The Casting Director’s Production presented by The Casting Society

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

The right casting choice can make or break a series, change the landscape of a story, or launch a career. However, the Casting Director’s role is more complex than simply picking the right actor for the job. Seth Yanklewitz (VP of Network casting for Fox), Tracy Lilienfield (Will & Grace/New Adventures of Old Christine), and Jennifer Euston (Orange Is The New Black/Girls/Veep) discuss their contribution to the production of a TV show, the balance of creative collaboration with producers and directors, working within the studio and network system, the difficulties that come (but don’t end) with pilot season, and the gut instinct of deciding who is right (or wrong) for a role and then fighting for it.

Panelists: Seth Yanklewitz, Tracey Lilienfield, Jennifer Euston
Moderator: Liz Tigelaar

Reality Check

Friday 6/6, 11am
Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Reality. Unscripted. Docu-series. Competition. Lifestyle. With so many sub-genres, how do studios, networks, and producers navigate which version of “reality” they want? Hear producers and executives discuss the growing popularity of the genre, how much of what audiences see is “real”, the importance of casting to the success (or failure) of a show, and the stigmatism that comes with Reality Television, including why audiences can’t seem to get enough.

Panelists: Charlie Ebersol, Rachel Brill, Gary Shapiro, Christie McConnell
Moderator: Sonia Saraiya

Conversation with Carlton Cuse

Saturday 6/7, 10am
Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Join Carlton Cuse in an intimate discussion that will touch on his influences and TV inspirations, his mentors, tales on how he got his start, and his personal and professional highs and lows. From creating series like “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.”, and “Nash Bridges”, to his time as a showrunner and executive producer of the controversial cultural phenomenon “Lost” alongside Damon Lindeloff, to now balancing two different endeavors as co-creator, showrunner, writer and Executive Producer of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” and “The Strain” which premieres at Closing Night of the festival, and debuts this summer on FX Networks.

Moderator: Alan Sepinwall

Achievement in Television Excellence Award presented to Henry Winkler

Saturday 6/7, 11:30am
State Theater
(Single Tickets Available)

ATX Television Festival is presenting the first Achievement in Television Excellence award to Henry Winkler in a ceremony and conversation with the icon himself. Winkler’s body of work encompasses the standards that drive ATX Television Festival: genuine, thoughtful, expansive, and most importantly, entertaining. In an interview with Royal Pains’ executive producer Michael Rauch, Winkler will talk about his early life, influences and what drew him to show business. Hear stories from the sets of iconic series: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and Rhoda, and how he created an iconic character with Arther “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days. Winkler will discuss what it took to break away from “The Fonz” mold, and how he reinvented himself in unforgettable characters on the small screen, guest starring on The Practice, Childrens Hospital, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Royal Pains, as well as executive producing MacGyver, and his most current development with his son Max, The Winklers on ABC.