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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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PRESS CONTACT:
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

 

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR YEAR EIGHT, TAKING PLACE JUNE 6-9, 2019, IN AUSTIN, TX

April 5, 2019

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR YEAR EIGHT,
TAKING PLACE JUNE 6-9, 2019, IN AUSTIN, TX

Season 8 Panels Will Feature “Broken News” with VICE News Tonight and HBO,
Julie Plec (“Legacies”) joins Meredith Averill (“The Haunting of Hill House”) & Kit Steinkellner
(“Sorry for Your Loss”) for “Grief and the Messiness of Loss”

Newly Added Series Include “Drunk History” with Derek Waters,
A New Episode of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,”
and previously announced Premiere Screening of ABC’s “Grand Hotel”

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

For the first time, ATX will delve into the world of cable news with the conversation “Broken News: How VICE News Tonight on HBO Wants to Reclaim the Next Generation of TV viewers,” featuring producers and correspondents from HBO’s VICE News Tonight. The panel, which includes Josh Tyrangiel (Executive Vice President, VICE News) and Arielle Duhaime-Ross (Climate & Environment Correspondent, VICE News Tonight on HBO), will explore how VICE News Tonight is engaging the next generation of news consumers, the mechanics behind reaching youth, and how networks can defy convention to captivate young viewers successfully in an age of unprecedented media disruption. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

Joining the festival’s line-up of topical conversations is “Grief and the Messiness of Loss,” a panel exploring series and episodes that have turned their focus to the universal experience of grief, ranging from animated to comedy to horror, and broadcast networks to digital platforms. The panel will feature creator/executive producer Kit Steinkellner (“Sorry For Your Loss”), co-showrunner/executive producer Meredith Averill (“The Haunting of Hill House”), and creator/executive producer Julie Plec (“Legacies”), who will discuss their varied approaches to depicting grief, survivors, and a shared catharsis with viewers. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

Comedy Central’s long-running comedy “Drunk History” will also return for a conversation with creator, executive producer, host, and actor Derek Waters, who will be joined by special guests. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Also joining ATX is AMC’s hit series “Fear the Walking Dead,” which will debut an early screening of the second episode of season five. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producers and cast. The series returns for its fifth season on June 2.

ATX will also feature a premiere episode screening of ABC’s new hour-long drama “Grand Hotel,” from executive producer Eva Longoria. Based on the Spanish series of the same name, “Grand Hotel” is a provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach, following owner Santiago Mendoza (Demián Bichir), his glamorous second wife, Gigi (Roselyn Sánchez), their adult children, and the hotel’s loyal staff in a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with showrunner/executive producer Brian Tanen (“Desperate Housewives”), executive producer Ben Spector (“Telenovela”), and stars Demián Bichir (“The Bridge”) and Roselyn Sánchez (“Devious Maids”). The series premieres June 17 on ABC.

The festival’s “Inside the Writers Room: VIDA” conversation will also include writers Jenniffer Gomez and Gladys Rodriguez, who join previously announced showrunner/executive producer Tanya Saracho. The panel will provide an in-depth look at how the series’ all-Latinx writers room approaches storytelling, and the importance of Latinx representation behind the camera. Vida returns for season two on May 23, with all episodes available on the Starz app, and in its weekly time slot on May 26, via the cabler’s linear service.

These panels join the previously announced “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA, David A. Goodman, president, WGAW, and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA; a reunion of the ABC Family series “Greek;” “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television;” an “Inside the Writers Room” panel with Starz’s critically-acclaimed series “Vida;” the Closing Night Screening of Showtime’s “City on a Hill;” a panel exploring the “Power of Female Partnerships;” a “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; an “Everyone Is Doing Great” screening and Q&A; a panel with Netflix’s series “Atypical;” a panel with EPIX’s new series “Perpetual Grace, LTD;” 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;” and 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

 

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR YEAR EIGHT, TAKING PLACE JUNE 6-9, 2019, IN AUSTIN, TX

March 22, 2019

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR YEAR EIGHT, TAKING PLACE JUNE 6-9, 2019, IN AUSTIN, TX

Season 8 Will Feature Screenings of OWN’s Summer Drama “David Makes Man,”And HBO’s Spanish-Language Comedy “Los Espookys”

New Panels Include A Conversation with ATX Awardee Phylicia Rashad, 
An Inside Look at the Making of AMC’s “The Terror: Infamy,”
A Lifetime 35th Anniversary Conversation with Executives and Creatives,
And a Conversation About “The Female Gaze”

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

This year’s festival will feature a pilot screening of OWN’s new original series “David Makes Man,” followed by a Q&A conversation with showrunner/executive producer Dee Harris-Lawrence, and cast members Phylicia Rashad and Akili McDowell.  “David Makes Man” is a one-hour lyrical drama from creator/executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”), which centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty.  The series premieres on OWN this summer.

ATX is honored to present Emmy-nominated and Tony award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad with this year’s “Award in Television eXcellence.”  The award was first given in 2014, to honor individuals whose body of work encompasses the standards that define ATX: thought-provoking, lasting, genuine, expansive, and ultimately, entertaining.  Ms. Rashad’s television career has embodied these traits and more, including her iconic roles on “The Cosby Show,” “Empire,” “This is Us,” and OWN’s upcoming drama “David Makes Man.” She will participate in an intimate conversation covering the expanse of her career and what lies ahead.  Previous recipients of the ATX Award are Henry Winkler, James L. Brooks, Norman Lear, and last year’s honoree, Marcy Carsey.

ATX will also feature a premiere screening for HBO’s upcoming primarily Spanish-language comedy “Los Espookys,” from the minds of fresh, exciting talents Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels.  The half-hour series follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with creators Armisen, Fabrega and Torres, who also star in the series.

AMC’s original series, “The Terror: Infamy” will also host a panel conversation with the creative team behind the anthology, taking viewers inside the production of the upcoming second season.  Set during World War II, the haunting and suspenseful 10-episode season centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.  The panel will feature co-creator/showrunner/executive producer Alexander Woo (“True Blood”) and consultant/star George Takei (“Star Trek”). Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

Lifetime will also present “A League of Their Own: 35 Years of Culture Defining Television on Lifetime,” a panel conversation with the executives & creatives behind the network’s latest scripted & unscripted content. Tanya Lopez (EVP, Limited Series & Original Movie Acquisitions), Gena McCarthy (EVP, Head of Unscripted Programming), actor/director/EP Kim Raver (“Tempting Fate”), executive producer Tamra Simmons (“Surviving R. Kelly”), and creator/executive producer Jamie Denbo (“American Princess”) will discuss the use of TV to move the cultural needle, what it means to evolve with the medium, and the importance of narratives shaped for and by women.

In addition, creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho (“Vida”) and actor/director/EP Kim Raver (“Tempting Fate”) will be part of “The Female Gaze,” a conversation with writers and directors who are reclaiming female agency by (figuratively and literally) shifting viewers’ perspectives from the “male” default, and telling stories that unapologetically place women and their world view at the center. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

These panels join the previously announced “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA, David A. Goodman, president, WGAW, and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA; a reunion of the ABC Family series “Greek;” “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television;” an “Inside the Writers Room” panel with Starz’s critically-acclaimed series “Vida;” the Closing Night Screening of Showtime’s “City on a Hill;” a panel exploring the “Power of Female Partnerships;” a “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; an “Everyone Is Doing Great” screening and Q&A; a panel with Netflix’s series “Atypical;” a panel with EPIX’s new series “Perpetual Grace, LTD;” 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;” and 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

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR SEASON EIGHT, TAKING PLACE JUNE 6-9, 2019, IN AUSTIN, TX

November 8, 2018

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
FIRST PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR SEASON EIGHT,
TAKING PLACE JUNE 6-9, 2019, IN AUSTIN, TX

Panels Include A Conversation with the Presidents of the Guilds,
The House That Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television,
Inside the “Vida” Writers Room, A “Men In Trees” Retrospective,
And a Discussion about Sex Scenes and On-Set Safety Moderated by Glen Mazzara

ATX Television Festival announces the first panels and programming for year eight of the festival, which will take place June 6-9, 2019, in Austin, Texas.  

ATX will host a “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring a discussion with Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA; David A. Goodman, president, WGAW; and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA.  For the first time on a single stage, the leaders of some of the most prominent entertainment unions and guilds will take part in a discussion about what goes in to shaping the forward-movement of the industry, the state of television, the ongoing push for equal pay, equal opportunity, and safety standards across all of entertainment, and the importance of fostering a creative culture.

Blumhouse Television co-presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold will also join the festival for a panel conversation titled, “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television,” a unique case study of the company’s journey from go-to producer of low-budget horror hits, to a multi-genre, consumer-facing studio with a growing presence in TV.  Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

ATX will continue its “Inside the Writers Room” series with Starz’s critically-acclaimed show “Vida,” featuring creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho, along with the series’ all-Latinx writers, for a conversation about how they approach storytelling.  “Vida,” which was “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes with a perfect score of 100%, and the Audience Award winner at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, will return for a second season next year.

Cancelled-Too-Soon dramedy “Men In Trees” will host a retrospective with creator/showrunner Jenny Bicks, writer/co-EP Anna Fricke, writer/producer Chris Dingess, producer Antonia Ellis, and cast members James Tupper, Emily Bergl, Suleka Mathew, Cynthia Stevenson, and Lauren Tom.  Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

The festival will also include “Let’s Talk about Sex (Scenes),” an honest discussion about empowering both writers and actors, and improving safe “sex” practices behind the camera.

The panel will be moderated by ATX Advisory Board member Glen Mazzara (“Damien,” “The Shield”), with creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), and actor Nicki Micheaux (“Animal Kingdom”) confirmed to participate.  Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.  

Season eight individual panelists thus far include Beatrice Springborn, Vice President, Content Development, Hulu; Jessica Rhoades, EP, “Sharp Objects”, “The Affair,” and Principal, Pacesetter; ATX Advisory Board member Kyle Killen, who currently serves as 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 recently launched the original podcast The TV Campfire, as part of its commitment to year- round programming, which 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 CONTACT:
Alison Rou
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

THE ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL IS LAUNCHING THE SYNDICATION PROJECT FOUNDATION AND PROGRAMMING TRACK FOR YEAR SEVEN OF THE FESTIVAL, FOCUSING ON ADVOCACY THROUGH STORYTELLING

May 2, 2018

The ATX Television Festival is Launching
The Syndication Project Foundation and Programming Track 
For Year Seven of the Festival, Focusing on Advocacy Through Storytelling

The ATX Television Festival announced The Syndication Project Foundation and Programming Track for this year’s festival, which returns for a seventh year June 7-10 in Austin, TX, which highlights advocacy through storytelling.

“As the festival has grown, so has our passion and belief that great storytelling has the ability to make an impact on television audiences throughout the world.  With that in mind, we are launching The Syndication Project, a foundation that focuses on advocacy through storytelling, with a programming track at this summer’s festival,” said Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, co-founders and executive directors, ATX Television Festival.  “We believe through combining a story, an issue, and a cause, we can start an honest dialogue and a call to action for audiences and the TV industry alike.  These panels focus on areas where we feel TV can help effect real change, and many are in partnership with organizations that are committed to making a difference in the world, such as the Television Academy Honors, Hollywood Health & Society, Student Veterans of America, and the ACLU.  We’re thrilled to present a panel with The Hollywood Reporter for the first time this year as well, discussing why TV matters.”

Previously unannounced panelists joining the festival this year are Tanya Saracho, Rina Mimoun, Anna Fricke, Sarah Aubrey, Mauricio Mota, Lauren Whitney, Paul Sciarrotta, Bob Daily, Mikko Alane, Tyler Grey and Eric Bourquin.

In addition, Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”), Amanda Lasher (“The Bold Type”), I. Marlene King (“Famous in Love”), Eric Wald (“Siren”), and Karey Burke (EVP, Freeform Programming and Development) join the previously announced panel, Freeform’s Evolution of Millennials Programming.

The Syndication Project panels are as follows:

Why Does TV Matter?, Presented with the Hollywood Reporter
Moderated by: Lesley Goldberg, West Coast TV Editor
We often ask ourselves, would “Friends” or “Seinfeld” be made in 2018, as stories that followed 4-6 white, heterosexual characters. Every year executives strive to expand representation behind and in front of the camera to include a wider range of races, religions, sexual orientations, and cultures. These key decision makers discuss why such changes are essential, what strides their companies are making to be more inclusive of all types of people, and how (if at all) they believe this evolving television landscape is impacting society.

Panelists: Sarah Aubrey (TNT), Carolyn Newman (eOne), Lauren Whitney (Miramax), Karey Burke (Freeform)

Breaking Down the Binary
Hosted by: Cameron Esposito 
For LGBTQIA viewers, TV has long been a medium of binaries — gay or straight; male or female; cisgender or transgender — but the past few years have seen a swell of characters who aren’t so easily defined. From teen soaps to cable dramedies, the spectrum of visibility has grown to include bisexual+ and non-binary characters who are more in tune with the viewers they represent, and less the product of tropes and stereotypes. Hear from the creators & creatives behind these series as they discuss what this visibility means for LGBTQIA audiences, and why breaking down the binary is an essential part of moving representation forward.

Panelists: Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher (“Take My Wife”), Nico Tortorella (“Younger”), Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”)

On Duty, Presented with Student Veterans of America
Moderated by: Jared Lyon, President of SVA
This past and current season of TV has seen multiple series capture what life is like while serving in the military. The creators/showrunners of these series work closely with military consultants, including hiring veterans on their crews and writing staffs, to ensure accuracy. These writers and consultants discuss their working partnerships, their objectives in trying to portray active military life and military culture, and the challenges they face when recreating service and reintegration storylines for mainstream audiences.

Panelists: Mikko Alanne (“The Long Road Home”), Tyler Grey (“SEAL Team”), Graham Yost (“The Pacific,” “Band of Brothers”), Eric Bourquin (Consultant, “The Long Road Home”), Anna Fricke (“Valor”), David Broyles (“SIX”)

Her Body, Her Choice: TVs Abortion Dilemma, Presented with Hollywood, Health & Society
Moderated by: Kate Langrall Folb, Program Director, Hollywood, Health & Society
In the 45 years since Norman Lear faced off with standards & practices over Maude’s “dilemma” (a first for the small screen), creatives have been fighting to de-stigmatize the female body, and by extension, the right to choose by including birth control and abortion in more than just a “special episode.” Primetime and cable have seen major characters faced with decisions about sex and pregnancy, unplanned motherhood, and even onscreen abortions. While the topic remains a cultural, social and political pressure point, women are slowly seeing their experiences reflected back with urgency and empathy. Join creatives behind these stories as they discuss the challenges of tackling women’s reproductive health onscreen, the challenges and successes they experience, and why realistic depictions of choice and the aftermath are still so hard to come by.

Panelists: Mauricio Mota (“East Los High”), Rina Mimoun (“Mistresses”), Paul Sciarrotta (“Jane the Virgin”)

Stories Without Walls, Presented by the ACLU
Moderated by: Lorella Praeli, ACLU Immigration Advocacy Leader
In recent months, immigration storylines have become central plots for a number of TV shows. These writers and producers, along with a representative from the ACLU, discuss the importance and power of story, how they work together to ensure authentic representations of current issues, the impact it has on viewer’s opinions on DACA, refugees, and deportation, as well as the actions they hope audiences are inspired to take by these characters and storylines.

Panelists: Mauricio Mota (“East Los High”), Gloria Calderon Kellett (“One Day at a Time”), Paul Sciarrotta (“Jane the Virgin”), Bob Daily (“Superior Donuts”), Tanya Saracho (“Vida”)

Power(ful) TV, Presented with the Television Academy Honors
Moderated by: Lindsay Scola, Sr. Director, Talent and Public Relations, Television Academy
As society has changed, so has the role of storytelling on TV. In the current political climate, what is the obligation of series creators and writers to showcase divisive social issues, diverse cultures and ethnicities, and varying opinions on an array of “hot topics?” These creators have already excelled at including storylines that have expanded awareness of these issues, and will discuss what they feel the responsibility of TV is, in not only entertaining, but pushing the norm, challenging beliefs, and ultimately moving the social needle by presenting audiences with different points of view.

Panelists: Gloria Calderon Kellett (“One Day at a Time”), Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), and TBA additional panelists

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