Panels

ATX features panels focused on a wide variety of industry related topics.

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!



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    Panelist: Phil Rosenthal
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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 - Talk Show the Game Show

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    Panelists: Guy Branum (Host)
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  • Advisory Panelist - Glen Mazzara

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    What is it that draws viewers to the the brutality, depravity, and unfeeling indifference of characters like Tony Soprano, Don Draper, and Walter White? The reflex that, against all logic, causes us to root for the “villain” of the story, despite their most inhumane tendencies? Writer/creator Glen Mazzara (Damien, The Shield) presents an in-depth look at our fascination with pop culture’s revered & reviled male anti-hero, from its origin in colonial storytelling to its well-documented presence in TV’s “golden age” and beyond to its lasting impact on today’s society.

    Panelist: Glen Mazzara (The Shield, Damien, The Walking Dead)

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