 

Longtime ATX partner the Television Academy will present “The Pivot,” a conversation with writers/producers/executives about the surprising and innovative ways that series continue to create in unprecedented circumstances. HBO Max EVP of Original Drama, Joey Chavez, is confirmed to participate, with additional panelists to be announced soon.

ATX will also continue its socially conscious conversations with the ACLU, whose panel on TV’s approach to covering voter suppression and critical electionyear issues will feature Dale Ho, director of ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, and creatives. In addition, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Hollywood, Health & Society will present a timely panel on mental health and addiction narratives, exploring the complex ways that these issues impact our communities, families, and ourselves. Panelists will be announced at a later date. 

In addition, the virtual festival will include programming from the following partners, to be announced in the coming weeks: 

  • Disney+
  • HBO Max
  • HBO
  • CBS Television Studios
  • FX Networks
  • AMC Networks
  • Peacock

Registration for the virtual festival is now open. For the latest developments and information on “ATX TV…from the Couch,” visit the ATX Television Festival official site atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival #TVTogether on Twitter.

Panelist appearances/schedules are based on availability and are not guaranteed. All Programming and Events are subject to change.

About ATX Television Festival
ATX’s focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our festival consists of events in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows 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 feature episodic screenings and Q&As with series cast and creators, topical panel discussions, parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.” ATX’s goal is to serve both fans and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV as one community.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival. All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and at atvxp.com/podcasts. 

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson // ATX@sunshinesachs.com

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR SEASON 9, INCLUDING REUNIONS FOR COMEDIES “SCRUBS” AND “COUGAR TOWN”

February 6th, 2020

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR SEASON 9,
 INCLUDING REUNIONS FOR COMEDIES “SCRUBS” AND “COUGAR TOWN” 

Season 9 to also include Panels and Screenings featuring
The CW’s “Nancy Drew,”
TBS Original “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” 
and Comedy Central’s “The Other Two” and “Drunk History”
 

ATX Television Festival has announced additional programming for year nine of the festival, which will take place June 4-7, 2020, in Austin, Texas.  

ATX Season 9 will include reunions for two beloved comedies from creator/director/executive producer  Bill Lawrence: “Scrubs,” and “Cougar Town,” which was co-created by Kevin Biegel (“Enlisted”). Lawrence will join “Scrubs” cast members Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller for a reunion panel celebrating 10 years since the series finale. 

In addition, “Cougar Town” co-creators/executive producers Lawrence and Biegel will join cast members Josh Hopkins, Christa Miller, Ian Gomez, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Brian Van Holt, and Robert Clendenin to celebrate five years since the Cul-De-Sac Crew aired their final episode. 

Season 9 will feature a panel for The CW’s freshman drama “Nancy Drew,” which has already been renewed for a second season, and follows the iconic character (as played by Kennedy McMann) as she makes plans to leave her hometown for college after high school graduation, but finds herself drawn into a supernatural murder mystery. Panelists will be announced at a later date. 

TBS original “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” will host a panel at ATX this June, in which the series’ creatives will discuss the process of blending current events and comedy to produce a weekly, late-night news satire show in an era of particularly charged politics. Panelists will be announced at a later date.

The festival will also feature a screening of Comedy Central’s “The Other Two,” followed by a Q&A with cast and creatives. The critically-acclaimed comedy from creators Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider (“Saturday Night Live”) returns for it’s second season later this year, and follows two floundering millennial siblings who must grapple with their 13-year-old brother’s overnight fame. Panelists will be announced at a later date.

Comedy Central’s award-winning series “Drunk History” will also return to ATX for a fourth year, featuring a conversation with creator, executive producer, host, and actor Derek Waters, who will be joined by special guests. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

Previously Announced Programming includes: 

  • “Parenthood” 10 Year Reunion & Script Reading with cast & creatives
  • “Justified” Writers Room Reunion
  • “Oz” Retrospective with Tom Fontana, Dean Winters, and Lee Tergesen
  • “L.A. Confidential” Unaired Pilot Screening and Q&A
  • “Female Forward” Panel with NBC Entertainment Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta
  • Returning panelists Gloria Calderon Kellett (“One Day at a Time”), Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), Meredith Averill (“Locke & Key”), and Lauren Whitney (President, Television, Spyglass Media Group)

Badges and Day Wristbands for Season 9 are available now. For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit the ATX Television Festival official site atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival #ATXTVs9 on Twitter.

Panelist appearances/schedules are based on availability and are not guaranteed. All Programming and Events are subject to change.

About ATX Television Festival 

ATX’s focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our festival consists of events in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows 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 feature episodic screenings and Q&As with series cast and creators, topical panel discussions, parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.” ATX’s goal is to serve both fans and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV as one community.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival. All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and at atvxp.com/podcasts. 

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson // ATX@sunshinesachs.com

 

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST PROGRAMMING & PANELISTS FOR SEASON 9

November 6, 2019

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL LAUNCHES 8TH ANNUAL “THE PITCH COMPETITION”
AND ANNOUNCES FIRST PROGRAMMING & PANELISTS FOR SEASON 9,
INCLUDING A “PARENTHOOD” 10 YEAR REUNION SCRIPT READING & PANEL,
A “JUSTIFIED” WRITERS ROOM 10 YEAR REUNION,
AN “OZ” RETROSPECTIVE WITH CREATOR TOM FONTANA & CAST,
AND A SCREENING OF UNAIRED “L.A. CONFIDENTIAL” PILOT

Season 9 will also feature newly added ATX Advisory Board Members
Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), Gloria Calderon Kellett (“One Day at a Time”),
and Lauren Whitney (Spyglass Media Group)

ATX Television Festival announces first wave of programming for year nine of the festival, which will take place June 4-7, 2020, in Austin, Texas.

Season 9 will revisit beloved family drama “Parenthood,” from creator/executive producer Jason Katims, with a live script reading and panel conversation celebrating 10 years since the series premiere. Katims and writer/executive producer David Hudgins are confirmed to participate, along with cast members Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Mae Whitman, and Craig T. Nelson. Additional participants will be announced at a later date.

The festival will also reunite the prolific writers room behind modern western “Justified” for the 10th anniversary of the series’ premiere. Creator/executive producer and ATX Advisory Board member Graham Yost will be joined by writer/producers Fred Golan (“Sneaky Pete”), Dave Andron (“Snowfall”), Benjamin Cavell (“The Stand”), Chris Provenzano (“Silicon Valley”), Taylor Elmore (“Blood & Treasure”), VJ Boyd (“S.W.A.T.”), Ingrid Escajeda (“Sneaky Pete”), Gary Lennon (“Power”), and Wendy Calhoun (“Empire”) for a conversation about the room’s collaborative process, the enduring creative partnerships that resulted, and their careers following the series.

Season 9 will also feature a look back at the groundbreaking series “Oz,” which debuted in 1997 as HBO’s first original one-hour drama. The retrospective will dive into the series’ unique narrative structure and feature a conversation with series creator/executive producer Tom Fontana, and cast members Lee Tergesen and Dean Winters. Additional participants will be announced at a later date.

NBC will host a panel conversation spotlighting their pioneering Female Forward directing initiative. As the first program in the industry to guarantee an episodic directing credit to its participants, Female Forward seeks to expand opportunities for female directors in scripted television by pairing them with advisors and mentors across the network’s programming slate. The panel will feature NBC Entertainment Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, along with participating showrunners and directors from the program’s inaugural and 2019 classes, who will be announced at a later date.

ATX will feature a rare screening of the unaired pilot episode for “L.A. Confidential” based on the neo-noir novel by James Ellroy, which was previously adapted as a feature film in 1997. The pilot, produced by New Regency, Lionsgate and CBS TV Studios for CBS during the 2018 season, follows the paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter, and a Hollywood actress as they cross paths in 1950s Los Angeles. The screening will be followed by a Q&A conversation with series creator/executive producer Jordan Harper (“Gotham”), executive producer Anna Fricke (“Valor”), and executive producer/director Michael Dinner (“Unbelievable”).

ATX is also thrilled to announce three new additions to the festival’s Advisory Board: showrunner/executive producer/director/actor Gloria Calderon Kellett (“One Day at a Time”), creator/executive producer/director Tanya Saracho (“Vida”) and Lauren Whitney (President, Television, Spyglass Media Group). “‘Excited’ is not a strong enough word to describe our feelings on the addition of our new Advisory Board members, Gloria, Tanya, and Lauren,” said festival co-founders and co-executive directors, Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson. “Each of them has brought and continues to bring a distinct, unique voice and value to ATX, and we cannot wait to work with them on building programming and growing the festival together.”

Calderon Kellett, Saracho, and Whitney are confirmed to attend Season 9 as panelists, along with co-showrunner/executive producer Meredith Averill (“The Haunting of Hill House”).

The festival has also opened submissions for their eighth annual “The Pitch Competition,” which provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for undiscovered writers to showcase their talent, along with providing access to TV’s top creatives and executives. “The Pitch Competition is often the highlight of the festival for us,” said McFarland and Gipson. “Over the last seven years, our winners have received mentorship, gained representation, pitched to top networks, and even sold their pitch to a major studio! It’s been thrilling to see what these up-and-coming creators can do when given the opportunity to pitch their ideas in the room, and the community that they have built together through their experience in the Competition.”

Writers have until January 17 to submit their best 90-second video pitch and writing sample for an original scripted series, which will be evaluated by several rounds of industry judges for a chance to pitch live at the festival in June. The winner will receive script-writing software from Final Draft, access to additional opportunities with The Black List and Sundance Episodic Program, a mentorship with an ATX judge or panelist, and the opportunity to pitch their series to one of the festival’s studio/network partners. Full details on how and where to submit can be found at atxfestival.com/pitch.

Badges and Day Wristbands for the Season 9 are available now. For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit the ATX Television Festival official site atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival #ATXTVs9 on Twitter.

Panelist appearances/schedules are based on availability and are not guaranteed. All Programming and Events are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.

About ATX Television Festival
ATX’s focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our festival consists of events in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows 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 feature episodic screenings and Q&As with series cast and creators, topical panel discussions, parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.” ATX’s goal is to serve both fans and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV as one community.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival. All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and at atvxp.com/podcasts.

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Lauren Kelcher Stevenson // ATX@sunshinesachs.com

HBO’s Summer Series “Euphoria” set as Opening Night Screening at ATX Television Festival

April 24, 2019

HBO’s Summer Series “Euphoria” set as
Opening Night Screening at ATX Television Festival

ATX to premiere HBO’s upcoming summer series “Euphoria,” created, written by, and executive produced by Sam Levinson, as this opening night screening and panel on Thursday June 6th. “Euphoria” follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. The screening will be followed by a panel conversation with creator/executive producer Sam Levinson, and cast members Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Barbie Ferreira, and Eric Dane.

Executive producers also include Drake, Future the Prince, Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady, Gary Lennon and Jim Kleverweis. “Euphoria” is produced in partnership with A24, and based on the Israeli series of the same name from Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin.

The festival returns for an eighth year in Austin, TX, June 6-9, 2019.  

For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter. 

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs8 on Twitter.

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson
Kayla Keller
Ali Marszalkowski
ATX@sunshinesachs.com 

 

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF PARAMOUNT NETWORK’S “YELLOWSTONE” SEASON 2

May 8, 2019

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF
PARAMOUNT NETWORK’S “YELLOWSTONE” SEASON 2

SINGLE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS AT STATESIDE AND PARAMOUNT THEATRES,
INCLUDING HBO’S “EUPHORIA,”  SHOWTIME’S “CITY ON A HILL,”
“THE LEAGUE” AND “GREEK” REUNIONS, “FEAR THE WALKING DEAD” AND MORE

ATX Television Festival continues to announce major programming for season eight, which will take place June 6-9, 2019, in Austin, Texas.  

Paramount Network’s epic drama series “Yellowstone” joins ATX as the festival’s Friday night marquee screening on June 7, featuring the world premiere of season two, followed by a panel conversation with cast members Luke Grimes, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, and Gil Birmingham. The series is co-created by critically-acclaimed, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”) and John Linson (“Sons of Anarchy”), and follows John Dutton (Kevin Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. “Yellowstone,” which is TV’s most-watched new cable drama series of 2018, returns to Paramount Network for season two on Wednesday, June 19 at 10 p.m., ET/PT. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

“Yellowstone” will be included in the festival’s limited single ticketed programming available only at the Stateside and Paramount Theatres.  Single tickets are available for purchase for $20 per ticket through the Paramount and Stateside website.  Within the week the following programming will be on sale with additional events to be announced soon:

  • Opening Night: Euphoria presented by HBO // June 6, Paramount Theatre
  • The Pitch Competition presented by Southwest Airlines // June 7, State Theatre
  • Greek Reunion // June 7, State Theatre
  • Yellowstone presented by Paramount Network // June 7, State Theatre
  • The League Reunion // June 7, State Theatre
  • Veronica Mars // June 8, Paramount Theatre
  • Tremors Pilot Presentation with Kevin Bacon // June 8, State Theatre
  • One Day at a Time // June 8, State Theatre
  • Closing Night: City on a Hill presented by Showtime // June 8, Paramount Theatre
  • Everyone Is Doing Great // June 9, State Theatre
  • Fear the Walking Dead // June 9, State Theatre

For details on single tickets, day wristbands, and festival badges, please visit atxfestival.com/attend.

For the full festival schedule, please visit prekindle.com/atxfestival.

For ticket listings for Stateside and Paramount events, please click here.

Previously announced programming includes:

  • “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA, David A. Goodman, president, WGAW, and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA
  • ABC Family series “Greek” reunion
  • Hulu’s “Veronica Mars” revival
  • Screening and Conversation with “One Day at a Time” Creatives & Cast
  • Hulu and Blumhouse Television’s “Into the Dark: Culture Shock”
  • “Letterkenny” screening and Q&A
  • An interactive conversation with Beau Willimon
  • “A Playwright Walks Into a Writers Room…” panel conversation with playwrights turned TV writers
  • “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television”
  • “Inside the Writers Room” panel with Starz’s critically-acclaimed series “Vida”
  • Closing Night Screening of Showtime’s “City on a Hill”
  • A panel exploring the “Power of Female Partnerships”
  • “Cancelled Too Soon” panel with “Men In Trees”
  • Freeform’s “Good Trouble”
  • “Let’s Talk about Sex (Scenes),” an honest discussion about empowering both writers and actors, and improving safe “sex” practices behind the camera
  • A panel presented by the Casting Society of America, featuring some of TV’s top casting directors
  • A one-on-one conversation titled “Scene Partners & Roommates,” with actors Margo Martindale and Shane McRae
  • “Everyone Is Doing Great” screening and Q&A
  • Netflix’s series “Atypical” panel
  • EPIX’s new series “Perpetual Grace, LTD” panel
  • An inside look at the “Tremors” pilot
  • IFC’s musical variety comedy “Sherman’s Showcase”
  • Comedy Central’s new sketch series “Alternatino with Arturo Castro”
  • Opening Night Screening of HBO’s”Euphoria”
  • Freeform’s “grown-ish”
  • A screening and conversation with cast & creatives from ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • A one-time-only screening of FXX comedy “Archer”
  • The League Reunion with creators and cast
  • Individual panelists Beatrice Springborn, Vice President, Content Development, Hulu; Jessica Rhoades, EP, “Sharp Objects,” “The Affair,” and Principal, Pacesetter; ATX Advisory Board member Kyle Killen, EP/showrunner of Showtime’s upcoming “Halo” series; and Mauricio Mota and Katie Elmore Mota, EPs, “East Los High,” and Co-Presidents of Wise Entertainment.  

For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs8 on Twitter.

About ATX Television Festival
ATX’s focus is 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 in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows 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 feature episode screenings with Q&As with the cast and creators, panels focused on industry related topics, and parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.”  ATX’s goal is to serve both the community and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival.  All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and atvxp.com/podcasts.

About The Syndication Project
The Syndication Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was created to promote the use of storytelling by individuals and communities to create awareness, bring tolerance, and expand community, thereby fostering understanding and compassion. It was founded by ATX Television Festival’s co-founders and executive directors, Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland, with a focus on advocacy through storytelling, including a programming track at the annual ATX Festival centered around social issues in television, year round conversations that pair TV storylines with causes that lead to specific calls to action, family friendly community events, and service days that give the ATX community a chance to give back together.

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson
Kayla Keller
Ali Marszalkowski
ATX@sunshinesachs.com 

 

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING

May 1, 2019

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING:

“THE LEAGUE” REUNION WITH CREATORS & CAST,
SHOWTIME’S “CITY ON A HILL” ADDS CREATIVES & CAST,
HULU’S “VERONICA MARS” ANNOUNCES PANELISTS

ATX Television Festival continues to announce major programming for season eight, which will take place June 6-9, 2019, in Austin, Texas.  

Season 8 will feature a reunion of FX’s semi-improvised comedy, “The League,” which centers on a group of old friends in a fantasy football league who care deeply about one another — so deeply that they use every opportunity to make each other’s lives miserable. The panel will include creators/directors/executive producers Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, as well as stars Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi, and Jason Mantzoukas. The reunion marks ten years since the series premiere.

The SHOWTIME® new one-hour drama series, “City on a Hill,” which is the festival’s Closing Night screening on June 8, will feature a Q&A panel conversation with executive producer/showrunner Tom Fontana, creator/executive producer Chuck MacLean, executive producer Jennifer Todd, co-executive producer/star Kevin Bacon, and cast members Aldis Hodge, Mark O’Brien, and Jill Hennessy. Set in early ‘90s Boston, where racism is endemic and crime is widespread, the series follows an unlikely – and obligatory – alliance between renowned FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) and Assistant District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge). “City on a Hill” will premiere Sunday, June 16 at 9 PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

ATX’s previously announced panel for Hulu’s upcoming “Veronica Mars” revival will include creator/executive producer Rob Thomas, and stars Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring, who also starred in the original series. The highly-anticipated fourth season picks up after the events of the crowd-funded film continuation. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

Previously announced programming includes:

  • “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA, David A. Goodman, president, WGAW, and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA
  • ABC Family series “Greek” reunion
  • Hulu’s “Veronica Mars” revival
  • Screening and Conversation with “One Day at a Time” Creatives & Cast
  • Hulu and Blumhouse Television’s “Into the Dark: Culture Shock”
  • “Letterkenny” screening and Q&A
  • An interactive conversation with Beau Willimon
  • “A Playwright Walks Into a Writers Room…” panel conversation with playwrights turned TV writers
  • “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television”
  • “Inside the Writers Room” panel with Starz’s critically-acclaimed series “Vida”
  • Closing Night Screening of Showtime’s “City on a Hill”
  • A panel exploring the “Power of Female Partnerships”
  • “Cancelled Too Soon” panel with “Men In Trees”
  • Freeform’s “Good Trouble”
  • “Let’s Talk about Sex (Scenes),” an honest discussion about empowering both writers and actors, and improving safe “sex” practices behind the camera
  • A panel presented by the Casting Society of America, featuring some of TV’s top casting directors
  • A one-on-one conversation titled “Scene Partners & Roommates,” with actors Margo Martindale and Shane McRae
  • “Everyone Is Doing Great” screening and Q&A
  • Netflix’s series “Atypical” panel
  • EPIX’s new series “Perpetual Grace, LTD” panel
  • An inside look at the “Tremors” pilot
  • IFC’s musical variety comedy “Sherman’s Showcase”
  • Comedy Central’s new sketch series “Alternatino with Arturo Castro”
  • Opening Night Screening of HBO’s”Euphoria”
  • Freeform’s “grown-ish”
  • A screening and conversation with cast & creatives from ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • A one-time-only screening of FXX comedy “Archer”
  • Individual panelists Beatrice Springborn, Vice President, Content Development, Hulu; Jessica Rhoades, EP, “Sharp Objects,” “The Affair,” and Principal, Pacesetter; ATX Advisory Board member Kyle Killen, EP/showrunner of Showtime’s upcoming “Halo” series; and Mauricio Mota and Katie Elmore Mota, EPs, “East Los High,” and Co-Presidents of Wise Entertainment.  

For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs8 on Twitter.

About ATX Television Festival
ATX’s focus is 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 in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows 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 feature episode screenings with Q&As with the cast and creators, panels focused on industry related topics, and parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.”  ATX’s goal is to serve both the community and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival.  All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and atvxp.com/podcasts.

About The Syndication Project
The Syndication Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was created to promote the use of storytelling by individuals and communities to create awareness, bring tolerance, and expand community, thereby fostering understanding and compassion. It was founded by ATX Television Festival’s co-founders and executive directors, Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland, with a focus on advocacy through storytelling, including a programming track at the annual ATX Festival centered around social issues in television, year round conversations that pair TV storylines with causes that lead to specific calls to action, family friendly community events, and service days that give the ATX community a chance to give back together.  

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson
Kayla Keller
Ali Marszalkowski
ATX@sunshinesachs.com 

 

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEXT WAVE OF PROGRAMMING

April 24, 2019

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEXT WAVE OF PROGRAMMING:

HBO PRESENTS “EUPHORIA” AS OPENING NIGHT SCREENING,
A “GREY’S ANATOMY” SCREENING + CONVERSATION,
FREEFORM PRESENTS A NEW EPISODE OF “GROWN-ISH” + Q&A WITH CAST & EP,
A SPECIAL ADVANCED SCREENING OF FXX COMEDY “ARCHER,”
AND KEVIN BACON JOINS “TREMORS” PILOT PRESENTATION

Season 8 will also include track of conversations on social impact and advocacy through storytelling with the festival’s foundation THE SYNDICATION PROJECT
with the ACLU, the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau, and
the Television Academy, Among Others

ATX Television Festival continues to announce major programming for season eight, which will take place June 6-9, 2019, in Austin, Texas.  

ATX will premiere HBO’s upcoming summer series “Euphoria,” created, written by, and executive produced by Sam Levinson, as this opening night screening and panel on Thursday June 6th. “Euphoria” follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. The screening will be followed by a panel conversation with creator/executive producer Sam Levinson, and cast members Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Barbie Ferreira, and Eric Dane. Executive producers also include Drake, Future the Prince, Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady, Gary Lennon and Jim Kleverweis. “Euphoria” is produced in partnership with A24, and based on the Israeli series of the same name from Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin.

ABC’s record-breaking medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” will screen the season 15 episode “Silent All These Years,” written by Elisabeth R. Finch and directed by Debbie Allen, which marks one of the series’ most riveting and emotional hours yet. The screening will be followed by a Q&A conversation with showrunner & executive producer Krista Vernoff, co-executive producer & writer Elisabeth R. Finch, and stars Camilla Luddington and Kim Raver, who will discuss the impact that the episode has had on viewers, as well as their approach to tackling topics of sexual assault and consent.

This year’s festival will feature a screening of an all-new episode of Freeform’s “grown-ish,” followed by a Q&A with cast & creatives, including cast members Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Emily Arlook and Jordan Buhat, and executive producer and writer Craig Doyle. “grown-ish” returns on Wednesday, June 5, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT to finish out its sophomore season and joins the ATX line-up alongside the network’s freshman hit “Good Trouble,” which was previously announced.

FXX’s award-winning, long-running animated comedy “Archer” will host an advance screening of an episode from the series’ upcoming tenth season, “Archer: 1999.” This season finds Sterling Archer, Lana Kane and their crew of acid-tongued misfits onboard the M/V Seamus salvage ship as they explore deep space and try to outsmart giant aliens, intergalactic pirates and vicious bounty hunters. The screening will feature a once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-seen-again special version of an upcoming episode — with an element added exclusively for the ATX audience. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the creative team behind “Archer,” including executive producer Matt Thompson, actor H. Jon Benjamin (“Sterling Archer”), producer/art director Chad Hurd, and lead storyboard artist Taylor Parrish. “Archer: 1999” premieres May 29th on FXX.

In addition, Stephen Falk, creator/executive producer/writer/director of FXX’s critically acclaimed comedy series “You’re the Worst,” will participate in a discussion with writers, producers, and advocates who are working to destigmatize the conversation around mental health and mental illness through story and visibility. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

Actor Kevin Bacon will join the festival’s previously announced presentation of the never-picked-up “Tremors” pilot from writer/executive producer Andrew Miller based on the 1990 film of the same name, featuring a selection of clips, a partial script reading, and discussion with cast and producers. Bacon, who was set to reprise his starring role as Valentine McKee, joins Andrew Miller, executive producer Jessica Rhoades, and cast members Toks Olagundoye, P.J. Byrne, Haley Tju, and Emily Tremaine for the panel.

ATX’s non-profit foundation, The Syndication Project, will host a programming track for the second year, with a focus on encouraging actionable advocacy through storytelling. “Making Criminal Justice Matter,” presented by the ACLU, in which writers and producers, along with a criminal law expert from the ACLU, will discuss the importance of working together to ensure authentic representations of current issues surrounding criminal justice, and  television’s impact on viewer opinions with regard to issues of police practices, racial profiling, and governmental and police abuses of authority. Confirmed panelists include co-showrunner/executive producer Sunil Nayar (“The Red Line”), showrunner/executive producer Joanna Johnson (“Good Trouble”), and showrunner/executive producer Anthony Sparks (“Queen Sugar”), with Twyla Carter, Senior Staff Attorney with the National ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, moderating. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

“Resistance, Inclusion, and Creating Authentic Muslim Narratives” presented by the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s (MPAC) Hollywood Bureau will examine the collaborative efforts among consultants at MPAC and creatives and executives in the industry to raise the quantity and quality of Muslim representation on and off-screen. Confirmed panelists include showrunner/executive producer Carina Adly MacKenzie (“Roswell, New Mexico”), actress Nikohl Boosheri (“The Bold Type”), and Sue Obeidi (Director, MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau). Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

The Television Academy joins The Syndication Project track with “Power(ful) TV,”  a panel discussion with writers & producers on how series can rise above trends and token characters by weaving in storylines of gender, race, religion, aging, immigration, health care, and more — all with the belief that exposing audiences to a variety of people, experiences, and worlds they might never encounter will foster understanding, empathy, and community. The conversation will be moderated by Television Academy President and Chief Operating Officer, Maury McIntyre. Panelists will be announced at a later date.

Previously announced programming includes:

  • “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA, David A. Goodman, president, WGAW, and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA
  • ABC Family series “Greek” reunion
  • Hulu’s “Veronica Mars” revival
  • Screening and Conversation with “One Day at a Time” Creatives & Cast
  • Hulu and Blumhouse Television’s “Into the Dark: Culture Shock”
  • “Letterkenny” screening and Q&A
  • An interactive conversation with Beau Willimon
  • “A Playwright Walks Into a Writers Room…” panel conversation with playwrights turned TV writers
  • “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television”
  • “Inside the Writers Room” panel with Starz’s critically-acclaimed series “Vida”
  • Closing Night Screening of Showtime’s “City on a Hill”
  • A panel exploring the “Power of Female Partnerships”
  • “Cancelled Too Soon” panel with “Men In Trees”
  • Freeform’s “Good Trouble”
  • “Let’s Talk about Sex (Scenes),” an honest discussion about empowering both writers and actors, and improving safe “sex” practices behind the camera
  • A panel presented by the Casting Society of America, featuring some of TV’s top casting directors
  • A one-on-one conversation titled “Scene Partners & Roommates,” with actors Margo Martindale and Shane McRae
  • “Everyone Is Doing Great” screening and Q&A
  • Netflix’s series “Atypical” panel
  • EPIX’s new series “Perpetual Grace, LTD” panel
  • An inside look at the “Tremors” pilot
  • IFC’s musical variety comedy “Sherman’s Showcase”
  • Comedy Central’s new sketch series “Alternatino with Arturo Castro”
  • Individual panelists Beatrice Springborn, Vice President, Content Development, Hulu; Jessica Rhoades, EP, “Sharp Objects,” “The Affair,” and Principal, Pacesetter; ATX Advisory Board member Kyle Killen, EP/showrunner of Showtime’s upcoming “Halo” series; and Mauricio Mota and Katie Elmore Mota, EPs, “East Los High,” and Co-Presidents of Wise Entertainment.  

For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs8 on Twitter.

About ATX Television Festival
ATX’s focus is 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 in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows 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 feature episode screenings with Q&As with the cast and creators, panels focused on industry related topics, and parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.”  ATX’s goal is to serve both the community and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival.  All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and atvxp.com/podcasts.

About The Syndication Project
The Syndication Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was created to promote the use of storytelling by individuals and communities to create awareness, bring tolerance, and expand community, thereby fostering understanding and compassion. It was founded by ATX Television Festival’s co-founders and executive directors, Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland, with a focus on advocacy through storytelling, including a programming track at the annual ATX Festival centered around social issues in television, year round conversations that pair TV storylines with causes that lead to specific calls to action, family friendly community events, and service days that give the ATX community a chance to give back together. 

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson
Kayla Keller
Ali Marszalkowski
ATX@sunshinesachs.com

 

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEXT WAVE OF PROGRAMMING

April 12, 2019

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEXT WAVE OF PROGRAMMING
FEATURING A “VERONICA MARS” PANEL FROM HULU,
A NEW EPISODE OF HULU AND BLUMHOUSE TELEVISION’S “INTO THE DARK,”
A SCREENING OF HULU’S CANADIAN COMEDY “LETTERKENNY,”
AND A “ONE DAY AT A TIME” SCREENING WITH CAST & CREATIVES

Season 8 will also include ATX Advisory Board Member Beau Willimon who returns for an Interactive Conversation and “Playwrights” Conversation with Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), Rachel Rusch (Bad Robot)

ATX Television Festival continues to announce programming for year eight of the festival, which will take place June 6-9, 2019, in Austin, Texas.  

Hulu’s highly-anticipated “Veronica Mars” revival will host a panel discussion with creatives and cast ahead of the series’ upcoming fourth season, which picks up after the events of the crowd-funded film continuation. Panelists will be announced at a later date.

Season 8 will also feature a premiere screening of “Into the Dark: Culture Shock,” the July installment of Hulu and Blumhouse Television’s horror event series “Into the Dark.” “Culture Shock,” which is directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero and written by Guerrero, James Benson & Efren Hernandez, follows a young Mexican woman in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States, only to find herself in an American nightmare. Following the screening, Guerrero will be joined by cast members for a Q&A conversation about the episode. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

The festival will feature a screening and Q&A for Canadian comedy “Letterkenny,” which streams stateside on Hulu and was renewed for four additional seasons last December, as well as just announced its first U.S. tour dates. The comedy revolves around the dustups Wayne (creator/executive producer/co-writer/star Jared Keeso) and his pals get into with their small-town rivals. For the hicks, skids and hockey players of Letterkenny, getting your ass kicked is a legitimate concern on a day-to-day basis. Director/executive producer/cast member Jacob Tierney, executive producer Mark Montefiore, and cast members Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett and K. Trevor Wilson are confirmed to join the Q&A.

Also joining ATX are the cast and creatives of “One Day at a Time,” who will participate in a screening and conversation for the recently cancelled Netflix original series from executive producers Norman Lear, Gloria Calderon Kellett, and Mike Royce. Confirmed participants include Royce and cast members Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Todd Grinnell, and Stephen Tobolowsky. The series, which has received an outpouring of support from fans & critics alike in an ongoing effort to “#SaveODAAT,” is still actively working to secure a fourth season at a new network.

Every year at ATX, Advisory Board member and writer/creator Beau Willimon conducts an intimate, interactive talk about the creative process in which the audience becomes the panel. This year will be no different and entirely different. During these improvised discussions, neither Beau nor the audience fully knows what to expect. All we can promise is that it will be a one-of-a-kind experience.

Willimon will also take part in the panel conversation, “A Playwright Walks Into a Writers Room…,” featuring writers and executives who made the transition from theater to television in a discussion about the unique challenges of writing for both stage and screen, and what this trend means for both industries moving forward. “Vida” creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho and Bad Robot’s Senior Vice President of Television, Rachel Rusch, are confirmed to join. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

Previously announced programming includes:

  • “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA, David A. Goodman, president, WGAW, and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA
  • ABC Family series “Greek” reunion
  • “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television;”
  • “Inside the Writers Room” panel with Starz’s critically-acclaimed series “Vida”
  • Closing Night Screening of Showtime’s “City on a Hill”
  • A panel exploring the “Power of Female Partnerships”
  • “Cancelled Too Soon” panel with “Men In Trees”
  • Freeform’s “Good Trouble”
  • “Let’s Talk about Sex (Scenes),” an honest discussion about empowering both writers and actors, and improving safe “sex” practices behind the camera
  • A panel presented by the Casting Society of America, featuring some of TV’s top casting directors
  • A one-on-one conversation titled “Scene Partners & Roommates,” with actors Margo Martindale and Shane McRae
  • “Everyone Is Doing Great” screening and Q&A
  • Netflix’s series “Atypical” panel
  • EPIX’s new series “Perpetual Grace, LTD” panel
  • An inside look at the “Tremors” pilot
  • USA’s summer drama “Dare Me”
  • IFC’s musical variety comedy “Sherman’s Showcase”
  • Comedy Central’s new sketch series “Alternatino with Arturo Castro”
  • Individual panelists Beatrice Springborn, Vice President, Content Development, Hulu; Jessica Rhoades, EP, “Sharp Objects,” “The Affair,” and Principal, Pacesetter; ATX Advisory Board member Kyle Killen, EP/showrunner of Showtime’s upcoming “Halo” series; and Mauricio Mota and Katie Elmore Mota, EPs, “East Los High,” and Co-Presidents of Wise Entertainment.  

For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter. 

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs8 on Twitter.

About ATX Television Festival
ATX’s focus is 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 in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows 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 feature episode screenings with Q&A’s with the cast and creators, panels focused on industry related topics, and parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.”  ATX’s goal is to serve both the community and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival.  All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and atvxp.com/podcasts.

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson
Kayla Keller
Ali Marszalkowski
ATX@sunshinesachs.com