Programming

We’ll continue to announce Season 8 Programming all the way up to the festival, so make sure to check back often!

Haven’t bought your Festival Badge yet? What are you waiting for – you don’t want to miss out on all this awesome programming! And don’t forget to take a little scroll down our amazing list of Season 8 Panelists, as well as our Season 8 Events!



  • A League of Their Own: 35 Years of Culture Defining Television on Lifetime

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    From establishing the iconic television movie to critically acclaimed limited series and docuseries, Lifetime has been the premier destination for stories centered on the female POV for 35 years — and they’re just getting started. Join the executives & creatives behind the network’s latest scripted & unscripted content in this discussion on using TV to move the cultural needle, evolving with the medium, and the importance of narratives shaped for and by women.

    Panelists: Tanya Lopez (EVP, Movies, Limited Series & Original Movie Acquisitions), Gena McCarthy (EVP & Head of Programming, Lifetime Unscripted), Kim Raver (Director/Executive Producer, Tempting Fate), Tamra Simmons (Executive Producer, Surviving R. Kelly), Jamie Denbo (Creator/Executive Producer, American Princess)

    Moderator: Jim Halterman (TV Guide)


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  • A Playwright Walks Into a Writers Room…

    Date: Friday, June 7

    As networks and studios look to diversify their writers rooms through non-traditional routes, playwrights have quickly become some of TV’s top staffing contenders and most influential showrunners. Hear from several writers who made the jump from the theater to the writers room as they discuss what drew them to television, the unique challenges of writing for both stage and screen, and what this trend means both industries moving forward.

    Panelists: Rachel Rusch (SVP of Television, Bad Robot); Tanya Saracho (Vida); Beau Willimon (The First), Alexander Woo (The Terror:Infamy), Liz Meriwether (New Girl) 

    Moderator: Ben Travers (TV Critic, IndieWire)


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  • ALTERNATINO WITH ARTURO CASTRO

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    PILOT SCREENINGAlternatino with Arturo Castro continues Comedy Central’s legacy of culturally relevant sketch comedy using modern Latino identity (misconceptions and all) as a fresh filter for cultural commentary about daily life and the zeitgeist, all rooted in Castro’s personal experience.

    Panelists: Arturo Castro (creator/writer/EP/star)

    Moderator: Sonia Saraiya (Television Critic, Vanity Fair)


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  • ARCHER

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that follows Sterling Archer, Lana Kane and their crew of acid-tongued misfits onboard the M/V Seamus salvage ship. An important question arises as they explore deep space and try to outsmart giant aliens, intergalactic pirates and vicious bounty hunters: how do they survive each other? Welcome to the space-tastic world of Archer: 1999.

    Panelists: Matt Thompson (EP), Chad Hurd (Producer/Art Director), Taylor Parrish (Lead Storyboard Artist), H. Jon Benjamin (Cast) 


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  • ATX Awardee: Phylicia Rashad in Conversation

    Date: Friday, June 7

    As a place where fans and industry come together to watch, talk, and love TV as one community, ATX began honoring an individual each year whose body of work encompasses the standards of the festival: thought-provoking, lasting, genuine, expansive – and ultimately – entertaining. This year we are honored to present our “Award in Television eXcellence” to legendary actress Phylicia Rashad (David Makes Man, The Cosby Show), followed by conversation that is both a one-of-a-kind look back and forward at her ongoing and remarkable career.

    Panelists: Phylicia Rashad

    Moderator: Susan Kelechi Watson (Actor, This Is Us)


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  • ATYPICAL

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    A discussion with the cast & executive producers of Atypical, which focuses on the life of 18-year-old Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), who is on the autism spectrum.

    Panelists: Robia Rashid (creator/showrunner/EP), Mary Rohlich (EP), Cast: Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amy Okuda, Fivel Stewart, and Jenna Boyd

    Moderator: TBA


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  • Better With Age: Growing Older on TV presented by Hollywood Health & Society

    Date: Sunday, June 9 

    As the spectrum of inclusivity on TV grows, so has the number of shows exploring later-in-life narratives. Never before has there been such an array of characters who redefine what life is like after sixty-five. From series that center on the senior experience, to characters who are part of a multi-generational story, to unpredictable yet relatable solo journeys — join the writers and actors behind these fully-formed, authentic characters for a timeless discussion about aging onscreen.

    Panelists: Sarah Thompson (writer, How to Get Away With Murder), Mike Royce (creator/writer, One Day at a Time), Mimi Kennedy (actor, Mom); Additional panelists TBA

    Moderator: Kate Folb (Director, Hollywood Health & Society)


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  • Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health on TV

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    TV series broaching stories of mental health and mental illness are on the rise, from anxiety and depression to bipolar disorder and PTSD. By exploring everything from diagnosis and treatment, to daily ups-and-downs, they’re bringing to light what often goes unsaid: the journey towards mental health is universal. Join the writers from a few of TV’s bravest, smartest, weirdest, kindest, most challenging series for an honest discussion about destigmatizing the conversation around mental illness, and breaking open the incredibly un-universal notion of ‘normal.’

    Panelists: Stephen Falk (creator/writer/EP/director, You’re the Worst), Mike Royce (creator/writer/EP, One Day at a Time), Arielle Kebbel (actor, Midnight, Texas), Elisabeth R. Finch (co-EP/writer, Grey’s Anatomy)

    Moderator: Ben Travers (IndieWire)


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  • Broken News: How VICE News Tonight on HBO Wants to Reclaim the Next Generation of TV viewers

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    Since inception in 2016, VICE News Tonight on HBO has dismantled the status quo for nightly news. With the youngest audience in cable news and 5 Emmy wins and 15 nominations in less than two years, the show has fast become a destination for younger audiences craving more than the maelstrom of 24-hour rolling television, soundbites and talking heads.

    But as news media at large wrestles with its relationship to younger viewers, and with the 2020 presidential race around the corner, are television networks at risk of failing in their duty to inform America’s young electorate? And how do broadcasters reach millennials and Gen Z when their trust in the news media is declining?

    This panel will explore how VICE News Tonight is engaging the next generation of news consumers, the mechanics behind reaching youth and how networks can defy convention to captivate young viewers successfully in an age of unprecedented media disruption.

    Panelists: Josh Tyrangiel (Executive Vice President, VICE News), Arielle Duhaime-Ross (Climate & Environment Correspondent), Elle Reeve (Technology Correspondent), Alzo Slade (Correspondent)

    Moderator: TBA


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  • Casting Anthologies presented by the Casting Society of America

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    While the original Twilight Zone (1959) helped popularize the format, the anthology series has taken on new life with the success of series like True DetectiveFargo, and Black Mirror. It’s unique style of contained storytelling has attracted everyone from “movie stars,” to fresh faces, to troupes of familiar players looking for variety onscreen. In this conversation, join the Casting Directors behind these dynamic short-form series as they discuss the unique intricacies and challenges associated with casting both episodic and serial anthologies.

    Panelists: Sherry Thomas (The Twilight Zone), Rachel Tenner (Fargo)

    Moderator: Ben Travers (TV Critic, IndieWire)


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  • CITY ON A HILL presented by Showtime®

    CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    Set in early 1990s Boston, rife with criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, City on a Hill stars Kevin Bacon (The Following), Aldis Hodge (Underground), Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Lauren E. Banks (Instinct), Amanda Clayton (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong), Kevin Chapman (Brotherhood), and Jere Shea (Passion), with Kevin Dunn (Veep) and Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest) recurring.

    Panelists:  Tom Fontana (showrunner/EP), Chuck MacLean (creator/EP), Jennifer Todd (EP), Kevin Bacon (co-EP/cast),Aldis Hodge (cast), and Jill Hennessy (cast)

    Moderator: Dan Fienberg (Chief Television Critic, The Hollywood Reporter)


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  • Class Ceiling

    Date: Friday, June 7

    A look into the depictions of classes in America, and TV’s relationship to the ever-changing definition of the working/middle classes.

    Panelists: Anthony Sparks(Showrunner/EP, Queen Sugar), Laura Chinn (Creator/EP/Actor, Florida Girls),Dee Harris-Lawrence (Showrunner/EP, David Makes Man), Jenniffer Gomez (Writer, Vida), Gladys Rodriguez (Writer,Vida)

    Moderator: Tara Ariano (Previously.TV) 


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  • DAVID MAKES MAN

    Date: Friday, June 7

    PILOT SCREENING. David Makes Man is a one-hour lyrical drama from Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) that centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the lyrical drama, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the inherent trauma sustained in the fight for survival. 

    Panelists: Dee Harris-Lawrence (showrunner/EP), Phylicia Rashad (cast), Akili McDowell (cast)

    Moderator: Sarah Rodman (Features Editor, Entertainment Weekly)


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  • DRUNK HISTORY

    Date: Friday, June 7

    A Drunk History event with creator, host, and actor Derek Waters, plus special guests!

    Panelists: Derek Waters (Creator/EP/Host/Actor), Special Guests: Colin Hanks & Lyric Lewis 

    Moderator: TBA


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  • EUPHORIA presented by HBO

    Date: Thursday, June 6

    OPENING NIGHT SCREENING. Euphoria follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.

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

    Panelists: Sam Levinson (creator/EP), Cast: Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Barbie Ferreira, and Eric Dane

    Moderator: Sonia Saraiya (Vanity Fair)


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  • EVERYONE IS DOING GREAT

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    NEW EPISODE. Seth and Jeremy enjoyed relative success from ‘Eternal’, a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they lean on each other as they struggle to reclaim their previous level of success and relevance, awkwardly navigating the perils of life and love amidst a humorously painful coming of age.

    Panelists: James Lafferty (Creator/Writer/Director/Actor), Stephen Colletti (Creator/Writer/Actor)

    Moderator: Amanda N’Duka (Deadline)


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  • FACT, FICTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE presented by The ACLU

    Date: Friday, June 7

    How authentic do plotlines about police need to be? Criminal justice plotlines and police procedurals have been a staple of both current and past TV programming. Shows today however, have the opportunity–and some say the obligation– to explore the nuances and the contradictions inherent in real-life characterizations of police, the criminal legal system they work in, and the communities they affect. These writers and producers, along with a criminal law expert from the ACLU, discuss the importance and power of story, how they work together to ensure authentic representations of current issues, as well as the impact it has on viewer opinions on such issues as police practices, racial profiling, and the inequitable cash bail system—all in the name of fighting crime.

    Panelists: Sunil Nayar (Co-showrunner/EP, The Red Line), Caitlin Parrish (Co-Creator/Writer, The Red Line), Joanna Johnson (Showrunner/EP, Good Trouble), Anthony Sparks (Showrunner/EP, Queen Sugar)

    Moderator: Twyla Carter (Senior Staff Attorney with the National ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project)

     


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  • FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    NEW EPISODE. Join us for a sneak peak at episode Fear the Walking Dead episode 5×02, followed by a Q&A with cast and producers. 

    Panelists: TBA

    Moderator: Lindsey Ashley (Deputy Director, Texas Film Commission)


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  • Game On: A Look at How Competition Series Get Made

    Date: Friday, June 7

    The dramatic backstories. The elaborate productions. The showmanship. Get an inside look at the creative & technical process behind your favorite competition shows, and the ways in which they continue to defy “peak TV”.

    Panelists: Julie Pizzi (Co-Executive Producer, The Challenge); Andrew Llinares (Executive Producer, Dancing With the Stars) 

    Moderator: Emily Longeretta (Us Weekly) 


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  • GOOD TROUBLE presented by Freeform

    Date: Friday, June 7

    SEASON 2 PREMIERE. Hailing from creators Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige, and Bradley Bredeweg, Good Trouble follows the Adams Foster siblings, Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez), as they embark on the next adventure in their lives in Los Angeles.

    Panelists: Joanna Johnson (creator/writer/EP), Maia Mitchell (cast), Cierra Ramirez (cast), additional panelists TBA

    Moderator: Breanne Heldman (Senior Editor TV, People Magazine)


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  • GRAND HOTEL

    Date: Thursday, June 6

    PILOT SCREENING. Based on the Spanish series of the same name, Grand Hotel is a provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach, following owner Santiago Mendoza (Demián Bichir), his glamorous second wife, Gigi (Roselyn Sánchez), their adult children, and the hotel’s loyal staff in a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. 

    Panelists: Brian Tanen (showrunner/EP), Ben Spector (EP), Cast: Demián Bichir, Roselyn Sánchez

    Moderator: ​Emily Longeretta (Senior Entertainment Editor, Us Weekly)


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  • GREEK Reunion

    Date: Friday, June 7

    Twelve years after the premiere, we’re going back to Cyprus-Rhodes University for a reunion with the cat & creatives of GREEK!

    Panelists: Patrick Sean Smith (creator/EP), Shawn Piller (EP), Lloyd Segan (EP), Cast: Spencer Grammer, Amber Stevens West, Jacob Zachar, Dilshad Vadsaria, Paul James

    Moderator: Breanne Heldman (Senior Editor TV, People Magazine) 


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  • GREY’S ANATOMY

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” will screen the season 15 episode, “Silent All These Years,” written by Elisabeth Finch and directed by Debbie Allen, which marks one of the series’ most impactful and emotional hours yet. The screening will be followed by a Q&A conversation to discuss the episode’s social impact and approach to tackling topics of sexual violence and consent.

    Panelists: Krista Vernoff (showrunner/EP), Elisabeth R. Finch (co-EP/writer), Cast: Camilla Luddington, Kim Raver 

    Moderator: Lesley Goldberg (Television Editor West Coast, The Hollywood Reporter)


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  • Grief & The Messiness of Loss

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    TV has often told deeply affecting stories of loss, death, and trauma, but rarely has it leaned into its unique ability to linger in the messy, uncomfortable business of grief. Recently a number of series have turned their focus to this universal experience, ranging from animated to comedy to horror, from freshman series to established ones and from broadcast networks to digital platforms. Hear from the creatives behind these stand-out episodes & seasons as they discuss their varied approaches to depicting grief, survivors, and a shared catharsis with viewers.

    Panelists: Kit Steinkellner (Sorry For Your Loss), Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), Julie Plec (Legacies), additional panelists TBA

    Moderator: Dan Fienberg (Chief Television Critic, The Hollywood Reporter)


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  • GROWN-ISH presented by Freeform

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    NEW EPISODE of Freeform’s grown-ish, followed by a Q&A with executive producer Craig Doyle and cast.

    Panelists: Craig Doyle (Writer/EP), Cast: Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, and Jordan Buhat

    Moderator: Amanda N’Duka (Deadline)


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  • Inclusion & Access

    Date: Thursday, June 6 

    A conversation with TVs leading executives about creating opportunities & access for underrepresented groups at all levels of the creative process, how they view their role at this crucial juncture for the industry, and the tangible steps they’re taking to make inclusion a priority from the top down.

    Panelists: Katy McCaffrey (Co-Founder, WeForShe), Jaime Davila (Co-Founder/President, Campanario Entertainment),Tracy Underwood (Senior Vice President, ABC Signature), Jacqueline Sacerio (Senior Vice President, Scripted Development – US, Television, Entertainment One (eOne)) 

    Moderator: TBA


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  • Inside THE TERROR: INFAMY

    Date: Thursday, June 6

    A behind-the-scenes look at the The Terror: Infamy with the creative team behind the anthology series. Set during World War II, the haunting and suspenseful 10-episode season centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.

    Panelists: Alexander Woo (co-creator/showrunner/EP), George Takei (consulting producer/cast), J.R. Hawbaker (costume team), John Conroy (director of photography), Jonathan McKinstry (Production Designer) 

    Moderator: TBA


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  • Inside the Writers Room: VIDA

    Date: Friday, June 7

    Go inside the VIDA writers room with creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho and the show’s all-Latinx writers for an in-depth discussion on how they approach storytelling.

    Panelists: Tanya Saracho (creator/EP), Jenniffer Gomez (writer), Gladys Rodriguez (writer)

    Moderator: Jim Halterman (TV Guide) 


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  • INTO THE DARK: Culture Shock

    Date: Thursday, June 6

    NEW EPISODE. “Culture Shock” is a dystopian horror film following a young Mexican woman’s journey across the border into Texas in pursuit of the American Dream, only to find herself in an American nightmare. In partnership with Blumhouse Television, Into The Dark is a horror event series made up of 12 feature-length installments, with a new program released monthly and inspired by a holiday, that will feature Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.

    Panelists: Gigi Saul Guerrero (co-writer/director), Cast: Martha Higareda, Shawn Ashmore, Richard Cabral

    Moderator: Jacqueline Coley (Rotten Tomatoes)


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  • Let’s Talk About Sex (Scenes)

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    While it’s true that television productions are increasingly aware of the emotional & physical stakes of performers on-set — many writers, actors, and directors still struggle with how to safely navigate scenes that contain intimate or sexual content. Join the creatives involved in crafting these scenes from start to finish for an honest discussion about empowering both writers and actors, and improving safe “sex” practices behind the camera.

    Panelists: Tanya Saracho (Creator/EP, Vida), Nicki Micheaux (Actor, Animal Kingdom), Alicia Rodis (Intimacy Coordinator, HBO Series), Kathleen McCaffrey (SVP, HBO Programming), Matt Lauria (Actor, Kingdom

    Moderator: Joy Blake (Producer/Writer, Outlander)


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  • LETTERKENNY

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    Letterkenny revolves around the dustups Wayne (creator/executive producer/co-writer/star Jared Keeso) and his pals get into with their small-town rivals. For the hicks, skids and hockey players of Letterkenny, getting your ass kicked is a legitimate concern on a day-to-day basis. 

    Panelists: Jacob Tierney (director/EP/cast), Mark Montefiore (EP), Cast: Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett and K. Trevor Wilson

    Moderator: Joanna Robinson (Senior Writer, Vanity Fair)


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  • LOS ESPOOKYS

    Date: Friday, June 7

    PREMIERE SCREENING. A primarily Spanish-language comedy from the minds of fresh, exciting talents Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels. Los Espookys series follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life.

    Panelists: Fred Armisen (creator/EP/cast),Ana Fabrega (creator/co-EP/cast), Julio Torres (creator/co-EP/cast), Cassandra Ciangherotti (cast), Bernardo Velasco (cast)

    Moderator: TBA


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  • MEN IN TREES Retrospective

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    Relationship coach and best-selling author Marin Frist goes to a small town in Alaska for a conference about real love and the best ways to get married. After her own relationship falls apart, she finds herself stuck in a town full of the one thing she doesn’t really need – available men.

    Panelists: Jenny Bicks (creator), Anna Fricke (writer/co-executive producer), Antonia Ellis (producer), Chris Dingess (writer/producer), Cast: James Tupper, Suleka Mathew, Cynthia Stevenson, Lauren Tom, Seana Kofoed

    Moderator: TBA


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  • Most Likely to Make You Laugh

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    Join ATX for a conversation with the exceptionally funny women of NBC’s critically-acclaimed hit comedies “The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Superstore.”

    Panelists: D’Arcy Carden (actor, The Good Place), Melissa Fumero (actor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Lauren Ash (actor, Superstore)

    Moderator: Marc Evan Jackson (actor, The Good Place, Brooklyn 99)


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  • Navigating International Markets

    Date: Friday, June 7 

    What makes a series valuable abroad? How do studios, networks, platforms and creatives work together to bring shows to the global market? Join us for a deep dive into developing, buying, selling, and packaging content for international distribution.

    Panelists: Jaime Davila (Co-Founder/President, Campanario Entertainment), Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein (Founder & Head of International, ADD Content Agency), Kathleen McCaffrey (Senior Vice President of Programming, HBO), Phil Rosenthal (Writer/Producer/Director, Exporting Raymond)

    Moderator: TBA


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  • ONE DAY AT A TIME

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    A screening, conversation, and celebration of the Alvarez’s with the cast & creatives of One Day at a Time. #SaveODAAT

    Panelists: Mike Royce (creator/EP), Cast: Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, and Stephen Tobolowsky 

    Moderator: TBA


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  • PERPETUAL GRACE, LTD. presented by EPIX

    Date: Friday, June 7

    PILOT EPISODE. In the premiere of this modern noir drama series, Pa (Sir Ben Kingsley) and Ma (Jacki Weaver) discover drug addict James (Jimmi Simpson) on an empty New Mexico road and bring him to their ranch in Half Acre, NM.

    Panelists: Steve Conrad (writer/EP), Bruce Terris (writer/EP), Cast: Luis Guzman, Jimmi Simpson

    Moderator: Joanna Robinson (Senior Writer, Vanity Fair) 


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  • POWER(FUL) TV presented by the Television Academy

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    Through innate intimacy and week-to-week stories, television is arguably our most impactful medium, having the power to change hearts and minds. Hear creators, writers, and actors discuss how series can rise above trends and token characters by weaving in storylines of gender, race, religion, aging, immigration, health care, and many more — all with the belief that exposing audiences to a variety of people, experiences, and worlds they might never encounter will foster understanding, empathy, and community. 

    Panelists: TBA

    Moderator: Maury McIntryre (President and Chief Operating Officer, Television Academy)


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  • Presidents of the Guilds

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    For the first time on a single stage, the leaders of some of the most prominent entertainment unions and guilds will take part in a discussion about what goes in to shaping the forward-movement of the industry, the state of television, the ongoing push for equal pay, equal opportunity, and safety standards across all of entertainment, and the importance of fostering a creative culture.

    Panelists: Gabrielle Carteris (President, SAG-AFTRA), Thomas Schlamme (President, DGA), David A. Goodman (President, WGAW)

    Moderator: Maury McIntyre (President/COO, Television Academy) 


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  • Refugee & Asylum Seeker Stories presented by Amnesty International

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    As the crisis at the border continues, Amnesty International has been mobilizing and uniting people to welcome refugees and asylum seekers who are fleeing violence and persecution. Too often, these people are portrayed in politics and in the media as two-dimensional tropes — victims or villains — without a platform or access to tell their own stories. So what is the role of television in breaking down these harmful stereotypes? Join us for a conversation with writers & advocates to discuss how to restore agency to refugees and asylum seekers through inclusive representation, multi-faceted characters, and humanist narratives.

    Panelists: 
    Krista Vernoff (showrunner/EP, Grey’s Anatomy), Alexander Woo (co-creator/showrunner/executive producer, The Terror: Infamy); Additional Panelists TBA

    Moderator: Ashley Houghton​ (Tactical Campaigns Manager, Amnesty International​)


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  • Resistance, Inclusion, and Creating Authentic Muslim Narratives presented by MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau

    Date: Thursday, June 6

    Following the 2016 presidential election, U.S. culture saw a dangerous rise in anti-Muslim sentiment, rousing many in the entertainment industry to resist with a counter-narrative of inclusion. Within days MPAC (the Muslim Public Affairs Council) was flooded with inquiries requesting consultation on television shows with Muslim characters and recommendations for repped Muslim screenwriters to join their writers rooms. This panel of TV creatives, executives, and consultants discuss how they’ve impacted the industry in the last two years by raising the quantity and quality of Muslim characters; their efforts to increase visibility on and off-screen; and the forward-thinking importance of turning this moment into a sustained movement.

    Panelists: Carina Adly MacKenzie (showrunner/EP, Roswell, New Mexico), Nikohl Boosheri (actor, The Bold Type), Nijla Mu’min (writer/director, Jinn), Mohammed Amer (Actor, Ramy); Sue Obeidi (Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council’s (MPAC) Hollywood Bureau)

     

    Moderator: TBA


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  • ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO: A Conversation

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    Join the creatives and cast of Roswell, New Mexico for a discussion on the series’ timely approach to LGBTQ visibility, immigration, relationships, trauma, and more. 

    Panelists: Carina Adly MacKenzie (creator/EP), Christopher Hollier (co-showrunner/EP); Cast: Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles, Heather Hemmens, Karan Oberoi, and Trevor St. John

    Moderator: Julie Plec (director/EP, Roswell, NM)


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  • SHERMAN’S SHOWCASE

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    PILOT SCREENING. Drawing inspiration from dance/variety shows like of Solid GoldSoul Train and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, each episode of Sherman’s Showcase is hosted by Sherman McDaniels (Salahuddin), as he takes viewers through time, via music and comedy drawn from the 40-year library of a legendary (but fictional) musical variety show.  Whether it’s a questionably attired funk super group in the 1970s, an up-and-coming MC in the 1980s, or an R&B diva from the 1990s, Sherman’s Showcase has it all: music, comedy, famous guest stars and dancing. 

    Panelists: Diallo Riddle (creator/writer/EP) and Bashir Salahuddin (creator/writer/EP/actor); Cast: Nigel Lythgoe, Bresha Webb 

    Moderator: TBA


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  • Th Good Place: The Podcast

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    ATX is hosting a deep-dive into “The Good Place: The Podcast,” the official companion podcast of NBC’s “The Good Place,” featuring a conversation with host/actor Marc Evan Jackson and star D’Arcy Carden. The podcast, which launched in 2018, features weekly episodes with cast & creatives from the series discussing behind-the-scenes stories, episode insights, and anecdotes.

    Panelists: Marc Evan Jackson (actor, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and D’Arcy Carden (actor,The Good Place)

    Moderator: Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel) 


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  • The Female Gaze

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    The “male gaze,” largely acknowledged as “the act of depicting women and the world from a masculine, heterosexual perspective that represents women as sexual objects,” has been the dominant viewpoint since the beginning of art and culture — but what happens when women become the subject instead of the object? This conversation will explore the “female gaze” with writers & directors who are reclaiming female agency by (figuratively and literally) shifting viewers’ perspectives, and telling stories that unapologetically place women and their world view at the center.

    Panelists: Tanya Saracho (creator/EP, Vida), Kim Raver (director/EP, Tempting Fate), Jenny Bicks (creator/EP, Men in Trees), Joy Blake (producer/writer, Outlander) 

    Moderator: TBA


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  • The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television

    Date: Friday, June 7

    A unique case study of Blumhouse Television’s journey from the go-to producer of low-budget horror hits, to a multi-genre, consumer-facing studio with a growing presence in TV — and a penchant for finding the unsettling in every-day stories.

    Panelists: Marci Wiseman (Co-President, Blumhouse Television), Jeremy Gold (Co-President, Blumhouse Television), Sahar Vahedi (Director of Development, Blumhouse Television), Amanda Spain (Director, Alternative & Non-Scripted, Blumhouse Television)

    Moderator: Bryn Sandberg (The Hollywood Reporter)


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  • THE LEAGUE Reunion

    Date: Friday, June 7

    The League returns! ATX will feature a reunion of FX’s semi-improvised comedy, The League, which centers on a group of old friends in a fantasy football league who care deeply about one another — so deeply that they use every opportunity to make each other’s lives miserable. The reunion marks ten years since the series premiere.

    Panelists: Jackie Marcus Schaffer (creator/director/executive producer), Jeff Schaffer (creator/director/executive producer), Cast: Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Katie Aselton, Stephen Rannazzisi, and Jason Mantzoukas

    Moderator: Joanna Robinson (Senior Writer, Vanity Fair) 


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  • The Power of Female Partnerships presented by Vanity Fair

    Date: Thursday, June 6

    Though the television industry may at times be ruthless, there are countless powerful stories of female partnerships that thrive despite the industry’s hyper-competitive nature. In this panel, we’ll explore several amazing friendships between women who partnered up at the beginning of their careers or at some point along the way (temporarily or permanently) to encourage one another, create a culture of empowerment, and produce some great TV.

    Panelists: Lauren Whitney (Head of Television, Spyglass Media Group), Cori Wellins (Partner, WME Scripted Television), Lisa Katz & Tracey Pakosta (Co-Presidents, NBC Scripted Programming), Jenna Bans (creator/EP, Good Girls) Retta (actor, Good Girls) 

    Moderator: Sonia Saraiya (Vanity Fair)


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  • TREMORS: The Pilot Presentation

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    Join the creative team & cast behind the unaired TREMORS for a unique discussion on taking the story from film to TV, featuring select clips, a partial script reading, and Q&A discussion with cast & creatives. 

    Panelists: Andrew Miller (Writer/Creator/EP), Jessica Rhoades (EP), Cast: Kevin Bacon, P.J. Byrne, Toks Olagundoye, Haley Tju, Emily Tremaine

    Moderator: Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel)


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  • TV’s Top 5 LIVE presented by The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: Thursday, June 6

    The Hollywood Reporter‘s West Coast TV Editor Lesley Goldberg and Chief TV Critic Daniel Fienberg join forces for TV’s Top 5, a podcast offering a deep dive into the week’s biggest TV stories and best shows. She’s a reporter! He’s a critic! They both eat, sleep and breathe TV. Come be a part of their first-ever live podcast, including special guests and a lively Q&A.

    Panelists: Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV Editor, The Hollywood Reporter), Daniel Fienberg (Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter), additional TBA


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  • UNDONE

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    PILOT PREMIERE:Undone,” is Amazon’s new original series from creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (“BoJack Horseman”) about a young woman’s complex journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father’s death. The series is brought to life using a unique variety of mediums, including rotoscope animation – a process that has never before been used in episodic television – and oil painting on canvas to render the backgrounds, under the direction of Hisko Hulsing (“Montage of Heck”). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the creators. 

    Panelists: Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (creators), Hisko Hulsing (Director)

    Moderator: TBA

     


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  • UNPRODUCED: Live Script Reading & Look Inside the Pilot Process

    Date: Friday, June 7

    Come hear the live pilot script reading of WANNABES an un-produced half hour dramedy pilot by Courtney and Edward Kirkpatrick, with ATX panelists as the special guest cast. Set in 1997 Fort Worth, Texas: WANNABES is the story of 18-year-old Chloe — a should-be rockstar with one foot out of the closet — and the band she all but wills into existence. It’s about growing up, chasing down your dreams, and being full of more dumb, wild hope then you’ll ever have again in your life. Following the reading, Courtney and Edward will be joined by additional showrunners for a conversation on writing pilots, the difference between writing on spec vs for hire, the process of changing a show’s structure, and what happens after the script is complete

    Panelists: Courtney Kirkpatrick & Edward Kirkpatrick (co-creators/writers); Additional panelists TBA 


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  • VERONICA MARS

    Date: Saturday, June 8

    A long time ago, we used to be friends… Join us for a panel conversation with the cast & crew of Hulu’s upcoming Veronica Mars revival!

    Panelists: Rob Thomas (creator/EP), Cast: Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III

    Moderators: Sarah Rodman (Features Editor, Entertainment Weekly)


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  • WHAT DO YOU HEAR?: Listening with Beau Willimon

    Date: Friday, June 7

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

    Panelists: Beau Willimon (writer/creator/EP, The First)

    Moderator: Beau Willimon 


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  • YELLOWSTONE presented by Paramount Network

    Date: Friday, June 7 

    WORLD PREMIERE of Season 2. Yellowstone follows John Dutton (Kevin Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park.

    Panelists: Cast Members: Luke Grimes, Neal McDonough, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, and Gil Birmingham

    Moderator: Jim Halterman (TV Guide)


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  • YOUNGER

    Date: Sunday, June 9

    PREMIERE SCREENING: Younger returns to ATX for a fifth consecutive year to screen the series’ Season 6 premiere, which debuts on TV Land on June 12. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast & creatives.

    Panelists: TBA

    Moderator: TBA


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** All individuals/artists' schedules are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed. **