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ATX TV FESTIVAL TO PRESENT BREAKTHROUGH AWARD TO “EUPHORIA” AND “THE WHITE LOTUS” STAR SYDNEY SWEENEY

April 29, 2022

ATX TV FESTIVAL TO PRESENT BREAKTHROUGH AWARD TO “EUPHORIA” AND “THE WHITE LOTUS” STAR SYDNEY SWEENEY; 
SWEENEY TO JOIN FOR ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATION, AND MORE

Television Academy to present “Powerful TV,” a Panel Conversation Highlighting
TV’s Ability to Expand Understanding, Empathy, and Community

Emmy Award-winning Creator and Host Phil Rosenthal will join for a Special Screening and Conversation of his hit Netflix Docuseries “Somebody Feed Phil”

Shudder to present a First-Look Panel for
the Upcoming Original Docuseries “Queer For Fear” with Bryan Fuller

FOX Musical Drama “Monarch” will Host a First-Look Conversation
with Creatives and Cast 

 

AUSTIN, Texas – ATX TV Festival has announced that it will present its second annual “Breakthrough Award” to actress Sydney Sweeney (“Euphoria,” “The White Lotus”), who will attend 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.

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. The award was first presented to actor, writer, producer, and human rights advocate Angelica Ross (“Pose,” “American Horror Story: 1984”) last June.

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. Panelists will be announced soon. 

Emmy Award-winning creator, showrunner, writer, producer, author, and host Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) will join for a special screening of his critically-acclaimed food & travel docuseries “Somebody Feed Phil,” featuring an episode on “Madrid” from the series’ upcoming fifth season. Following the screening, Rosenthal will be joined by Rolling Stone journalist David Wild for a live recording of their “Naked Lunch” Podcast to discuss the episode, their shared love of good food and great conversation, and more.  

“Somebody Feed Phil,” which is nominated for a 2022 James Beard Award, will release new episodes of its highly-anticipated fifth season on Netflix on May 25. The first episode of “Naked Lunch” will be available on Stitcher and all major podcast platforms on May 12. SOMEBODY FEED PHIL: THE BOOK – available for pre-order now – will be released on October 18 via Simon & Schuster. As the companion cookbook to his hit Netflix show, this is the ultimate collection of must-have recipes, never-before-heard stories, behind-the-scenes photos, and more from the first four seasons. More info can be found at: www.PhilRosenthalWorld.com

Shudder will present a first-look panel for the upcoming original docuseries “Queer for Fear,” which centers on the history of Queer people in the thriller/horror genre. From its literary origins with authors Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde to the pansy craze of the 1920s that inspired Universal Monsters and Hitchcock, through the “lavender scare” alien invasion films of the mid-20th century, and the AIDS-obsessed bloodletting of 80s vampire films, Queer For Fear explores the role the LGBTQ+ community played in front of and behind the camera. The panel will include executive producer Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”), with additional panelists to be announced soon. “Queer for Fear” premiers later this year on Shudder. 

FOX’s upcoming country music drama “Monarch” will host a first-look conversation with creator/executive producer Melissa London Hilfers, executive music producer Adam Anders (“Glee,” “The Prom”), and cast member and singer-songwriter Beth Ditto (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”), diving into the series’ original music. “Monarch,” is a multigenerational musical drama starring Anna Friel, Trace Adkins, Susan Sarandon, Beth Ditto and Joshua Sasse, and is created by Melissa London Hilfers. The series will premiere this fall.

Previously announced programming includes a reunion for “Scrubs” with creator/showrunner/EP/director Bill Lawrence and cast members Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, and Neil Flynn in attendance. Additionally, the festival will feature “Parenthood” and “Justified,” panels all of which were postponed from the 2020 festival. 

Additional announced panels and participants can be found here

Badges and Virtual Passes for Season 11 are available now. To purchase a Badge, Pass, or learn more, visit atxfestival.com/attend.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival and #ATXTVs11 on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram

ABOUT ATX TV FESTIVAL
ATX TV Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits.  Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, canceled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

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ATX TV FESTIVAL RAMPS UP PROGRAMMING FOR ITS 11TH SEASON WITH SCREENING & PANEL PRESENTATIONS FROM HBO MAX, THE CW, UNIVERSAL STUDIO GROUP, AND MORE

April 22, 2022

ATX TV FESTIVAL RAMPS UP PROGRAMMING FOR ITS
11TH SEASON WITH SCREENING & PANEL PRESENTATIONS FROM
HBO MAX, THE CW, UNIVERSAL STUDIO GROUP, AND MORE

HBO Max and Paramount Television Studios will Present
a Conversation with the Creative Team Behind the
Critically-Acclaimed Series “Station Eleven”

The CW will Present a Screening for “Nancy Drew” Spin-Off Series
“Tom Swift,” Followed by a Panel Conversation with Cast and Creatives

Peter Krause Set to Join Fellow Co-Stars for
Previously Announced “Parenthood” Reunion Panel

“Roswell” Co-Stars Majandra Delfino and Brandan Fehr
will Premiere the Pilot Episode of Crowd-funded “Baron & Toluca,”
followed by a Panel Conversation with Additional Cast Members


Austin, TX
– ATX TV Festival adds additional programming this week for its 11th Season, which will take place June 2-5, 2022, in Austin, TX.

ATX TV Festival Co-Sponsors Paramount Television Studios and HBO Max will present a conversation with the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed series “Station Eleven,” based on the best-selling novel by Emily St. John Mandel, which will dive into the creative and logistical process of bringing an episode to life, from pre-production to post-production to screen. Confirmed panelists include creator/showrunner/executive producer Patrick Somerville, production designer Ruth Ammon, casting director Jeanie Bacharach, music supervisor Liza Richardson, costume designer Helen Huang, and cinematographer Steve Cosens.

Additionally, the CW will present a screening and conversation for “Tom Swift,” the upcoming “Nancy Drew “ spin-off from co-creators/executive producers Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau, and Cameron Johnson. The series follows brilliant inventor Tom Swift (Tian Richards), whose world is shaken to its core after the shocking disappearance of his father, thrusting Tom into a breathtaking adventure full of mysterious conspiracies and unexplained phenomena. Attendees will get an early look at episode two of the series, followed by a conversation with cast and creatives yet to be announced. “Tom Swift” premieres May 31 on The CW.

The festival has also announced that actor Peter Krause (“9-1-1,” “Six Feet Under”) will join the upcoming “Parenthood” Reunion, which will take place on Friday, June 3. Previously announced participants include creator/showrunner/executive producer Jason Katims, executive producer/writer David Hudgins, executive producer/director Lawrence Trilling, and stars Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen, Joy Bryant, Mae Whitman, Monica Potter, and Craig T. Nelson.

Season 11 will also feature the premiere of “Baron and Toluca,” an independent pilot from “Roswell” co-stars Majandra Delfino and Brendan Fehr, which was crowdfunded via IndieGogo and produced during the pandemic. Described as a “spiritual successor” to “Roswell,” the series follows exes Jake Baron (Fehr) and Toluca Mendez (Delfino), who find themselves reunited in a familiar part of New Mexico – much to the delight of one and the horror of the other. Forced together by unforeseen circumstances, they must remain there together, to try and unravel a paranormal mystery threatening to kill them both. That is, if they don’t kill each other first.

Following the premiere screening, Delfino and Fehr will be joined by fellow cast members Arthur Martinez (“Actor Martinez”), Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi (“Jersey Shore Family Vacation”), Micah Fowler (“Speechless”), and David Walton (“New Girl”) for a conversation about reuniting for a new project, their experience producing an independent pilot, and their future plans for Baron and Toluca’s story.

Universal Studio Group will present “Funny AF,” a panel conversation featuring the stars and creatives behind the studio’s slate of critically acclaimed comedies. Panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.

ATX TV’s non-profit organization, The Syndication Project, will also partner with leading research and narrative change organizations including the Health & Society, Define American, The MPAC® Hollywood Bureau, Civic Leadership Stories Project (with support from MTV Entertainment Studios), the Center for Media & Social Impact, and Cinereach to highlight and discuss the tangible impact of representation and advocacy through storytelling. The organizations will join with showrunners, actors, and experts to highlight topics such as Immigrants and Immigration, Class and Poverty, War & Peace, Muslim Representation, and Civic Engagement, and present research on how depictions of these topics on TV shape our understanding of real-world issues. Panelists for these conversations will be announced soon.

Also announced this week, AMC Networks will headline the festival’s Opening Night on Thursday, June 2, with a World Premiere screening of AMC’s “Dark Winds,” a new psychological thriller from creator/executive producer Graham Roland based on the iconic Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman.

Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, “Dark Winds” follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon, The Son, Westworld, Fargo) of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon, The Red Road, Roswell, New Mexico). Chee, too, has old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation. Together, the two men battle the forces of evil, each other and their own personal demons on the path to salvation.

The screening will be followed by a panel conversation with Roland, showrunner/executive producer Vince Calandra, director and executive producer Chris Eyre, executive producer/star Zahn McClarnon, and cast members Kiowa Gordon, and Jessica Matten.

“Dark Winds” is an AMC Studios production, and will premiere June 12 on AMC and AMC+. Executive producers also include George R.R. Martin, Robert Redford, Tina Elmo, and Vince Gerardis.

The festival will also screen the Season 3 premiere episode of the hit Paramount+ original series “Evil,” from creators, showrunners, and executive producers Robert and Michelle King. Starring Katja Herbers, Mike Colter and Aasif Mandvi, “Evil” is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. ATX TV Festival attendees will get an early look at the Season 3 premiere, followed by a conversation with Herbers, Colter and Mandvi. “Evil” returns for Season 3 on June 12, only on Paramount+.

Previously announced programming includes a reunion for “Scrubs” with cast members Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller in attendance. Additionally, the festival will feature “Parenthood” and “Justified,” panels all of which were postponed from the 2020 festival.

Additional announced panels and participants can be found here.

Virtual Festival Badges and Day Passes for Season 11 are available now. To purchase a Badge, Pass, or learn more, visit atxfestival.com/attend.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival and #ATXTVs11 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

ABOUT ATX TV FESTIVAL
ATX TV Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits. Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, canceled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

ATX TV FESTIVAL SEASON 11 TO SCREEN “I LOVE THAT FOR YOU,” FOLLOWED BY A PANEL FEATURING VANESSA BAYER AND ADDITIONAL CREATIVES FROM THE SERIES PRESENTED BY SHOWTIME®

April 18, 2022

ATX TV FESTIVAL SEASON 11 TO SCREEN “I LOVE THAT FOR YOU,”
FOLLOWED BY A PANEL FEATURING VANESSA BAYER
AND ADDITIONAL CREATIVES FROM THE SERIES
PRESENTED BY SHOWTIME® 

Festival to Spotlight Comedy Showrunners
in a Conversation with Creatives
from
“A Black Lady Sketch Show,”
“Saved by the Bell,
“Grand Crew,” and “Rutherford Falls”

Acclaimed Music Supervisors
from “The Dropout,” “Euphoria,” and
“Station Eleven” join “The Last Note” Music Panel

Director/Producer and Directors Guild of America President
Lesli Linka Glatter to accept “Award in Television eXcellence”
and appear for Career-Spanning Conversation

 

Austin, TX April 15, 2022 – ATX TV Festival announced additional programming and awardees this week for its 11th Season, which will take place June 2-5, 2022, in Austin, TX. 

SHOWTIME® will present a screening and panel conversation for freshman comedy “I Love That For You” from co-creators Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”) and Jeremy Beiler (“Saturday Night Live”). Inspired by Bayer’s own story of overcoming childhood leukemia, I LOVE THAT FOR YOU centers on Joanna Gold, who dreams of becoming a host at a home-shopping channel. Following an advance look at a new episode, a panel conversation with Bayer, Beiler, and showrunner Jessi Klein will dive into the comedy (and drama) of the first season, the true events that inspired it, and more. Additional panelists are still to be announced. “I Love That For You” premieres April 29th on streaming and on demand for SHOWTIME subscribers, before its on-air debut Sunday, May 1 at 8:30pm ET/PT.  

Season 11 will include a spotlight on Comedy Showrunners, featuring a panel conversation with Phil Augusta Jackson, creator, showrunner, and executive producer, and writer of NBC’s “Grand Crew”; Robin Thede, creator, showrunner, writer, executive producer, and star of HBO’s Emmy award-winning sketch comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show”; Sierra Teller Ornelas, co-creator, showrunner, executive producer, and writer of Peacock’s “Rutherford Falls”; and Tracey Wigfield, creator, showrunner, executive producer, and writer of Peacock’s “Saved by the Bell.” 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. Additional panelists will be announced soon. 

Also joining the festival’s line-up is “The Last Note,” a conversation with acclaimed music supervisors Maggie Phillips (“The Dropout,” “The Great”), Jen Malone (“Euphoria,” “Yellowjackets”), and Liza Richardson (“Station Eleven,” “Watchmen,”) about the precarious art of choosing the final musical cue of an episode, and their work in crafting some of the most memorable soundtracks and needle drops of the past year in TV.

Announced earlier this week, ATX TV Festival will 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.

As part of the award presentation, Glatter will appear at the festival this June for an intimate, in-depth conversation about 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. Glatter most recently served as director and executive producer on the upcoming HBO Max limited series “Love and Death,” and Amazon Studios, “The Banker’s Wife.”  She is the first director to receive the festival’s career achievement award, and joins previous honorees Henry Winkler, James L. Brooks, Norman Lear,  Marcy Carsey, Phylicia Rashad, and Michael J. Fox.

Glatter is also confirmed to join a panel conversation on TV’s “Dangerous Women,” which will explore the complicated villains, unconventional heroes, rule-breakers, and everything in between who continue to push the boundaries of TV storytelling and redefine who/what a leading woman can be. The panel will also feature “Kevin Can F**k Himself” creator/writer/executive producer Valerie Armstrong, with additional panelists to be announced soon. 

Previously announced programming includes a reunion for “Scrubs” with cast members Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller in attendance. Additionally, the festival will feature “Parenthood” and “Justified,” panels all of which were postponed from the 2020 festival. 

Additional announced panels and participants include:

  • The world premiere screening of Lifetime’s limited series “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin,” which will then be followed by a panel conversation with executive producers Paul Sciarrotta and Jennie Snyder Urman, and cast members Jemima Rooper, Kelsey Grammer, Alana Boden, and Hannah Dodd, with more to be announced.
  • A special live episode of the “Friday Night Lights” rewatch podcast “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts,” hosted by co-stars and friends Derek Phillips (Billy Riggins) and Stacey Oristano (Mindy Collette-Riggins). The live recording will feature special guests from “Friday Night Lights”, stories from behind the scenes, and a question and answer segment with the festival audience. 
  • The Season 2 Premiere Screening of Peacock’s original comedy “Rutherford Falls,” followed by a panel conversation with co-creator/showrunner/writer/executive producer Sierra Teller Ornelas, co-creator/executive producer/star Ed Helms, writer/star Jana Schmieding, and cast members Michael Greyeyes, Jesse Leigh and Dustin Milligan.
  • A panel discussion of “Angelyne” with Showrunner/Executive Producer Allison Miller and Executive Producer/Star Emmy Rossum. 

Virtual Festival Badges and Day Passes for Season 11 are available now. To purchase a Badge, Pass, or learn more, visit atxfestival.com/attend.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival and #ATXTVs11 on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram

ABOUT ATX TV FESTIVAL
ATX TV Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits.  Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, canceled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

ATX TV FESTIVAL SEASON 11 TO FEATURE WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF LIFETIME’S “FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC: THE ORIGIN” 

April 8, 2022

ATX TV FESTIVAL SEASON 11 TO FEATURE
WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF LIFETIME’S 
“FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC: THE ORIGIN”

The Festival will also Host a Live Episode of “Friday Night Lights”
Rewatch Podcast, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts”
with Surprise Guest Appearances 

Peacock’s “Rutherford Falls” Season Two Premiere and a Special “Angelyne”
Panel Conversation with Emmy Rossum and Showrunner Allison Miller were also
Announced Earlier this Week

Austin, TX – ATX TV Festival announced today additional programming for its 11th Season, which will take place June 2-5, 2022, in Austin, TX. The festival will feature the world premiere screening of Lifetime’s limited series “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin,” which will then be followed by a panel conversation with the series creators and cast, leading into a hosted brunch for festival attendees. The panel conversation will feature executive producers Paul Sciarrotta and Jennie Snyder Urman, and cast members Jemima Rooper, Kelsey Grammer, Alana Boden, and Hannah Dodd, with more to be announced.

Lifetime’s “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin,” is based on Andrew Neiderman’s novel Garden of Shadows, the prequel to V.C. Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic series. The series tells the story of the headstrong and determined Olivia Winfield (Jemima Rooper), her relationship with one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors, Malcolm Foxworth (Max Irons), and her desperate attempts to keep her family safe, leading to her inevitable—and notorious—decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic. 

Also announced, this year’s line-up will include a special live episode of the “Friday Night Lights” rewatch podcast “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts,” hosted by co-stars and friends Derek Phillips (Billy Riggins) and Stacey Oristano (Mindy Collette-Riggins). The live recording will feature special guests from “Friday Night Lights” (to be announced shortly), stories from behind the scenes, and a question and answer segment with the festival audience. “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts” is produced by Cadence13 and can be found wherever podcasts are available. New episodes are released on Tuesdays. 

As the Festival begins to roll out its season 11 festival programming, these announcements follow previously announced screenings and panels from Peacock. The festival will open with a Season 2 Screening of Peacock’s original comedy “Rutherford Falls,” followed by a panel conversation with co-creator/showrunner/writer/executive producer Sierra Teller Ornelas, co-creator/executive producer/star Ed Helms, writer/star Jana Schmieding, and cast members Michael Greyeyes, Jesse Leigh and Dustin Milligan. In Season 2 of Peacock’s hit-comedy “Rutherford Falls,” life-long best buds Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding) help each other tackle work, romance, and major changes to their small town and the Native American reservation it borders, initiated by Tribal Casino C.E.O. Terry Thomas (Michael Greyeyes).  From Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment and Pacific Electric Picture Company, “Rutherford Falls” is executive produced by Sierra Teller Ornelas, Michael Schur, Ed Helms, Mike Falbo, David Miner and Morgan Sackett. “Rutherford Falls” Season 2 is coming soon and Season 1 is available to stream now only on Peacock.

Also joining the festival is the network’s highly anticipated wrapped-in-pink limited series “Angelyne” about the glow-in-the-dark queen of the universe and LA’s original billboard icon from the 80’s starring Emmy Rossum.

Showrunner/Executive Producer Allison Miller and Executive Producer/Star Emmy Rossum will discuss their collaboration in bringing the story of the Los Angeles icon and “self-proclaimed Rorschach test” Angelyne to life, how the series has shaped or changed their own perception of fame and identity, and the future of TV storytelling as shaped by women. All five episodes of “Angelyne” premiere May 19 on Peacock.

Previously announced programming includes a reunion for “Scrubs” with cast members Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller in attendance. Additionally, the festival will feature “Parenthood” and “Justified,” panels all of which were postponed from the 2020 festival.

Virtual Festival Badges and Day Passes for Season 11 are available now. To purchase a Badge, Pass, or learn more, visit atxfestival.com/attend.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival and #ATXTVs11 on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram


ABOUT ATX TV FESTIVAL
ATX TV Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits.  Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

ATV TV FESTIVAL GATHERS THE CAST OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES “SCRUBS” FOR A REUNION PANEL CONVERSATION

January 27, 2022

ATX TV Festival Gathers the Cast of Critically Acclaimed Series “Scrubs” 
For a Reunion Panel Conversation

Taking Place During Season 11 of the Festival, the Cast Will Celebrate 
What Would Have Been 10 Years Since the Show’s End

Austin, TX — Today, ATX TV Festival announced that the hit medical dramedy “Scrubs” will reunite at the festival as part of the Season 11 line-up, which will take place June 2-5, 2022, in Austin, TX. 

Cast members Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller are confirmed to participate in a live panel conversation in Austin. 

The panel joins recently announced reunions for “Parenthood” and “Justified,” all of which were postponed from the 2020 festival. Additional panelists and programming will be announced soon.

Camp Badges and General Programming Badges for the festival are on sale now. A limited number of Camp Badges will be available at an Early Bird price of $425 ($100 off), as well as a limited number of General Programming Badges for $250 ($75 off). To purchase your Badge Now and/or view the benefits of each Badge, please visit atxfestival.com/attend

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival and #ATXTVs11 on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

ABOUT ATX TV FESTIVAL
ATX TV Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits.  Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

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ATV TV FESTIVAL SEASON 11 TO REUNITE “PARENTHOOD” CAST & CREATIVES AND “JUSTIFIED” CREATIVE TEAM, TICKETING DETAILS AND 2022 BADGES NOW AVAILABLE, WITH LIMITED TIME PRICING

January 11, 2022

ATX TV Festival Season 11 to reunite “Parenthood” Cast & Creatives
and “Justified” Creative Team

Ticketing Details and 2022 Badges Now Available,
with Limited Time Pricing

Austin, TX — ATX TV Festival announces its first programming for Season 11, which will take place June 2-5, 2022, in Austin, TX. 
Joining the festival’s Season 11 line-up is a reunion for the beloved family drama “Parenthood,” which was originally planned for 2020 and postponed due to the pandemic. Confirmed reunion participants include creator/showrunner Jason Katims, executive producer/writer and ATX TV Advisory Board member David Hudgins, executive producer/director Lawrence Trilling, and stars Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen, Joy Bryant, Mae Whitman, and Craig T. Nelson. Additional participants will be announced closer to the event. 

The festival will also reunite the prolific creative team behind the acclaimed drama “Justified,” which ran for six seasons on FX and was based on the works of Elmore Leonard. Confirmed participants for the panel include creator/executive producer and ATX TV Advisory Board member Graham Yost, executive producer/director Michael Dinner (“Manhunt”), executive producer Sarah Timberman (“Unbelievable”), and writer/producers Taylor Elmore (“The Stand”), Fred Golan (“Sneaky Pete”), Dave Andron (“Snowfall”), Chris Provenzano (“Guilty Party”), Benjamin Cavell (“The Stand”), Gary Lennon (“Hightown”), Ingrid Escajeda (“Sneaky Pete”), VJ Boyd (“S.W.A.T.”), and Wendy Calhoun (“Our Kind of People”). The group will reunite for a conversation about the room’s collaborative process, the enduring creative partnerships that resulted, and their careers following the series.

Additional programming will be announced soon. 

The festival has also announced a new ticketing structure for 2022, which includes the following options: 

    • Camp Badge: $525* (On Sale Now) – Highest access level to Programming, Marquees, Exclusive Events, TV Camp Welcome Bag and more. This badge receives five (5) Fast Passes and access to exclusive Camp-only Programming. Limited availability.
    • General Programming “GP” Badge: $325* (On Sale Now) – Access to all General Programming happening between 10am-5pm daily, three (3) Fast Passes, and non-priority seating to Marquee Programming. 
    • Virtual Pass: $50* – Virtual access to select programming and content. On-sale date to be announced.

*All prices inclusive of taxes and fees.

Camp Badges and General Programming Badges are on sale now. A limited number of Camp Badges will be available at an Early Bird price of $425 ($100 off), as well as a limited number of General Programming Badges for $250 ($75 off). To purchase your Badge Now and/or view the benefits of each Badge, please visit atxfestival.com/attend.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival and #ATXTVs11 on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram

ABOUT ATX TV FESTIVAL
ATX TV Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits.  Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL SEASON 10 ANNOUNCES SUPPORTING PARTNERSHIP, CLOSING NIGHT EVENT, and ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FROM HBO AND HBO MAX

May 13, 2021

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL SEASON 10 ANNOUNCES 
SUPPORTING PARTNERSHIP, CLOSING NIGHT EVENT, and 
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING FROM HBO AND HBO MAX

 Closing Night World Premiere Screening and Panel for “The White Lotus,”
Official FYC Co-Presentation for “In Treatment”
HBO Max’s “Hacks” “Titans” and “New Voices: Launching a First Series” Panel


AUSTIN, Texas –
ATX Television Festival announces major partnership, Closing Night marquee presentation and additional programming with HBO and HBO Max, marking ten years of partnership with the festival for its 10th Season, which will take place virtually over ten days from June 11-20, 2021. Festival Badges and Day Passes for the festival are available now.

“Our partnership with HBO and HBO Max often leaves us speechless. HBO’s investment in ATX TV over the years has been unparalleled through premium content and panelists, and a true understanding of who we are through their support of our community at all levels. We’re extremely proud that we have been together for ten years, through an evolving TV landscape and a quickly changing world. This year is no different as we continue our growth in the virtual landscape, and look ahead to year-round membership events.” — Caitlin McFarland, Co Founder ATX TV Festival

HBO and HBO Max programming for this year’s festival will include:

A Closing Night World Premiere Screening and Conversation featuring HBO’s forthcoming limited series from Mike White (“Enlightened”), “The White Lotus” will take place on Saturday, June 19 at 7pm CT.  A social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort, the six-episode limited series follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel’s cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself.  Filmed on the island of Maui, “The White Lotus” will World Premiere at ATX TV Festival, then debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max on Sunday, July 11. Creator/director/executive producer Mike White is confirmed to join the panel following the premiere, and participating cast members will be announced soon.  

For the first time, in partnership with HBO and the Television Academy, the festival will feature an official Emmy® Awards For Your Consideration conversation for the new season of “In Treatment,” which will be available simultaneously for Academy members and Festival attendees  on Tuesday, June 15 at 5pm PT/7pm CT. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Siri Sat Nam and feature Co-Showrunners, Executive Producers, and Writers Jennifer Schuur and Joshua Allen, and cast members Uzo Aduba (“Dr. Brooke Taylor”), Anthony Ramos (“Eladio”), Quintessa Swindell (“Laila”), John Benjamin Hickey (“Colin”), and Liza Colón Zayas (“Rita”).

A Conversation with the Creators and Stars of HBO Max’s Hacks”: Join “Hacks” co-creators, co-showrunners and executive producers Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky and Paul W. Downs, who also acts in the series, as well as stars Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemons-Hopkins for a conversation unpacking the first season of the HBO Max Original comedy.

New Voices: Launching A First Series”: First-time showrunners Konrad Kay and Mickey Down from HBO’s drama “Industry,” Crystal Moselle from HBO’s comedy “Betty,” and Christina Lee from HBO Max’s dark comedy “Made for Love” discuss the origin stories behind their series, the creative and practical lessons they learned at the helm, and the impact they hope to make in the entertainment industry.

Attendees will also get a look into the process of constructing a superhero series with a conversation featuring the creative team behind the upcoming third season of the Max Original “Titans.” Joining the panel will be showrunner Greg Walker, director and cinematographer Boris Mojsovski, production designer Ian Brock and costume designer Laura Jean (“LJ”) Shannon.  

Previously announced programming includes: 

  • “Degrassi: The Next Generation” 20th Anniversary Panel presented by Tubi
  • “Channel Changers: A Conversation with TV’s Leaders” featuring top executives from HBO Max, NBCUniversal, 20th Television, Showtime, OWN, and Starz
  • “Walker” Music Showcase presented by The CW 
  • “The Republic of Sarah” Panel with Cast & Creatives 
  • “The Bold Type” Farewell Panel with Showrunner & Cast 
  • “Younger” Panel with Costume Designer Jackie Demeterio & Cast
  • “David Makes Man” Panel with Creatives & Cast
  • “We Are Lady Parts” Conversation with Showrunner & Cast 
  • Insides look at “Selena: The Series” with Creatives & Cast
  • “Ziwe” Marquee Conversation presented by SHOWTIME®
  • “Small Axe” Conversation with Steve McQueen presented by Amazon Prime Video
  • “HouseBroken” Screening and Q&A with Creatives & Cast
  • A Conversation with “Achievement in Television eXcellence” Awardee Michael J. Fox
  • “Faking It” 5 Year Reunion with Showrunner & Cast
  • “Speech & Debate” Conversation with Creatives & Cast
  • “Oz” Retrospective with Creator Tom Fontana and Cast
  • “Beyond the Scares: Emotional Catharsis & Healing in Horror”
  • “Growing Up Is Hard: A New Generation of YA Protagonists”
  • “Mad as Hell: TV’s Dangerous Women” 
  • “The Queer Gaze” 
  • “Pandemic Proof: Adult Animation”
  • “Showrunner State of the Union” 
  • “Buying & Selling with 20/20 Hindsight”
  • “Housecall: A ‘Royal Pains’ Reunion” with Play-Per View on June 6th to benefit Feed America (Tickets on sale now!)

Virtual Festival Badges and Day Passes for Season 10 are available now. To purchase a Badge, Pass, or learn more, visit atxfestival.com/attend.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival and #ATXTVs10 on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram

ABOUT ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL
ATX Television Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits.  Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson // ATX@sunshinesachs.com

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL SEASON 10 TO FEATURE “DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION” 20TH ANNIVERSARY PANEL PRESENTED BY TUBI, “CHANNEL CHANGERS” CONVERSATION WITH TOP EXECUTIVES from HBO Max, NBCU, OWN, 20th Television and STARZ, FINALE PANELS FOR “YOUNGER” AND “THE BOLD TYPE,” AND MORE

May 6, 2021

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL SEASON 10 TO FEATURE
“DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION”
20TH ANNIVERSARY PANEL PRESENTED BY TUBI, 
“CHANNEL CHANGERS” CONVERSATION WITH TOP EXECUTIVES from HBO Max, NBCU, OWN, 20th Television and STARZ,
FINALE PANELS FOR “YOUNGER” AND “THE BOLD TYPE,” AND MORE

Angelica Ross to Receive Inaugural “Breakthrough Award” 

The CW to host “Walker” Music Showcase and “The Republic of Sarah” Panel

Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival has announced additional programming for Season 10, which will take place virtually over June 11-20, 2021.

The festival’s Opening Night events will include a 20th Anniversary panel for the hit Canadian series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” presented by Tubi. Marking 20 years since the series premiere, the panel will feature creatives and cast from across the show’s impressive 14-season run as they revisit iconic storylines and moments from the series, the show’s groundbreaking approach to young adult storytelling, behind-the-scenes stories, and more. Confirmed panelists include: co-creator / executive producer Linda Schuyler, executive producer Stephen Stohn, producer / director / actor Stefan Brogren, and cast members Aislinn Paul, Shane Kippel, Luke Bilyk, Lauren Collins, Munro Chambers, Jake Epstein, Daniel Clark, Andrea Lewis, and Christina Schmidt. Additional details will be announced soon. All episodes of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” are available to stream for free on Tubi.

The festival will also include “Channel Changers: A Conversation with TV’s Leaders,” an industry-forward conversation with top network, studio, and streamer executives about the state of the industry, the personal and professional philosophies they bring to their individual brands, and why inclusivity at all levels remains imperative to producing bigger and better storytelling. Participants include Sarah Aubrey (Head of Original Content, HBO Max), Lisa Katz (President, Entertainment Scripted Content, NBCU Television and Streaming), Tina Perry (President, OWN), Karey Burke (President, 20th Television), Christina Davis (President, Original Programming, Starz), and Jana Winograde (President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc). The panel will be moderated by Glamour’s West Coast Editor, Jessica Radloff.

The CW returns to the festival with two pieces of programming: a “Walker” Music Showcase live on June 20th, and a panel for the upcoming summer series “The Republic of Sarah,” including an early look at episode two. The “Walker” Music Showcase will be hosted by stars Odette Annable and Lindsey Morgan, with live performances by artists featured in the series and a celebration of filming in Austin. “The Republic of Sarah” focuses on rebellious high school history teacher Sarah Cooper (Stella Baker), who, when faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country from scratch. Panelists include Jeffrey Paul King (Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer), Kat Candler (Director) and cast members Stella Baker, Luke Mitchell, Hope Lauren, Nia Holloway, and Ian Duff. “The Republic of Sarah” is a production of CBS Studios in association with Fulwell 73 and Black Lamb, and premieres June 14 on The CW.

ATX is honored to present its very first “Breakthrough Award” to actor, writer, producer, and human rights advocate Angelica Ross (“Pose”). The inaugural award seeks to recognize a creative voice who has made a unique and substantial imprint on TV, and exemplifies not only the current moment in television, but the possibilities of its future. Ross will be joined by a special guest moderator for a one-on-one conversation about her multi-hyphenate career, her advocacy work, and her work in TV, which includes Emmy-nominated web series “Her Story,” “Danger and Eggs,” “Claws,” “Transparent,” and her breakthrough role on FX’s critically-acclaimed series “Pose” as “Candy Ferocity” from the House of Abundance. In 2019, Ross made history by becoming the first trans actress to secure two series regular roles with “Pose” and “American Horror Story: 1984.” She can next be seen in “American Horror Story: Double Feature,” premiering later this year on FX. 

“Younger” will return to the festival for a conversation following its series finale on Paramount+ on June 10. The panel, featuring series costume designer Jackie Demeterio alongside to-be-announced cast members, will include a deep dive into the fashion featured on the series, and how the show’s style informed and evolved alongside its characters over the years. This panel will mark the series’ sixth appearance at ATX.

Freeform’s “The Bold Type,” another ATX fan-favorite, will feature a farewell panel with cast & creatives to mark the series’ final episodes, and reflect on the show’s’ five-season run. Confirmed panelists include Wendy Straker Hauser (Showrunner/Executive Producer), and series regulars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Melora Hardin, and Stephen Conrad Moore. The final season of “The Bold Type” premieres May 26th on Freeform.

Also returning to the festival is OWN’s original series, “David Makes Man,” which will host a panel with cast & creatives ahead of its season two premiere, which finds David (Kwame Patterson) in his 30s, a rising businessman facing an opportunity that will change him and his community forever. The conversation will include creator / executive producer Tarrell Alvin McCraney, showrunner / executive producer Dee Harris Lawrence, director Kiel Adrian Scott, and cast members Kwame Patterson and Akili McDowell. “David Makes Man” premieres June 22 on OWN. Season one is available to stream now on HBO Max.

The creator and cast of “We Are Lady Parts,” a new original comedy from Peacock and Channel 4, will join the festival for a conversation about the show’s first season. The series chronicles the highs and lows of a Muslim female punk band – “Lady Parts” – as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussain (Anjana Vasan), a geeky microbiology PhD student on the lookout for love who is recruited to be their unlikely lead guitarist. Joining the panel will be creator/writer/director Nida Manzoor, and stars Anjana Vasan, Sarah Kameela Impey, Juliette Motamed, Faith Omole, and Lucie Shorthouse. “We Are Lady Parts” is coming soon to Peacock.

Season 10 will also feature a panel for Netflix’s original “Selena: The Series,” which tells the story of Mexican-American singer, international star, and native Texan, Selena Quintanilla. Part 2 of the series, which premiered May 4 on Netflix, chronicles the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigate together as she becomes the most successful female Latin artist of all time. The conversation will include Creator / Executive Producer Moisés Zamora, Executive Producer Jamie Dávila, and stars Christian Serratos (“Selena Quintanilla”) and Ricardo Chavira (“Abraham Quintanilla”), who will discuss the process of bringing the singer’s lesser-known years to life – as well as her iconic performances – and the ways in which her legacy endures for viewers of all ages.

Previously announced programming includes: 

  • “Ziwe” Marquee Conversation presented by SHOWTIME®
  • “Small Axe” Conversation with Steve McQueen presented by Amazon Prime Video
  • “HouseBroken” Screening and Q&A with Creatives & Cast
  • A Conversation with “Achievement in Television eXcellence” Awardee Michael J. Fox
  • “Faking It” 5 Year Reunion with Showrunner & Cast
  • “Speech & Debate” Conversation with Creatives & Cast
  • “Oz” Retrospective with Creator Tom Fontana and Cast
  • “Beyond the Scares: Emotional Catharsis & Healing in Horror”
  • “Growing Up Is Hard: A New Generation of YA Protagonists”
  • “Mad as Hell: TV’s Dangerous Women”
  • “The Queer Gaze”
  • “Pandemic Proof: Adult Animation”
  • “Showrunner State of the Union”
  • “Buying & Selling with 20/20 Hindsight”
  • “Housecall: A ‘Royal Pains’ Reunion” with Play-Per View on June 6th to benefit Feed America (Tickets on sale now!)

Virtual Festival Badges and Day Passes for Season 10 are available now. To purchase a Badge, Pass, or learn more, visit atxfestival.com/attend.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival and #ATXTVs10 on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram

ABOUT ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL
ATX Television Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits.  Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST PROGRAMMING FOR SEASON 10, INCLUDING AWARDEE CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL J. FOX, STEVE MCQUEEN’S “SMALL AXE,” A CONVERSATION WITH ZIWE PRESENTED BY SHOWTIME®, AND MORE

April 22, 2021

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST PROGRAMMING FOR SEASON 10,
INCLUDING AWARDEE CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL J. FOX,
STEVE MCQUEEN’S “SMALL AXE,”
A CONVERSATION WITH ZIWE PRESENTED BY SHOWTIME®, AND MORE

Tubi joins for the first time as Major Supporting Partner
 

ATX Television Festival announces the first wave of programming for Season 10, which will take place virtually over June 11-20, 2021. 

The festival will partner with SHOWTIME® to feature a marquee conversation spotlighting “ZIWE,” the upcoming late-night variety show created by and starring the series titular writer, comedian, actor, singer, influencer, activist, and host Ziwe. The conversation will provide a one-of-a-kind look into the world of “ZIWE,” Ziwe’s rise from social media breakout to network legend, and her ability to harness the chaotic but essential art of making white people uncomfortable.

Amazon Prime Video will present an in-depth look at “Small Axe,” the critically acclaimed anthology series based on the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community set between the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. Series creator, co-writer, co-editor, director and executive producer, Steve McQueen (“Hunger,” “Shame,” “12 Years A Slave,” “Widows”) will be joined by writer/director/producer Channing Godfrey Peoples (“Miss Juneteenth”) for a one-on-one conversation and exploration of the five films that comprise the series. 

Tubi, FOX’s free streaming service, joins ATX Television Festival for the first time as a major Supporting Partner, presenting a variety of programming from marquee placements to specialty presentations throughout the festival, showcasing the service’s expansive library of over 30,000 titles. Additional details will be announced soon.

ATX will feature a screening and Q&A for FOX’s new animated series, “HouseBroken,” which follows a group of neighborhood pets and stray animals as they work through their issues inside and outside their therapy group. The panel will include co-creator/actor/executive producer Clea DuVall (“VEEP”), executive producer/actor Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe”), actors Nat Faxon (“Friends From College”) and Sam Richardson (“VEEP”) and co-creators/executive producers Gabrielle Allan (“VEEP”) and Jennifer Crittenden (“VEEP”). Additional panelists will be announced soon. 

The festival is also 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. Previous honorees include Henry Winkler, James L. Brooks, Norman Lear, Marcy Carsey, and Phylicia Rashad.

Season 10 will also include a reunion for cancelled-too-soon comedy, “Faking It,” which ran for three seasons on MTV (2013-2016). The reunion, marking five years since the series finale, will celebrate the show’s impactful LGBTQIA+ representation, including a groundbreaking storyline featuring television’s first intersex main character. Joining the reunion panel will be creator/showrunner/executive producer Carter Covington, and cast members Rita Volk, Katie Stevens, Michael Willett, Yvette Monreal, and Sophia Ali. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

On the independent track, the festival will premiere the third installment in the original short-form comedy series “Speech & Debate,” written by Kamen Edwards and directed by Cassandra Jean Amell. Amell and Edwards will be joined by stars Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Aisha Tyler (“Archer”), and John Barrowman (“Doctor Who,” “Torchwood”) to discuss the newest episode, “Speech & Debate: Legacy,” as well as the process of creating independent content with friends & collaborators during a pandemic. 

ATX Festival’s previously announced “Oz” Retrospective, which was originally planned for 2020, will join this year’s line-up, featuring a look back at the groundbreaking series which debuted in 1997 as HBO’s first original one-hour drama. The retrospective will dive into the series’ unique narrative structure and feature a conversation with series creator/executive producer Tom Fontana, director/actor Terry Kinney, and cast members Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters, Harold Perrineau, and Kirk Acevedo. Additional participants will be announced at a later date. 

The festival also announced its first round of topical panels, which will range from deep dives in horror and animation, to roundtable discussions with showrunners. This year’s panels will include: 

  • “Beyond the Scares: Emotional Catharsis & Healing in Horror”
  • “Growing Up Is Hard: A New Generation of YA Protagonists”
  • “Mad as Hell: TV’s Dangerous Women”
  • “The Queer Gaze”
  • “Pandemic Proof: Adult Animation”
  • “Showrunner State of the Union”
  • “Buying & Selling with 20/20 Hindsight”

In a previously announced event taking place prior to the festival, ATX TV will partner with Play-Per View for a “Housecall: A ‘Royal Pains’ Reunion on Sunday, June 6th to benefit national hunger relief organization Feeding America, which will be available On-Demand until June 13, 2021. The reunion will feature a full table read of the series finale, “Uninterrupted,” with creator/executive producer Andrew Lenchewski, writer/director/executive producer Michael Rauch, cast members Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D’Orsay, Ben Shenkman, Campbell Scott, Jill Flint, Meredith Hagner, Sarah Mezzanotte, Zachary Hernandez, Anthony Pierini, John Hans Tester, Laura Lanza, Ivan Quintanilla, and special guest moderator Henry Winkler. Donation-based tickets start at $5 and are available now at https://tinyurl.com/PPVRoyalPainsReunion. For ongoing and additional information, visit atxfestival.com/events. “Royal Pains is from UCP and available for streaming on Peacock.

Virtual Festival Badges and Day Passes for Season 10 are available now. For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit atxfestival.com.

For co-promotion, please tag @ATXFestival #ATXTVs10 on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram.

ABOUT ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL
ATX Television Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits.  Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 10 DAYS FOR SEASON 10! TO CELEBRATE THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL’S 10TH YEAR DATES EXPAND TO COVER FRIDAY, JUNE 11-SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2021

March 4, 2021

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 10 DAYS FOR SEASON 10!
TO CELEBRATE THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL’S 10TH YEAR DATES EXPAND TO COVER
FRIDAY, JUNE 11-SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2021

Plus, ticketing levels are announced with the first-ever ATX TV Membership
for exclusive access to content and expanded community engagement. 

Season 10’s The Pitch Competition Semi-Finalists Announced

 

AUSTIN, TX – During a unique and immersive “at home” experience, ATX TV ticketed audiences will tune-in across ten days for a variety of screenings, panels, roundtable discussions, interstitial content, VOD programming, special events, and more! Continuing a reputation as a place that serves press, partners, and talent relationships by bringing them together in a relaxed atmosphere to talk shop…or simply share a drink. As always, ATX TV programming remains entertaining, informative, and community-driven.

Programming includes daily VOD releases, with a focus on appointment viewing and interactive events for attendees to engage with each other at specific times. This will encourage our community to experience the Festival together, just as they would in Austin. Building on our community focus, the second weekend (June 18-20) will be filmed from iconic locations in the heart of Austin to give viewers a heightened sense of engagement and place. To achieve maximum engagement, exposure, and accessibility, select pieces of programming will be released on the ATX TV YouTube channel following the festival.

Ticketing will include Festival Badge ($150), Day Pass ($25), and Single Events ($12) and will go on sale April 1, 2021 at ATXFestival.com. 

ATX TV continues to work closely with the partners and talent of previously postponed programming to determine the best fit for each reunion, series, and panel, whether that be a virtual showcase in 2021 or an in-person event once health & safety precautions allow. The festival will announce its first round of Season 10 programming in April, with a continued commitment to representing past, current, and premiere series. 

ATX TV is simultaneously launching its first-ever Virtual Membership Program allowing exclusive access to events and programming happening all year long. Patrons will be given access to TV Watch Clubs; virtual coffees and happy hours with ATX TV Staff; exclusive Q&A webinars with Panelists, Advisory Board members and Ambassadors; and access to “Members Only” events and panel recordings. They’ll also receive discounts on ATX TV merch and be able to view special content before it’s released to the general public. Annual membership combo packages that include Festival Badges will be available starting April 1 for $300 for a limited time and early access. Quarterly and Annual membership levels will be available in July 2021. 

The Festival will also continue its annual “The Pitch Competition,” presented in partnership with Final Draft Inc, The Black List, and the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Program. Entering its ninth year, “The Pitch Competition’s main focus is to provide up-and-coming TV writers with mentorship opportunities and the chance to take their original series from pitch to screen by opening the doors to some of TV’s top showrunners, executives, and decision makers. Ten (10) Finalists will receive the opportunity to pitch live during the Festival in June where one (1) winner and one (1) runner-up will be chosen. Past winners have secured a wide range of opportunities from representation with managers and agents to optioning and developing their pitches with ATX TV’s studio and production company partners and producers. Semi-Finalists for this year’s competition will be announced on Friday, March 5. Finalists will be announced on April 16, 2021. 

ATX TV Festival:
ATX Television Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits.  Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson // ATX@sunshinesachs.com