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ATX Award in Television eXcellence: Michael J. Fox

ATX Award in Television eXcellence: Michael J. Fox

ATX TV Festival is honored to present its annual “Award in Television eXcellence” to five-time Emmy award winning and four-time Golden Globe winning actor, producer, activist, and New York Times best-selling author Michael J. Fox. First given in 2014, the award seeks to recognize individuals whose career reflects the very best of television, through work that is thought-provoking, genuine, expansive, and ultimately, entertaining. As this year’s honoree, Fox will join the festival for an intimate, retrospective conversation spanning his iconic performances on Family Ties and Spin City, critically acclaimed guest turns on The Good Wife and Rescue Me, his recent memoir, “No Time Like the Future,” and more.

Panelist: Michael J. Fox

Buying & Selling with 20/20 Hindsight

Buying & Selling with 20/20 Hindsight

Heading in to 2020, the TV business was already facing seismic shifts brought on by multiple factors such as new direct-to-consumer streaming services entering the marketplace, declining ratings for ad-driven outlets, a changing international market, and a reckoning on agency packaging fees, to name a few. Add in an unprecedented global pandemic that halted production on 200 shows overnight, and you’ve got the makings of a disruption that could change TV economics forever. What does the business look like as we emerge from this pandemic and what lies ahead?

Hear from studio, network, streamer, and production company executives as they reflect on 2020 and predict the future state of buying and selling a TV show in 2021. 

Pandemic Proof: Adult Animation

Pandemic Proof: Adult Animation

A look into the resilience of animated series since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Writers, voice actors, and animators will discuss the creative challenges (and advantages) of remote production, and the unique adaptability that allowed these pandemic-proof series to continue creating in the face of an industry-wide shutdown.

The Queer Gaze

The Queer Gaze

An in-depth conversation with creators, writers and directors about producing authentically Queer stories, pushing TV beyond the lens of heteronormativity, and the urgency of creating a more inclusive Queer canon for modern LGBTQ+ audiences.

Growing Up Is Hard: A New Generation of YA Protagonists

Growing Up Is Hard: A New Generation of YA Protagonists

Being a teenager has always been hard, but the issues they are facing in 2021 are beyond most adults’ comprehension. How these issues are portrayed on TV is as widely varied as the matters themselves and differs greatly depending on the perspective of the protagonist. These YA creators and actors discuss how they approach these stories based on who their character(s) is: their race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic level, religion, etc. And how do each of these elements change how these complex stories are told?

Beyond the Scares: Emotional Catharsis & Healing in Horror

Beyond the Scares: Emotional Catharsis & Healing in Horror

The fundamental aim of Horror may be to thrill, spook, and scare — but like any genre, great horror can also transcend its conventions, providing a unique kind of emotional catharsis by serving as a “safe” space to process real-life fears and anxieties. Join the creatives behind TVs creepiest fare for a conversation about using horror/genre elements to subvert audience expectations, explore complex concepts like grief and trauma, and restore agency to characters that have traditionally been depicted as “victims.”