Panelists

We’ll continue to announce Season 8 Panelists 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 these fantastic people! And don’t forget to take a little scroll down our amazing list of Season 8 Programming, as well as our Season 8 Events!



  • Akili McDowell

    Actor — David Makes Man, The Astronaut Wives Club

  • Alexander Woo

    Co-Creator/Showrunner/EP — The Terror: Infamy
    Writer/EP — True Blood

  • Amber Stevens West

    Actor — Greek, The Carmichael Show, Happy Together

  • Ana Fabrega

    Creator/Actor — Los Espookys
    Actor — At Home With Amy Sedaris

  • Andrew Miller

    Writer/Creator/EP — Tremors, The Secret Circle

  • Anna Fricke

    Writer/Co-EP — Men In Trees
    Writer/EP — Valor, Wayward Pines

  • Anthony Sparks

    Showrunner/EP — Queen Sugar
    Writer/Producer —The Blacklist, Lincoln Heights 

  • Antonia Ellis

    Producer — Men In Trees, Sex and the City, Royal Pains

  • Arielle Duhaime-Ross

    Climate & Environment Correspondent, VICE News Tonight on HBO

  • Arielle Kebbel

    Actor — Midnight, Texas, Ballers, The Vampire Diaries

  • Arturo Castro

    Creator/Writer/EP/Actor — Alternatino with Arturo Castro
    Actor — Broad City, No Activity

  • Bashir Salahuddin

    Creator/Writer/EP/Actor — Sherman’s Showcase
    Actor — Glow, Looking

  • Beatrice Springborn

    Vice President, Content Development, Hulu

  • Beau Willimon

    Writer/Creator/EP — The First, House of Cards
    President of the Writers Guild of America, East

  • Ben Spector

    Executive Producer — Grand Hotel, Telenovela

  • Brian Tanen

    Writer/EP — Grand Hotel, Devious Maids

  • Brigette Lundy-Paine

    Actor — Atypical, Margot vs. Lily

  • Bruce Terris

    Writer/EP — Perpetual Grace, LTD
    Writer/Co-EP — Patriot

  • Carina Adly MacKenzie

    Showrunner/EP— Roswell, NM
    Writer/Producer— The Originals 

  • Carrie Audino

    Casting Director — The Terror, The Romanoffs, The Passage

  • Chris Dingess

    Writer/Producer — Men In Trees
    Writer/EP — Agent Carter, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

  • Cierra Ramirez

    Actor — Good Trouble, The Fosters

  • Cori Wellins

    Partner, Scripted Television, WME

  • Cynthia Stevenson

    Actor — Men In Trees, Dead Like Me, Life Unexpected

  • David A. Goodman

    Writer/EP — The Orville
    Writer/Consulting Producer — Family Guy, Star Trek: Enterprise
    President, WGAW

  • Dee Harris-Lawrence

    Showrunner/EP — David Makes Man
    Writer/Co-EP — Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. 

  • Demián Bichir

    Actor — Grand Hotel, Weeds, The Bridge

  • Derek Waters

    Creator/Executive Producer/Host/Actor — Drunk History

  • Diallo Riddle

    Creator/Writer/EP/Actor — Sherman’s Showcase
    Writer/Consulting Producer —Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

  • Dilshad Vadsaria

    Actor — Greek, Second Chance, Freedom Fighters: The Ray

  • Dina Hillier

    Vice President Original Series, Disney Channel

  • Fred Armisen

    Creator/EP/Actor — Los Espookys, Documentary Now
    EP/Actor — Forever

  • Gabrielle Carteris

    Actor — Beverly Hills 90210, Code Black
    President, SAG-AFTRA

  • Gena McCarthy

    EVP & Head of Programming, Lifetime Unscripted

  • George Takei

    Consulting Producer/Actor — The Terror: Infamy
    Actor — Heroes, Star Trek

  • Gigi Saul Guerrero

    Writer/Director — Into the Dark: Culture Shock

  • Gladys Rodriguez

    Writer — Vida, Star, Sons of Anarchy

  • Glen Mazzara

    Creator/EP — Damien
    Writer/EP — The Walking Dead, Hawthorne

  • Graham Yost

    Creator/EP — Justified, Boomtown
    Writer/EP — Sneaky Pete

  • Haley Tju

    Actor — Tremors, Trinkets, Prince of Peoria

  • Isabella Gomez

    Actor — One Day at a Time, Matador

  • Jacob Tierney

    Director/Writer/EP/Actor — Letterkenny

  • Jacob Zachar

    Actor — Greek, Project: SERA

  • James Lafferty

    Writer/Director/Actor — Everyone Is Doing Great
    Actor — Underground, One Tree Hill

  • James Tupper

    Actor — Men In Trees, Big Little Lies, American Woman

  • Jamie Denbo

    Creator/Executive Producer — American Princess
    Actor — F Is for Family, Orange Is the New Black

  • Jenniffer Gomez

    Writer — Vida

  • Jenny Bicks

    Creator/EP — Men In Trees, Leap of Faith
    Writer/EP — Sex and the City, Divorce

  • Jeremy Gold

    Co-President, Blumhouse Television

  • Jessica Rhoades

    Executive Producer — Sharp Objects, Utopia, The Village 

  • Joanna Johnson

    Creator/Writer/EP — Good Trouble
    Writer/EP — The Fosters

  • Jonathan Tucker

    Actor — City on a Hill, Westworld, Kingdom

  • Josh Tyrangiel

    Executive Vice President, VICE News

  • Julie Plec

    Creator/Executive Producer/Director — Legacies, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries

  • Julio Torres

    Creator/Actor — Los Espookys
    Writer — Saturday Night Live

  • Justina Machado

    Actor — One Day at a Time, Jane the Virgin, Six Feet Under 

  • K. Trevor Wilson

    Actor — Letterkenny

  • Kathleen McCaffrey

    Senior Vice President, HBO Programming

  • Katie Elmore Mota

    Showrunner/Writer — East Los High
    Co-President, Wise Entertainment

  • Kevin Bacon

    Actor — Tremors, City on a Hill 

  • Kim Raver

    Director/Executive Producer — Tempting Fate
    Actor — Grey’s Anatomy, Designated Survivor

  • Kit Steinkellner

    Creator/EP — Sorry For Your Loss

  • Kyle Killen

    Writer/Creator/EP — Halo, Awake, Lonestar

  • Lauren Tom

    Actor — Men In Trees, Futurama, Andi Mack

  • Lauren Whitney

    Head of Television, Spyglass Media Group

  • Lisa Katz

    Co-President, NBC Scripted Programming

  • Lloyd Segan

    EP — Greek, Haven, Private Eyes

  • Maia Mitchell

    Actor — Good Trouble, The Fosters

  • Marci Wiseman

    Co-President, Blumhouse Television

  • Margo Martindale

    Actor — Sneaky Pete, The Americans, Justified

  • Mark Montefiore

    Executive Producer — Letterkenny, Bad Blood

  • Mary Rohlich

    Executive Producer — Atypical
    Co-Producer — The Goldbergs

  • Matt Lauria

    Actor – Jerusalem, Kingdom, Parenthood

  • Mauricio Mota

    Showrunner/EP — East Los High
    Co-President, Wise Entertainment

  • Meredith Averill

    Co-Showrunner/Writer/EP — The Haunting of Hill House
    Showrunner/EP — Locke & Key

  • Michael Rapaport

    Actor — Atypical, The Guest Book, White Famous

  • Michelle Mylett

    Actor — Letterkenny, Four In the Morning

  • Mike Royce

    Writer/Creator/EP — One Day at a Time, Men of a Certain Age 

  • Nathan Dales

    Actor — Letterkenny

  • Nicki Micheaux

    Actor — The Shield, Lincoln Heights, Animal Kingdom

  • Nik Dodani

    Actor — Atypical, Murphy Brown

  • Nikohl Boosheri

    Actor — The Bold Type, Altered Carbon

  • P.J. Byrne

    Actor — Tremors, I’m Dying Up Here, Justice League Action

  • Patrick Sean Smith

    Creator/EP — Greek
    Writer/EP — Chasing Life

  • Paul James

    Actor — Greek, The Path, The Hot Zone

  • Phylicia Rashad

    Actor — David Makes Man, This Is Us, The Cosby Show

  • Rachel Rusch

    Senior Vice President of Television, Bad Robot

  • Rachel Tenner

    Casting Director — Fargo, Catch-22, Perpetual Grace LTD

  • Robia Rashid

    Creator/Showrunner/EP — Atypical
    Writer/Co-EP — The Goldbergs

  • Roselyn Sánchez

    Actor — Grand Hotel, Devious Maids, Without a Trace

  • Shane McRae

    Actor — Sneaky Pete, Game of Silence, The Following

  • Shawn Piller

    Creator/EP — The Dead Zone
    Director/EP — Greek, Haven

  • Sherry Thomas

    Casting Director — The Twilight Zone, The Handmaid’s Tale, Breaking Bad

  • Spencer Grammer

    Actor — Greek, Graves, Tell Me a Story

  • Stephen Colletti

    Writer/Actor/EP — Everyone Is Doing Great
    Actor — Hit The Floor, One Tree Hill

  • Stephen Tobolowsky

    Actor — One Day at a Time, The Goldbergs

  • Steve Conrad

    Creator/EP — Patriot
    Writer/EP — Perpetual Grace, LTD

  • Sue Obeidi

    Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council’s (MPAC) Hollywood Bureau

  • Suleka Mathew

    Actor — Men In Trees, Hawthorne, Claws

  • Sunil Nayar

    Co-showrunner/EP— The Red Line
    Writer/EP— Revenge, Body of Proof 

  • Tamra Simmons

    Executive Producer — Surviving R. Kelly

  • Tanya Lopez

    EVP of Movies, Limited Series and Original Movie Acquisitions, Lifetime

  • Tanya Saracho

    Creator/EP — Vida
    Writer/Co-Producer — How to Get Away With Murder, Looking

  • Thomas Schlamme

    Director/EP — Snowfall, Manhattan, The West Wing
    President, DGA

  • Todd Grinnell

    Actor — One Day at a Time, Revenge 

  • Toks Olagundoye

    Actor — Tremors, Carmen Sandiego, Castle

  • Tracey Pakosta

    Co-President, NBC Scripted Programming

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