ATX Television Festival Announces Additional Programming For Year Eight, Taking Place June 6-9, 2019, In Austin, Tx


Season 8 Panels Will Feature “Broken News” with VICE News Tonight and HBO,
Julie Plec (“Legacies”) joins Meredith Averill (“The Haunting of Hill House”) & Kit Steinkellner
(“Sorry for Your Loss”) for “Grief and the Messiness of Loss”

Newly Added Series Include “Drunk History” with Derek Waters,
A New Episode of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,”
and previously announced Premiere Screening of ABC’s “Grand Hotel”

ATX Television Festival announces additional programming for year eight of the festival, which will take place June 6-9, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

For the first time, ATX will delve into the world of cable news with the conversation “Broken News: How VICE News Tonight on HBO Wants to Reclaim the Next Generation of TV viewers,” featuring producers and correspondents from HBO’s VICE News Tonight. The panel, which includes Josh Tyrangiel (Executive Vice President, VICE News) and Arielle Duhaime-Ross (Climate & Environment Correspondent, VICE News Tonight on HBO), will explore how VICE News Tonight is engaging the next generation of news consumers, the mechanics behind reaching youth, and how networks can defy convention to captivate young viewers successfully in an age of unprecedented media disruption. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

Joining the festival’s line-up of topical conversations is “Grief and the Messiness of Loss,” a panel exploring series and episodes that have turned their focus to the universal experience of grief, ranging from animated to comedy to horror, and broadcast networks to digital platforms. The panel will feature creator/executive producer Kit Steinkellner (“Sorry For Your Loss”), co-showrunner/executive producer Meredith Averill (“The Haunting of Hill House”), and creator/executive producer Julie Plec (“Legacies”), who will discuss their varied approaches to depicting grief, survivors, and a shared catharsis with viewers. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

Comedy Central’s long-running comedy “Drunk History” will also return for a conversation with creator, executive producer, host, and actor Derek Waters, who will be joined by special guests. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Also joining ATX is AMC’s hit series “Fear the Walking Dead,” which will debut an early screening of the second episode of season five. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producers and cast. The series returns for its fifth season on June 2.

ATX will also feature a premiere episode screening of ABC’s new hour-long drama “Grand Hotel,” from executive producer Eva Longoria. Based on the Spanish series of the same name, “Grand Hotel” is a provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach, following owner Santiago Mendoza (Demián Bichir), his glamorous second wife, Gigi (Roselyn Sánchez), their adult children, and the hotel’s loyal staff in a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with showrunner/executive producer Brian Tanen (“Desperate Housewives”), executive producer Ben Spector (“Telenovela”), and stars Demián Bichir (“The Bridge”) and Roselyn Sánchez (“Devious Maids”). The series premieres June 17 on ABC.

The festival’s “Inside the Writers Room: VIDA” conversation will also include writers Jenniffer Gomez and Gladys Rodriguez, who join previously announced showrunner/executive producer Tanya Saracho. The panel will provide an in-depth look at how the series’ all-Latinx writers room approaches storytelling, and the importance of Latinx representation behind the camera. Vida returns for season two on May 23, with all episodes available on the Starz app, and in its weekly time slot on May 26, via the cabler’s linear service.

These panels join the previously announced “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA, David A. Goodman, president, WGAW, and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA; a reunion of the ABC Family series “Greek;” “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television;” an “Inside the Writers Room” panel with Starz’s critically-acclaimed series “Vida;” the Closing Night Screening of Showtime’s “City on a Hill;” a panel exploring the “Power of Female Partnerships;” a “Cancelled Too Soon” panel with “Men In Trees;” Freeform’s “Good Trouble;” “Let’s Talk about Sex (Scenes),” an honest discussion about empowering both writers and actors, and improving safe “sex” practices behind the camera; a panel presented by the Casting Society of America, featuring some of TV’s top casting directors; a one-on-one conversation titled “Scene Partners & Roommates,” with actors Margo Martindale and Shane McRae; an “Everyone Is Doing Great” screening and Q&A; a panel with Netflix’s series “Atypical;” a panel with EPIX’s new series “Perpetual Grace, LTD;” an inside look at the “Tremors” pilot; USA’s summer drama “Dare Me;” IFC’s musical variety comedy “Sherman’s Showcase;” Comedy Central’s new sketch series “Alternatino with Arturo Castro;” and individual panelists Beatrice Springborn, Vice President, Content Development, Hulu; Jessica Rhoades, EP, “Sharp Objects,” “The Affair,” and Principal, Pacesetter; ATX Advisory Board member Kyle Killen, EP/showrunner of Showtime’s upcoming “Halo” series; and Mauricio Mota and Katie Elmore Mota, EPs, “East Los High,” and Co-Presidents of Wise Entertainment.

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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.

ATX’s podcast The TV Campfire features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival. All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and


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