Panels

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

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

    Date: TBA

    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: TBA


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  • Casting Anthologies presented by the Casting Society of America

    Date: TBA

    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), Carrie Audino (The Terror)

    Moderator: TBA


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  • GREEK Reunion

    Date: TBA

    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: TBA


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  • Inside the Writers Room: VIDA

    Date: TBA

    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), additional panelists TBA

    Moderator: TBA


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  • Let’s Talk About Sex (Scenes)

    Date: TBA

    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 (Vida), Nicki Micheaux (Animal Kingdom); additional panelists TBA

    Moderator: Glen Mazzara (Damien)


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  • MEN IN TREES Retrospective

    Date: TBA

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

    Moderator: TBA


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  • Presidents of the Guilds

    Date: TBA

    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: TBA


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

    Date: TBA

    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: TBA

    Moderator: TBA


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  • Scene Partners & Roommates: A Conversation with Margo Martindale and Shane McRae

    Date: TBA

    Join Sneaky Pete‘s Margo Martindale and Shane McRae for a one-on-one conversation about their respective acting careers, and unique friendship as both co-stars and roommates.  

    Panelists: Margo Martindale, Shane McRae


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  • The Female Gaze

    Date: TBA

    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), additional panelists TBA

    Moderator: TBA


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  • The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television

    Date: TBA

    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), additional panelists TBA

    Moderator: TBA


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  • The Power of Female Partnerships

    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, Cori Wellins (Partner, WME Scripted Television), Lisa Katz & Tracey Pakosta (Co-Presidents, NBC Scripted Programming), additional TBA

    Moderator: TBA


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