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

May 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

The Syndication Project panels are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PANELS AND PROGRAMMING LEADING INTO SEASON 7, TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

April 18, 2018

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PANELS AND PROGRAMMING
LEADING INTO SEASON 7, TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

Panelists Added for the Opening Night Screening of HBO’s “Sharp Objects,”Including Amy Adams, Jean-Marc Vallée, Marti Noxon, and Gillian Flynn,
Panel and Sneak Peek of Season Five of TV Land’s “Younger” with the Creator and Cast,
Premiere Episode Screening of ABC’s “Station 19” with the Creator and Cast,
A Panel with Nat Geo’s Emmy-Nominated Series “Genius,”
And Panelists Added for AT&T AUDIENCE Network’s Series “Condor”

ATX Television Festival today announced new additions to its Season 7 panel and programming slate, taking place June 7-10, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

Joining the previously announced Opening Night screening of HBO’s upcoming limited series, “Sharp Objects” are star/executive producer Amy Adams, director/executive producer Jean-Marc Vallée, showrunner/executive producer Marti Noxon, and author/executive producer/writer Gillian Flynn, who will participate in a Q&A following the screening, alongside Jason Blum (EP, Founder/CEO, Blumhouse Productions), Pancho Mansfield (President, Global Scripted Programming, EOne Television) and David Levine (EVP, HBO Programming).  “Sharp Objects” executive producers Jessica Rhoades, Nathan Ross and Gregg Fienberg will also be in attendance.

TV Land’s hit comedy “Younger” will return to the festival for a fourth year, with an exclusive sneak peek of the second episode of season five, which premieres on June 5th, followed by a Q&A with creator and executive producer Darren Star, and cast members Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard, and Charles Michael Davis. ABC and Shondaland’s new “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff, “Station 19,” will host a screening of its premiere episode and Q&A panel with cast members Jaina Lee Ortiz and Jason George; creator and executive producer Stacy McKee (“Grey’s Anatomy”); and casting director Linda Lowy, who will discuss the first season of the series, currently airing on ABC Thursdays at 9/8c.

Season two of National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated series “Genius,” based on the life and art of Pablo Picasso, will host a panel with the creative team behind the new season, including Ken Biller, director/showrunner/EP; Davina LaMont, hair and make-up designer; Sonu Mishra, costume designer; Mathias Herndl, cinematographer and director; and Arv Greywal, production designer. The group will discuss the artistic undertaking and creative collaboration behind the new season, which premieres April 24th on Nat Geo.

In addition, cast members Leem Lubany, Katherine Cunningham, Kristen Hager, and Kristoffer Polaha, along with director/executive producer Lawrence Trilling, will join the previously announced panel for AT&T AUDIENCE Network’s series “Condor,” based on the novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady, and screenplay “Three Days of the Condor” by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel.

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 #ATXTVs7 on Twitter.

These panels join the previously announced Opening Night screening of HBO's upcoming limited series “Sharp Objects;” 20th anniversary “Felicity” reunion with cast members Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Tangi Miller, Amanda Foreman, Amy Jo Johnson, and Ian Gomez and director/producer Lawrence Trilling; a conversation with Robert and Michelle King; a “Storytelling with Tenacity” panel presented by Showtime with Frankie Shaw, Sarah Treem, and Emmy Rossum; a conversation with Blown Deadline producing partners David Simon and Nina K. Noble, celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking HBO series together; a “Better Call Saul” origin story panel with Vince Gilligan and Bob Odenkirk; “The Americans” panel with Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, along with cast members Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys; a season two premiere screening and panel of TNT’s “Claws;” a “Nash Bridges” writers room reunion with Carlton Cuse, Glen Mazzara, John Wirth, Shawn Ryan, Jed Seidel, and Pam Veasey; a “thirtysomething” reunion with creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and cast members Ken Olin, Tim Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, and David Clennon; a panel with the creative team behind Netflix’s “American Vandal;” screenings and Q&As of OWN’s original series Queen Sugar and Love Is __; a “Futurama” table read and Q&A; a screening and Q&A of Paramount Network’s upcoming new series “American Woman” with cast members Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels, and co-executive producer Kyle Richards; a season two finale screening of IFC’s “Brockmire;”a season two premiere screening and panel for EPIX’s “Get Shorty,” a Freeform panel on the “Evolution of Millennial Programming,” and the season two premiere screening of “The Bold Type,” a panel with Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” screening and Q&A of AT&T Audience Network’s new spy thriller “Condor;” a screening of the independent pilot “Everyone is Doing Great;” a season two screening of the original Seeso comedy “Take My Wife,” with first-time panelists Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, a world premiere sneak peek clip of FX’s “Mayans MC” and panel with co-creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, executive producer/director Norberto Barba, and cast member; back-to- back panels with HBO’s acclaimed comedies “High Maintenance” and “Crashing,” featuring “High Maintenance” co-creator Katja Blichfeld, co-creator/star Ben Sinclair, and EP Russell Gregory and “Crashing” creator and star Pete Holmes; a “TGIHulu!” panel with Ben Savage, Michael Jacobs, Bronson Pinchot, William Bickley, Kellie Shangyne Williams, and Nell Scovell; a panel for SYFY and IDW Entertainment’s “Wynonna Earp,” featuring creator/showrunner Emily Andras and stars Melanie
Scrofano, Tim Rozon, and Katherine Barrell; and a conversation with Marcy Carsey (“Roseanne,”
“The Cosby Show”), who will receive this year’s ATX Award in Television Excellence.

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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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL FURTHER EXPANDS ITS SEASON 7 PROGRAMMING SLATEWITH ADDITIONAL PANELS, SCREENINGS AND PANELISTS, TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

April 3, 2018

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL FURTHER EXPANDS ITS SEASON 7 PROGRAMMING SLATEWITH ADDITIONAL PANELS, SCREENINGS AND PANELISTS,
TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

Highlights Include a “Felicity” Reunion,
A Panel and Exclusive Sneak Peek Clip From FX’s New Series “Mayans MC,”
A “TGIHulu!” Panel, An HBO Comedy Block
A Panel and Exclusive Clip From Season Three of SYFY’s “Wynonna Earp”
And This Year’s ATX Award for Television Excellence Recipient, Marcy Carsey

ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming for year seven of the
festival, which will take place June 7-10, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

This year’s festival will feature a reunion of “Felicity,” co-presented by Entertainment Weekly
and Hulu, celebrating 20 years since the series premiere. Cast members Keri Russell, Scott
Speedman, Tangi Miller, Amanda Foreman, Amy Jo Johnson, and Ian Gomez are confirmed to
participate, along with director/producer Lawrence Trilling. Additional panelists to be
announced at a later date.

ATX will host the world premiere sneak peek of an exclusive clip from FX’s highly anticipated
“Mayans MC” on Friday, June 8 th , with co-creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, executive
producer/director Norberto Barba, and cast members of the upcoming drama series, who will
kick off the festivities at the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally in downtown Austin. This not-to-
be-missed event will culminate in the screening of an exclusive “Mayans MC” clip and Q&A
panel for ATX attendees and VIP guests of the rally at the historic Paramount Theatre that
evening.

This year’s festival will also feature a look at HBO’s acclaimed comedies “High Maintenance” and
“Crashing,” with conversations featuring “High Maintenance” co-creator Katja Blichfeld, co-
creator/star Ben Sinclair, and executive producer Russell Gregory, as well as “Crashing” creator
and star Pete Holmes. Both series have been renewed for a third season, and have recently
wrapped their second seasons, which are currently available to stream now on HBOGo and
HBONow.

Hulu will present a special “TGIHulu!” panel celebrating their library programming from the
iconic ‘90s “TGIF” comedy block. The panel will feature creatives and cast from fan-favorite
series, including Ben Savage (“Boy Meets World”), Michael Jacobs (“Boy Meets World”),
Bronson Pinchot (“Perfect Strangers”), William Bickley (“Family Matters,” “Step By Step”), Kellie
Shangyne Williams (“Family Matters”), and Nell Scovell (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”), who will
discuss what it was like to be at the center of a pop-culture phenomenon, the enduring
popularity of the “TGIF” brand, and what it means to have an entirely new generation of viewers
tuning in more than 20 years later.

SYFY and IDW Entertainment will present a “Wynonna Earp” panel, featuring
creator/showrunner Emily Andras and stars Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, and Katherine
Barrell.  Andras and cast will reveal a first look at the cult hit’s third season which returns this
summer, followed by a discussion of how the series has impacted the genre with its portrayal of
powerful leading heroines, championed the importance of fandom and positive LBGTQ
representation, and assembled one of TV’s most compelling band of misfits.

Marcy Carsey will receive this year’s ATX Award in Television Excellence, joining past honorees
Henry Winkler, James L. Brooks, and Norman Lear. Carsey who is co-founder of the
independent production company The Carsey-Werner Company, along with fellow producer
Tom Werner, and has executive produced iconic comedies for more than 35 years, including
“Roseanne,” “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” and “That 70’s
Show,” will take part in a conversation spanning her career.

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 #ATXTVs7 on Twitter.

These panels join the previously announced Opening Night screening of HBO’s upcoming limited
series “Sharp Objects;” a conversation with Robert and Michelle King; a “Storytelling with
Tenacity” panel presented by Showtime with Frankie Shaw, Sarah Treem, and Emmy Rossum; a
conversation with Blown Deadline producing partners David Simon and Nina K. Noble,
celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking HBO series together; a “Better Call Saul” origin story
panel with Vince Gilligan and Bob Odenkirk; “The Americans” panel with Joe Weisberg and Joel
Fields, along with cast members Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys; a season two premiere
screening and panel of TNT’s “Claws;” a “Nash Bridges” writers room reunion with Carlton Cuse,
Glen Mazzara, John Wirth, Shawn Ryan, Jed Seidel, and Pam Veasey; a “thirtysomething”
reunion with creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and cast members Ken Olin, Tim
Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, and David Clennon; a panel with the
creative team behind Netflix’s “American Vandal;” screenings and Q&A’s of OWN’s original
series “Queen Sugar” and “Love Is __;” a “Futurama” table read and Q&A; a screening and Q&A
of Paramount Network’s upcoming new series “American Woman” with cast members Alicia
Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels, and co-executive producer Kyle Richards; a season
two finale screening of IFC’s “Brockmire;”a season two premiere screening and panel for EPIX’s
“Get Shorty,” a Freeform panel on the “Evolution of Millennial Programming,” and the season
two premiere screening of “The Bold Type;” a panel with Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” a
screening and Q&A of AT&T Audience Network’s new spy thriller “Condor;” a screening of the
independent pilot “Everyone is Doing Great;” and a season two screening of the original Seeso
comedy “Take My Wife,” with first-time panelists Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher.

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 FURTHER EXPANDS ITS SEASON 7 PROGRAMMING SLATE WITH ADDITIONAL PANELS, SCREENINGS AND PANELISTS, TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

March 22, 2018

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL FURTHER EXPANDS ITS SEASON 7 PROGRAMMING SLATE
WITH ADDITIONAL PANELS, SCREENINGS AND PANELISTS,
TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

Highlights Include Nexflix’s “American Vandal,”
And Season Two Premiere Screenings of EPIX’s “Get Shorty” and TNT’s “Claws”

ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming for year seven of the festival, which will take place June 7-10, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

This year’s festival will also include a panel conversation with the creative team behind Netflix’s original, “American Vandal,” featuring co-creator/EP Dan Perrault, co-creator/EP/director Tony Yacenda, showrunner/EP Dan Lagana, and Funny or Die’s VP of Longform Content/EP, Joe Farrell. The panel, titled “American Vandal: Orchestrating the Perfect (Un)True Crime,” will feature an in-depth look at the series from pitch, to development, to surprise hit, as well as a discussion of the “true crime” influences and elements that shaped the series’ satirical take on the genre.

EPIX will host a screening of the season two premiere of their series “Get Shorty,” followed by a panel with creator Davey Holmes, producing director Adam Arkin, and cast members Chris O’Dowd and Lidia Porto.

ATX will also feature a sneak peek at the season two premiere of TNT’s dramedy “Claws,” followed by a discussion with series creator/EP Eliot Laurence, showrunner/EP Janine Sherman Barrois, and stars Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, and Dean Norris.

In addition, previously announced first-time panelists Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher will screen an episode from season two of their Seeso original comedy, “Take My Wife,” followed by a Q&A discussion with the two creators/stars. Seasons 1 and 2 of “Take My Wife” are now available for purchase on iTunes.

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 #ATXTVs7 on Twitter.

These panels join the previously announced Opening Night screening of HBO’s upcoming limited series “Sharp Objects;” a conversation with Robert and Michelle King; a “Storytelling with Tenacity” panel presented by Showtime with Frankie Shaw, Sarah Treem, and Emmy Rossum; a conversation with Blown Deadline producing partners David Simon and Nina K. Noble, celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking HBO series together; a “Better Call Saul” origin story panel with Vince Gilligan and Bob Odenkirk; a “Nash Bridges” writers room reunion with Carlton Cuse, Glen Mazzara, John Wirth, Shawn Ryan, Pam Veasey, and Jed Seidel; a “thirtysomething” reunion with creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and cast members Ken Olin, Tim Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, and David Clennon; screenings and Q&A’s of OWN’s original series “Queen Sugar” and “Love Is __;” a screening and Q&A of Paramount Network’s upcoming new series “American Woman” with cast members Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels, and co-executive producer Kyle Richards; a season two finale screening of IFC’s “Brockmire;” a Freeform panel on the “Evolution of Millennial Programming,” and the season two premiere screening of “The Bold Type;” a panel with Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” a screening and Q&A of AT&T Audience Network’s new spy thriller “Condor;” a screening of the independent pilot “Everyone is Doing Great;” and a season two screening of the original Seeso comedy “Take My Wife,” with first-time panelists Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher.

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 EXPANDS ITS SEASON 7 PROGRAMMING SLATE WITH ADDITIONAL PANELS, SCREENINGS AND PANELISTS, TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

March 8, 2018

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL EXPANDS ITS SEASON 7 PROGRAMMING SLATE
WITH ADDITIONAL PANELS, SCREENINGS AND PANELISTS,
 TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

Highlights Include a Conversation with Robert and Michelle King,
A “Storytelling with Tenacity” Panel Presented by Showtime,
And Screening of the Season Two Finale of IFC’s “Brockmire,” Among Others

ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming for year seven of the festival, which will take place June 7-10, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

This year’s festival will feature an in-depth conversation with first-time panelists Robert and Michelle King, creators/showrunners of CBS’ “The Good Wife” and “BrainDead,” and the CBS All Access original series “The Good Fight,” which premiered its second season on Sunday, March 4th, as they discuss their creative partnership and collaboration on all three of their series.  The pair will also participate in additional panel conversations throughout the festival, which will be announced at a later date.

Showtime will present a panel titled “Storytelling with Tenacity,” featuring powerhouse women both in front of and behind the camera, with Frankie Shaw, creator, director, executive producer and star of “SMILF,” which received multiple Golden Globe® nominations and was recently renewed for a second season; Sarah Treem, creator and executive producer of the Golden Globe award-winning drama “The Affair,” which returns for a fourth season on June 17th; and Emmy Rossum, who has directed and stars in the long-running, critically-acclaimed comedy series “Shameless,” which will go into production on its ninth season later this year.  These creative forces will discuss a variety of topics, including taking on multiple roles on their respective series, and the ways in which they are working to move the industry forward.

IFC will screen the season two finale of their original comedy “Brockmire,” based on the character created by star/executive producer Hank Azaria, followed by a Q&A with Azaria, writer/executive producer Joel Church-Cooper, and cast member Tyrel Jackson
Williams.

The previously announced screening for OWN’s hit series “Queen Sugar” will include a Q&A with executive producer/showrunner Kat Candler, and cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe.  A screening of the network’s upcoming hour-long dramedy “Love Is___” will also be followed by a discussion with creators/executive producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, and stars Will Catlett and Michele Weaver.

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 #ATXTVs7 on Twitter.

These panels join the previously announced Opening Night screening of HBO’s upcoming limited series “Sharp Objects;” a conversation with Blown Deadline producing partners David Simon and Nina K. Noble, celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking HBO series together; a “Nash Bridges” writers room reunion with Carlton Cuse, Glen Mazzara, John Wirth, Shawn Ryan, and Pam Veasey; a “thirtysomething” reunion with creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and cast members Ken Olin, Tim Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, and David Clennon; screenings and Q&A’s of OWN’s original series “Queen Sugar” and “Love Is __;” a screening and Q&A of Paramount Network’s upcoming new series “American Woman” with cast members Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels, and co-executive producer Kyle Richards; a Freeform panel on the “Evolution of Millennial Programming,” and the season two premiere screening of “The Bold Type;” a panel with Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” a screening and Q&A of AT&T Audience Network’s new spy thriller “Condor;” a screening of the independent pilot “Everyone is Doing Great;” and first-time panelists Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher from the original Seeso comedy “Take My Wife.

 

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 PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR SEASON SEVEN, TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

February 6, 2018

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PANELS AND PROGRAMMING
FOR SEASON SEVEN, TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

 
This Year’s Festival Will Feature
An In-Depth Panel Honoring David Simon’s 20 Years of Productions at HBO,
Screenings of OWN’s “Queen Sugar,”
Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” Freeform’s “The Bold Type,”
And Paramount Network’s Upcoming Series “American Woman,” Among Others
 

ATX Television Festival announces panels and programming for year seven of the festival, which will take place June 7-10, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

This year’s festival will feature a conversation with Blown Deadline producing partners David Simon and Nina K. Noble, celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking HBO series together, including “The Wire,” “The Deuce,” “Treme,” “Generation Kill,” “Show Me a Hero,” and “The Corner.”  Simon and Noble will be joined by veteran cast member Clarke Peters to discuss their decades-long partnership, having produced some of TV’s most iconic dramas and characters, along with additional creatives and cast who have crossed over between multiple Blown Deadline Productions’ series over the years.

OWN will hold two screenings and Q&As featuring their original series “Queen Sugar,” from creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay, which returns for a third season this summer; and new hour-long dramedy “Love Is ___,” from creators/executive producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, which will also debut this summer.  Cast and producers for both panels will be announced at a later date.

Paramount Network will hold a screening and Q&A of their upcoming new series “American Woman” from executive producer John Wells, with cast members Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels, and co-executive producer Kyle Richards.

Freeform will host a panel on the “Evolution of Millennial Programming,” featuring a conversation with programming executives and show creators about the network’s push to bridge the generational gap between Millennial and Generation Z viewers through an inclusive, powerful, and smart slate of current and upcoming series, like “The Bold Type,” “grown-ish,” “The Fosters,” “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger,” and more.

In addition, Freeform will also present a season two premiere screening and Q&A for “The Bold Type,” with attending cast and producers to be announced at a later date.

Comedy Central’s hit series “Drunk History” will return to ATX with an interactive panel featuring creator and host Derek Waters, special guests from the show (to be announced at a later date), and an early look at the remainder of the series’ fifth season.

AT&T AUDIENCE Network will hold a screening and Q&A of their new spy thriller series “Condor,” which is based on the novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady, and screenplay “Three Days of the Condor” by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel.  The series will follow a young CIA analyst (Max Irons), who stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions.  Participating cast and producers will be announced at a later date.

ATX will also feature a screening of the independent pilot “Everyone is Doing Great,” followed by a Q&A with writer/director/actor James Lafferty and writer/actor Stephen Colletti, who will discuss their decision to take a non-traditional approach to producing and shopping the series.  The pilot is a half-hour comedy, from executive producers Ian & Eshom Nelms, Michelle Lang, and Johnny Derango, which follows struggling actors Seth (Colletti) and Jeremy (Lafferty), who enjoyed relative success from ‘Eternal,’ a hit television vampire drama, and five years later are trying to reclaim their previous level of success and relevance, while awkwardly navigating the perils of life and love amidst a humorously painful coming of age.

First time panelists and writers/actors/comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, of the original comedy “Take My Wife” on Seeso, will also join the festival for panel discussions and 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 #ATXTVs7 on Twitter.

These panels join the previously announced “Nash Bridges” writers room reunion with Carlton Cuse, Glen Mazzara, John Wirth, Shawn Ryan, and Pam Veasey; and the “thirtysomething” reunion, with creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and cast members Ken Olin, Tim Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, and David Clennon

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 THE FIRST PANELS AND PROGRAMMING FOR SEASON SEVEN, TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

October 30, 2017

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE FIRST PANELS AND PROGRAMMING
FOR SEASON SEVEN, TAKING PLACE JUNE 7-10, 2018, IN AUSTIN, TX

ATX to Reunite “Nash Bridges” Writers Room

Creators Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick Added to
“thirtysomething” Reunion Panel

Director/Executive Producer and DGA President Thomas Schlamme
Joins the ATX Advisory Board

Details Announced for the Annual Pitch Competition and The Black List
Television Writing Program

ATX Television Festival announced the first panels and programming for year seven of the festival, which will take place June 7-10, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

The year will feature a “Nash Bridges” Writers Room Reunion, reuniting creator Carlton Cuse with writers Glen Mazzara, John Wirth, Shawn Ryan, and Pam Veasey, as they discuss their time writing together, and the different paths their successful careers have taken.

ATX will host a reunion of “thirtysomething” with creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and cast members Ken Olin, Tim Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, and David Clennon, many of whom directed episodes of the series when it was on the air, and went on to direct and produce several other series over the years. The reunion will mark just over 30 years since the series premiered.

Director/executive producer Thomas Schlamme (“Snowfall,” “The West Wing”), who also serves as President of the Directors Guild of America, has joined the ATX Advisory Board. Schlamme becomes the second guild president to join ATX’s board, alongside writer/creator Beau Willimon (“The First”), who is currently serving as President of the Writers Guild of America, East.

In addition, ATX will begin accepting submissions for their annual Pitch Competition on November 1, 2017, with submissions closing on January 19, 2018.

The Pitch Competition aims to gives burgeoning writers the opportunity to pitch their ideas for original scripted series directly to ATX’s studio and network partners, in hopes of getting their show produced. Final Draft Inc. returns as a sponsor of this year’s competition, along with partners The Black List and Sundance Episodic Story Labs, who will each advance top writers within their respective programs to the second round of the ATX Pitch Competition.

To participate, writers must submit a ninety-second video pitch of their scripted idea, along with a 10-page script sample. Following three rounds of judging, the top 10 finalists will have the opportunity to pitch live at this year’s festival to a panel of writers, producers, and executives, who will choose a single winner.  The winner will have the chance to pitch his or her idea to an ATX studio or network partner; hone their pitch and script with an industry mentor; sit in on a current series writers’ room, and meet with a top television showrunner.

Past participants have gone on to pitch their winning concept to a variety of studios and networks, including Comedy Central, NBC Universal, Hulu, Amazon, Fox Studios, Happy Madison Productions, and Sony TV Pictures, and have even signed with management during the festival. Season 5’s Pitch Competition Winner, Eric Rudnick, is also currently developing his winning pitch for military ‘traumedy’ “Incoming” as a scripted series, with Apostle and FOX 21 attached to produce. More information on The Pitch Competition and how to submit can be found here.

In addition, ATX & The Black List are partnering for a third year on a writing program aimed at identifying television writers for staffing consideration at participating networks, studios, and production companies, which this year include HBO, Bad Robot, Amblin Television, Annapurna Pictures, Carlton Cuse Productions, Okay Goodnight!, and Kilter Films.

To have their scripts considered, writers must host their original pilots on The Black List website for at least one week during the period from October 17, 2017 to January 8, 2018.  Based on all data collected about the scripts during their hosting on the site through January 8, The Black List will identify 10-15 of the strongest scripts (both hour-long and half-hour) to be shared with the participating studios, networks, and production companies, with the goal of identifying writers with whom those organizations would like to work on existing projects.

ATX will also present live script readings of two comedy scripts from the top 10-15 selected from the Black List partnership at the festival in June, with ATX panelists serving as cast for the live readings.
More information and FAQs on opting in to this year’s opportunity can be found here.
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 #ATXTVs7 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 TELEVISION FESTIVAL AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY ANNOUNCE “BATTLESTAR GALACTICA” AS THE CLOSING NIGHT REUNION AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL AND TIME INC.’S ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY ANNOUNCE
THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HIT SERIES “BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”
AS THE CLOSING NIGHT REUNION AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL,
TAKING PLACE JUNE 10, 2017, IN AUSTIN, TX

April 19, 2017New York, NY — TIME INC.’S (NYSE: TIME) Entertainment Weekly (EW) and the ATX Television Festival announce a special reunion of the critically acclaimed, Emmy nominated and Peabody Award-winning series “Battlestar Galactica,” which will be sponsored by EW, and take place on the festival’s Closing Night this year, Saturday, June 10, in Austin, TX. The reunion will feature creator/executive producer Ronald D. Moore (“Outlander”), along with cast members Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, and Michael Trucco.

This year’s reunion is part of a multi-year partnership between Entertainment Weekly and ATX, which kicked off last year with the “Ugly Betty” reunion presented by EW on Closing Night. EW will again host “After Dark” happy hours celebrating select casts who will be attending ATX, along with hosting and moderating panels throughout the weekend with casts and creators. EW has coverage planned across the brand’s multiple platforms – reaching an audience of nearly 28 million passionate and engaged fans – including inside the magazine, stories and videos on EW.com and on EW Radio (channel 105 SiriusXM).

ATX returns for a sixth year June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

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.

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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.


PRESS CONTACTS:

Beth Jacobson, Communications, Entertainment Weekly – (212) 522-7827,
beth_jacobson@ew.com

Alison Rou, Communications, ATX Television Festival – (213) 393-3038, AlisonRou@AnchorMediaStrategy.com

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL LATE NIGHT SCREENING & PANEL OF WILL FERRELL AND KRISTEN WIIG’S ULTIMATE LIFETIME MOVIE, “A DEADLY ADOPTION,”

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL LATE NIGHT SCREENING & PANEL OF
WILL FERRELL AND KRISTEN WIIG’S ULTIMATE LIFETIME MOVIE,
“A DEADLY ADOPTION,” TAKING PLACE THE FIRST NIGHT OF THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

April 1, 2017Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces a special one-time only late night screening of the Lifetime movie “A Deadly Adoption,” starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, which will take place the first night of the festival, on Thursday, June 8, in Austin, TX. A panel will follow with creators Will Ferrell (EP), Andrew Steele (EP/Writer), and Jessica Elbaum (EP).

The film, which Rolling Stone Magazine called “a glorious love letter” to the genre, and the New York Times confusingly admitted, “was either a brilliant example of deadpan humor or a mediocre Lifetime Movie,” aired on Lifetime for one week in 2015, and is no longer available (legally) on any platform. This marks the second time only it will be shown on a big screen format without commercials.

ATX returns for a sixth year June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

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 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