Programming

ATX Programming includes panels focused on industry related topics, script readings, screenings with cast and creator Q&As, series reunions, and more.

Programming and Panelists may be added all the way up to the weeks and days before the festival, so make sure to check back often!



  • Series - Alias

    Date: Saturday, 6/10
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    One of the most ambitious thrillers to ever air on network TV, Alias featured a breathlessly exciting and twisty universe of action, espionage, and deception. Born from the visionary mind of J.J. Abrams, the series’ intricate web of allegiances and treachery was bolstered by an all-star team of writers — many of whom started the show with little experience in directing or producing TV, but eventually went on to become high-profile, bankable talents for bringing blockbuster genre fare to film and TV. More than a decade after leaving the air, and now in league with the industry’s most prolific executive producers, the creative team behind Alias reunites to reflect on the show’s long-term impact, the challenges of maintaining their elaborate concept across 105 episodes, and to share their favorite moments in the life of Sydney Bristow.

    Panelists: Ken Olin (EP/Director/Actor), Lawrence Trilling (Producer/Director), Sarah Caplan (Producer), Jeff Pinkner (Writer/EP), André Nemec (Writer/EP), Josh Appelbaum (Writer/EP), Monica Breen (Writer/Producer)
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    Date: Saturday, 6/10
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    Panelists: Ronald D. Moore (Writer/Creator/Director/EP); Cast: Edward James Olmos, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, James Callis, Michael Hogan, Michael Trucco
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  • Series - Sons of Anarchy

    Date: Saturday, 6/10
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    Adrenalized soap opera, bloody pulp fiction, highly complex characters…” For seven seasons, an all-star slate of television directors deftly navigated the challenging gauntlet set forth in Kurt Sutter’s Shakespearean biker drama, Sons of Anarchy — a series that featured some of television’s most gruesome violence and debauchery, while also tenderly exploring the dynamics of power, legacy, and family through a thoughtful lens. From alumni of The Shield to seasoned veterans, this group of directors reunite to reflect upon their craft, their methods of navigating the tonal shifts of this darkly funny series, and the lessons learned from their time with the Men of Mayhem.

    Panelists: Kurt Sutter (Writer/Creator/Director/EP), Paris Barclay (Director/EP), Peter Weller (Director), Guy Ferland (Director), Adam Arkin (Director/Actor), Billy Gierhart (Director)
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  • Series - The Leftovers

    Date: Thursday, 6/8
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    From book, to series, to Miracle and down under — HBO’s The Leftovers served as an emotional (and often spiritual) departure from convention, defying expectation by fully embracing the unknown, and urging viewers to “let the mystery be.” Join the creators & executive producers for the first discussion following the series finale on the creative collaboration that shaped three incredibly distinct seasons, a departure from the book, and a look back at their favorite moments from the final episode.

    Panelists: Damon Lindelof (Co-Creator/Writer/EP), Tom Perrotta (Co-Creator/Writer/EP), Mimi Leder (Director/EP)
    Moderator: Maureen Ryan (Variety)

  • Series - Thirtysomething

    Date: Sunday, 6/11
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    Prior to a television landscape that favors realism over idyllic life, where major characters face the risk of “being killed off,” and daily life is portrayed somewhat accurately, thirtysomething did all that and more. The show that was an early experiment that quickly became a phenomenon, rewriting the rules for dramatic series in more ways than one. Helmed by creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, thirtysomething not only drew viewers into the lives of its characters and tested the boundaries of conventional storytelling, it thrived with a multi-hyphenate cast, many of whom stepped into the role of director during the series run — then stayed there for the next 30 years. ATX reunites these dynamic creatives as they look back at the series that re-wrote the book on TV dramas, and paved the way for a new direction in their careers.

    Panelists: Cast: Ken Olin (Director), Patricia Wettig (Director), Melanie Mayron (Director), Timothy Busfield (Director), Peter Horton (Director), David Clennon
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  • Series - A Deadly Adoption

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    Panelists: Andrew Steele (Writer), Jessica Elbaum (EP); Cast: Will Ferrell (EP)
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    With each passing year, more TV networks are dipping their toes into original programming, new streaming services are rapidly sprouting up, and out-of-nowhere smash hits are appearing in the most unlikely of places. As the landscape becomes unpredictable and malleable, each network is grappling to find its own place on the spectrum — do they chase the success/format of other networks’ breakout hits (This is Us, The Walking Dead, Empire, Stranger Things), dig their heels in and produce content similar to their tried-and-true mainstays, or take the risk of gambling on unseasoned prospects/talent (Girls, Insecure, Atlanta)? The top executives of these major networks gather to discuss their respective programming ethos’ and how their competition’s successes/failures inform the direction they lead their networks.

    Panelists: Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO), Nick Hall (Amazon)
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    Join Paul Scheer for a compilation screening of rarely (if ever) seen, never-picked-up-pilots that he’s both starred in (alongside some very familiar faces) and produced, including Playdates, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Following the screening, Paul will host a conversation about both the traditional and independent pilot process, discussing the intricacies, decisions, pains and triumphs inherent in departing from the “pitch, pilot, pick up” model.

    Panelists: Paul Scheer (PlaydatesThe League, Fresh Off the Boat)
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    We all know love is complicated, but not every great relationship arc exists in the dramatic surroundings of romance and family. Some of the most compelling storylines on television are anchored in the loyalties and complexities of friendship and brother/sisterhood. The writers and actors behind some of TV’s most indelible friendships discuss the rare mix of chemistry, great writing, and (we assume) a tiny bit of witchcraft that goes into earning (and maintaining) viewers’ trust in these platonic soulmate relationships.

    Panelists: Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane), Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Sweet/Vicious), Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham (Playing House), Kevin Falls (Franklin & Bash)
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    The delicate relationship between the creator and the Casting Director is rarely explored. Often the first to be hired on a project, the Casting Director collaborates with the showrunner from the ground-up to begin fulfilling their vision. Together, they navigate creative preferences, negotiate with agents and managers, take on studio and network input, location casting, actor approvals, and much more. The stronger the relationship, the easier it is to maneuver through the challenges of the process. Join these pairs as we get an inside look at the intricacies of a relationship that hinges on trust and collaboration from one-time gigs to decades of work.

    Panelists: Jennifer Euston & Liz Flahive (GLOW), Tracy Lilienfield & Marta Kauffman (Grace and Frankie), Wendy O’Brien (Fear the Walking Dead), TBA
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  • Series - Designing Women

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    Julia, Mary Jo, Charlene, and Suzanne were the four women of Sugarbaker and Associates that took the late 80’s and early 90’s by storm, tackling the tough subjects of family, love, and business, all through fits of laughter and witty comebacks. Designing Women was at its heart a sitcom, yet it redefined what it meant be Southern on TV. Rather than being rednecks or hicks, these women were smart, political, spirited, and opinionated. The show’s passion and sense of family can be accredited to the long time married team of Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Creator) and Harry Thomason (Director) who led the troops day-to-day, even “saving” the show from cancelation with a grass roots letter writing campaign. Join these women and their men as they journey back to the show that rose above the rest, and perhaps 30 years later, we’ll know exactly what happened the night the lights went out in Austin.

    Panelists: Linda Bloodworth-Thomas (Writer/Creator/EP); Cast: Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook, Douglas Barr
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  • Series - Evening Shade

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    Panelist: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Writer/Creator/EP); Cast: Burt Reynolds, Marilu Henner, Hal Holbrook
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  • Series - Fargo

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    Panelists: Noah Hawley (Writer/Creator/EP)
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  • Series - Fear the Walking Dead

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    Breaking into every industry requires a combination of timing, luck, talent, and relationships. For many TV writers, that “big break” is getting a showrunner to take a risk by inviting a newcomer into the writers room for the first time. This unique conversation between pairs of writers, one who took a chance and one who caught a break, explores the relationship from both sides of that first gig – what led to the hire, the ups and downs, and what the opportunity has done for both people involved.

    Panelists: Graham Yost & Dave Andron (Justified), Julie Plec & Carina MacKenzie (The Originals), additional panelists TBA
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  • Spon - FOX

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    Direct from 2017 upfronts, FOX brings ATX an exclusive look at two new pilots, complete with cast/creatives in attendance! Be among the first to catch a sneak peek of these new series, months before their Fall premiere dates.

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  • Series - Girls

    Date: Friday, 6/9
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    From early to late twenties, these “girls” grew up to become “women” with the gentle help (sometimes obstructive, other times self-absorbed behavior) of the characters around and the production team behind them. Following the final season of HBO’s Girls, we discuss how the series was sold and the evolution from the point of view of the ensemble (on and off screen) that brought the world of Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna, and Jessa to life.

    Panelists: Kathleen McCaffrey (VP of Programming, HBO), Jennifer Euston (Casting Director); Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Jon Glaser
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  • Series - Hearts Afire

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    Panelist: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Writer/Creator/EP); Cast: Markie Post, Leslie Jordan, Billy Bob Thornton
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    Panelist: Phil Rosenthal
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  • Date: Saturday, 6/10
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    Panelists: Andrea Savage (Writer/Creator/EP/Actor), Jessica Elbaum (EP), Joey Slamon (Writer/EP); Cast: Tom Everett Scott
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    High school settings have been a staple of popular TV for decades, but lately these “teenage dramas” are disappearing. With many characters graduating, and new series being developed or revamped to focus on the college, why has television abandoned these young formative years? Creators and showrunners who are immersed in the world discuss the NA (“new adult”) genre, why it has taken the place of YA, and the fun (yet challenging) parts of storytelling from this new (older) age bracket.

    Panelists: Anna Fricke (Dawson’s Creek), David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Rebecca Serle (Famous in Love)
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  • Date: Saturday, 6/10
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    Panelists: Peter Farrelly (Writer/Creator/Director/EP), Bobby Mort (Writer/EP); Cast: Ron Livingston, Will Sasso
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    Date: Friday, 6/9
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    Panelists: Monica Breen (Writer/EP); Cast: Arielle Kebbel
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  • Network - MTV

    Date: Saturday, 6/10
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    Whether you see reality TV as an intriguing, ever-evolving art form or a never-ending irritant, there is no denying MTV’s role as the birthplace of the genre as we know it today. As another season brings a new raft of reality ratings-bait, we ask how television developed to its current stage. MTV Executive Nina Diaz, and executive producers Jon Murray, Sally Ann Salsano, and Adam DiVello discuss MTV’s impact on modern reality television and how the genre will continue to evolve.

    Panelists: Nina Diaz (Head of Unscripted Programming, MTV), Jon Murray (The Real World), Sally Ann Salsano (Jersey Shore)
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  • Series - Northern Exposure

    Date: Friday, 6/9
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    Northern Exposure began as a typical “fish out of water” story, but thanks to a wandering moose, its abstract contemplation of not-so-everyday absurdities, and a colorful cast of characters, the series quickly struck a tone unlike anything viewers had seen before (or since). Join the cast & creatives for a look back as they reunite to discuss the series’ enduring strangeness, how the self-proclaimed comedy became an award-winning drama, and why we we’re still thinking about that damn moose more than 20 years later.

    Panelists: Joshua Brand (Writer/Creator/EP), Mitchell Burgess (Writer/EP), Robin Green (Writer/EP), Cheryl Bloch (Producer); Cast: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Darren Burrows
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  • Series - October Road

    Date: Friday, 6/9
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    Panelists: Josh Appelbaum (Writer/Co-Creator/EP), André Nemec (Writer/Co-Creator/EP), Scott Rosenberg (Writer/Co-Creator/EP); Cast: Odette Annable, Geoff Stults, Rebecca Field, Lindy Booth, Evan Jones, Jay Paulson
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  • Series - Playing House

    Date: Friday, 6/9
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    Panelists: Cast: Jessica St. Clair (Writer/Creator/EP), Lennon Parham (Writer/Creator/EP)
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    “Peak TV” means that there’s room in the marketplace for both original ideas and pre-existing stories, much of which is mined from source material (graphic novels, comics, fiction and non-fiction books, movies), otherwise known as I.P. (Intellectual Properties). Join a conversation with executives and creatives as they discuss the pros & cons of finding and purchasing pre-existing properties across all formats, employing appropriate talent to adapt, packaging with cast and directors, and selling to networks. Whether it be limited/event series or anthologies or ongoing series, join us for a dialogue about how IP is playing a bigger and bigger role in what we’re watching!

    Panelists: Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO), Grant Gish (Marvel), Carolyn Newman (eOne), Alex Maggioni (Amblin)
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    Panelists: I. Marlene King (Writer/Creator/EP), Lisa Cochran-Neilan (Co-EP)
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  • Date: Saturday, 6/10
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    Panelist: Mark Duplass (Writer/Co-Creator/EP), Sydney Fleischmann (Producer)
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  • Series - Snowfall

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    Date: Thursday, 6/8
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  • Series - Talk Show the Game Show

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    Panelists: Guy Branum (Host)
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    It’s no secret there are a plethora of quality and addictive TV shows that do not live on “traditional” television — but in the age of cord-cutting, competing cable & streaming providers, and traditional audiences still learning to navigate their options, what draws a casual viewer or die-hard fan into the wild west that is digital content? Once there, how are they convinced your content is worth the “buy-in”? Creators and executives from digital platforms and production companies showcase the series all TV-lovers need to be watching, why they chose to sidestep the mainstream route, and the pros and cons of operating outside the box.

    Panelists: Jina Jones (Producer, AwesomenessTV) & Hannah Macpherson (Writer/Director, T@gged), Burnie Burns (COO, Rooster Teeth) & Josh Flanagan (Writer/Creator, Day 5), Evan Shapiro (Head of Seeso) & Kulap Vilaysack (Creator/EP, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$)
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  • Series - The Americans

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    Panelists: Joe Weisberg (Writer/Creator/EP), Joel Fields (Writer/EP)
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  • Series - The Black Donnellys

    Date: Friday, 6/9
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    Panelists: Paul Haggis (Creator/Director/EP), Bobby Moresco (Writer/Creator/EP); Cast: Jonathan Tucker, Michael Stahl-David, Billy Lush
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  • Series - The Bold Type

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    Panelists: Sarah Watson (Writer/Creator/EP), Holly Whidden (Co-EP)
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  • Series - The Comeback

    Date: Sunday, 6/11
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    In 2005, no show arrived at a more appropriate time or place in the television zeitgeist as HBO’s landmark cult-sensation comedy, The Comeback. A wildly quirky combination of the era’s most innovative formats (mockumentary, reality TV, “autobiographical fiction”), Valerie Cherish skewered many of the best and worst aspects of Hollywood and celebrity. The ahead-of-its-time series chronicled its heroine’s vigorous struggle for relevance and fame with eerie precision that often mirrored any typical episode of Access Hollywood, and even featured a startlingly meta “comeback” of its own, when HBO revived the series for a second season 9 years after its cancellation. Join Kudrow and co-creator Michael Patrick King as they reunite with cast and creatives to discuss the show’s unusual journey, and when audiences can expect to see yet another comeback, years from now…

    Panelists: Michael Patrick King (Co-Creator/Writer/EP), Nick Hall (former SVP of Comedy Development, HBO); Cast: Lisa Kudrow (Co-Creator/Writer/EP), Dan Bucatinsky (EP), Laura Silverman
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    Panelists: June Diane Raphael (Writer), Additional Cast TBA
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  • Series - The Mick

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  • Series - The Middleman

    Date: Saturday, 6/10
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    Panelist: Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Writer/Creator/EP); Cast: Natalie Morales
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    The Pitch Finals have arrived! After narrowing down from hundreds of applicants, the judges are aching to hear our finalists pitch live, and name a winner! Join us as our ten finalists each get 3 minutes to give their best pitch. The winner will receive a development meeting with one of our judges and a chance to pitch to our network partners. Y’all never know, one of these series could be on your TV (or computer) next year!

    Panelists: Kyle Killen (Awake), Glen Mazzara (Damien), Bryan Seabury (CBS TV Studios), Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO), Franklin Leonard (The Black List), Hannah KS Canter (Okay Goodnight), Natalie Williams (Bad Robot), Kameron Tarlow (Hazy Mills Productions), Athena Wickham (Kilter Films), Alex Maggioni (Amblin TV), Lindsey Springer (Carlton Cuse Productions), Jessica Scott (Hulu), Ali Woodruff (Sony Pictures Television)
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  • Date: Friday, 6/9
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    From network to cable to streaming platforms, these individuals are deciding the fate of your current and future favorite programming. As we continue to live in a perpetual state of “Peak TV,” how does a network or studio decide what content to create? How do they balance their brand, while continuing to grow and challenge their viewers? As the landscape grows, “channels” are racing to build audiences’ trust in what can be expected from their content — but budgets get tighter, decisions to make a pilot vs. straight to series get harder, which equals a rising pressure to define their brands and establish audiences.

    Panelists: Jennifer Salke (NBC Entertainment), Casey Bloys (HBO), Nick Grad (FX), Craig Erwich (Hulu), Gary Levine (Showtime)
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  • Series - The Son

    Date: Saturday, 6/10
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  • Series - Grace and Frankie

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    An intimate conversation with the on and off-screen women that create “Grace & Frankie;” a comedic and heartfelt series that boldly tackles gender, age, sexual orientation, and a spectrum of relationship dynamics from mother/daughter to husband/wife to dating and of course, friendship. Relationships define the stories both in front of and behind the camera, from the production company (Okay Goodnight), to the development process, casting, and production, this panel will delve into the groundbreaking characters and storylines they represent for women across multiple generations.

    Panelists: Marta Kauffman (Showrunner), Hannah K.S. Canter (Producer), Robbie Rowe Tollin (EP); Cast: June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker
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  • Series - This Is Us

    Date: Friday, 6/9
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    In just six short months, NBC’s decade-hopping family drama This Is Us has reigned as the unmitigated breakout hit of the season, carving out space in the digital-watercooler conversation, and scoring an unheard of two season pickup before its finale aired. What is it about the Pearson family that has viewers wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and eyes on their screens week after week? Join us for a dissected look on the Fall favorite’s emotional first season, how it made it to the screen, and theories of how this freshman hit will continue to takeover the hearts of audiences everywhere.

    Panelists: Dan Fogelman (Writer/Creator/EP), Ken Olin (EP), Jennifer Salke (President, NBC Entertainment); Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore
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    Inspiration for a story can be drawn from an infinite amount of places, one of which is the writer’s own personal experience. These writers discuss storylines they’ve created or by happenstance been assigned to that have mirrored parts of their own lives, how they walked the line between truth and fiction, and how they personally tackled subjects that might be a little too close to home.

    Panelists: Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected), David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights), Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman)
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*** All individuals/artists' schedules are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed.