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Emerging Studios

Date: Friday, June 8

With Peak TV infinitely expanding the options for networks and platforms, the “”backend”” of television is shifting more than ever towards the importance of “”content ownership.”” Historically, there have been major independent studios (Sony, Warner Brothers), and network-based studios (20th Century Fox, ABC Studios), but now there are emerging studios acting as a hybrid between traditional studio and production company, wearing many different hats in creating content that ends up on traditional broadcast, cable, and platforms. Come hear from both sides as these executives discuss the current state of how TV is ending up on your screens, and where it could end up next year.

Panelist: Marci Wiseman (Co-President of Television, Blumhouse), Ali Krug (VP of Television, Annapurna), Lauren Whitney (President of Television, Miramax), Pancho Mansfield (President of Global Scripted Programming, Television, eOne)
Moderator: Bryn Sandberg (The Hollywood Reporter)

 

Bottle Episodes: Uncorked

Date: Saturday, June 9

A “bottle episode,” by most definitions, includes 1) a single story, 2) limited cast, and is 3) confined to a single set. However, while these episodes may have begun as a practical way to save time and money (or get writers out of a bind), they’ve since become a creative experiment, forcing shows (and viewers) to challenge how they engage with the established world by breaking form. From live performances, to tense showdowns and dramatic game-changers, join us as we pop the top on some of TV’s most inventive and memorable bottle episodes, with the writers & producers behind them.

Panelist: Anthony Hemingway(Underground) Michael Jacobs (Boy Meets World), John Wirth (Hell on Wheels), Kevin Falls (The West Wing)
Moderator: Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel)

Directors: Full Season

Date: Friday, June 8

While TV has long been considered a writer’s medium, a growing number of directors are discovering ways to put their distinct stamp on the the small screen by sticking around for an entire season. Join these full season directors for a discussion on turning episodics into long form investments; the challenges of transitioning from features or single episode gigs; and how they’re using their lens to innovate and push TV forward – one season at time.

Panelist: Tony Yacenda (American Vandal), Sara St. Onge (You Me Her), Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother)
Moderator: Daniel Fienberg (The Hollywood Reporter)

Commentary, Community and Going Unscripted

Date: Friday, June 8

In an increasingly divided culture, these unscripted series are making the case that we’re more alike than we think. From food & travel, to the pervasive opioid crisis, to communities at odds, unscripted and docu-series storytellers are reaching beyond the politics of the moment to spread empathy by focusing on humanity rather than headlines. Join us for a conversation with the producers & creatives behind TV’s most compelling unscripted episodics to discuss the responsibility of truth in storytelling, and the challenge to find common ground in uncommon and often uncomfortable places.

Panelist: Phil Rosenthal (Somebody Feed Phil), Andrew Wang (Head of TV, JuVee Productions),  James Younger (EVP Factual Productions, Revelation)
Moderator: Emily Moss Wilson

The Pitch Competition presented with Final Draft and Maxwell Locke & Ritter

Date: Friday, June 8

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: Anna Fricke (Valor), Franklin Leonard (Founder, The Black List), Bryan Seabury (SVP Drama Development, CBS), Katy Rozelle (SVP Creative Development, Paramount), Dina Hillier (Vice President Original Series, Disney Channel), Kaitlin Dahill (Development Executive)
Moderator: Sara Osburn (Mix 94.7)

ATX Award in Television eXcellence: Marcy Carsey

ATX Award in Television eXcellence: Marcy Carsey

Date: Friday, June 8

From story editor, to comedy executive, to production mogul, Marcy Carsey has spent more than 35 years shaping the television sitcom, and by extension the television industry. As co-founder of The Carsey-Werner Company, she has produced nearly 2,000 episodes of TV’s most iconic comedies over three decades (including Roseanne, The Cosby Show, A Different World, That 70’s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and more). She has contributed to a shift in the paradigm for independent production companies by constantly owning their content, which has given her company the power to tell the stories they want, and partner with the networks they choose. In this one-on-one conversation, go behind the screen with one of TV’s most influential minds as Carsey reflects on her career, creative legacy, and what it truly means to achieve television excellence.

Panelist: Marcy Carsey (Executive Producer, Co-Founder of The Carsey-Werner Company)
Moderator: Kathleen McCaffrey (SVP Programming at HBO)

Modern Fandom: Creativity, Visibility, and Dissolving the Fourth Wall

Date: Friday, June 8

What defines TV “fandom” in 2018? Depending on your proximity to Twitter, cosplay, or fanfic — the answer to that question may differ wildly. From fan conventions to activism, the visibility of fandom has increased in every way due to the accessibility provided by social media. With the unavoidable loudness of Twitter, how indicative is the show’s fandom to the average viewer or its overall success? How does the decision to engage affect those who create or produce a series? Hear from the writers and actors who are taking fandom along for the ride, and what that engagement means to them on a business, creative, and personal level.

Panelist: James Lafferty (Everyone is Doing Great), Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp), Miles McKenna (All Night), Carina MacKenzie (Roswell, New Mexico)
Moderator: Maureen Ryan

Stories Without Walls presented by ACLU

Stories Without Walls presented by ACLU

Date: Saturday, 6/9

In recent months, immigration storylines have become central plots for a number of TV shows. These writers and producers, along with a representative from the ACLU, discuss the importance and power of story, how they work together to ensure authentic representations of current issues, the impact it has on viewer’s opinions on DACA, refugees, and deportation, as well as the actions they hope audiences are inspired to take by these characters and storylines.

Panelist: Mauricio Mota (East Los High), Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day at a Time), Tanya Saracho (Vida)
Moderator: Lorella Praeli (ACLU immigration advocacy leader)

Why Does TV Matter? presented with The Hollywood Reporter

Why Does TV Matter? presented with The Hollywood Reporter

Date: Saturday, 6/9

We often ask ourselves, would “Friends” or “Seinfeld” be made in 2018, as stories that followed 4-6 white, heterosexual characters. Every year executives strive to expand representation behind and in front of the camera to include a wider range of races, religions, sexual orientations, and cultures. These key decision makers discuss why such changes are essential, what strides their companies are making to be more inclusive of all types of people, and how (if at all) they believe this evolving television landscape is impacting society.   

Panelist: Sarah Aubrey (EVP Original Programming, TNT), Carolyn Newman (SVP Scripted Programming, Television, eOne), Lauren Whitney (President of Television, Miramax)Karey Burke (EVP, Freeform Programming & Development)
Moderator: Lesley Goldberg (The Hollywood Reporter)

 

Her Body, Her Choice: TVs Abortion Dilemma presented with Hollywood, Health & Society

Her Body, Her Choice: TVs Abortion Dilemma presented with Hollywood, Health & Society

Date: Sunday, June 10

In the 45 years since Norman Lear faced off with standards & practices over Maude’s “dilemma” (a first for the small screen), creatives have been fighting to de-stigmatize the female body, and by extension, the right to choose by including birth control and abortion in more than just a “special episode.” Primetime and cable have seen major characters faced with decisions about sex and pregnancy, unplanned motherhood, and even onscreen abortions. While the topic remains a cultural, social and political pressure point, women are slowly seeing their experiences reflected back with urgency and empathy. Join creatives behind these stories as they discuss the challenges of tackling women’s reproductive health onscreen, the challenges and successes they experience, and why realistic depictions of choice are still so hard to come by.

Panelist: Mauricio Mota (East Los High), Rina Mimoun (Everwood)
Moderator: Kate Langrall Folb (Program Director, Hollywood Health & Society)