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ATX ANNOUNCES FINAL PANELS AND PROGRAMMING LEADING INTO THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

ATX ANNOUNCES FINAL PANELS AND PROGRAMMING LEADING INTO THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

GLAAD Will Present a “Bury Your Tropes” Panel, Taking on the Recent Conversation
Around Stereotypical Portrayals of LGBTQIA Characters on Television

USA Network’s “Royal Pains” Will Celebrate Its Final Season
With a Screening and Panel Presentation with the Cast and Producers

The Television Academy Will Present “Power(ful) TV,”
A Panel Discussing Television as an Agent of Positive Social Change

Entertainment Weekly Editor-in- Chief Henry Goldblatt Will Sit Down with Shondaland’s
Betsy Beers for “3 Rounds with Betsy Beers: A Look Inside Shondaland”

Hulu’s “The Path” Will Hold a Screening and Panel
Featuring Executive Producers Jason Katims and Jessica Goldberg

Howard Gordon Will Hold a Master Class on His Career

May 4, 2016Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces the final panels and programming leading in to this year’s festival, which returns for a fifth year June 9-12, in Austin, Texas. The full schedule will be released on Friday, May 6, at www.atxfestival.com.

GLAAD will present a “Bury Your Tropes” panel, which will take on the stereotypical tropes that have led to much discussion recently about the portrayal of LGBTQIA characters and storylines, and the panelists, which include Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“Lost,” “The 100”), Krista Vernoff (“Shameless,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Carter Covington (“Faking It”), and Megan Townsend, Entertainment Media Strategist for GLAAD, will take part in a larger conversation about the importance of inclusion and positive representation on television.

ATX will host a special screening of an episode from the final season of USA Network’s “Royal Pains” followed by a panel featuring cast members Mark Feuerstein, Henry Winkler, Paulo Costanzo, Brooke D’Orsay, Reshma Shetty and Ben Shenkman, along with creator and executive producer Andrew Lenchewski, and executive producer Michael Rauch.

The Television Academy will present “Power(ful) TV,” a panel focused on television’s ability to touch viewers’ hearts and minds and power social change. Television Academy President and COO, Maury McIntyre, will lead an energizing discussion with panelists Jason Katims (“The Path,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”), Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”), Jennie Snyder Urman (“Jane the Virgin”), Mike Royce (“Men of a Certain Age”) and Jack Amiel (“The Knick”). These dynamic producers will discuss how they organically address storylines of race, religion, the foster care system, immigration, abortion, health care and other topics, with the hope and belief that their programs will spark empathy, greater understanding of the issues and constructive action. 

Entertainment Weekly’s editor-in- chief Henry Goldblatt will sit down with Shondaland’s Betsy Beers for “3 Rounds with Betsy Beers: a Look Inside Shondaland,” during which the two will discuss the inner workings of Shondaland over three rounds of drinks, inspired by EW’s “3 Rounds With…” feature in the magazine, which will be themed around the leading ladies of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”

Hulu’s critically acclaimed new series “The Path,” which was just picked up for a second season, will hold a screening and panel featuring creator and executive producer Jessica Goldberg, who will be attending ATX as a first time panelist, and executive producer Jason Katims, who will also be part of the previously announced “Friday Night Lights” High School Reunion on Panther Field.

Emmy-winning writer and executive producer Howard Gordon, who was previously announced as part of the panel for FX’s “Tyrant,” will hold a Master Class at this year’s ATX, which will be moderated by Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall. In an intimate setting, Gordon will reflect on his successes and failures, and mentors and protégés over the years, and the lessons he’s learned throughout his career.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell will moderate the previously announced panel, “The West Wing Administration,” which marks the 10 th anniversary of “The West Wing” finale, and Melissa Fitzgerald, cast member and now Senior Director of Justice For Vets, joins the line-up of creator/executive producer Aaron Sorkin, director/executive producer Thomas Schlamme, and cast members Bradley Whitford, Dule Hill, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff and Janel Moloney on the panel. 

Freeform will hold an advance screening and panel their new crime mystery series “Guilt,” which is set to debut June 13, and will feature co-creator/writer/executive producer Kathryn Price ("The Game Plan") and executive producer/writer Todd Slavkin ("Defiance"), along with a to-be- announced cast member.  “Guilt” joins the previously announced new Freeform series “Dead of Summer,” which will hold a screening and panel with creators/executive producers Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, and Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time”).

ATX will also host a panel with Matt Hullum and Burnie Burns, the co-founders of the pioneering studio Rooster Teeth, who will join the creative forces behind two of the company’s new feature shows – “Day 5,” with co-creator/executive producer Josh Flanagan and lead actor Jesse Boyd, and “Crunch Time,” with writer/director Andrew Disney and writer Bradley Jackson – as they discuss programming and producing series for an ever-evolving digital landscape, and how they meet the growing demand for high quality programming.

These panels join USA’s “Queen of the South” on Opening Night; “Ugly Betty” 10 year reunion presented by Entertainment Weekly on Closing Night; “The West Wing” Administration panel with Aaron Sorkin and members of the cast; “Rescue Me” reunion with Denis Leary, Peter Tolan, and members of the cast; “The O.C.” Writers Room reunion with creator Josh Schwartz and the show’s writers, along with a script reading of the pilot episode, presented by CW Seed; a “Friday Night Lights” High School Reunion on Panther Field, with surprise guests and events; “The Shield” Writers Room reunion with creator Shawn Ryan and the show’s writers; a “State of Grace” reunion with cast Mae Whitman and Alia Shawkat, along with creators Brenda Lilly and Hollis Rich; a panel of First Time Showrunners and Creators; a panel featuring TV Stunt Performers and Actors; a panel discussion of the (New) American Family with Nahnatchka Kahn, Casey Johnson, David Windsor, Norman Lear and Phil Rosenthal; a Conversation with David Simon and Tom Fontana moderated by Beau Willimon; a Conversation with Norman Lear moderated by Jerrod Carmichael; a Conversation with Kurt Sutter and Katey Sagal; a Conversation with Noah Hawley moderated by Beau Willimon; series panels and screenings for Hulu’s “Casual,” Lifetime’s “UnREAL,” NBC’s “Superstore; TV Land’s “Younger” and “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” FX’s “Tyrant” and “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” AMC’s “Preacher,” Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse,” WGN’s “Outsiders,” AT&T Audience Network’s “Kingdom,” TBS’ “Search Party,” and Freeform’s “Dead of Summer;” and a script reading of the never-picked- up pilot “Big” with creators Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, along with surprise cast. Norman Lear will also receive this year’s ATX Award for Achievement in Television Excellence.

For the latest developments, tickets and badges visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter. For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs5 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.

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PRESS CONTACT:

Alison Rou
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

ATX ANNOUNCES MARQUEE EVENTS ALONG WITH NEW PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

ATX ANNOUNCES MARQUEE EVENTS
ALONG WITH NEW PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

USA’s New Series “Queen of the South” Will Kick Things Off on Opening Night
With a Premiere Screening and Panel

ATX Will Host a Special “The West Wing Administration” Panel,
Featuring Creator Aaron Sorkin and Members of the Cast

Entertainment Weekly Will Present an “Ugly Betty” 10 Year Reunion on Closing Night,
Featuring America Ferrera and the Cast

Denis Leary Will Be Part of a Panel for FX’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,”
Along with a Reunion for “Rescue Me”

April 7, 2016Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces marquee events – including Opening and Closing Night – along with new panels and programming for this year’s festival, which returns for a fifth year June 9-12, in Austin, Texas.

USA Network’s upcoming new series “Queen of the South” will kick things off on Opening Night with a premiere screening and panel featuring the cast and creators. The reimagined drama, based on the global bestseller “La Reina Del Sur” by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, follows Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America after her cartel boyfriend is murdered.

The festival will host “The West Wing Administration” panel, featuring creator/executive producer Aaron Sorkin and director/executive producer Thomas Schlamme, along with the following cast members who have committed so far – Bradley Whitford, Dule Hill, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff and Janel Moloney. The panel marks the 10th anniversary of the “The West Wing” finale, and will delve into the series storylines, characters and fandom. More details and panelists to come.

As previously announced, Entertainment Weekly will present a 10 year reunion celebration of “Ugly Betty” on Closing Night of the festival, with cast members America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Becki Newton, Michael Urie, Ashley Jensen, Ana Ortiz, Tony Plana, Mark Indelicato, Vanessa Williams and Rebecca Romijn confirmed to attend.

In addition, ATX will also host a screening and panel of America Ferrera’s newly renewed NBC comedy “Superstore,” featuring Ferrera, who stars in the series along with serving as a producer, together with fellow cast members Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos and Nichole Bloom, and creator/executive producer Justin Spitzer.

Denis Leary will return to ATX this year with a panel both for his FX comedy “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” featuring fellow cast members Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix, John Ales and Bobby Kelly, and also will be part of a special “Rescue Me” reunion, with fellow creator Peter Tolan, along with cast members Callie Thorne, Andrea Roth, Michael Lombardi, James McCaffrey, Lenny Clarke and Larenz Tate. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

Starz will host the season three premiere of its comedy “Survivor’s Remorse,” featuring creator Mike O’Malley and director Ali LeRoi, along with cast members RonReaco Lee, Jessie Usher and Teyonah Parris.

WGN’s new series “Outsiders” will host a panel with executive producers Peter Tolan and Peter Mattei, discussing season one and where the show is headed in season two, and will screen never-before-seen footage. Participating cast members will be announced at a later date.

AT&T AUDIENCE Network will be part of ATX for the first time, with a panel for their original series “Kingdom,” produced by Endemol Shine Studios, featuring creator/executive producer Byron Balasco and cast members Jonathan Tucker, Joanna Going and Matt Lauria. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

ATX will screen the upcoming TBS series “Search Party,” followed by a conversation with Alia Shawkat, who was previously announced as part of the “State of Grace” reunion, along with creators Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.

Hulu will exclusively present the Badgeholder Lounge at this year’s festival, which will be held at ATX’s headquarters, the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel. All badgeholders will be able to relax and recharge between panels and screenings all weekend long, while engaging with Hulu original series and library programming, including “Fargo,” “The Shield,” “Ugly Betty” and “UnREAL,” to name a few, which will all have a presence at ATX. Additional activations and events will be announced at a later time.

These panels join “The O.C.” Writers Room Reunion with creator Josh Schwartz and the show’s writers, along with a script reading of the pilot episode, presented by CW Seed; a “Friday Night Lights” High School Reunion on Panther Field, with surprise guests and events; a special “Everybody Loves Raymond” 20-year Reunion with cast and producers; “The Shield” Writers Room Reunion with creator Shawn Ryan and the show’s writers; a panel of First Time Showrunners and Creators; a panel featuring TV Stunt Performers; a panel discussion of the (New) American Family with Nahnatchka Kahn, Casey Johnson & David Windsor; a Conversation with David Simon and Tom Fontana moderated by Beau Willimon; a Conversation with Norman Lear moderated by Jerrod Carmichael; a Conversation with Noah Hawley moderated by Beau Willimon; series panels and screenings for Hulu’s “Casual,” Lifetime’s “UnREAL,” TV Land’s “Younger,” FX’s “Tyrant,” AMC’s “Preacher,” TV Land’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and Freeform’s “Dead of Summer;” a script reading of the never-picked-up pilot “Big” with creators Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, along with surprise cast; a “State of Grace” Reunion with cast Mae Whitman and Alia Shawkat, along with creators Brenda Lilly and Hollis Rich; and panelists Betsy Beers, Kurt Sutter, Jennie Snyder Urman, Hart Hanson and Krista Vernoff. Norman Lear will also receive this year’s ATX Award for Achievement in Television Excellence.

For the latest developments, tickets and badges visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter. For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs5 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.

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PRESS CONTACT:

Alison Rou
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

ATX ANNOUNCES NEW PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

ATX ANNOUNCES NEW PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

A Panel with First Time Showrunners and Creators, Featuring Ryan Condal (“Colony”),
Jason Rothenberg (“The 100”), Zander Lehmann (“Casual”) and Sarah Shapiro (“UnREAL”)

Series Panels and Screenings for FX’s “Tyrant,” AMC’s “Preacher,”
TV Land’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and Freeform’s “Dead of Summer”

A Conversation with Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) Moderated by Beau Willimon

Panel Featuring TV Stunt Performers, Discussing What Goes in to Pulling Off
Some of the Biggest Stunts on Television

CW Seed to Present the Previously Announced Writers Room Reunion
And Pilot Reading for “The O.C.”

March 10, 2016Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces new panels and programming for this year’s festival, which returns for a fifth year June 9-12, in Austin, Texas.

First Timers: Showrunners and Creators will feature Ryan Condal (“Colony”), Jason Rothenberg (“The 100”), Zander Lehmann (“Casual”) and Sarah Shapiro (“UnREAL”), who will discuss the process of creating and/or running their own show for the first time, and learning to juggle all that having a new series entails, from pitching, to writing and producing a pilot, having their series picked up, organizing a writers room, and being paired with seasoned showrunners (or learning to become one themselves).

ATX will host series panels and screenings, including the season three premiere of FX’s “Tyrant,” featuring executive producer Howard Gordon. In addition, the festival will feature AMC’s new series “Preacher;” TV Land’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show” with executive producers/writers Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan; and Freeform’s upcoming new series “Dead of Summer,” with executive producers/creators Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time”). Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

This year’s festival will host a conversation with ATX Advisory Board member Noah Hawley, moderated by Beau Willimon, which will be a discussion of writing for various mediums, from Hawley’s critically acclaimed FX series “Fargo,” to his new novel “Before the Fall.”

ATX will also feature a panel discussion and demonstration on stunt coordination and the intense process behind bringing to life some of television’s most memorable action sequences, from training and choreography, to small-screen execution. The panel will feature actors Adrianne Palicki (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Derek Phillips (“Friday Night Lights”), and experienced stunt performers Nick Benseman (“Agent X”), Nikki Tomlinson (“The Walking Dead”) and Torrey Vogel (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”).

CW Seed will present the previously announced Writers Room Reunion and Pilot Reading for “The O.C.,” as the series is available to stream in-full on their platform.

Creator and executive producer Darren Star will be in attendance for the previously announced screening and panel of TV Land’s “Younger,” along with cast members Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann and Molly Bernard.

These panels join “The O.C.” Writers Room Reunion with creator Josh Schwartz and the show’s writers, along with a script reading of the pilot episode; the “Friday Night Lights” High School Reunion on Panther Field, with surprise guests and events; a special “Everybody Loves Raymond” 20-year Reunion with cast and producers; “The Shield” Writers Room Reunion with creator Shawn Ryan and the show’s writers; a Conversation with David Simon and Tom Fontana moderated by Beau Willimon; series panels and screenings for Hulu’s Golden Globe-nominated comedy “Casual,” Lifetime’s critically acclaimed series “UnREAL,” and TV Land’s “Younger;” a script reading of the never-picked-up pilot “Big” with creators Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, along with surprise cast; a “State of Grace” Reunion with Mae Whitman, Alia Shawkat, and creators Brenda Lilly and Hollis Rich; and panelists Betsy Beers, Kurt Sutter, Jennie Snyder Urman, Hart Hanson and Krista Vernoff. Norman Lear will also receive this year’s ATX Award for Television Excellence.

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

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs5 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.

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PRESS CONTACT:

Alison Rou
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

ATX ANNOUNCES NEW PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

ATX ANNOUNCES NEW PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

A Writers Room Reunion for “The O.C.” Will Take Place, Featuring Creator Josh Schwartz,
Along with a Script Reading of the Pilot Episode

Series Panels and Screenings Will be Held for Hulu’s “Casual,”
Lifetime’s “UnREAL,”And TV Land’s “Younger”

A “Friday Night Lights” High School Reunion,
Which Will Take Place on Panther Field, and Feature Many Surprise Guests and Events

Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) Will Moderate a Conversation with
David Simon (“The Wire”) and Tom Fontana (“Oz”)

Showrunners Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Jennie Snyder Urman (“Jane and Virgin”)
Will Appear as a First Time Panelists

February 5, 2016Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces new panels and programming for this year’s festival, which returns for a fifth year June 9-12, in Austin, Texas.

A Writers Room Reunion for “The O.C.” will take place, featuring creator Josh Schwartz, along with writers Stephanie Savage (“The Astronaut Wives Club”) and Leila Gerstein (“Hart of Dixie”). Additional panelists will be announced at a later date. ATX will also host a script reading of the pilot episode of the series, similar to last year’s unforgettable “Dawson’s Creek” reading, featuring a TBD cast.

ATX will host series panels and screenings with Hulu’s Golden Globe® nominated comedy “Casual,” Lifetime’s critically-acclaimed drama “UnREAL,” and TV Land’s “Younger,” which returns to the festival for a second year. Panelists will be announced at a later date.

Celebrating five years since the series ended, and the 10-year anniversary of its premiere, ATX will host a special “Friday Night Lights” High School Reunion, in association with Texas Monthly. On Friday, June 10th, cast, crew and fans will reunite on Panther Field where it all took place, with a traditional “Friday Night Lights” pep rally, live music, tailgating activities, Texas “eats,” photo opportunities, surprise cast appearances, and a special screening of a fan-favorite episode.

ATX Advisory Board member Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) will moderate a conversation with David Simon, creator of “The Wire” and the new HBO series “The Deuce,” and Tom Fontana, creator of “Oz,” as they discuss their professional relationship, how they came to work together on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and highlights from their individual series and careers.

Showrunners Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Jennie Snyder Urman (“Jane the Virgin”) will join this year’s festival as first time panelists. Sutter will be part of the previously announced writers room reunion for “The Shield,” among other panels, and Urman will discuss her buzzed-about series, which has garnered both critical acclaim and awards recognition.

These panels join previously announced programming for ATX’s 2016 festival, including a special “Everybody Loves Raymond” 20-year reunion with cast and producers; “The Shield” Writers Room Reunion with creator Shawn Ryan and the show’s writers; a script reading of the never-picked-up pilot “Big,” with creators Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce and surprise cast; and panelists Betsy Beers, Hart Hanson and Krista Vernoff. Norman Lear will also receive this year’s ATX Award for Television Excellence.

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

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs5 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.

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PRESS CONTACT:

Alison Rou
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

ATX ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST WAVE OF PROGRAMMING FOR NEXT SEASON’S FESTIVAL, WHICH RETURNS FOR A FIFTH YEAR JUNE 9-12, 2016, IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

ATX ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST WAVE OF PROGRAMMING FOR NEXT SEASON’S FESTIVAL,
WHICH RETURNS FOR A FIFTH YEAR JUNE 9-12, 2016, IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

This Year’s ATX Award Recipient Will be Television Icon Norman Lear

Panels Include a Special “Everybody Loves Raymond” 20-Year Reunion;
“The Shield” Writers Room Reunion, Featuring Creator Shawn Ryan;
And a Script Reading of the Never-Picked-up Pilot “Big”
with Creators Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, and Surprise Cast;
Along with Panelists Betsy Beers, Hart Hanson and Krista Vernoff

October 13, 2015Austin, TX —  ATX Television Festival announces its first wave of panels and programming for the upcoming fifth season of the festival, along with this year’s ATX Award recipient, television icon Norman Lear. This year’s festival will feature a special “Everybody Loves Raymond” 20-year reunion; “The Shield” writers room reunion with creator Shawn Ryan and the show’s writers; a script reading of the never-picked-up pilot “Big” with creators Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, and featuring surprise cast; and panelists Betsy Beers, Hart Hanson and Krista Vernoff. ATX will be back for a fifth year June 9-12, 2016, in Austin, TX.

“We’re humbled and honored to have the legendary Norman Lear accept our Achievement in Television eXcellence Award, which was created with the intention of acknowledging those who have dedicated their lives to television – participating in its history as well as its future – and there is no one better suited to receive that honor than Mr. Lear,” said Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, Co-Executive Directors and Founders, ATX Television Festival. “We’re also thrilled to begin announcing our programming for season five, as we strive to continue balancing our reunions, niche series, current shows and new series premieres, as well as some of the biggest hits from network, cable and streaming platforms.”

ATX Award recipient Norman Lear has produced such iconic series as “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time,” among many other programs that have shaped this country’s rich television history. Along with the presentation of the award, ATX will host an intimate conversation with Mr. Lear, and feature a retrospective of his programming throughout the weekend with various special guests. Mr. Lear joins Henry Winkler and James L. Brooks, who have received the ATX Award the past two years it’s been given.

“Everybody Loves Raymond’s” 20-year reunion panel will feature creator Phil Rosenthal, along with cast members Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts and Monica Horan, and writers Mike Royce, Lew Schneider, Steve Skrovan, Jeremy Stevens and Aaron Shure, who will reunite to discuss the evolution of this iconic family sitcom. Additional participants will be announced at a later time.

Last year, ATX hosted its first writers room reunion with “Dawson’s Creek,” and based on its overwhelming success, is expanding on that programming track with a writers room reunion of FX’s breakout drama “The Shield,” featuring an in-depth conversation with creator Shawn Ryan, along with writers Glen Mazzara, Scott Rosenbaum and Sarah Fain. Along with discussing the creation and influence of the series, they will also touch on the places the show has taken its elite group of writers. Additional participants will be announced at a later date.

In addition, Shawn Ryan will join creator Ted Griffin and cast member Michael Raymond-James for a spotlight screening of the former FX series “Terriers.” Featured as part of the festival’s cancelled-too-soon track of programming, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the show’s cast and creatives.

Also following the success of last year’s first-ever script reading of the “Dawson’s Creek” pilot, this year’s festival will also include a script reading of the never-picked-up pilot “Big,” with creators Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, who will be joined by surprise cast.

Betsy Beers, partner at Shondaland, who also serves as executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” and the upcoming midseason drama “The Catch,” will be a panelist at this year’s festival, and participate in conversations about her wide-spanning career and role as a non-writing executive producer.

Hart Hanson will join the festival as a panelist in a variety of sessions as well, discussing his long-running drama “Bones,” and wide range of other series, and Krista Vernoff (“Wonderfalls,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) will attend as a panelist, screening her never-picked-up pilots “Grace” and “Introducing Lennie Rose,” with special guest Abigail Spencer, who starred in both.

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

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs5 on Twitter.

About the ATX Television Festival
Our 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 creators, showrunners, writers, actors, directors, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite series to the small screen. We feature classic shows, never-aired pilots, cancelled-too-soon series, cult favorites, current hits, and premieres of new series, through episode screenings and Q&A’s with the cast and creators, panels focused on industry related topics, and parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and activations. 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 television.

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PRESS CONTACT:
Alison Rou
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON, AS ATX ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING LEADING UP TO THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL, JUNE 4-7, IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON, AS ATX ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING
LEADING UP TO THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL, JUNE 4-7, IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

Newly Added Panels Include Fox’s Hit Series “Empire,”
A Marquee Event and Screening of FX Networks Comedies,
Including the World Premiere of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,”
Adult Swim Presents “Rick and Morty;” El Rey Network and Miramax’s
Along with “Married” and “You’re the Worst;” Plus a New Episode of “The Comedians;”
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series;” And the Premiere of TV Land’s “Teachers”

April 28, 2015 — Austin, TX – ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming as this year’s festival draws closer, including “Empire: The Creatives;” a marquee event and screening of FX Networks comedies, including the world premiere of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” along with “Married” and “You’re the Worst,” plus a new episode screening of “The Comedians;” “Inside ‘Rick and Morty,’” presented by Adult Swim; the season two world premiere of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” presented by El Rey Network and Miramax; and the premiere of the new TV Land series “Teachers.” The ATX Television Festival will be back for a fourth year June 4-7, 2015, in Austin, TX.

Fox is bringing its massive hit series “Empire” to ATX, with “Empire: The Creatives,” featuring executive producers Danny Strong and Ilene Chaiken, and co-executive producer Wendy Calhoun. The conversation will take an in-depth look at this blockbuster show, how the writers and producers broke beyond stereotypes, and what they think attributes to its unprecedented week-to-week growth.

FX Networks will host a marquee event and screening of several of its comedy series, including the world premiere of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” with executive producer and star Denis Leary, and fellow cast members Elizabeth Gillies, Bobby Kelly, Elaine Hendrix and John Ales; an all-new episode from the upcoming season of “Married,” with creator and executive producer Andrew Gurland and cast members Nat Faxon and Judy Greer; and a screening of last season’s finale of “You’re the Worst,” with creator and executive producer Stephen Falk, along with cast members Aya Cash and Chris Geere.

FX is also presenting a new episode of its comedy series “The Comedians,” and will host a discussion with co-creators and executive producers Ben Wexler and Matt Nix, who was previously announced as part of the opening night premiere of his new USA series, “Complications.”

Adult Swim is presenting “Inside ‘Rick and Morty,’” featuring a behind-the-scenes discussion of the series with creators and executive producers Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland.

El Rey Network and Miramax are hosting their season two world premiere and Q&A for “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” with creator and maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez will be joined by executive producer and showrunner Carlos Coto, along with cast members D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Wilmer Valderrama, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Jake Busey and Jesse Garcia. Following the premiere, El Rey Network will host a post-premiere happy hour at the badge-holder lounge, located at Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel.

TV Land is presenting the premiere of its new summer series “Teachers” with cast members/writers/creators Katie O’Brien, Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert and Katie Thomas, and showrunners and executive producers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts.

This programming joins previously announced panels for this year’s festival, “Boomtown;” “Boy Meets Girl Meets World;” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine;” “Bunheads;” the world premiere of USA’s “Complications” on Opening Night; a “Dawson’s Creek” writers room reunion, along with a first-ever “Dawson’s Creek” pilot script reading presented by creator Kevin Williamson; “Dream On;” “Drunk History’s History;” “The Fosters;” “Gilmore Girls;” “Hannibal;” “Journeyman;” “Justified;” “Playing House;” “Power;” “Queer as Folk;” “The Simpsons; “Suits;” and “Wayward Pines.”

In addition, television icon James L. Brooks will receive the second annual Achievement in Television Excellence Award. Confirmed panelists include Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Noah Hawley (“Fargo”), Marta Kauffman (“Friends”), Kerry Ehrin (“Bates Motel”) and Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”), among others.

Additional programming, panels and panelists will be announced at a later date. For the latest developments, tickets and badges visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTV4 on Twitter.

About the ATX Television Festival
Our focus is on the celebration of the television medium: looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.  Our weekend consists of events where attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite series to the small screen. We have all the functionality of a traditional film festival – spotlighting classic shows, never aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits, and premieres of new series. In addition, we focus on episode screenings with Q&A’s from the cast and creators; panels focused on industry related topics like streaming and innovative outlets to continue production outside of the network/studio system; and will include parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events, and “super secret happy hours.” Ultimately, ATX has the goal of serving both the community and industry professionals equally by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.
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PRESS CONTACTS:
Alison Rou, Communications and Branding
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

Brandy Fons and Chet Whitmore, Festival Publicists
(310) 809-8882  (512) 993-0106
brandy@fonspr.com  chet@fonspr.com

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY ANNOUNCE AN UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY ANNOUNCE
AN UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

EW Will Present the Highly Anticipated “Gilmore Girls” Reunion on Closing Night, And Hold a First-Ever Panel at 35,000 Feet on ATX’s Southwest Airlines® TV Party Plane

April 22, 2015Austin, TX – ATX Television Festival and Entertainment Weekly announced an unprecedented partnership for this year’s festival, which will take place June 4-7, 2015, in Austin, TX. The highly anticipated “Gilmore Girls” reunion will be presented in association with Entertainment Weekly (EW) as the Closing Night panel of the festival, and as previously announced, will feature creator Amy Sherman Palladino along with cast members Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Jared Padalecki, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena, Liza Weil, Liz Torres, Sean Gunn, Yanic Truesdale and John Cabrera. Newly added to the panel are cast members Danny Strong, Todd Lowe, Jackson Douglas and Matt Czuchry.

In addition, EW will present and moderate the first-ever panel at 35,000 feet in the air to kick off the festival on ATX’s legendary Southwest Airlines TV Party Plane. EW will also host additional panels throughout the weekend, and has coverage planned across platforms on EW Radio on SiriusXM, EW.com and in the magazine, reaching their audience of nearly 25 million passionate and engaged fans.

“I’ve admired the ATX Television Festival since it started,” said Henry Goldblatt, Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Weekly. “I couldn’t be happier for us to partner in the festival’s fourth year. It’s quickly become the premiere destination for the actors, writers, directors, creators, and showrunners who are responsible for so many of the shows that EW’s TV obsessed audience loves.”

“Entertainment Weekly readers and ATX Television Festival attendees are one in the same – a savvy blend of both television fans and those who follow the entertainment industry – so a partnership with EW was the perfect fit for us,” said Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, Co-Executive Directors and Founders, ATX Television Festival. “We’re thrilled to have EW present ‘Gilmore Girls’ as Closing Night, as it will allow us to host it in a larger venue for more fans to enjoy, and those who can’t attend will still have the chance to watch it on EW.com.  We couldn’t be more excited to be working alongside EW, and look forward to more opportunities in the future.”

Previously announced panels for this year’s festival include “Boomtown;” “Boy Meets Girl Meets World;” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine;” “Bunheads;” the world premiere of USA’s “Complications” on Opening Night; a “Dawson’s Creek” writers room reunion, along with a first-ever “Dawson’s Creek” pilot script reading presented by creator Kevin Williamson; “Dream On;” “Drunk History’s History;” “The Fosters;” “Gilmore Girls;” “Hannibal;” “Journeyman;” “Justified;” “Playing House;” “Power;” “Queer as Folk;” “The Simpsons; “Suits;” and “Wayward Pines.” In addition, television icon James L. Brooks will receive the second annual Achievement in Television Excellence Award. Confirmed panelists include Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) and Marta Kauffman (“Friends”). Additional programming, panels and panelists will be announced at a later date.

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

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTV4 on Twitter.

ABOUT ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL
Our focus is on the celebration of the television medium: looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.  Our weekend consists of events where attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite series to the small screen. We have all the functionality of a traditional film festival – spotlighting classic shows, never aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits, and premieres of new series. In addition, we focus on episode screenings with Q&A’s from the cast and creators; panels focused on industry related topics like streaming and innovative outlets to continue production outside of the network/studio system; and will include parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events, and “super secret happy hours.” Ultimately, ATX has the goal of serving both the community and industry professionals equally by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Entertainment Weekly is your all-access pass to Hollywood’s most creative minds and most fascinating stars. The magazine was launched by Time Inc. in 1990 and is America’s leading consumer publication in the entertainment category, with a guaranteed circulation rate base of nearly 1.8 million and a combined audience of almost 25 million loyal, engaged fans. Each day, EW.com publishes a myriad of featured stories, blog posts, TV-recaps, original videos, film reviews and photo galleries. In 2014, EW.com’s desktop, tablet and mobile growth hit an all-time high of 13.7 million combined unique visitors. Entertainment Weekly is the first to know about the best in entertainment. With sharp insight, unparalleled access and a trusted voice, EW keeps readers plugged into pop culture. This is where the buzz begins. Entertainment Weekly is also available on the iPhone®, iPad®, NOOK Color™, HP Touchpad, Kindle Fire, and select Android™ devices. On social media, join the Entertainment Weekly community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google +.
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PRESS CONTACTS:
Alison Rou, Communications and Branding
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

Brandy Fons and Chet Whitmore, Festival Publicists
(310) 809-8882  (512) 993-0106
brandy@fonspr.com  chet@fonspr.com

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT, WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF USA’S NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES “COMPLICATIONS”

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT, WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF USA’S NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES “COMPLICATIONS”

ATX’s Second Annual Achievement in Television Excellence Award Recipient Who Will Also Participate in a Career-Spanning Conversation with Phil Rosenthal, Is Television Icon James L. Brooks, And a Panel on the History “The Simpsons” with Producers Al Jean, Matt Selman and David Silverman

Newly Added Panels Include NBC’s “Hannibal,” with Creator Bryan Fuller; Fox Comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” with Creator Dan Goor and Members of the Cast; A “Cancelled Too Soon” Screening for Amy Sherman Palladino’s “Bunheads;” A 25-Year Anniversary Screening of Marta Kauffman’s HBO Series “Dream On;” And a “Dawson’s Creek” Pilot Script Reading Presented by Kevin Williamson

Austin, TX – April 9, 2015 — ATX Television Festival announces the opening night of this year’s festival with the premiere of USA Network’s new original drama series “Complications,” from creator and executive producer Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), who will be joined by members of the cast. In addition, the season five premiere of USA’s hit series “Suits” will take place later in the weekend. ATX Television Festival will be back for a fourth year June 4-7, 2015, in Austin, TX.

ATX is honored to announce this year’s Achievement in Television Excellence Award recipient, television legend James L. Brooks. Presenting the award to Mr. Brooks will be ATX Television Festival Co-Executive Directors and Founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson. He will also participate in a conversation spanning his career hosted by Phil Rosenthal, and a panel on the unique 27-year history and evolution of “The Simpsons” with producers and writers Al Jean, Matt Selman and David Silverman. This marks the second year this award has been given; last year’s recipient was television icon Henry Winkler.

“As a continuation of our commitment to honoring the history of television at the festival, we are humbled and incredibly grateful that the legendary James L. Brooks has agreed to accept our second annual Achievement in Television Excellence Award,” said McFarland and Gipson. “With a career spanning 50 years, Mr. Brooks has created some of the most memorable programs on television, from ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ to ‘Taxi’ and ‘The Simpsons,’ making him just as much a part of where television has come from as where it’s going.”

Additional panels and screenings were also announced, including NBC’s “Hannibal,” with creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller; Fox’s comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” with creator and executive producer Dan Goor, along with members of the cast; a “cancelled too soon” screening for Amy Sherman Palladino’s ABC Family series “Bunheads,” featuring Palladino and members of The Season Five Premiere of USA’s Hit Series “Suits;” the cast; a 25-year anniversary screening of Marta Kauffman’s HBO series “Dream On,” featuring Kauffman and members of the cast; and a “Dawson’s Creek” pilot script reading, the first of its kind for the festival, presented by creator and executive producer Kevin Williamson, with special surprise guests reading the roles.

USA Network will kick off this year’s festival with the premiere of the new drama series “Complications” on opening night.  Along with creator and executive producer Matt Nix, cast members Jessica Szohr and Beth Riesgraf will be in attendance as well. “Complications” premieres on USA on June 18.

As a presenting network sponsor of this year’s festival, USA will also host the season five premiere of “Suits” that weekend, along with a previously announced panel for their comedy series “Playing House,” featuring stars and creators Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. “Suits” debuts on USA on June 24, and “Playing House” on August 4.

A premiere screening for NBC’s “Hannibal” will feature an exclusive sneak peak of episode two of this new season, along with a discussion with creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller. The series returns for a third season on NBC on June 4.

Fox’s comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will be featured with creator and executive producer Dan Goor, along with cast members Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero. Additional cast may be announced at a later time.

Amy Sherman Palladino, who is part of the previously announced “Gilmore Girls” reunion, will also be hosting a “cancelled too soon” screening for her ABC Family series “Bunheads,” with cast members Kelly Bishop, Stacey Oristano and Sutton Foster (TV Land’s “Younger”). Marta Kauffman, who was previously announced as an attendee, will present a 25-year anniversary screening of the HBO series “Dream On,” which she co-created with David Crane in 1990. Kauffman will be joined by series star Brian Benben, casting director Tracy Lilienfield, and director Betty Thomas.

“Dawson’s Creek” creator Kevin Williamson, who is part of the previously announced “Dawson’s Creek” writers room reunion, will present a special “Dawson’s Creek” pilot script reading, the first of its kind for ATX, with special surprise guests reading the roles.

This programming joins previously announced panels “Boomtown,” “Boy Meets Girl Meets World,” the “Dawson’s Creek” writers room reunion, “Drunk History’s History,” “The Fosters,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Journeyman,” “Justified,” “Playing House,” “Power,” “Queer as Folk,” and “Wayward Pines” at this year’s festival, along with panelists Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) and Marta Kauffman (“Friends”).

Additional programming, panels and panelists will be announced at a later date. For the latest developments, tickets and badges visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTV4 on Twitter.

About the ATX Television Festival
Our focus is on the celebration of the television medium: looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.  Our weekend consists of events where attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite series to the small screen. We have all the functionality of a traditional film festival – spotlighting classic shows, never aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits, and premieres of new series.  In addition, we focus on episode screenings with Q&A’s from the cast and creators; panels focused on industry related topics like streaming and innovative outlets to continue production outside of the network/studio system; and will include parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events, and “super secret happy hours.” Ultimately, ATX has the goal of serving both the community and industry professionals equally by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Alison Rou, Communications and Branding
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

Brandy Fons and Chet Whitmore, Festival Publicists
(310) 809-8882  (512) 993-0106
brandy@fonspr.com  chet@fonspr.com

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR THIS YEAR’S 2015 FESTIVAL

PRESS CONTACTS:
Alison Rou, Communications and Branding
(213) 393-3038
AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

Brandy Fons & Chet Whitmore, Festival Publicists
(310) 809-8882 (512) 993-0106
brandy@fonspr.com chet@fonspr.com

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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR THIS YEAR’S 2015 FESTIVAL

Newly Added Panels Include a Farewell to FX’s Critically Acclaimed Series “Justified;” And the Addition of “Friends” Creator Marta Kauffman as a First Time Panelist A Special “Boy Meets Girl Meets World” Panel with Producers and Cast from Both the Past and New Series; USA’s Comedy Series “Playing House;” ABC Family’s “The Fosters;” A History of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” with the Show’s Creators; A “Cancelled Too Soon” Panel with Graham Yost’s “Boomtown;” A Season Two Premiere of Starz’s “Power” Will Be Featured as a The Upcoming Fox Event Series “Wayward Pines;” Friday Night Marquee Screening, with Series Creator Courtney Kemp Agboh And Star Omari Hardwick in Attendance, Among Other Cast and Producers

Austin, TX – March 25, 2015 — ATX Television Festival announced additional programming for this year’s festival, which takes place in Austin, TX, June 4-7, 2015. Newly added panels include a farewell to FX’s critically acclaimed series “Justified;” a special “Boy Meets Girl Meets World” panel with producers and cast from both the past and new series; the upcoming Fox event series “Wayward Pines;” USA’s comedy series “Playing House;” ABC Family’s “The Fosters;” “Drunk History’s History,” a panel discussing the history of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” with the show’s creators; a “cancelled too soon” panel for Graham Yost’s series “Boomtown;” and the addition of “Friends” creator Marta Kauffman as a panelist, for a special “Conversation with Marta Kauffman.”

In addition, ATX will host a season two premiere of Starz’s “Power” as the Friday Night Marquee Screening, with creator and executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh and star Omari Hardwick, along with additional cast and producers from the series. ATX will host a farewell send-off of the critically acclaimed FX series “Justified,” with an in-depth look back on the series with creator and executive producer Graham Yost. “Justified” premiered on March 16, 2010, and after six incredible seasons, will air its final episode on April 14, 2015. Additional producers and cast will be announced at a later date.

Graham Yost will also be part of the festival’s “cancelled too soon” series with his show “Boomtown,” which aired from 2002-2003. In addition to Yost, the panel will feature executive producer Jon Avnet, producer Fred Golan, and cast members Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, Nina Garbiras, Jason Gedrick and Gary Basaraba. “I had such a great time at ATX last year for the ‘Hey Dude’ 25th anniversary reunion, that I was eager to get back. This June, the whole cast of ‘Justified’ will be there to mark the end of the series, and I’m excited to reunite with cast and producers from ‘Boomtown,’ a show that will always be very near to the hearts of those of us lucky enough to have worked on it.” – Graham Yost, Creator of “Justified” and “Boomtown”

Michael Jacobs, creator of “Boy Meets World” and Disney’s “Girl Meets World,” is returning to ATX this year with cast members Ben Savage, Sabrina Carpenter and Rowan Blanchard. The panel “Boy Meets Girl Meets World” will feature a wide-ranging discussion, which will delve into many facets of tween series, including the differences and challenges of creating a teen-focused show in the 1990s vs. 2010s.

“Two years ago, ATX featured the ‘Boy Meets World’ reunion, and the cast and I had a magnificent three days, treated to the wonderful hospitality of the festival and the city of Austin. This year, Ben Savage and I can’t wait to attend again, and bring Rowan and Sabrina to the party. We know that they will love ATX and that ATX will love them.” – Michael Jacobs, Creator of “Girl Meets World” and ”Boy Meets World”

ATX will premiere a new episode of upcoming event series “Wayward Pines,” which debuts May 14, 2015, on Fox, and host a panel discussion with executive producer Chad Hodge, who developed the series for television, cast members Carla Gugino and Reed Diamond, and executive producer Donald De Line.

USA’s comedy series “Playing House” will be featured at this year’s festival, with stars and co-
creators Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham in attendance.

ABC Family’s “The Fosters” will host a panel with creators Peter Paige (previously announced as part of the “Queer as Folk” reunion) and Brad Bredeweg, along with cast member Sherri Saum. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

The Festival will host “Drunk History’s History,” a panel discussing the history of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” with creators and executive producers Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, which will explore the creation of the series on the web and its move to television, and feature new premiere content from the third season. Cast will be in attendance as well, and announced at a later date.

Marta Kauffman, creator of “Friends,” HBO’s “Dream On,” and new Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” is confirmed to attend as a first time attendee. Kauffman co-created one of TV’s most iconic series, and will be part of a “Conversation with Marta Kauffman,” discussing her career from network, cable, and now streaming series.

A season two premiere of Starz’s “Power” will be featured as a Friday Night Marquee Screening, with creator and executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh (“The Good Wife”) confirmed to attend, along with cast members Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton and Joseph Sikora. Additional panelists will be announced at a future date.

These panels join the previously announced reunions for “Gilmore Girls,” “Queer as Folk,” “Journeyman,” and the “Dawson’s Creek” Writers Room Reunion at this year’s festival, along with panelists Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and Noah Hawley (“Fargo”).

Additional programming, panels and panelists will be announced at a later date. For the latest developments, tickets and badges visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTV4 on Twitter.

About the ATX Television Festival
Our focus is on the celebration of the television medium: looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our weekend consists of events where attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite series to the small screen. We have all the functionality of a traditional film festival – spotlighting classic shows, never aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits, and premieres of new series. In addition, we focus on episode screenings with Q&A’s from the cast and creators; panels focused on industry related topics like streaming and innovative outlets to continue production outside of the network/studio system; and will include parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events, and “super secret happy hours.” Ultimately, ATX has the goal of serving both the community and industry professionals equally by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE 10 YEAR REUNION OF “QUEER AS FOLK,” FEATURING THE CREATORS AND CAST

CONTACTS: Brandy Fons & Chet Whitmore, Festival Publicists
PHONE: (310) 809-8882  (512) 993-0106
E-MAIL: brandy@fonspr.com  chet@fonspr.com

LA CONTACT: Alison Rou, Communications and Branding
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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE 10 YEAR REUNION OF “QUEER AS FOLK,” FEATURING THE CREATORS AND CAST

The Casting Society of America and GLAAD Comes Back For Season 4, Additional Judge Added to The Pitch Competition, And THE GILMORE GIRLS Reunion to be Held at Historic Paramount Theater

Austin, TX – January 6, 2015 – The ATX Television Festival continues its commitment to exciting and unique programming with the announcement of a special 10-year reunion of the groundbreaking series QUEER AS FOLK.

“We’re extremely proud to bring QUEER AS FOLK to the Festival this year. We strive for diverse and revolutionary programming, and this groundbreaking series changed the game for cable television in 2000, marking a high point not only for the LGBT community, but for socially important storytelling. Along with THE GILMORE GIRLS reunion, THE DAWSON’S CREEK writers room reunion, and much more programming still to be announced, this year’s festival will offer a balance of critically acclaimed series and fan favorites.” – ATX Television Festival Co-Executive Directors and Co-founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson.

QUEER AS FOLK, the GLAAD Media Award-winner for Outstanding Drama, follows the lives of a group of gay friends and their relationships, careers, loves and ambitions.  Creators Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman will be in attendance, along with cast members Gale Harold (Brian Kinney), Peter Paige (Emmitt Honeycutt), Robert Gant (Professor Ben Bruckner), Scott Lowell (Ted Schmidt), Michelle Clunie (Melanie Marcus), and Thea Gill (Lindsay Peterson).

“We are delighted that ATX Television Festival has chosen to honor QUEER AS FOLK and that we have the opportunity to be reunited with our remarkable cast. Writing and producing a groundbreaking, and often controversial, show like QAF was challenging, but also a rewarding and transformative experience for all of us. We look forward to sharing to our stories and memories.” – QUEER OF FOLK creators Daniel Lipman and Ron Cowen.

“I’m so excited for the QUEER AS FOLK reunion at the 2015 ATX TV Fest. We truly are a family, and any chance we have to be in the same room, catching up, sharing in each other’s lives, is wonderful.  And the fact that ATX is a place to really celebrate Dan and Ron (our creators) is such a bonus – they are far too often overlooked!” – Cast member Peter Paige.

The festival also announces the addition of Jenny Bicks (THE BIG C, MEN IN TREES, SEX AND THE CITY) to our Pitch Competition judges, who joins previously announced judges Kyle Killen, Scott Pennington and Keith Redmon.  Additional judges will be announced at a later date, and submissions are open now until January 16, 2015.  For more information on the one-of-a-kind competition, please visit: www.atxfestival.com/pitch.

The previously announced GILMORE GIRLS Reunion will take place at the Paramount Theater between June 5-7, and that there will be a limited number of SINGLE tickets sold at $85/each. These tickets will be released in early May, and will be accessible to individuals who do not want to attend the entire festival’s programming.

In addition, the festival is thrilled to continue its partnerships and panel presentations with The Casting Society of America (CSA) and GLAAD. These two panel presenters allow for the festival to provide current conversations pertinent to the issues of both organizations, in addition to industry members and consumers.

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

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About the ATX Television Festival
Our focus is on the celebration of the television medium: looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our weekend consists of events where attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite series to the small screen. We have all the functionality of a traditional film festival – spotlighting classic shows, never aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits, and premieres of new series. In addition, we focus on episode screenings with Q&A’s from the cast and creators; panels focused on industry related topics like streaming and innovative outlets to continue production outside of the network/studio system; and will include parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events, and “super secret happy hours.” Ultimately, ATX has the goal of serving both the community and industry professionals equally by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

About GLAAD: GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT equality. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

About CSA: The Casting Society of America is the premier organization of theatrical Casting Directors in film, television, and theater. Its members are a united professional organization committed to upholding the highest levels of professionalism in casting. CSA is an advocate in the industry and to the general public of the importance of Casting in the artistic equation. We are a global organization of top tier professionals. www.castingsociety.com
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