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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES “SNOWFALL” FOR OPENING NIGHT, PANELS FOR “THE AMERICANS,” “THE LEFTOVERS,” AND “GIRLS”

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PANELS AND PROGRAMMING
FOR SEASON SIX, TAKING PLACE JUNE 8-11, 2017, IN AUSTIN, TX

Highlights Include an Opening Night Premiere Screening of FX’s New Series “Snowfall,”
A First-Ever Network Presidents Panel,
A Panel Discussion with the Showrunners of FX’s Emmy-Nominated Series “The Americans,”
Screenings and Panel Conversations of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” “Room 104” and “Girls,”
And Current and Premiere Programming from Freeform, USA, Audience Network and truTV,
Among Many Others

March 23, 2017Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

FX’s new series “Snowfall” will be the festival’s Opening Night screening this year, followed by a panel discussion with producers and stars of the show.  In addition, FX’s Emmy nominated series “The Americans” will hold a panel with co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields.  FX will also screen an all-new episode from the third installment of their critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series “Fargo,” followed by a conversation with creator/executive producer Noah Hawley.

ATX will hold their first-ever Network Presidents panel, featuring Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment; Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu; Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming; and Nick Grad, President of Original Programming at FX. Additional panelists may be added at a later date. These “Powers That Be” will discuss topics such as the mounting pressures of defining their brands while maintaining and growing their audiences, the changing models of picking up and distributing series, and creating content that pushes the medium forward in an ever-diversifying landscape.

AMC will debut a new episode of the hit series “Fear the Walking Dead,” followed by a Q&A with executive producers and cast. The network will also screen the season one finale of their upcoming series “The Son,” based on the acclaimed novel by Philipp Meyer, with attending cast and creatives to be announced at a later date.

HBO’s critically-acclaimed series “The Leftovers” will hold a panel with executive producers Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, and Mimi Leder following the series finale which airs June 4, to discuss the creative collaboration that led to the show’s final season. In addition, Mark Duplass will join ATX for a Q&A and sneak peek screening of his new HBO comedy “Room 104,” which he created and executive produces with his brother Jay Duplass. “Room 104” will air this summer on HBO. “Girls” will also celebrate its final season with a panel featuring Vice President of HBO Programming, Kathleen McCaffrey; casting director Jennifer Euston; and cast members Alex Karpovsky and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.

USA will screen their comedy “Playing House” for the first time at ATX, with creators, executive producers, writers and stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.  “Playing House” is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

FOX will screen an episode of their hit comedy “The Mick,” followed by a Q&A with cast and producers, who will be announced at a later date.

This year’s festival will also feature a conversation with the creatives behind Freeform’s long-running hit “Pretty Little Liars” and upcoming series “Famous In Love,” including creator/executive producer I. Marlene King and co-executive producer Lisa Cochran-Neilan.  Along with the panel discussion, the new series “Famous in Love” will be screened, as well as an exclusive clip from the penultimate episode of “Pretty Little Liars.” Freeform will also premiere their new series “The Bold Type,” followed by a Q&A with executive producer Sarah Watson and co-executive producer Holly Whidden. Attending cast will be announced at a later date.

MTV will host a panel on the History of MTV Reality Series, exploring the network’s role in the birth of reality television as we know it today, and the evolution of the genre, from staples such as “Real World” and “Road Rules,” to “Teen Mom” and “Jersey Shore.” The discussion will feature MTV’s Executive Vice President and Head of Unscripted and Reality Programming, Nina Diaz; executive producer Jon Murray (“Real World,” “The Challenge,” “Road Rules”); executive producer Sally Ann Salsano (“Jersey Shore”); executive producer Morgan J. Freeman (“Teen Mom”); and executive producer Adam DiVello (“The Hills”).

AT&T’s AUDIENCE Network will premiere their new original Fall comedy series “Loudermilk,” followed by a Q&A with creator/executive producer Peter Farrelly, writer Bobby Mort, and cast members Ron Livingston and Will Sasso.

truTV will join ATX for the first time, to premiere its upcoming scripted comedy series “I’m Sorry,” followed by a Q&A with creator, executive producer and star Andrea Savage, who will be joined by co-star Tom Everett Scott, executive producer Jessica Elbaum, and showrunner Joey Slamon. In addition, the network will produce a live showcase of its new series “Talk Show the Game Show,” with host/comedian Guy Branum, and an exclusive panel of special guest judges and competitors.

ABC’s “October Road” will reunite to celebrate the show’s 10-year anniversary, with creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, along with cast Odette Annable, Geoff Stults, Rebecca Field, Lindy Booth, Jay Paulson and Evan Jones. Additional cast will be announced at a later date.

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 #ATXTVs6 on Twitter.

These panels and programs join the previously announced “Designing Women” 30th Anniversary Reunion; a reunion of the iconic series “Northern Exposure;” a 30th Anniversary Reunion of “thirtysomething;” a reunion of HBO’s “The Comeback;” a panel with NBC’s breakout series “This is Us;” an “Alias” Writers Room reunion; a community screening of “Parks & Recreation;” retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s series “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire;” a panel on “The Anti Hero: History of an American Myth,” hosted by Glen Mazzara; a panel with the Women of “Grace and Frankie” featuring co-creator Marta Kauffman, Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah K.S. Canter from Okay Goodnight, and stars June Diane Raphael and Brooklyn Decker; a panel on the independent pilot process hosted by Paul Scheer; a special screening of two of Fox’s new pilots, which will have been announced at their Upfront in May; a script reading with June Diane Raphael; Cancelled Too Soon panels for “The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman;” first time panelists Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game”), Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (“Sweet/Vicious”) and Amanda Lasher (“Sweet/Vicious”), along with returning panelists Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), David Hudgins (“Shut Eye,” “Parenthood”), Graham Yost (“Sneaky Pete,” “Justified”), Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”), Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”), and Kathleen McCaffrey, Vice President of Programming at HBO.

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 TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES A PANEL WITH NBC’S HIT FRESHMAN SERIES “THIS IS US,” A 30-YEAR REUNION OF THE ICONIC SERIES “THIRTYSOMETHING,” AND A REUNION OF HBO’s “THE COMEBACK”

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PANELS AND PROGRAMMING
FOR SEASON SIX, TAKING PLACE JUNE 8-11, 2017, IN AUSTIN, TX

Highlights Include A Panel with NBC’s Hit Freshman Series “This Is Us,”
A 30-Year Reunion of the Iconic Series “thirtysomething,”
And a Reunion of HBO’s “The Comeback,” Among Others

February 24, 2017Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

NBC’s breakout series “This Is Us,” which was recently picked up for two additional seasons, will host a panel featuring cast members Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, along with NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman, and executive producer Ken Olin.

ATX will host a 30-year reunion of the iconic series “thirtysomething,” featuring cast members Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, and David Clennon, many of whom directed episodes of the series when it was on the air, and have gone on to direct and produce several other series over the years.

The producers and cast of “The Comeback” will also reunite at this year’s festival, including co-creator, executive producer and star Lisa Kudrow, who was Emmy-nominated for her leading role as Valerie Cherish; co-creator/executive producer Michael Patrick King; cast member and executive producer Dan Bucatinsky; and cast member Laura Silverman. Additional cast will be announced at a later date.

Fox will hold a special screening of two of their new pilots, which will just have been announced at their Upfront presentation in May.

First time panelist June Diane Raphael will participate in a script reading of her unproduced pilot “The Housewives,” co-written with Casey Wilson, along with a special guest cast. Raphael, who currently appears on “Grace and Frankie,” will also join the previously announced conversation with the creative team behind that show, featuring co-creator/executive producer Marta Kauffman, and producers Hannah KS Canter and Robbie Rowe Tollin from Okay Goodnight.

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 #ATXTVs6 on Twitter.

These panels and programs join the previously announced “Designing Women” 30th Anniversary Reunion; a reunion of the iconic series “Northern Exposure;” an “Alias” Writers Room reunion; a community screening of “Parks & Recreation;” retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s series “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire;” a panel on “The Anti Hero: History of an American Myth,” hosted by Glen Mazzara; a panel discussion of “Grace and Frankie” with co-creator Marta Kauffman, Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah K.S. Canter from Okay Goodnight; a panel on the independent pilot process hosted by Paul Scheer; Cancelled Too Soon panels for “The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman;” first time panelists Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game”), Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (“Sweet/Vicious”) and Amanda Lasher (“Sweet/Vicious”), along with returning panelists Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), David Hudgins (“Shut Eye,” “Parenthood”), Graham Yost (“Sneaky Pete,” “Justified”), Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”), Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”), and Kathleen McCaffrey, Vice President of Programming at HBO.

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 TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AN “ALIAS” WRITERS ROOM REUNION, A COMMUNITY SCREENING OF “PARKS AND REC,” AND FIRST TIME PANELISTS FROM “BEING MARY JANE” AND “SWEET/VICIOUS”

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PANELS AND PROGRAMMING
FOR SEASON SIX, TAKING PLACE JUNE 8-11, 2017, IN AUSTIN, TX

Highlights Include An “Alias” Writers Room Reunion,
A Special Community Screening of “Parks & Recreation,”
First Time Panelists Mara Brock Akil,
“Sweet/Vicious” Creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson & Showrunner Amanda Lasher,
Among Many Others

February 3, 2017Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

This year’s festival will feature an “Alias” Writers Room Reunion, bringing back together writers Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

ATX’s annual tradition of a community screening, previously for “Friday Night Lights,” which is open to badgeholders and non-badgeholders alike, will feature “Parks & Recreation” this year, on Friday, June 9, at Hotel San Jose. The event will include live music, food and drink from Jo’s Coffee and other local vendors, and additional activities inspired by Pawnee’s annual “Harvest Festival.”

ATX Advisory Board member Glen Mazzara will present “The Anti Hero: History of an American Myth,” an in-depth look at pop culture’s revered & reviled male anti-hero, from its origin in colonial storytelling, to its well-documented presence in TV’s “golden age,” and current impact on society.

Creator/executive producer Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game”), and “Sweet/Vicious” creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and showrunner Amanda Lasher, will join this year’s line-up as first-time panelists for a variety of conversations, along with returning ATX Advisory Board members David Hudgins (“Shut Eye,” “Parenthood”), Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), Graham Yost (“Sneaky Pete,” “Justified”), Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”), and Kathleen McCaffrey, Vice President of Programming at HBO.

Paul Scheer will host a screening and panel conversation about the independent pilot process, discussing the intricacies and decisions behind the departure from the traditional “pitch, pilot, pick up” model.

Creator/executive producer Marta Kauffman will return with fellow Okay Goodnight! producers Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah K.S. Canter, for a discussion with the creative team behind original series “Grace & Frankie,” in addition to other panels.

Hulu will return as this year’s presenting partner of the Badgeholder Lounge and will feature library programming, including “Alias” and Parks & Recreation,” and TBA original and current programming.

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 #ATXTVs6 on Twitter.

These panels and programs join previous the announced “Designing Women” 30th Anniversary reunion; a reunion of the iconic series “Northern Exposure;” retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s series “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire;” Cancelled Too Soon panels for “The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman;” and returning panelists Glen Mazzara (“Damien,” “The Shield,” “The Walking Dead”), Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), and Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”).

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 TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES A 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION OF “DESIGNING WOMEN,” A “NORTHERN EXPOSURE” REUNION, “THE BLACK DONNELLYS” AND “THE MIDDLEMAN” PANELS, AND RETURNING PANELISTS

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE FIRST PANELS AND PROGRAMMING
FOR SEASON SIX OF THE FESTIVAL, TAKING PLACE JUNE 8-11, 2017, IN AUSTIN, TX

A Special 30th Anniversary Reunion of “Designing Women” Is Planned,
Along with a Reunion of “Northern Exposure,”
Reuniting Cast and Producers from These Iconic Series

Retrospectives for “Designing Women” Creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s Series
“Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire” Planned As Well

Cancelled-Too-Soon Panels with “The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman”

ATX Advisory Board Members Glen Mazzara and Beau Willimon Will Return as Panelists,
And Phil Rosenthal Will Reprise His “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having… For Breakfast!” Panel

November 17, 2016Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces the first new panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas, including a special 30th anniversary reunion of the groundbreaking comedy series “Designing Women,” and a reunion of the iconic drama “Northern Exposure.”

To mark the 30th anniversary of “Designing Women,” ATX will hold a reunion featuring creator/EP Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, along with stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook, and Douglas Barr.

Cast members Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, and Darren Burrows are confirmed for the “Northern Exposure” reunion, along with creator Joshua Brand (“The Americans”), writers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, and network executive and producer Cheryl Bloch.

Retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s other series, “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire,” will take place as well, with Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner confirmed for “Evening Shade,” and Markie Post and Leslie Jordan confirmed for “Hearts Afire.”

“The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman” will be part of the festival’s “cancelled too soon” track, with creators/EPs/directors Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco, writer Amanda Moresco, and cast member Jonathan Tucker confirmed for “The Black Donnellys,” and creator/EP Javier Grillo-Marxuach confirmed for “The Middleman,” along with star Natalie Morales. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

ATX Advisory Board members Glen Mazzara (“Damien,” “The Shield,” “The Walking Dead”) and Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) will also return as panelists.

Phil Rosenthal, creator/EP of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” will return to ATX for another year to reprise his “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having…for Breakfast!” panel.

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 #ATXTVs6 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 THE WINNER OF ITS ANNUAL PITCH COMPETITION ALONG WITH NEW ATX AMBASSADORS AND ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER FOLLOWING THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

ATX ANNOUNCES THE WINNER OF ITS ANNUAL PITCH COMPETITION
FOLLOWING THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL,
ALONG WITH NEW ATX AMBASSADORS AND ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

July 8, 2016Austin, TX — Eric Rudnick was the winner of this year's annual Pitch Competition presented with Final Draft, Inc., at the ATX Television Festival, which took place in Austin, TX, June 9-12.  Eric was one of ten finalists, selected from hundreds of applicants, and was chosen by a panel of creators and showrunners, along with executives from Amazon, CBS and Bad Robot, and the editor-in- chief of Entertainment Weekly, to whom he pitched his pilot live.

In addition, ATX has added America Ferrera and Mark Feuerstein as new Ambassadors, and Glen Mazzara as a new Advisory Board member. Ferrera, Feuerstein and Mazzara attended this year’s festival, on behalf of the “Ugly Betty” Reunion and “Superstore;” “Royal Pains;” and “The Shield” Writers Reunion, respectively.

"Season Five of ATX was an incredible experience for us, as each year we grow our TV family to include more industry leaders and wonderful fans who come together as a community to celebrate the medium we all love so much," said Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, Co-Founders and Executive Directors, ATX Television Festival.  "On the heels of year five, we are honored to officially add America and Mark to our roster of ATX Ambassadors, and Glen to our Advisory Board.  These exceptional individuals were key to this year's programming and success, and we look forward to working with them closely in the years to come. We are also very pleased to announce the winner of this year's Pitch Competition, Eric Rudnick, as we continue our commitment to supporting television writers and fostering their growth and success. We're excited to work with Eric as he heads out to pitch to our network and studio partners."

As this year's Pitch Competition winner, Eric Rudnick will be paired with both a creator/showrunner, Kevin Biegel (“Enlisted,” “Cougar Town,” “Scrubs”), and a development executive, ATX Advisory Board member Dina Hillier (former VP of Comedy Development at Sony Pictures Television), who will serve as his mentors and offer their different industry perspectives in helping him prepare to take his project out to various networks and studios, including Hulu, CBS TV Studios, and the CW, who have already committed to hearing his pitch.

The festival's goal in holding the competition is to provide opportunities for writers, and ultimately help them sell their project and/or get staffed on a television show.

Rudnick's winning pitch is titled "Incoming," and the logline is as follows:

The Veterans at a broken-down assisted living facility may have met their match when a new psychiatrist, also a Vet, employs unorthodox methods in her attempts to treat them. This dramedy reveals what life is really like for the troops we support, men and women, young and old, who return from their battles overseas, only to face the physical and emotional struggles that come home with them.

Eric also offered the following quote about his experience:

“The ATX Festival's Pitch Competition is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for anyone with an idea for a TV show.  The pitches they selected were all compelling, and the chance to express an original idea live in front of industry professionals and a charged up audience of TV fans is unlike anything else out there. It's as close as you can get to a UFC Octagon for writers, with perhaps just a little less sweating by the participants.  Many thanks to Emily Gipson, Caitlin McFarland, and Emily Moss Wilson for inventing such a cool and fun way to get new stories out there.  It's a fantastic festival, and the best time I've ever had pitching!”

Eric Rudnick’s original sitcom pilot "Circus/Maximus" was optioned to Fox.  He has been a semi-finalist at The Sundance Institute’s Episodic Lab, and a Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival. The web series he created, wrote and produced, "The Edge of Allegiance," can be seen on Funny or Die, and was nominated for three 2015 LA Webfest awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing.

ATX's Advisory Board members are chiefly comprised of writers, creators and executives, and are key in curating the festival's programming and providing guidance with their wide range of business expertise and knowledge of the television industry.  Ambassadors are past panelists who have become part of the ATX family, and serve as spokespeople on behalf of the festival.

ATX will be back for a sixth year June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, TX.

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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