ATX Television Festival Announces An “Alias” Writers Room Reunion, A Community Screening Of “Parks And Rec,” And First Time Panelists From “Being Mary Jane” And “Sweet/Vicious”


Highlights Include An “Alias” Writers Room Reunion,
A Special Community Screening of “Parks & Recreation,”
First Time Panelists Mara Brock Akil,
“Sweet/Vicious” Creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson & Showrunner Amanda Lasher,
Among Many Others

February 3, 2017Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

This year’s festival will feature an “Alias” Writers Room Reunion, bringing back together writers Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

ATX’s annual tradition of a community screening, previously for “Friday Night Lights,” which is open to badgeholders and non-badgeholders alike, will feature “Parks & Recreation” this year, on Friday, June 9, at Hotel San Jose. The event will include live music, food and drink from Jo’s Coffee and other local vendors, and additional activities inspired by Pawnee’s annual “Harvest Festival.”

ATX Advisory Board member Glen Mazzara will present “The Anti Hero: History of an American Myth,” an in-depth look at pop culture’s revered & reviled male anti-hero, from its origin in colonial storytelling, to its well-documented presence in TV’s “golden age,” and current impact on society.

Creator/executive producer Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game”), and “Sweet/Vicious” creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and showrunner Amanda Lasher, will join this year’s line-up as first-time panelists for a variety of conversations, along with returning ATX Advisory Board members David Hudgins (“Shut Eye,” “Parenthood”), Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), Graham Yost (“Sneaky Pete,” “Justified”), Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”), and Kathleen McCaffrey, Vice President of Programming at HBO.

Paul Scheer will host a screening and panel conversation about the independent pilot process, discussing the intricacies and decisions behind the departure from the traditional “pitch, pilot, pick up” model.

Creator/executive producer Marta Kauffman will return with fellow Okay Goodnight! producers Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah K.S. Canter, for a discussion with the creative team behind original series “Grace & Frankie,” in addition to other panels.

Hulu will return as this year’s presenting partner of the Badgeholder Lounge and will feature library programming, including “Alias” and Parks & Recreation,” and TBA original and current programming.

For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit the ATX Television Festival official site and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

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These panels and programs join previous the announced “Designing Women” 30th Anniversary reunion; a reunion of the iconic series “Northern Exposure;” retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s series “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire;” Cancelled Too Soon panels for “The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman;” and returning panelists Glen Mazzara (“Damien,” “The Shield,” “The Walking Dead”), Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), and Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”).

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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