• Date: Friday, 6/5
    Time 10:30 AM
    Venue: State Theater

    Panelist: Marta Kauffman
    Moderator: Ben Blacker

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 10:00 AM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    Fifteen years ago shows like Dawson’s Creek (which aired TV’s first primetime gay kiss), and Queer as Folk and The L Word (which for the first time focused on groups of queer friends while making no concession to the straight viewer) proved that gay characters could be seen as more than just caricatures and side-kicks. Join the writers, creators, and actors of these series, along with those behind the current hit series Empire and The Fosters, as they discuss what it meant to them to pave the way for an honest and equal representation and the increasingly diverse future of queer characters on the small screen.

    Panelists: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, Peter Paige, Gina Fattore, Ilene Chaiken
    Moderator: Wilson Cruz

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 1:30 PM
    Venue: State Theater

    Panelist: James L. Brooks
    Moderator: Phil Rosenthal

  • Date: Friday 6/5
    Time: 2 PM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    A look at tween series from 1990s (before we were using the word “tween”) to the 2010’s, how Michael Jacobs sees the genre changing, looking at a male best friends vs. female best friends, and the landscape of TV in general.

    Panelists: Michael Jacobs (Writer/Creator), Cast: Ben Savage, Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter

    Moderator: Robyn Ross

  • Date: Friday 6/5
    Time: 3:30 PM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    Hear from the writers, creators, and guys behind CBS’ summer slate of event programming: Extant (Season 2), Under the Dome (Season 3), and the premiere of Zoo.

    Panelists: Josh Appelbaum (Zoo), Adam Stein (Under The Dome) and Mickey Fisher (Extant)
    Moderator: Ben Blacker

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 10 AM
    Venue: SFA Assembly Room

    Panelist: Amy Sherman Palladino
    Moderator: Danielle Nussbaum

  • Date: Saturday 6/6
    Time: 1:30 PM
    Venue: SFA Assembly Room

    Panelists: Julie Plec; Kevin Williamson
    Moderator: Carina MacKenzie

    Over the past fifteen years Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec’s careers have intertwined over and over and over again. Join them in a conversation as they look back over their working relationship, where it started and what they’ve learned from each other when it comes to navigating their way through Hollywood, co-creating a hit TV show, and running multiple shows at once.

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time 3:00 PM
    Venue: Paramount Theater

    Great television series are often shaped in the writers’ room – and, as in the case of DAWSON’S CREEK, sometimes those writers go on to shape their own series (or two, or three). We host our first writers’ room reunion with some of TV’s most prolific and influential creative forces. Listen to creators, executive producers, and writers tell the inner workings and emotions that live inside the writers’ room, and what they learned working on an iconic series that shaped many of our teenage years.

    Panelists: Kevin Williamson (Creator), Anna Fricke, Gina Fatorre, Jenny Bicks, Paul Stupin, Rob Thomas

    Moderator: Julie Plec

  • Date: Sunday 6/7
    Time: 12 PM
    Venue: State Theater

    Script reading of the Dawson’s Creek pilot episode, presented by Kevin Williamson featuring special guest cast.

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 12:00 PM
    Venue: SFA Assembly Room

    The landscape of unscripted television continues to expand to include multiple sub-genres like “celebrity.” “lifestyle,” “competition,” and “docuseries.” Understanding the definitions of each is near impossible, with viewers and producers bringing their own perceptions to the table. Are the “Real Housewives” a docuseries? Are they celebrities?

    As “reality” series rise to peaks of sensationalism, viewer’s expectations for quality reach an all time low. Though there are still some networks and producers who are raising the bar, creating content not only on par with scripted but at times surpassing it with cinematic storytelling.

    Join executive producers and network executives responsible for “High Profits,” “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man,” “30 Days” and more discuss, debate, and ultimately define, once and for all, what a “docuseries” should be.

    Panelists: Lizzie Kerner (CNN Originals), Pat Kondelis (Bat Bridge Ent.), Ethan Goldman (Warrior Poets), Sandra Zweig (Zero Point Zero), Charlie Ebersol (The Company)

    Moderator: Sandra Gonzalez

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 1:30 PM
    Venue: Google Fiber Space

    Diversity in television isn’t a new issue. It’s a problem whether it applies to gender, race, or other minorities that hasn’t been solved, and won’t be unless we take significant action. Join a conversation on the current state of affairs in the TV writing industry. Hear from those that are dealing with it from season to season — the showrunners, creators, writers, executive producers, who can talk about ways it should be tackled, the challenges and solutions, as well as some of the WGA initiatives that are already in place. They’re inviting you to not just listen, but to participate in the discussion by gaining perspective and sharing your ideas on how to create a new reality.

    Panelists: Jenny Bicks, Courtney Kemp Agboh, Wendy Calhoun, Beau Willimon

  • Date: Friday 6/5
    Time: 4:30 PM
    Venue: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – Theater 1

    A panel that features an interactive look at “Drunk History” that explores the creation of the series on the web and its move to Comedy Central with a panel that showcases new premiere content from the third season.

    Panelists: Derek Waters (Actor/Co-Creator), Jeremy Konner (Director/Co-Creator), Dan Harmon, Duncan Trussell
    Moderator: Natalie Abrams

  • Date: Saturday 6/6
    Time: 11:30 AM
    Venue: State Theater

    Following a record-breaking first season, join a conversation between co-creator, showrunner, and an executive producing writer of EMPIRE as they take an in-depth look at this blockbuster series, how they broke beyond stereotypes, and what they think attributes to its unprecedented week-to-week growth.

    Panelists: Danny Strong (Writer/Creator/EP), Ilene Chaiken (Writer/EP), and Wendy Calhoun (Co-EP/Writer)

    Moderator: Jarett Wieselman

  • CLOSING NIGHT EVENT
    Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Start Time: 7:00 PM
    Venue: Paramount Theater

    Panelists: Amy Sherman-Palladino (Writer/EP), Daniel Palladino (Writer/EP) Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Keiko Agena, John Cabrera, Matt Czuchry, Jackson Douglas, Todd Lowe, Jared Padalecki, Danny Strong, Liz Torres, Yanic Truesdale, Milo Ventimiglia, Liza Weil

    Moderator: Jessica Shaw

  • Date: Saturday 6/6
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: SFA

    Panelists: Dan Harmon (Co-Creator), Justin Roiland (Co-Creator), Ryan Ridley

    Moderator: Debra Birnbaum

  • Date: Friday 6/5
    Time: 12:00pm
    Venue: Google Fiber Space

    Last year there were 1,715 TV shows in primetime alone. Often viewers look to critics to help them wade through the plethora of the great, the good, and the soon-to-be cancelled. A panel of critics will discuss how the abundance of shows has changed their job and how they decide what they will and won’t cover. Plus they’ll let you be privy to an insider’s discussion most never get to hear…what they really think. THEN, we test how strong they are in their opinions in a classic debate. A topic will be chosen and sides defended as the time runs down on the clock.

    Panelists: Tara Ariano, Todd VanDerWerff, Dan Fienberg
    Moderator: Tim Goodman

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 10:00 AM
    Venue: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – Theater 2

    Three disparate families are brought into each others’ orbits when their kids play on the same little league baseball team — starring: Kevin Hart, Rob Corddry, Gabrielle Union, Heather Graham.

    Panelists: Rob Thomas (Creator)
    Moderator: Dan Fienberg

  • Date:  Friday, 6/5
    Time: 1:30 PM
    Venue: SFA Assembly Room

    From beginning to end, casting directors work with directors, writers, and producers to shape the look and feel of a series from leads to guest stars. They are the front line in creating the casts of your favorite series. Listen to this unique and diverse group discuss the trends they have seen in the past and in the current landscape of TV. Casting series like Girls, Orange is the New Black, Fresh Off the Boat, they have seen the rise of series to include more diversity. Keeping in mind that diversity means more than just “people of color” — and includes all minorities from gender, race, and sexualities.

    As the casting (and TV) world finally appears to be shifting towards an accurate portrayal of the world we live in hear their perspective on if it is the content or the trends that are driving casting and creating new movements.

    Panelists: Jen Euston (Girls, Orange is the New Black), Tracy Lilienfield (Grace& Frankie, Dream On), Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd (Moesha, Being Mary Jane), and Alyssa Weisberg (Lost, Workaholics)
    Moderator: Laura Prudom

  • Date: Sunday 6/7
    Time: 12 PM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    Panelists: Russell Mulcahy (EP/Director); Cast: Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig
    Moderator: Sandra Gonzalez

    Join “Teen Wolf” cast members and the creative team behind the show as they take ATX by storm. The pack will dish secrets, answer fan questions and give the audience a peek at the upcoming fifth season of MTV’s hit drama series which premieres Monday, June 29th at 10:00 pm ET.

  • Date:  Friday 6/5
    Time: 12:00 PM
    Venue: SFA Assembly Room

    How does a studio or network know whether or not a show is “right” for them? What happens when multiple executives from different companies want the same series? Hear from a panel of network, cable, and platform executives responsonsible for buying content. These individuals will discuss what makes them unique, as well as, how they form and buy series.

    Panelists: Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO), Ken Segna (Starz), David Sleven (NBC Entertainment), David Sleven, Grant Gish
    Moderator: Lesley Goldberg

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 11:30 AM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    What makes an audience valuable? We know the ability for a show to continue comes down to advertisers and subscribers. We understand if a show’s not making money, it can’t continue. But that doesn’t change the fact that 20 million people who casually tune in might not notice if their show goes away, and 2 million who are passionately devoted to a show may never recover from its early demise.

    Can a loyal, passionate fan base whose voice is ten times louder than a casual viewer make an impact? What would a producer/creative team rather have: a show that is continuously talked about by a small audience OR one that is enjoyed by the masses but doesn’t stick with them? Is it possible to be both?

    Creators, showrunners, and execs of the highest and lowest rated shows on television discuss where they fall in the niche vs mass appeal, how it varies from network to cable to streaming, and essentially what their audiences mean to them.

    Panelists: Phil Rosenthal, Bryan Fuller, Kathleen McCaffrey, Noah Hawley
    Moderator: Ben Blacker

     

  • Date: Sunday 6/7
    Time: 10:00 AM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    Panelists: Betty Thomas, Mimi Leder, Tamra Davis, Daisy Von Scherler Mayer
    Moderator: Emily Moss Wilson

    Television has always been called a writer’s medium, but it is the director who commands the words from the page to the screen with that writer. Hear from these prolific television directors as they discuss how the director’s role has changed in this new more competitive era of television, the difference between shooting for network, cable, and streaming, and how the quality of the small screen must compete with that of the movies, while budgets and production schedules have remained the same.

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 3:00 PM
    Venue: State Theater

    Panelists: James L. Brooks (Creator/Writer/EP), Matt Selman (Writer/Producer), Al Jean (Writer/EP) and David Silverman (Director/Producer)
    Moderator: James Hibberd

  • Date: Friday, 6/5
    Time 12:30 PM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    As true fans, we’ve all had show depression. As our favorite story fades to black, that final image ingrains itself in our hearts forever. Now, imagine the weight that comes with deciding on that final shot, satisfying a viewer while doing the characters justice, and still being able to sleep at night. Only a select few shows are given the opportunity to end how and when their creators decide. Hear from these showrunners as they discuss the pressure, the satisfaction, the luxury, and pain of wrapping up their story.

    Panelist: Marta Kauffman, Ron Cowen & Dan Lipman, Graham Yost
    Moderator: Henry Goldblatt

  • Date: Sunday 6/7
    Time: 2 PM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    Panelists: Damon Lindelof (Writer/Creator/EP), Mimi Leder (Director/EP); Cast: Ann Dowd, Chris Eccleston, Carrie Coon
    Moderator: Ben Blacker

  • Date: Friday, 6/5
    Time: 10:00 AM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    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!

    Judges: Kyle Killen, Scott Pennington, Dina Hillier, Jenny Bicks, Tegan Molloy
    Moderator: Emily Moss Wilson

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 10:00 AM
    Venue: Google Fiber Space

    Adaptions are hard enough — honoring an original vision, satisfying a fan base, and translating characters from one medium (written word and film) to another (episodic television). What if in addition to that, you also had to balance tone, voices, and rhythm? Join a conversation between three unique, powerhouse creators, who have managed to do something beyond adaptation….they have respected the original distinctive worlds and characters, while managing to create something of their own.

     

    Panelists: Noah Hawley, Graham Yost, Bryan Fuller
    Moderator: James Hibberd

  • Date: Saturday 6/6
    Time: 11:30 AM
    Venue: Google Fiber Space

    For many TV series, testing a pilot is a thing of the past, yet, the major networks still keep the process alive, and to many creators, it’s an excruciating part of the pilot process. Kyle Killen returns for another indepth look at a specific track of television production with a presentation on the testing process. Following his breakdown of the unique stage of production, join Kyle and other showrunners/creators, as they tell of their own experiences with focus groups and testing and how that changed his or her show.

    Panelists: Julie Plec, Dina Hillier, Chad Hodge, Ben Wexler
    Moderator: Kyle Killen

  • Date: Saturday, 6/6
    Time: 3:00 PM
    Venue: SFA Assembly Room

    Traditional seasons are a thing of the past. With new content available to viewers at all times, and the distance between seasons being anywhere from 6 weeks to 22 months, there is a new reality that TV is a year-round industry. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that audiences may forget about a return of a show until it magically appears on their DVRs. In this ultra-competitive landscape, and with the number of people that forgo the traditional cable package for an array of streaming devices skyrocketing, series are forced to connect with fans between “seasons” to keep an audience. Hear how creators, networks, and studios are engaging with social media, casting news, and supplementary content to keep their viewers’ attention.

    Panelists: Noah Hawley, Beau Willimon, Mickey Fisher, Graeme Manson
    Moderator: Tim Goodman

  • Date: Saturday 6/6
    Time: 2:30 PM
    Venue: SFA Ballroom

    Ever wonder how your favorite series was pitched in the room? How’d they get a studio/network on board with the show that eventually made it to your small screen? Do you think it morphed along the way into something else or did they always know?

    Hear directly from showrunners/creators how they pitched their original series ideas, plus executives that have heard some of the most iconic pitches, then judge for yourself if that is in fact what made it to your small screen. Then they’ll discuss the factors that affected the original pitch, the pilot, and the ultimate series; and why certain changes may have been made to get their story onto your TV.

    Panelists: Michael Jacobs, Dan Harmon, Kathleen McCaffrey, Mark Johnson

    Moderator: Debra Birnbaum

     

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