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Powerful TV presented by TV Academy

Powerful TV presented by TV Academy

The Television Academy, a long-time partner of the festival, will present “Powerful TV,” a panel conversation with showrunners, writers, and actors about TV’s unique ability to expand understanding, empathy, and community through powerful narratives around gender, race, religion, aging, immigration, health care, and many more.

A Conversation with Breakthrough Awardee Sydney Sweeney

A Conversation with Breakthrough Awardee Sydney Sweeney

ATX TV Festival is proud to present our second annual “Breakthrough Award” to Euphoria and The White Lotus star Sydney Sweeney! The Breakthrough Award recognizes an individual whose creative voice has made a substantial and unique imprint on the current moment in TV, and whose work exemplifies the emotional, entertaining, and artistic possibilities of the medium.

Join Sweeney for a featured one-on-one conversation about her breakthrough performances on two separate HBO original series over the last year, her career thus far, and her creative goals for the future.

Comedy Showrunners

Comedy Showrunners

Season 11 will include a panel conversation about Comedy Showrunners where panelists will discuss the state of TV comedies, the art of running (and in sometimes starring in) the show, and how they’ve managed to break through the noise of too-much-TV. 

Panelists:

  • Phil Augusta Jackson (Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer, Grand Crew)
  • Robin Thede (Creator/Showrunner/Writer/EP/Cast, A Black Lady Sketch Show)
  • Sierra Teller Ornelas (Co-Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer, Rutherford Falls)
  • Tracey Wigfield (Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer, Saved by the Bell)
  • Additional Panelists TBA
The Last Note

The Last Note

An episode ends, credits roll, and one final music cue hits. What song is playing? Does it break the tension, or hold you in it as you transition out of one world and back into real life? Credit sequences tend to get short shrift in a time where we’re constantly being shuffled along to the next episode, but a great song can give us time (and reason) to pause and appreciate what we’ve just seen, or introduce us to a new song altogether. Join us as we go inside the process of choosing the final cue with the music supervisors who have made it an art form.

Panelists:

  • Maggie Phillips (Music Supervisor: The Dropout, The Great)
  • Jen Malone (Music Supervisor: Euphoria, Yellowjackets)
  • Liza Richardson (Music Supervisor: Station Eleven, Watchmen)
Reinventing The Watercooler (or How to Get and Keep an Audience)

Reinventing The Watercooler (or How to Get and Keep an Audience)

All at once? Week to week? Somewhere in between? Sundays or Tuesdays? 7pm or 7am?  The way we watch and discover new TV shows almost feels like a personality test at this point (“Which Binge Model Are You?”) –  but what effect do these various release models have on the long term success of a show, and how audiences engage with it? With more ways and places to watch TV than ever before, the answers to these questions feel more subjective than ever. Join executives and creatives for this discussion on strategy, trial and error, and the reinvention of the “watercooler” show.

What is Popular Culture?

What is Popular Culture?

A conversation exploring TV’s relationship to “pop culture,” and what “popular” actually means in this moment. How do we measure popularity in a post-monoculture era? What kinds of art are able to break through in a way that not only defines a moment in culture, but changes the culture itself? From Shakespeare and superheroes, to the medium of TV itself, we’ll dig into the ever-evolving concept of pop culture and how it sustains us.

A Conversation with Achievement in Television eXcellence Awardee Lesli Linka Glatter presented by Texas Monthly

A Conversation with Achievement in Television eXcellence Awardee Lesli Linka Glatter presented by Texas Monthly

ATX TV Festival is honored to present the annual “Award in Television eXcellence” to Emmy-nominated Director/Producer and current President of the Director’s Guild of America, Lesli Linka Glatter. First presented 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 entertaining.

Join us on Saturday, June 4th for an intimate, in-depth conversation with Glatter presented by Texas Monthly as we celebrate her exceptional career as a producing director and creative, spanning more than 20 years of iconic TV series such as Homeland, Mad Men, The West Wing, ER, Twin Peaks, and more.

Dangerous Women

Dangerous Women

While male characters have long been afforded opportunities to push the boundaries of TV storytelling, it feels like women are finally getting the opportunity to do the same. This conversation will explore our favorite “dangerous” women – the complicated villains, unconventional heroes, rule-breakers, and everything in between – who dare to challenge the status quo and redefine who/what a leading woman can be.

Panelists:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter (Director/EP, Love and Death)
  • Valerie Armstrong (Creator/EP, Kevin Can F**k Himself)
  • Additional Panelists TBA
CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS Podcast: Live Episode

CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS Podcast: Live Episode

Friday Night Lights and ATX TV Festival favorites Stacey Oristano (“Mindy Collette-Riggins”) and Derek Phillips (“Billy Riggins”) are bringing their rewatch podcast Clear Eyes, Full Hearts to Season 11 for a special live recording! Join them live and in person for a bonus episode featuring special guests from FNL, stories from behind the scenes, and a question and answer segment with the festival audience.

Panelists: 

  • Derek Phillips (Co-Host)
  • Stacey Oristano (Co-Host)
  • Additional Panelists TBA