ATX Announces New Panels And Programming For This Year's Festival


A Panel with First Time Showrunners and Creators, Featuring Ryan Condal (“Colony”),
Jason Rothenberg (“The 100”), Zander Lehmann (“Casual”) and Sarah Shapiro (“UnREAL”)

Series Panels and Screenings for FX’s “Tyrant,” AMC’s “Preacher,”
TV Land’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and Freeform’s “Dead of Summer”

A Conversation with Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) Moderated by Beau Willimon

Panel Featuring TV Stunt Performers, Discussing What Goes in to Pulling Off
Some of the Biggest Stunts on Television

CW Seed to Present the Previously Announced Writers Room Reunion
And Pilot Reading for “The O.C.”

March 10, 2016Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces new panels and programming for this year’s festival, which returns for a fifth year June 9-12, in Austin, Texas.

First Timers: Showrunners and Creators will feature Ryan Condal (“Colony”), Jason Rothenberg (“The 100”), Zander Lehmann (“Casual”) and Sarah Shapiro (“UnREAL”), who will discuss the process of creating and/or running their own show for the first time, and learning to juggle all that having a new series entails, from pitching, to writing and producing a pilot, having their series picked up, organizing a writers room, and being paired with seasoned showrunners (or learning to become one themselves).

ATX will host series panels and screenings, including the season three premiere of FX’s “Tyrant,” featuring executive producer Howard Gordon. In addition, the festival will feature AMC’s new series “Preacher;” TV Land’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show” with executive producers/writers Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan; and Freeform’s upcoming new series “Dead of Summer,” with executive producers/creators Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time”). Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

This year’s festival will host a conversation with ATX Advisory Board member Noah Hawley, moderated by Beau Willimon, which will be a discussion of writing for various mediums, from Hawley’s critically acclaimed FX series “Fargo,” to his new novel “Before the Fall.”

ATX will also feature a panel discussion and demonstration on stunt coordination and the intense process behind bringing to life some of television’s most memorable action sequences, from training and choreography, to small-screen execution. The panel will feature actors Adrianne Palicki (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Derek Phillips (“Friday Night Lights”), and experienced stunt performers Nick Benseman (“Agent X”), Nikki Tomlinson (“The Walking Dead”) and Torrey Vogel (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”).

CW Seed will present the previously announced Writers Room Reunion and Pilot Reading for “The O.C.,” as the series is available to stream in-full on their platform.

Creator and executive producer Darren Star will be in attendance for the previously announced screening and panel of TV Land’s “Younger,” along with cast members Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann and Molly Bernard.

These panels join “The O.C.” Writers Room Reunion with creator Josh Schwartz and the show’s writers, along with a script reading of the pilot episode; the “Friday Night Lights” High School Reunion on Panther Field, with surprise guests and events; a special “Everybody Loves Raymond” 20-year Reunion with cast and producers; “The Shield” Writers Room Reunion with creator Shawn Ryan and the show’s writers; a Conversation with David Simon and Tom Fontana moderated by Beau Willimon; series panels and screenings for Hulu’s Golden Globe-nominated comedy “Casual,” Lifetime’s critically acclaimed series “UnREAL,” and TV Land’s “Younger;” a script reading of the never-picked-up pilot “Big” with creators Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, along with surprise cast; a “State of Grace” Reunion with Mae Whitman, Alia Shawkat, and creators Brenda Lilly and Hollis Rich; and panelists Betsy Beers, Kurt Sutter, Jennie Snyder Urman, Hart Hanson and Krista Vernoff. Norman Lear will also receive this year’s ATX Award for Television Excellence.

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About ATX Television Festival
ATX’s focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our weekend consists of events in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows to the small screen. We have all the functionality of a traditional film festival – spotlighting classic shows, never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits and premieres of new series. In addition, we feature episode screenings with Q&A’s with the cast and creators, panels focused on industry related topics, and parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super secret happy hours.” ATX’s goal is to serve both the community and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.



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