Are You Listening?: Fine-tuning the Television Soundtrack

Saturday 6/7, 3:30 PM
Stephen F. Austin Hotel

As television becomes more cinematic, the swelling of the music must follow suit.  As a single episode now lives on by streaming, DVDs, and downloading, the artists must agree to their songs being used beyond comprehensible scope.  And as audiences can now marathon an entire series, the quality of the music must be as consistent as the plot.  Listen as a composer, producer, music supervisor, and licensor discuss how the evolution of television is affecting the music we hear and how they continue to work together through the new challenges they now face. 

Panelists: Kyle Killen (executive producer), Blake Neely (composer), Jason Harkins (music supervisor, The Good Wife), Thomas Vale (Frog Music Licensing)


Saturday 6/7 1PM
Stephen F. Austin

While TV viewing evolves so does our appetite for spoilers. Come be part of a discussion about how spoilers affect how we consume television. Moderated by cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken, panelists will include individuals who work across the entertainment world.

Panelists: Beau Willimon, Udo Azuba, Nick Wechsler, Kerry Ehrin, Tim Goodman, Eric Pallotta
Moderator: Grant McCracken

Reboot, Remake, Reimagine, or Adapt

Friday 6/6; 3:30PM
Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Whether it be a beloved relationship (About a Boy), a true story, a town with a very specific tone (Fargo), or a tale with a pre-determined ending (Bates Motel), a reimagined story looks to balance the previously told one with an innovative new viewpoint that makes it worth revisiting. Creators and writers of some of television’s greatest adaptations discuss what drew them to the source material, the rewards and challenges of not starting from scratch, and how to please an established fan base while welcoming a new one.

Panelists: Noah Hawley, Jason Katims, and Kerry Ehrin
Moderator: Alan Sepinwall

An Assistant’s Tale

Saturday 6/7, 12:00pm
Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Breaking into the industry is daunting. There’s no single guaranteed way to accomplish it — you may go to film school, you may not graduate high school, you could start at an agency, a studio, on a production, or even working for your hero. Beginning as an assistant is one of the most common first steps. From personal, to production, to casting, to writing, listen to industry leaders relive first jobs, the most embarrassing (and maybe even shameful) experiences, and the moment when it stopped being about answering the phones and ordering lunch, and they knew it was all worth it.

Panelists: Liz Tigelaar,  Emily Halpern, Jen Euston
Moderator: Emily Moss Wilson

POV: An Actor in the Pilot Process

Sunday 6/8, 12:00pm
Stephen F. Austin Hotel

If you’re a real TV fan, by now, you’ve heard the term “Pilot Season.” It’s the time of year where the TV industry is creating/producing/selling your potential new favorite series. Studios are producing the shows, networks are buying them, and actors are running all over LA auditioning, reading, and testing for (fingers crossed) their next great role. Hear from a variety of actors as they discuss their experience participating in the sporting event more widely known as “Pilot Season.” From how the process has changed, to losing the role they dreamt about, to getting roles they never thought they would, and all ups and downs in between.

Panelists: Derek Phillips, Stacey Oristano, Sarah DrewTBA
Moderator: Arielle Kebbel

It’s All So Dramatic: evolution of the tv drama

Saturday 6/7, 2:30pm
Stephen F. Austin Hotel

The serialized drama has evolved drastically in the past thirty years. Leading characters have shifted from heroes to anti-heroes, and stories have moved from clear good vs. evil to murky immorality that leaves audiences unsure whom they should root for. Today’s leading drama producers and writers discuss current trends in their genre, including: the expansion to dark and depraved worlds, advantages (or challenges) that come with network or cable (or online), viewing habits of audiences, and if any of these factors have an impact on how they choose to tell their story.

Panelists: Liz Tigelaar, Mark Johnson, Bryan Seabury (VP of Drama Development at CBS), David Madden (President of Fox TV Studios) more TBA
Moderator:Todd VanDerWerff

Pairing Off: a look at co-creating & writing partners

Saturday 6/7, 11:00am
Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Every TV series needs a leader. A mastermind known as the showrunner or creator that is setting the tone and pace of the production. But what about a series that is co-created and run by a pair? How do two minds create and execute a singular idea? Listen to writing partners and co-creators discuss how they work, what happens when they have conflicting visions for a character/storyline, and how they implement those ideas within a room full of staff writers

Panelists: Mike Royce/Ray Romano (Men of a Certain Age); Emily Halpern (Trophy Wife)
Moderator: Ben Blacker

Ratings, Recaps, Reviews

Friday 6/6, 1:30pm
Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Kyle Killen knows more about ratings than he cares to, and he’s going to break it down for you starting with who, what, when, where, or IF watching matters. Dissecting Neilsen, DVRs, live viewing, social media, and streaming, he’ll answer questions like: What’s a share? How everyone you know can be talking, tweeting and watching a show, but it still gets canceled? And why do ratings equal cancellation on one network but a hit on another? Tune in to find out how it all translates into keeping your favorite show on, or its eventual demise.

Following his 15 minute presentation, Killen sits down with top critics Tara Ariano (formerly of TV Without Pity, now of Previously.TV), Alan Sepinwall (Hitfix), Matthew Zoller Seitz (Vulture), and Todd Vanderwerff (A.V. Club) to discuss TV’s growth in the past decade, where its going, and their contributions to a show’s fate.

What is an Adult Swim?

What is an Adult Swim?

Friday 6/6, 12pm
Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Adult Swim has no contemporaries. Starting out as a late night programming block on Cartoon Network, today it has grown into the #1 basic cable network for 18-34 yr olds with a full-fledged prime time slate starting at 8pm. Their programming trends towards the risqué, unorthodox, and sometimes just bizarre. Producers, executives and stars discuss what it is that makes them unique, why established and new creatives want to develop shows here, the risks they’re encouraged to take, evolution of the 15 minute episode, and how they’ve discovered new talent in every corner of Hollywood, the internet, and even Atlanta, Georgia.

Panelists: Matthew Senreich (Robot Chicken), John Harvatine (Robot Chicken), Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken), Mark Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), Daniel Weirdenfeld (China, IL), Chris Kelly (Your Pretty Face), Jim Fortier (Squidbillies), Alyson Levy (The Heart, She Hollers), Walter Newman (Adult Swim Programming)

Moderator: Keith Crowfford (Adult Swim)